Monday, September 7, 2009

I swear I'm not getting paid for this

I was sorting through my bookmarks last night when I came across a link to Tengu Natural Foods that I'd bookmarked ages ago and meant to explore, then forgotten about. Man, have been missing out!

I think I've mentioned how Japan tends to be all white, all the time, when it comes to most carbohydrates. With me cooking more now I really miss the variety that I used to take for granted back in the UK. Imagine my delight when I finally check out this site and realise it's an organic/health and vegetarian alternative food supplier. It has wholewheat versions of flour, rice, pasta, as well as completely different versions for people with wheat allergies. It also has a choice of grains and other things that I would have a really hard time finding in any non-specialist store. I put an order through last night for:

Quinoa
Whole Wheat Couscous
Bulgur Wheat
Kamut Fusill
Spelt Penne
Whole Wheat Spaghetti

This is going to be awesome! I can still make whatever I want and just replace parts of the recipes with healthier versions. I was getting really frustrated with the unrelenting 'sameness' of many ingredients, and now I can change it up a bit. I was seriously considering buying it internationally and shipping it here, but the shipping costs would have been so high, I'd been putting of off. As this site is based in Japan it's really cheap to ship!

I made a big order of cookbooks from amazon.co.jp on Friday and they arrived yesterday, so I'm trying them out. I made pita bread dough before bed last night, and put dried chickpeas in a bowl to soak (canned beans would make my life so. much. more. convenient. right now) so when I get home I'm going to try out a falafel burger recipe from my new 101 Healthy Eats recipe book.

On a related note, I have been so impressed with the BBC GoodFood 101 cook-book range I cannot tell you. They're cheap, not overly fussy, a reasonable size so you don't need a crane to carry it around the way some of these mega-hardbacks can be, and have really nice recipes that won't intimidate the average home cook.

No seriously, I swear I'm not getting paid for this.

2 comments:

Once Upon A Dieter said...

I'm always amused when, reading manga or watching anime, school kids get so excited about eating...white rice balls with some seaweed.

Eh??? Hmmm. Ok.

Cracks me up.

The Princess

Once Upon A Dieter said...

I'm always amused when, reading manga or watching anime, school kids get so excited about eating...white rice balls with some seaweed.

Eh??? Hmmm. Ok.

Cracks me up.

The Princess