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    About Me

    im 31 and have grown up with japanese parents, mostly in auckland, new zealand. i love different cultures, the way they see the world and especially how they socialise - which is why i keep trying to leave new zealand, but somehow i keep finding myself back here again! ive been to france and germany, visited some other parts of europe briefly, australia, the cook islands and japan.

    lately i lean towards a gluten-free diet (and i say 'lean' because if food is good i just cant resist!), and vegetable-centred food. i like to eat veggies and animals that have been treated with respect - so as much as i can afford i try to be organic and local. they always certainly taste better too :)

    when i have my own place, i know i imagine the kitchen to be a place where the family can congregate, laugh, argue cry and have fun, and where delicious things are always being concocted with love.  i know the kinds of pots and pans that id have (a beautiful herb garden too!), and envisage having a kind of family food tradition :) i enjoy my wines, and recently, being interested in french cuisine, am interested in learning about what aperatifs and digestifs are, and how to match them to meals too. i love the idea of eating in the european tradition, being something of a whole social occasion. i guess the japanese eating culture is also very social, although it feels much more casual and beer is the usual alcohol.

    Favorite Foods

    hard to say...there are so many kinds of food made for different reasons...if im being indulgent, i love food tastes and textures that combine to create magic - like the perfect poached snapper and creamed potato at my favourite little french restaurant run by the chef and his wife...but all in all, i think food made with love always tastes better than anything else.

    the food i tend to make if im left ot my own devices, tends to be coarse and always the same pattern- i usually  dont have a sensibility for flavour matching, and no patience to figure out what matches - but i also love following good recipes and if i manage to match it well with a wine (happens once in a blue moon; when it does im ecstatic).

    lately i am into herbal teas, as i dont drink caffeine.  the new zealand kawakawa is a recent discovery; we planted one a couple of weeks ago and i just pick a leaf and steep it for about 5 minutes. i also love chai tea, after discovering yogi tea while in europe.

    two things about me; i dont like bananas on their own and never have - i think it`s the slimy texture! and im not a chocolate or icecream person - ive never understood what the fuss was about. what i do love is sugar though..give me a zabaglione or a good creme brulee and im in heaven!

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