Summer in Japan gets scorching and steamy. Mid-summer Temperatures often reach 95 F or higher depending on the region. Along with beer, watermelon and soomen (cold udon noodle), kakigoori (shaved ice) is a popular cold food that cools us down during summer.
Eating a well-balanced snack before and after you exercise is essential for repairing sore muscles. Your body needs healthy fats, carbs and proteins to help break down your hard-worked muscle tissue and give you your energy back.
Last month, I wrote about kicking my convection oven to the literal curb in favor of baking with my rice cooker. For entry-level bakers and those new to baking with a rice cooker, I suggested trying out cake from a box. Try baking something from a box a few times.