Myoga Season Has Ended

Myoga Season Has Ended

  I’m going to call it. Myoga season has ended. I picked the last Myoga bud on August 12th. The season started three weeks earlier and ended in mid-August. I usually pick Myoga all of September, but not this year. Only time will tell if this is the new...
Myoga – Japanese Ginger Flower Bud

Myoga – Japanese Ginger Flower Bud

Myoga, Japanese ginger flower buds, is not well known in the U.S. I’ll share with you my experience growing and eating this wonderful herb. The first time I saw Myoga was as a teenager visiting my Ojiichan and Obaachan (Grandpa and Grandma) in Japan. Their house...
Myoga Are Here!

Myoga Are Here!

The myoga are here!  What?!  The myoga are here!  I just happened to glance down under our large fern when looking out of our doorway.  And, there it was.  I spied a pale yellow myoga flower. I truly was not expecting them until August.  My last recorded first harvest...
Summer Heirloom Tomatoes

Summer Heirloom Tomatoes

Here is a humble breakfast of left over sake and miso marinated salmon with ochazuke, fresh and pickled vegetables.  It is transformed into something very special with the addition of sliced Purple Cherokee heirloom tomatoes.  So delicious.  So much umami. Umami is...
What Happened To All That Cabbage?

What Happened To All That Cabbage?

Wilted cabbage goes great with hot browned sausage.  It was the primary side dish I served on this particular night, and it was made from part of the big cabbage purchase almost 7 weeks ago.  Just so you know, this photo was taken quite a while back.  It was not made...
Vine-ripened Tomato in February

Vine-ripened Tomato in February

A red ripe tomato in February? This is unusual for even Southern California, is it not? Our weather this year has been extremely mild, and some days were just darn right hot like summer. I’ve been worried that my stone fruit and apple trees are not getting...
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