Minestrone Filled With Vegetables Of Spring Is 'soothing' Food

Minestrone filled with vegetables of spring is 'soothing' food

French chef Fumio Yonezawa has been serving as a volunteer once a month at the Ronald McDonald House Setagaya in Tokyo where his cooking helps lift the spirits of those who stay here.

The house, which is run by a public-interest incorporated foundation, is a facility for families and their children, who need to stay in or visit hospitals located far from home to receive advanced medical care. Some NPOs and other organizations have set up these type of accommodations near the hospitals to relieve the burden on young patients and their families.

Steamed Yamato Vegetables, A Taste Of Michelin Star-quality Food

Steamed Yamato vegetables, a taste of Michelin star-quality food

Kuruminoki, a cafe-cum-grocery store, can be found next to the Japan Railways track in a residential area of Nara dotted with little old temples. It is easy to spot, as people line up to secure one of the 80 lunch servings offered each day.

A native of Takamatsu, Yukiko Ishimura, who opened the store 33 years ago, was living at that time in Nara's suburbs after getting married.

Grilled White Fish With Vegetables Can Tickle Young Taste Buds

Grilled white fish with vegetables can tickle young taste buds

Once a picky eater, nutritionist Susumu Matsumaru racks his brains to make lunches that children will love at an elementary school in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward.

As a child, Matsumaru, now 34, was encouraged by a nutritionist at his elementary school to "try at least a bite" of meals he was reluctant to eat. Young Matsumaru would take small bites.

Smartphone Camera Used To Estimates Tastes Of Vegetables

Smartphone Camera Used to Estimates Tastes of Vegetables

Makuta Amenity Co developed a smartphone application that enables to estimate the taste and nutrients of vegetables and fruits just by taking their pictures with a smartphone camera.

Makuta Amenity is a company that is based in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, and deals with agricultural products. The company targets the application at a wide variety of users such as farmers, distributors and general consumers and will commercialize it in April 2018 or later.

Pan-fried Tofu With Ponzu Dressing And Shredded Vegetables

Pan-fried tofu with ponzu dressing and shredded vegetablesIngredients
1/4 cup (50g) rice flour
300g firm tofu, cut into 8 slices
1/4 cup (60ml) gluten-free tamari
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon mirin (see note)
1 1/2 tablespoons grapeseed oil (see note)
2 carrots, cut into thin matchsticks
1 red capsicum, cut into thin strips
1 green capsicum, cut into thin strips
6 spring onions, cut into long strips, plus extra sliced to garnish

Teriyaki Salmon With Pickled Vegetables

Teriyaki salmon with pickled vegetablesIngredients

1/4 cup (60ml) gluten-free tamari (see note) (naturally brewed soy sauce)
1 tablespoon caster sugar
2 tablespoons mirin (see note) (sweet Japanese rice wine)
1 tablespoon sake or shaohsing (Chinese rice wine) (see note)
4 skinless salmon fillets
Steamed rice, to serve
1 teaspoon black (see note) or white sesame seeds