Grilled as you like it

About February 8, 2008


I am one of the kui-otaku (food geeks)

Hi, I’m glad you found me out here on the internet. I’m Laurel. In the past, I’ve worked at a bakery, been a sushi chef, caterer’s assistant, and mechanical engineer. Now I’m living in Japan and teaching English at Maebashi Girls’ High School through the JET program. I have loved food and cooking for a long time, and I’m really excited about Japanese food now, since living in Japan is a great opportunity for it. I named this blog after one of my favorite Japanese foods, okonomiyaki, whose name “grilled as you like it” refers to the fact that you can make your okonomiyaki with pretty much whatever you please. It also refers to the fact that I like to play around with my recipes to make them as I like them (which usually means “not too spicy” for starters). I hope that you can use some of the recipes here to make things as you like it too.

I like to travel too so I’ll be posting photos and write-up of my trips. I’ll also be checking out some local restaurants and posting some reviews here. So I hope that this blog can be a resource for other foreigners living in Maebashi, Gunma, or Japan, people who are visiting Japan, as well as people who are interested in cooking and Japanese food. Of course, since I hope my friends and family are reading too, you may find an occasional tidbit about school life or my life in general too.

All work on this blog is my original writing, unless otherwise noted. Feel free to read and use my recipes. If you want to post one of my recipes on your blog, that’s great, but please attribute your source to me; it’s just common courtesy. Thanks a bundle.

copyright 2008 LMS


12 Responses to “About”

  1. Your blog is really neat. I did the JET program for 3 years and I would love to continue to learn the language and some recipes.

  2. Patrick Kakudo Says:

    It is your cousin in Sacramento, CA, and I just wanted to say “Hi.” Your grandfather Mac gave me your site info to pass around to the other relatives who are not internet savy. I will be sharing your recipes and photos with them. Keep having fun and maybe sometime in the future we can have a Kakudo reunion of course when you come back state side.

  3. leah bell Says:

    hello! i just stumbled upon your blog…its amazing! i’m teaching english in fuji & LOVE japanese food, but struggle cooking it. i look forward to exploring your recipes, thanks so much for sharing!



    • Penny Priddy Says:

      Wow! I just stumbled upon this website and the pics of the food are just awesome! I used to teach in Maebashi with the JET program as well and I think I knew the guy that used to teach at the school you’re at, Andy, I believe. Anyway, enjoy your time in the Bash!

  4. sailforth Says:

    Hello! I just discovered your blog while searching for photos for my introduction class next week. I am a new JET this year in Aomori-ken! Your recipes and commentaries on food sound delicious. I am also keeping a blog, which has started to become a food blog – though no recipes yet. I’m not too good on keeping track of measurements. Anyway, I’ll be sure to keep reading about your culinary and otherwise adventures! Cheers.

  5. Pedro Says:

    Hello, my name Pedfro’m Spanish What price Myrica rubra seed? yamamomo.

  6. Pedro Says:

    Hello Japan , my name is Pedro, I’m Spanish, you know where I can get 10 seeds of Myrica rubra tree?, They sell in the markets of Japan, is called in Japanese (Yamamomo) is a red round fruit, small. Send an email, Thanks.

  7. Evelyne Says:

    Hi Laurel,
    I, too, stumbled upon your website while looking up Japanese recipes. I love Japanese cuisine and this is a wonderful website. The photos are all superb and the recipes very inviting. Looking at the photo of the dinner you had up in the mountains, made my mouth water. One of my favorite dish is also the eggplant with the sweet-miso sauce on top. I have seen many recipes for this dish, like on Just Hungry for instance. I have made it many times myself, yet, I have never been 100% satisfied with the way to cook the eggplant. I’ve had this dish in restaurants where it was just melting in the mouth, but I have never been able to do the same at home. Cooked in the oven it gets dry, do you know how the one you had was cooked ? If you know how the Japanese make it to literally melt in your mouth, I would appreciate it if you could let me know. Many thanks and well done for your beautiful and very interesting website. Evelyne

    • laurel Says:

      I’m pretty sure that the one that I had was fried and then baked. If you’re looking for a recipe to try yourself, Hiroko Shimbo’s Eggplant Disks with Miso Sauce recipe in The Japanese Kitchen looks similar. In her recipe she says that instead of frying you can also rub the eggplants with a generous amount of oil and then bake them at 375 degrees until soft.

      • Evelyne Says:

        Hi Laurel,
        Many thanks for your reply I will follow your advise and look up The Japanese Kitchen.

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