The Ploughman’s Sandwich

I got my hands on some Ballymaloe Country Relish last weekend!
V brought this delicious Irish relish with her when she came to visit Tokyo with her family all the way from her kitchen in Kobe. Yes, that’s right, it’s homemade!
I actually had to ask V how to use this relish because I’ve never really tried relish before. She told me it went well in a Ploughman’s Sandwich. So naturally, my next question was, what exactly is a Ploughman’s Sandwich?
V was nice enough to explain what kind of sandwich it was and then I went home and did what any respectable person would do. I googled it. And I found this really interesting website called All Sandwiches that actually had a recipe for a Ploughman’s Sandwich!
I’ve been making this sandwich to take to work lately. I love it.
(adapted from All Sandwiches)
Wholewheat bread
Sliced Tomato
Cheddar cheese
Lettuce and/or greens
Ballymaloe country relish
Spread mayo on both slices of bread.
Place a slice or slices of cheese on one.
Spread the ballymaloe country relish on top of the cheese.
If you really like relish, add on the other slice of bread, too.
Top with slices of tomato and lettuce/greens.
Put them together and enjoy!

The Embroidery Art by Takashi Iwasaki

Can you believe that this is not a painting?
It’s all embroidered (is that a word?), if you can believe it. They are created by a Japanese artist, Takashi Iwasaki, who currently resides in Canada. I just love how colorful all of it is! And although I have no idea what the story behind each creation is, according to the interview he did, many of the abstract shapes and colors have meaning behind them.
He calls himself an “Art Enjoyer” and I think it fits him perfectly.

The Homemade Tortilla Recipe


I always have a few tortillas is the house.
It’s so easy to make.

And tortillas make easy meals.
I usually make wrap salads.

But I found this healthy-ish recipe on Pinterest
(I say -ish because I use tons of cheese)
and thought I’d give it a try.

And it was GOOD!!!
Especially with all that CHEESE!!!

The more I made
the more cheesy it became.

So so gooooood!!!
(Recipe here.)

And if you want to make your own tortilla, you should.

Homemade Tortillas
2 cups  flour
1-2 tbs  olive oil
1/4 tsp  dry yeast
1/2 cup  water
1/4 tsp  salt
Mix everything together and divide into 6 portions.
On a floured surface, roll out into a circle.
In a nonstick pan or skillet
 cook over medium heat for 1-2min.
*If you want larger tortillas divide into four portions.
*You can also freeze them for another day.

The Season For Nomikai

I have so many posts to put up
but my days have been kind of busy lately.
Mostly with all the good bye and welcome nomikai
with fellow coworkers who got shuffled around in the company.
Including me!
Actually it’s not that big of a move this time
as it was just a structure change so what I do doesn’t change.
So it’s like my team moved to a new department.
But we still got a nomikai because
no one in Japan would pass up a chance to drink.
And to be merry…yay!

The Heidi Stamps

I love writing letters when I can.
And I love sending them with postage stamps.
Especially when I spotted these cute
Heidi stamps the other day.
It’s from the animated TV series
A lot of my friends grew up watching this program.
I watched the reruns with my family, too.
I knew the story of Heidi was from Switzerland.
But here are a few things I did not know about the animation.
This series was made in Japan way back in 1974.
I actually thought it was a
dubbed version of a foreign animation.
But silly me.
I should have known.
It is much too cute to be European.
Hayao Miyazaki, famous for his Studio Ghibli movies,
did the scene design and layout for this animation.
PS: Did you know he lives in Tokorozawa?
This series has 52 episodes.
It apparently wasn’t an instant hit
when it was first broadcast on TV.
But it soon became popular through the reruns.
And it became an international hit as well
being broadcast in over 40 countries.
It’s a really great animation to watch with the whole family.
And after this, I think I’m going to go buy another
sheet of this stamp at the post office!
PS: I grew up watching this version of Heidi.
How about you?

(the ever famous opening theme for the animated TV series)