January 28, 2013

Japanese style spaghetti

Nope, this is not a Yakisoba (though it may look like it!), but it is a Japanese style spaghetti I made over the weekend.

I once had a similar dish at a local Japanese restaurant and I thought, why not try making this at home?

For an extra kick, I added anchovy paste, but it is an optional :)

Ingredients: for 2 serving

200 grams of spaghetti
1 garlic cloves, crush
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
king oyster mushroom, cut into bize size pieces.
shitake mushroom, cut into bize size pieces.
seaweed (for garnish)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon mirin
1 tablespoon sake
1 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional) 
2-3 tablespoons pasta water


While cooking the spaghetti, heat oil and butter into the pan. Add garlic, anchovy paste, mushroom, broccoli and pasta water.

Add cooked spaghetti into the pan. Season with soy sauce, mirin and sake. Mix spaghetti thoroughly.

Divide between plates, garnish with seaweed.  Enjoy!

January 23, 2013

Something new

New year, new business card and new colors to the logo.

January 21, 2013

Smitten x Watercolor love

My sister, Fern, has just updated her new website. She recently adds watercolor paintings on her portfolio and I love them!. Here are some of my favorites :)

Check out Fern's website here, and facebook here.

January 17, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookies

During the past holidays, I got a chocolate chip cookies recipe from a friend. She said it is one of the best chocolate chip cookie recipes ever. She was right! I bought these to a dinner party, and it was a HIT! I'm baking them again this weekend :)

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.

Thank you Rien, for the recipe :)

January 15, 2013

Functional work spaces

Today I'm loving these inspiring work spaces. Tidy and functional work spaces are always motivating me to work! What about you?

Sources: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 or visit my pinterest.

January 10, 2013

Flowers love

I went flower shopping the other day. I picked these flowers up but didn't know which kind they were (due to my poor Japanese skill, I couldn't read the signs). 

January 08, 2013

Worn Well

Cowl scarf: Jimmy + Maeve via Of a Kind  //  Vertical stud earrings: Cosette //  Trooper jacket: Talula  //  Midnight cami & Leading lady: Essie

January 01, 2013

Happy New Year 2013!

Happy New Year 2013 my dear readers. I hope you have a wonderful year filled with love and happiness. How have your holidays been going so far?

My holidays has been very relaxing! I spent time at sayamako reservoir with my family. The weather was so nice and clear, I could see Fuji Mountain from the lake!