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Vegetable Potstickers
もちもち皮で野菜餃子

This week has been a bit difficult week for me.

My energy was low, and I didn’t have a lot of motivation to cook after work.

I ate spaghetti four nights in a row, and none of them were great…

Then, today I had this idea of making potstickers from scratch.

It just came to me.

I mean, making wrappers from scratch.

I always wanted to try this, but I felt overwhelmed.

This was a lot of work, but I did enjoy the process.

It’s not difficult, but it takes time.

I always like to take pictures of potstickers at this stage, right before cooking.

They are just so beautiful.

It’ also a safe thing to do, just in case they don’t look too good after being cooked (lol).

These were so delicious!

The homemade wrappers definitely make a difference, resulting in a wonderful texture.

Eggless Macarons: Satsuma Chocolate; Raspberry; Matcha
卵を使わないマカロン:さつまガナッシュ、ラズベリー、抹茶。

Satsuma sweet potato ganache.

Raspberry cashew cream cheese.

Matcha cashew cream cheese.

Love macarons.

I already have ideas for my next batch!

Chili Noodle Bowl
ピリ辛ヌードル

My husband is not a huge noodle eater, but recently I discovered that he does like “rice” noodles vs. wheat ones.

Since I’m a huge noodle fan, now I make sure we have rice noodles in our house so that we can share noodle meals together.

This is my recent favorite from Trader joe’s

It’s crunchy and spicy, and it adds a great flavor to various dishes.

Doesn’t this look good?!

It was such a satisfying meal!

Mocha Macarons
モカマカロン

Remember my first vegan macarons?

Well, since they turned out so well that I decided to make some again.

It is not difficult, but it is a process.

So I do need to plan the day well when I decide to make them.

I used the same recipe, and they turned out wonderful, maybe even better this time!

This time I decided not to use food coloring, but strong coffee instead to add some beige color and coffee flavor to the shells.

Coffee flavored chocolate ganache was paired with them.

They are so adorable.

I simply love them.

Breakfast Croissant Sandwich
朝食クロワッサンサンドイッチ

My husband likes it when I make him a breakfast sandwich on weekends.

This morning the sky was dark and it started sprinkling, but we decided to keep our plan to visit the farmers market across the river.

This month they are featuring vegan vendors on Sundays at this particular market, and I did see some more vegan options today.

But we stuck with our all-time favorite, Hope’s Vegan Kitchen and got beautiful goodies

We got some cookies and croissants.

I wanted to try her plain croissants for a while, and finally I got some.

I was wet when I left the market, but I was happy.

(I protected the baked goods like I would do for my baby!)

Homemade mayo, avocado, tomato, tempeh, and scrambled tofu, sandwiched in this light flaky croissant.

Delicious!!

Spiced Orange Buckwheat Pancakes
オレンジスパイスそば粉パンケーキ

I saw buckwheat pancakes on a restaurant’s menu recently.

I was intrigued, but unfortunately they were not made vegan.

So what do I do?

I make some myself!

We are really fortunate in the U.S. because you can find almost any types of flour you want at many grocery stores.

Who knew finding buckwheat flour was this easy.

I love the color of the pancakes.

Dark food appeals to me.

These delicious spiced orange buckwheat pancakes were served with equally delicious coffee infused maple syrup.

Can’t wait to have more breakfast with buckwheat in the future.

Broccoli Pea Pasta
ブロッコリーグリーンピースパスタ

Summer is coming to the end, and many dishes will start to have more brown and less green colors on the plate.

I had a lot of beautiful broccoli and wanted to make vibrant colored and flavored dish with them.

I really like homemade pasta, and it’s absolutely worth the time.

I have started having some fun by making different shaped ones.

Aren’t these adorable?

Homemade pasta, olive oil, garlic, broccoli, peas, lemon zest, mint.

Buffalo Tofu Wrap
バッファロー豆腐ラップ

When my sister came from Japan to visit us in the U.S. a few months ago, she told me she wanted to try a wrap.

That’s when I realized that I don’t make wraps!

Her stay was short, and I didn’t have a chance to make a homemade wrap.

But she was able to try one at the stadium when we went to see the Twins game.

She liked it, and I was glad.

So this is the wrap I made for the first time myself (I believe)!

Fried tofu was briefly marinated in buffalo wing sauce.

Homemade hummus, arugula/spinach mix, tomato slices, corn-cranberry couscous, Buffalo tofu, and coleslaw.

Very flavorful.

I was afraid that I might not be able to fold it without tearing the wrap, but it was a success!

Can’t wait to make more wraps.

Nectarine Bow Tie Pasta
ネクタリン蝶ネクタイパスタ

It was one of those “lucky” dishes that I didn’t plan to make but ended up super tasty.

I had leftover homemade pasta.

I had these beautiful vined tomatoes and nectarines (not in the pic).

(This time of the year I almost always have nectarines in the house.)

Homemade bow tie pasta, mini tomatoes, nectarine, herbs (Shiso basil, mint, parsley), lemon zest, apricot white balsamic vinaigrette.

It was super refreshing and such a great way to enjoy the seasonal produce.

Lion’s Mane Flatbread
ライオンたてがみきのこピザ

I was in a mood for a good flatbread this morning.

One of the reasons I had my mind set on flatbread was that I wanted to use these beautiful Lion’s Mane mushrooms I got from the local farmers market yesterday.

Lion’s Mane mushrooms, onion slices, chili tofu, mini tomatoes (also from the farmer’s market), hummus, green sauce, Shiso basil.

Super tasty!

The crust is made from scratch, of course (because it always tastes the best).