Ginger Bok Choy and Steamed Chicken Salad with Sesame Sauce

Ginger Bok Choy and Steamed Chicken Salad with Sesame Sauce

In talking about Japanese food culture, we cannot just simply reduce everything to the discussion of food. Placement, harmony within the home and the entire experience surrounding the meal all play an important role. Continue reading

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

Since green cabbage recipes are already well represented in Irish cuisine, and we already shared one in a previous post, I wanted to highlight one that is less well known – Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage. This brought back memories of eating a very similar dish back in my childhood, called “Rotkohl.”  Both my mother and grandmother would prepare this particular dish during the colder months of the year, usually served with potatoes and/or a small serving of meat.  Admittedly, as a child, this was not one of my favorite recipes, but as an adult, I rediscovered the benefits of cabbage in the form of coleslaw and even the sweet and sour variety of today’s recipe. Continue reading

Champ

Champ

Everyone has a wish list. Be it written on paper, or only a vague dream in the back of your mind, I think everyone has that secret  list of “if I could do anything, I would. . .” Places they dream of visiting, things they would love to do. And not just the silly intangibles, like winning the lottery, or meeting a movie star (not that I would turn down either one of those), but the things that could actually happen if one were to try hard enough. One of mine, along with perfecting a foreign language and finishing a novel, has been, wait for it, to visit Ireland. Continue reading