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Friday food post: Takoyaki

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Takoyaki is is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter, cooked in a special moulded pan. It is a little like gem-irons – small cylindrical repositories. The contents are delicious.

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Possessions and puddles of pleasure

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Photo credit – Jean Downs via pixabay.com

What are the best things to spend your money on – possessions or experiences? Some might say that possessions last longer and this contributes to value. Others say that the purchase of possessions is akin to “puddles of pleasure” – that don’t last long before they dry up. Interesting research expands on these ideas.

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Friday food treat: Shichi-mi togarashi

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Shichi-mi togarashi is also known as Japanese seven spice powder. As the name suggests it contains seven ingredients that blend to make a spicy flavour in salad dressings or other meat dishes. If you think this is a Japanese version of Chinese 5 spice powder – think again, and read on.

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Thoughts about money …

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Photo credit – Tim Gouw via unsplash.com

If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.
~ Ray Kroc

The value of a lunch break

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Photo credit – Henrique Felix via unsplash.com

Do you take a break at lunch? Or, do you stay at your desk and have a “bun on the run” while doing work? If you do, you may like to rethink that!

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Friday food treat: Yakiniku – Japanese BBQ

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Yakiniku is a Japanese barbeque – a meat feast. We were served trays meat, a plate of vegetables, a bowl of rice and condiments that included soy sauce, garlic, chilli and pepper. Then the fun began!

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Friday food treat: Bonito flakes

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Bonito flakes are used often used as a garnish in Japanese salads and flavouring in many dishes. When added to a hot dish, the flakes “wave” or “dance” on the surface of the food, which catches the eye of diners! They are in fact a fish product.

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Background photo credit – Joanna Kosinska via unsplash.com

Every so often, I am brought back to the purpose of this blog – to seek out the things that make a flexible lifestyle work. With that goes the incumbent learning, and the experiences that accompany the journey. What are the things that make it possible though?

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Friday food treat: strawberries

Strawberries

Strawberries are not particularly Japanese – so why am I including them in my Friday food treat? It’s the way the Japanese treat them that fascinates me. They are beautifully arranged in trays, and displayed and treated with great reverence. They also taste great!

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