Potter Akio Nukaga’s Piece

Posted: March 27th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: pottery | 2 Comments »

Two weekends ago, potter Akio Nukaga came to LA from Japan for his exhibition at Heath Ceramics. I couldn’t make it to the opening and demonstrations over that week, but could go to see his pieces last weekend. His pieces had strong but delicate restrained beauty. They were fine Japanese pottery pieces made from Japanese clay.

Akio has his studio in Kasama region well known for pottery, Kasama-yaki. Kasama was also hit by the big earthquake on March 11. A lot of kilns got damaged and potters have been struggling to rebuild. Even under this difficult situation, they are planning to have annual pottery event, “Himatsuri”. I think it will show the strength of people and become the great influence to recover.

It’s been tough and confused, but that day, his pieces gave me something and now I feel more energy to keep moving forward.

Akio Nukaga's piece

Akio Nukaga's piece

二週間前、LAのHeath Ceramicsで陶芸家額賀章夫さんの個展が開かれました。オープニングのあった週には行けなかったのですが、先週末作品を見に行きました。




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Posted: March 11th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Just want to pray for people of Japan and Japan.
I heard hundreds of people were still missing. I hope everybody can find their family and friends and won’t get hurt any more.


Coconut Milk Shrimp Curry

Posted: March 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: cooking, shellfish | No Comments »

15 minutes cooking! This is a quick and yummy recipe for busy people. Perfect for dinner after a busy day at the office. I used shrimp, but you can use chicken, pork, or any vegetables you like!

[ ingredients ]
shrimp 5 (remove the shells and vein. sprinkle salt and 1 Tbs sake)
asparagus 5 (cut into strips to 2 inches long)
artichoke hearts 4 (cut in halves)
garlic 1 (small piece, minced)
ginger 1 (about 5g, minced)
shallot 1 (small one, minced)
curry powder 2 tsp
coconut milk 150 ml
soy sauce 1 tsp
salt & pepper
rice 1.5 bowl

[ how to do it ]
heat 1.5 Tbs of oil, garlic and ginger over medium heat and stir to release the flavor. add shallot and stir for 2 minutes. add shrimp and fry until the color is slightly changed. remove the shrimp and set aside. stir fry asparagus and artichoke in the pan for 2 – 3 minutes. put the shrimp back into the pan. sprinkle curry powder and mix well. pour coconut milk and simmer for 3 minutes. add soy sauce. adjust the taste with salt and pepper. pour the curry over the rice.

Coconut Milk Shrimp Curry


[ 材料 ]
エビ 5尾 (殻を剥いて、背わたをとっておく。塩をふり、酒大さじ1をかけてもんでおく)
アスパラガス 5本 (5cmくらいの食べやすい長さに切る)
アーティチョーク 4つ (縦に半分にきる)
にんにく 1かけ (小さいもの、みじん切り)
しょうが 1かけ (約5グラム, みじん切り)
エシャロット 1つ (小さいもの、みじん切り)
カレー粉 小さじ 2
ココナッツミルク 150 ml
しょうゆ 小さじ 1
塩、こしょう 適宜
ご飯 茶碗1杯半

[ 作り方 ]

Apple Cookies

Posted: March 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: baking, desserts & pastries | 1 Comment »

I bought a bag of apples. I am planning to make this and that… First, I decided to make dried apple. Well, I can’t say “I made”, just sliced and baked them in the oven, too easy to say “I made”. Anyway, I love dried fruits, especially dried apples.

Last couple of days I have baked cookies, but hmmm, they were not right. Then I had to try again. Right? This time, I added dried apple pieces and grated apple. Pretty apple-oriented cookies there. They have walnuts pieces too. Love them!

[ ingredients for 10 cookies ]
whole grain flour 100g
butter 50g (soften)
brown sugar 30g
salt pinch
baking powder 1/3 tsp
dried apples 10g (cut into small pieces)
walnuts 10g (break into small pieces)
grated apple 2 Tbs

[ how to do it ]
Pre-heat oven to 355 °F
1. cream butter and add sugar. mix well until it gets thicker.
2. combine flour, baking powder, salt and stir into butter mixture.
3. add dried apple and walnut pieces.
4. mix in grated apple.
5. drop the mixture by using a spoon onto cookie sheets with parchment paper and shape them.
6. bake for 25 – 30 minutes.

Apple Cookies



[ 材料(約10枚) ]
全粒粉 100g(ベーキングパウダーとよく合わせておく)
バター 50g(柔らかくしておく)
ブラウンシュガー 30g
塩 少々
ベーキングパウダー 小さじ 1/3
ドライアップル 10g(刻む)
クルミ 10g(小さく砕く)
すりおろしリンゴ 大さじ 2

[ 作り方 ]
1. ボウルに入れたバターを泡立器でクリーム状にして砂糖を加える。もったりするまでよく混ぜ合わせる。
2. 全粒粉とベーキングパウダーを合わせたもの、塩を入れて混ぜる。
3. ドライアップルとクルミを入れる。
4. すりおろしリンゴを入れてまとめる。
5. クッキングシートを敷いた天板に生地をスプーンですくって落とし、丸く形を整える。
6. オーブンで25分から30分焼く。