Whore Pasta! (Pasta alla Puttanesca)

I first heard about whore pasta when I was a little kid watching Lidia Bastianich make it on her PBS cooking show. I remember her describing it as something “pungent, briny and spicy” that’s made with inexpensive, easily accessible ingredients. It’s something that’s perfect for the purported “woman of the night.”

..and it’s apparently also perfect for me. ūüėÄ

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Broiled Cod and Steamed Bok Choy

Wednesday evening here in Japan and this wind is killing me. My bike ride to and from school was at least 10mins longer since I had to pedal against the wind. The sudden drop in temperature has made my¬†appetite¬†rage for some reason, so I’ve been trying to fight off the hunger by drinking more water or just going to bed earlier…but I’ve been waking up STARVING. Hopefully I’ll get used to the cold and my appetite will return to normal.

Tonight I made very a simple meal. I”m not sure what the red thing is called but I call it kimchee daikon, it can be bought premade here. I steamed a head of bok choy, I like my veggies to have a crunch (die die die die die) in them so I don’t like to steam longer than 5mins or until they reach a bright green color, because over steaming can just cook all the vitamins out of your veggies which defeats the purpose of eating them in the first place. The best way of course is to eat your veggies raw, to preserve the most vitamins. For the main portion of the meal I broiled 6oz of cod (5mins each side). I seasoned it with a little salt and pepper and while it was broiling i squeezed fresh lemon onto the¬†fillets.

Total prep and cook time: 15mins

Cooking with Mom: Tuna Salad Sushi

Tuna Salad Sushi is something my mom got out of a Taiwanese cookbook, and I love it. It takes quite a bit of work, but it’s definitely worth it. When my mom first told me what went into this roll, I was pretty skeptical. But then I tasted it, and I was blown away. The pungent onion, crunchy and spicy bell pepper, crisp cucumber, bitter lettuce, creamy avocado and soft tuna combine with the slightly sweet and sour sushi rice to form a magical combination of flavors and textures. I’ll attempt to show you how to make this sushi roll here, since my mom told me to make it myself when I asked her for it. Sadly, I don’t have a video, so my photos will just have to do. >.<

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