More Than a Cook

Memorial Day, the day we pay tribute to our fallen heroes. I admit, joining the Navy for me was result of no heroic ambition. I recognize the smallest risk associated with the commitment to military service but it’s not my desire to be a Navy SEAL. That said, I have a greater appreciation who have…

The Way of the Kitchen

The time spent completing writing assignments for school has stolen the time I’d spend writing for you. So I figured I’d share with you at least the fruits of my labor. The assignment was to pick a form of media and to define the culture that created it and the culture that it’s created: Making of a Chef by Michael Ruhlman

Baked Belize

I fed you from the heart of my father- a whole spread featuring Bananas Foster Pancakes and the simple, yet nostalgic satisfaction of the Belizean’s fry jack– the attractively golden, light, crispy, soft, and chewy fried bread, whose plush surface can be host to a number of toppings and perhaps fillings, the most common of…

Left Behind: Pancake Breakfast

I didn’t abandon you or my Soul Food Tour of Japan.  One of the greatest paradoxes of life is that death is part of life. Tomorrow is promised to none of us. My dad, Robert Flowers, passed away two weeks ago, but he left his family behind with more than funeral arrangements. He left us…

Back Burner?

Concerned or frustrated with my posting schedule? Well, I am. But since this blog is devoted to my life in food, I figured I’d let you know the hold up. The bulk of my time writing is spent developing an essay required for a class. The assignment is to write a persuasive essay on a…

Just Swallow!

I’ve been in Japan for quite a while now. One thing I don’t believe I’ve yet experienced to the fullest is sushi; but that will soon change with my upcoming Tokyo food tour. In the meantime, the Liberty Center on the Navy base offered a demo called Sushi 101. Sailors were given the opportunity to practice sushi making….

The Meal That Never Was

Reverend, civil rights leader, activist for peace,  husband, father, legend- the man Martin Luther King Jr. Today is one that celebrates him. As I thought of the ways that I could celebrate him on the Tip of the Tongue, I remembered that last facet of his identity- man. Like the rest of humankind, he had to…

Shogatsu: My New New Year

    I missed it! Well sort of. I left you a message on Christmas Eve. If you haven’t seen it I should remind you that 2016 was a busy year in which some terrific and some terrible things occurred. This year proves to be just as busy so far. Between some activities at work and…

The First Day of Christmas… in Japan

    The rush in and out of crowded stores to grab last minute gifts and missing ingredients for tonight’s party at Auntie’s house. More congested than the stores are the kitchen counter; used dishes eagerly await their turn to be washed, open containers are scattered about- hinting at the menu- and that last dish…

Favourite Christmas food — La Vie in Amour

As I reflect on my Christmas this past weekend in Japan, I thought I’d start with a glimpse at someone else’s- a look at the season’s tastes that we’re a bit more familiar with in the Western World.  Talk to you soon- with details of dining out, dining in, and the ride home! Mini blogmas…

#YokoChopped: Cutting It Close

I guess the loss may have troubled me more than it initially did. A couple of hours later and I was feeling a bit uneasy. I was hungry, tired, and I think a bit frustrated. I don’t think I was as upset with myself as I was confused, trying to figure out why this trait…