I kept my origin of bread from natural yeast in the refrigerator.
Yesterday, I put it out to keep it vigor but I found a small mold inside.
And from where is the mold coming???
I treated them not to be dirty by using tools of disinfection by boiling always.
It was very shocked and I felt sad...
I can't believe the mold's appearance but I threw it away to keep our stamach safe.
Anyway I grew it up very prciously, so I felt very dissapointed this result.
What a pity shame!!
But it is waste of time to regret it so long...
So I started to make natural yeast from oragnic raisins again.
Recovering myself is very fast and it's my advantage, I think.
I try it again, and hopefully I want to make it again without mold, for sure!
In Settle, sunset time is around p.m 20:53 recently.
So around 20:00, there is very bright outside.
Seattle is about the same latitude of Hokkaido, so daytime is longer than winter so much.
At Shizuoka (my hometown) in Japan, daytime is not so long like in Seattle.
For me, at 20:00 is complete night time but outside is very bright.
It is not night at all for me with bright outside.
But I need to get used to this light at night.
David told me that there are no mosquitoes in Seattle.
I am very happy to hear that.
In summer , lots of mosquitoes bite me all the time.
I am liked by mosquitoes somehow and I don't like them at all.
So I am happy to be here without mosquitoes!!
Sometimes hummingbird are flying outside.
And many squirrels are playing around the trees in this garden.
Lots of greens and beautiful view in this town make me comfotable every day.
Today , David recoverd from sick completely.
He looks fine after taking a reat enough yesterday.
I am happy to see his recovery and I am relieved to feel his vigor today.
He is tough man both in body & mind...
Today new moon has started in June.
How is your new moon day??
In this early morning, David felt headache & stomachache and he took a holiday for working today.
Today is new moon , so his body needs to take a rest, I feel.
I cooked Japanese rice gruel (お粥) for David.
I was seasoning soy source yeast (醤油麹) & ginger with it and David liked it.
Soy source yeast was very easy to make.
I bought organic brown rice yeast in Japan before coming back to Seattle.
And I mixed the yeast and soy source together and I mixed them once a day for 10 days.
Day by day , the soy source yeast's taste became enrich and tasty.
A few years ago, in Japan , this soy source yeast became popular for cooking suddenly.
And many people bought it or made by self and it was familar with Japanese.
One supermaket in Seattle, the rice yeast is selling but it is not oragnic.
So I bought organic one in Japan to use for cooking at this time.
David seems to recover little by little.
I want to him to take a rest enough today for tomorrow.
Just a little bit, even thougt he is sick but I am glad to be with you today...
Outside of our dining room, sometimes bee tries to enter the window beside of dining table.
The bee always hit on the window and it seems to seek their comb.
From the window, I can't find the honny comb.
But on the roof outside of the window, maybe the honny comb exists, I guess.
It seems not be dangerous bees, so I don't worry about it so much.
Anyway, the sound of bee's hitting on the window surprses us suddenly.
I guess bees doesn't look at the view or their sight are very weak...
I don't know about bee's mode of life at all, just I imagine how they are looking for.
Before I have lived in the mountains in Japan to work , so many dangerous bees fly always.
They sometimes sting to human beings and it was terrible hurt.
On the other hand, bees supply honney for human beings.
And its taste is wonderful.
So I think we don't need to hate due to sting to us sometimes.
Most bees are not dangerous.
Bees are always careful to find their enemies.
So as far as human beings attack them , they don't sting us at all.
Anyway, I wonder what bees outside of our window are looking for always...
Just I am concerned about their moving sometimes.
"What do you want to do actually??"
Yesterday I got organic tortillas at Trader Joe's (local supermarket).
For a long time, I was looking for the organic tortillas at many supermarkets in Seattle.
But all tortillas were not oragnic and I almost gave up to get the organic one.
Fortunatelly, I found the very organic tortillas finally.
And the package was 10 pieaces for only 1.99 $ (about 200 Yen).
It's orgaic but it's very cheap.
1 peace is only 20 cents (20 Yen), it's unbelievable price for me.
Yesterday , I made a salsa source for today's tortiilas by onion, tomate , lemon juice and salt.
And I rapped green vegetables & hand-made humms and the salsa source etc. together.
The tortillas itself was very tastey and it was very good taste.
David could eat 2 rolls and we really enjoyed the taste!!
Anyway , the tortillas are very cheap and great tastey.
David & I really like it so much!
He can eat it every day , I think.
Organic foods are very tasty and they are very cheap here , so I am very lucky to get and eat a lot here...
I wanted to cook dounuts for long days.
Finally I found a recipe of vegan donuts yesterday.
So today, I tried to cook it for the first time.
The recipe doesn't use milk, egg and butter at all.
Instead of them, it use soy milk , vegetable oil and radish sugar.
I used Agave sryup instead of radish sugar.
And I have no dounuts shaped cutter, so I made them round shape.
I baked them oven for 10 minutes and it cooked somehow.
David told me " this dounuts are really good! "so his impression made me relieved.
For me , the dounuts were soft cookies but I made dounuts followed the recipe...
Today is holiday for memorial day to thank Americans who served in the military.
And most people relax at home and go to the cemetaries to horer the dead.
People usually will barbecue at home for dinner, it seems tradition.
David and I don't babecue but we relax at home each other so it's enough for us.
And today was a nice shiny day so we enjoyed walking together in the afternoon.
I am happy to have a nice time with David.
To walk with him and to have common foods together make me happy always!!
I appreciate with David every day...
In the last few days, there have been many clouds in the sky.
Sometimes sunshine come out of the cloulds but it goes back the backside of clouds again.
Rain is not coming ,so it is better weather for me.
Cloudy days are a little cold.
At home, David & I grow mint & oregano in the pot.
So I want to make them take a sunshine enough to grow their leaves more...
WIthout sunshine they looks less energy to grow.
Last Christmas , David bought me for cooking.
At that time, they were very short and little.
But they grew up so much and some branches grew up sideways.
They are very pretty and I want them to grow up more...
Yesterday , I took a walk in the afternoon.
It was a good walk and cloudy weather made me so nice.
Some people enjoyed runnning & walking and 1 lady asked me a place where she were looking for.
But I didn't know the place at all but I am surprised that she thought me as a local person.
I was glad to be asked by the lady but I was so sorry for her not to tell her question properly...
I wish tomorrow sunshine will come to us as possilbe.
Not only natrue but also human beings need to take a sunshine...
In Seattle, I can get many kindes of tasty vegetables & fruits.
And also organic brown rice I can get here, so I can cook them by David's rice cooker.
But unique Japanese seasoning, beefsteak plants(紫蘇) , Japanese pepper tree(山椒) and citrons(柚子) are not sold here in Seattle.
And Japanese traditional vegetables, burdock (ゴボウ) and lotus roots (レンコン) are not avialable unfortunately, either.
Most Japanese foods and seasoning (Miso, Sho-yu etc,) are sold so I don't need to get all Japanese foods here.
I can get many kinds of fresh vegetables foods here, so I want to enjoy to use them here.
David always enjoys my cooking to eat together, so I want him to eat tasty foods as much as possible.
Foods make our bodies & minds every day.
And it influences us a lot, doesn't it??
With laughing and smiling during our meals every day, our bodies & minds can become more healthy & energetic togeter.
I am very lucky to get nice organic foods here a lot.
AndI have a AWESOME partner to eat meals with much of joy & smile every day.
I wish you can enjoy your every meal with love & pleasure as much as possible...
I made a natural yeast from organic raisins 1 week ago after my arrival in Seattle.
Day by day, the raisin yeast made an alchole smell and it became natural yeast finally.
And I made the origin of bread with the yeast 3 days ago.
Today, I cooked a bread with it & some walnuts for David.
The bread was very tasty and David really liked it.
His smile makes me happy!
He likes hummus (chick brean's spread) to spread on the bread so we ate them together.
Just baked bread was really nice, and to eat together was very precious time for us.
Normal happenings and usual situations layered day by day and they will become our history of life...
So just a little things, I don't lose any happiness between us at all.
How is your happiness today?
I hope you can feel happy something today, too!
Mom picked Mugwort (ヨモギ) and she made rice cake with it for David's souvenir.
David likes rice cakes and Mom thought that I bring it from Japan and it can lead David happy.
Of course, David became so happy to eat it and Mom's love can bring him obviously.
In Seattle, rice cakes are sold but they are very expensive by imported cost.
Sometimes I baked the rice cake in the oven and we ate it together.
With soy source and sweet beans (Japanese style of etaing, アンコ), David enjoyed both tastes.
I cut Mom's Mugwort rice cakes for small pieces to keep them freezer not to grow mold.
So we can enjoy them little by little.
Mom made it so much amount of them.
And she wanted me to bring them more.
I packed the rice cake by myself but she pused more rice cake into my case by force.
It became too heavy to bring it together.
So I felt so sorry for Mom but I took off it and I brought 1 rice cake.
But it was Mom's love for us...
I understand Mom's love so David & I will eat her rice cake preciously little by little.
Today is very fine & nice sunshine day!
The temparture will become more higher than Shizuoka (my hometown in Japan).
I don't think Seattle is hotter than Shizuoka but it is now!
It seems summer has arrived already...
Lots of flowers are in bloom with different colors and they show me their beauty as they are.
Beautiful flowers & nice sunshine makes me happy more!
Of courese, David' love makes me happy every day... I am very grateful for himself.
Author:Masuda Keiko (増田佳子)
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