Sourdough Starter

Sourdough Starter

To bake sourdough bread, you need a sourdough starter (basically a natural form of levain, or the yeast in baking if you will). If you are making the starter from scratch, I suggest you make the starter at least a week before you intend to bake any bread to make it active.

Hiyashi Chuka Sauce

Hiyashi Chuka Sauce

When it’s tough to buy noodles to your liking with a sauce that is plant-based and tasty….you start making at home! This is a staple Japanese / Chinese fusion dish that is commonly seen in the summer in most ramen stands in Japan. I love it all year round though!

No Oil Hearty Lentil Soup

No Oil Hearty Lentil Soup

I bake a lot of sourdough bread at home. A good hearty soup packed with lentils is my go-to when I want a simple way to eat lots of goodness with a loaf of bread. I do no-oil for myself, but for those gourmet folks, I have added how you can make it even better with some olive oil and veg broth. To blend it, I use an immersion blender (hand blender).

A Plant-based Pregnancy

A Plant-based Pregnancy

As of the date I found out I was pregnant, I had already been eating only plant-based for 3 years so there was no dispute as to what my diet would look like for the duration of pregnancy. However, I was also aware that in Japan, this would be a challenge as a) many doctors and midwives may not be familiar with the diet enough to recommend and support my decision, and b) family and relatives would not hesitate to point fingers at my ‘not normal’ diet if/when something was not looking right.

Starting Sourdough

Starting Sourdough

I will admit, staying at home due to COVID, while pregnant sparked my curiosity to start sourdough baking. It’s also quite hard to find 100% animal-free bread in Japan – so why not bake at home? Through trial and error, I now bake tasty sourdough bread a few times a week at home. Sharing some tips and tricks to keep it simple and (hopefully) fail-safe.