7/16/2007

Emergency Kit for Earthquake in Japan

This morning.....
There was another big earthquake in Niigata Prefecture in Japan.
5 people have passed away at the moment. Sad and I feel sorry for those people who lost their family and who had to evacuate from their home. Japan is known for its frequent earthquake, still what scares me lately is this frequent big ones all over Japan.
This might not help me much, but just in case, I keep this emergency kit in my place. There are canned foods, water, flash lights, candle, packed cotton gloves and paper cups etc....it should be up to God's will, but, please don't make me feel any pain if the time comes....( Usually I'm not so religious.... Like other Japanese, I go to shrine during new year's celebration, go to temples for ZEN and my school was Anglican .... )

Today's Dinner --- Sauted Pork and Green Pepper


One plate dinner with Fujicco's seasoned soybeans.
Saute pork and green pepper with sesame oil in the pan.
Pour barbecue sauce ( any kind ). Place it with rice in the plate.
( The right bottom is cooked soybeans of Fujicco Co., Ltd. )
Total cooking time is about 10 minutes.

Marinated Octopus & Melon


Mr. Takemura , my neighbour gave me this succulent melon and this was the dessert for the dinner.

The main dish ( without rice or pasta---I didn't want to eat much)
was marinated octopus & celery. ( If you have cucumber, it is recommended to add to this recipe.)

How to make marinated octopus :
Cut octopus into bite size, pour boiled hot water over it. ( to clean
and half cook ). Cut cucumber and celery into bite size. Mix them well. Sprinkle salt & pepper
over them. Pour 3 spoons of white wine vinegar, 2 spoonful olive oil. Again, mix well. Wait for 10 minutes. ( If you put it into the fridge, that is even better. ) Enjoy the marinade ! The vinegar helps your appetite in Summer. I checked Octopus on Wikipedia and found out that 60% of octopus consumption is made in Japan ! We are big octopus eater. It also says that Western Region eat more octopus. It makes sense since it seems they make and eat more octopus balls. You don't know octopus balls ? Well, I don't have tools to make it at home,but there is good octopus ball shop near my place. Will upload it sometime.

Castela and Milk



This origin is not Japan. It is said that this sweet cake was brought by Portuguese missionary priest during Muromachi Era ( 1336-1573 ). It is considered that the name of it " Castela"
was taken from " Castilla " ( Spain/ with Portuguese pronunciation )

You can buy it at small local stores and also fancier ones at department stores. I usually enjoy this with milk or green tea.
The ingredients are eggs, wheat flour and sugar.