Home Cookin’ !!! Asian eats in a Japanese Home that “Turned Away” from Traditional Design …. Nagano, Japan

On the menu:
Cardamom & Rose Iced Latte (Japanese Ice Coffee)               Grilled Japanese Farm Style Teriyaki Bowl
Sesame Ginger Miso Cucumber Salad                                        Easy Japanese Chicken Yakitori
Asian Style Chicken Cabbage Salad                                            Saikoro Steak

Being addicted to what I call "HGTV Real Estate Porn", I'm so not a fan of those "freak show" houses, you know, the house shaped like a boxing glove, or the house made from all purple coconut shells…..

Below, Grilled Japanese Farm Style Teriyaki Bowl [more info further down]

….but this unconventional crib in Nagano Japan ….. well, this one I tried not to like, but I couldn't help loving it. Nice clean flowing lines, creative open and airy layout, NICE!!!

I love it when someone steps outside the box and does something new and innovative, but still has that smoothed out, clean lined, warm and open, modern feel that is not cold, sterile, or drab…….

……I'm glad the architect "Turned Away" from traditional Japanese design ……….yep 🙂

(3 food photos above and 1 below) grilled farm style teriyaki bowl
 

The Healthy Chef's "healthy morsel":  For recipe above. I don't trust store bought soy sauce, I try to avoid soy at all times. But I keep this homemade soy sauce recipe on file when I feel like making my own.

(click 3 food photos above or 1 below for recipe)

(above) yakitori       (click photo above for recipe)
Every culture in the has its own "street foods" that locals crave more gourmet restaurant versions, And in Japan, Yakitori is found anywhere and everywhere, to the point where street maps and even phone apps mark the best rated grills.

 

The Healthy Chef's "healthy morsel":  Pertaining to recipes above and below, I'm not a fan of store bought soy sauce, I try to avoid soy at all times. But I keep this homemade soy sauce recipe on file when I feel like making my own. Also, I ONLY go with pastured meats!!

(below) saikoro steak
“Saikoro” means “a dice” in Japanese. It's a popular "izakaya" (Japanese tapas style) dish. The cubes of tenderloin is quickly pan fried on high flame until medium rare and served with grated daikon and seasoned with refreshing citrus soy sauce called Ponzu sauce.
(click photo below for recipe)

(above) sesame ginger miso cucumber salad
(click photo above for recipe)

The Healthy Chef's "healthy morsel":  For recipe above. Once again, I don't trust store bought soy sauce, I try to avoid soy at all times. But I keep this homemade soy sauce recipe on file when I feel like making my own.

(below) asian chicken cabbage salad
(click photo below for instructions)

(2 photos above and 2 photos below)
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ardamom & rose iced latte (japanese ice coffee)
Japanese iced-coffee is brewing a hot concentrate over ice. The ice dilutes it back to normal coffee concentration and simultaneously flash chills it to prevent it from cooking more. This method is different than the ever trendy “cold brew”.

 

The Healthy Chef's "healthy morsel":  I consume very little dairy, but when I do, I just fry to find the closest to grass fed dairy I can find at Whole Foods (The employees are very helpful). Organic dairy is better than conventional, but remember organic does not necessarily mean grass fed, in that it could mean the cattle are being fed an organic, unnatural non-grass diet (like organic corn).  

(click 2 photos above or 2 photos below for recipe)

 

Chuckki Booker: "Turned Away"

(ENJOY!!!   ….while you take a tour of the home)

…about the crib

Desiring a place that will be occupied frequently over many years and yet at the same time be in sync with nature, they came up with the aforementioned scenery of a large shell structure floating above ground.

Being in sync with nature isn’t about yielding to nature – it’s about coexistence. The existence of the structure depends on its power to endure nature.

By isolating living space from the wilderness, and upgrading its quality as a shelter, the house will be protected from nature and will provide a comfortable environment. With this, the house will be taken care of and used frequently and continuously. Specifically in cases of villas, frequent use is what leads it to blend in with its surroundings.

The regions’ low temperatures and high humidity level makes for a harsh climate. As a result, many houses that take on traditional structures are decaying. Is it in sync with nature? Perhaps. But the whole idea of comfort seems to be put into question.

It goes without saying that villas should not only be functional spaces for the weekend. Their greatest goal is to provide good rest, leisure, and picturesque views that never become dull – all in the vicinity of nature. In the style of many modern sculptures, the aim was to enhance the surrounding nature by incorporating it within the spatial structure.

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~stay healthy~

 

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