salmon roe (ikura)

2015-10-08 SAPPORO, JAPAN -- Salmon roe (ikura) is a delicacy in Japan. USA fishermen treat it as bait. What a waste!

Our recipe is: (a) loosen and rinse the salmon roe in water, (b) dry in a colander for several hours, (c) pour a mixture of 5 parts sake, 4 parts mirin, and 1 part soba sauce, (d) soak overnight, (e) sprinkle over rice or crackers or tofu and enjoy!

From left to right: slightly dried salmon roe, mirin, soba sauce, and sake. The roe absorbs water while being loosened and rinsed. In my recipe, the roe is dried so that it later absorbs more sauce. We prefer less soy sauce to bring out the flavor of the roe.

Add enough sauce to completely cover the roe. A generous amount works better than too less.

Store in a refrigerator overnight.

The roe absorbs the sauce, and becomes plump and large. Notice that after soaking the sauce barely covers the roe.

The all-time standard is rice bowl (don), where the roe is sprinkled over a bowl of white rice. We are waiting for this year's new crop of rice. We ordered ours today. Should arrive soon!

In the meanwhile, we went for the grown-up
izakaya (pub or bar) flavor. This is ikura on daikon-oroshi (grated daikon radish).

Baguette and cheese make a great bed, too.

Cold tofu and ikura make a fancy appetizer.

beachtown coffee

2015-09-25 LINCOLN CITY, OREGON, USA -- Beachtown Coffee, our favorite coffee shop in town, is being evicted at no fault of theirs. The owner of the property wants all tenants to leave. I wrote a letter to the owner urging them to reconsider.

My letter of support (PDF file).


open air trumpet

2015-09-23 LINCOLN CITY, OREGON, USA -- Before my trumpet lesson with John Bringetto, I warmed up at Ona Beach State Park, located 2 minutes away from John's house.

I love playing outdoors as long as there is nobody around. I thought I was alone because I saw no cars parked or people walking. I practiced with my eyes closed ... Imagine my surprise and embarrassment when I opened my eyes to see 2 people on paddleboards waving at me!


lincoln city 50th anniversary parade

2015-09-19 LINCOLN CITY, OREGON, USA -- Our city celebrated with a parade its 50th anniversary of becoming a municipality.

The parade started at the Cultural Center (formerly the DeLake School), where we go twice a week for yoga lessons.

Our friend's dog participated in the parade.

Most American events begin with the playing of the national anthem. A local trumpet player belted out a solo. In the background the Oregon National Guard stands in formation. They lead the parade.

Second in parade is the flag, carried by a team of kids.

Next, the fire department. This is ladder 57.

Local groups, businesses, and organizations joined the parade.

The News Guard is the city's local paper. Many American towns have their own local daily. Some universities do too.

The candy shop's car was decked out with candy wrappers. Check out the hub caps!

The local beer brewery brought their beer truck. Notice the faucets on the side.

The Taft High School team is the Tigers.

The trumpet player drove his Corvette while playing.

Last in the parade, the garbage truck, clean as a whistle!

The parade ended at the Community Center and Kirtsis Park, a block from our house.

We waited in line and had a hot dog!


2015-09-14 GALESVILLE RESERVOIR, OREGON, USA -- While kayaking on Galesville Reservoir in southern Oregon, we came across thousands of large tadpoles! What a beautiful sight!

Galesville Reservoir, located near the community of Azalea, Oregon

Water levels are low in most Oregon reservoirs due to a dry rainy season and a hot dry season. The shallow warm water is good for tadpoles!

The water bottom was almost completely black with tadpoles. The picture below shows tadpoles after many of them swam away when they saw our shadow.

Some had tails, some had hind legs, some had fore legs too, and some were climbing ashore.
Each tadpole with a full-length tail was about 7 cm long.

Lots of algae in the water keep the tadpoles well-fed. Here's a pair happily together in the water. Soon they'll lose their tails and become adults.

This young adult posed for its picture.