Welcome to my blog.

After a few random posts I've decided to dedicate this blog to my life long project of Japanese food
and culture (and my life in general, especially my travels).

Since my first taste of sushi back in 1997 I've been interested in, and frequently been making
Japanese food.
My interest in the country and culture started long before and continues to evolve.
I was lucky to finally visit Japan in October 2008 and hope to be back soon.
In July 2012 I visited Japantown in San Fransisco, the next best thing!
I was lucky to be back in 2015, 2016 and 2017 thanks to the fact that we now have family living in California.
Both small and big adventures will from now on, as time permits, be shared with you.

I will post other recipes and pictures too, mainly cooking projects, plants and art projects
(including my new love - making kumihimo braided objects).

I hope you'll find it interesting, and feel free to leave a comment or ask questions!

I write mainly in English, but there will be some Norwegian too, especially posts about things
that mainly have Norwegian interest. Tutorials are bi-lingual.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Lucky me! Soap in the mail.....

Last week I was lucky as I pressed the "like" button of the Facebook page "Grønn såpe" and won a piece of home made soap.
Grønn såpe on Facebook
Today it was waiting for me at home as I arrived from a weekend at my parents.

Look at the nice package! It smelled wonderful... I tried it at once. It left a nice, clean feeling without too much scent or no residue. A very good soap! I will get more for sure....
Get your own here: Grønn såpe på Epla (Norwegian customers)

My choice was the soap named "Ruby" because it had cherry blossom fragrance.... (yes, you figure why!)

- Clean Linuz

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

A new toy....

Today, I was so lucky, lucky, lucky...... because my new kitchen machine arrived.
Yes, my dear dad got me a Kitchen Aid! I can´t wait to put it to use... today I just cleaned it and looked at it. :)
My first test will be to make matcha ice cream I think, so stay tuned!

I went for a black one to match the coffee machine!

I also got some lovely flowers from Mr. Linuz: Isn´t he the best?

Yes, it was my birthday - I don´t get these things every day....

Monday, 23 May 2011

Creative weekend

This weekend I went to a market in Oslo to sell my kumihimo jewelry. I always bring the mobidai to show people that I´m actually doing this by hand - and this is a big surprise to them.
Anyway, it was a nice day and I sold a few bracelets, talked to a lot of nice people and braided some cords. I´m working on some bracelets for legs, that´s always popular in the summertime + I made some earrings.

Here´s some new stuff:

And this is the market I went to:

Sadly, being away doesn´t help my garden.... and it´s been raining quite a lot the last week. I hope for some sunny days this coming week, in that way I can make up for lost progress and get my garden in shape. At least the tomato plants are still alive, with some flowers!

Earrings in the window (on chopsticks - they´re so versatile!)...

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Planting and braiding!

Besides my everyday duties; work, husband, child, home, I find time for my two favorite things to do these days. Sunday we went to the local garden center to look for plants. The arrival of Austin roses was delayed, so I couldn´t get a replacement for my dear Heritage II who died this winter. Two very cold winters in a row has killed two lovely roses.... I still haven´t decided if I´ll get a Heritage again, or if I´ll try some other rose.

I´m looking here:
David Austin Roses
(but only a few varieties can be bought in Norway....)

I still got tomato plants, lavendel and a mint plant. They´re currently in my front garden (sunny side).

On the kumihimo front, I´ve made quite a few bracelets and some necklaces.

This one I like a lot:
Pink with blue flower

Most of my products can be ordered custom color and length, with a choice of silver or gold plated details.

:) Linuz