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Vegan Bread at Tsuchikiri Bakery in Shizuoka City!

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I eat bread every morning, therefore I wish to something not only decent but very tasty for my first meal of the day!

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In Shizuoka City we are actually blessed with quite a few artisanal bakeries and Tsuchikiri Bakery is one of them, but you must be prepared to visit it at definite times as their bread will be sold out within a blink of the eye!

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Actually the bakery has moved only recently to its new address at a crossroads in Jyoto Cho, quite away from the busy Kitakaido Street!

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The place is run by ever smiling mother and daughter team who bake their bread twice a day and sell it at 10:00 and 13:30 From Tuesday to Saturday!
Since it is overwhelmingly popular customers can purchase only up 2 of each of the three kinds of bread on offer per person. As far as I know reservations are not accepted!

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Loaves on display will be cut into standard portions accordingly to order: whole. from 2 to 10 slices!

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The three types of loaves. Prices are for a standard portion!

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Raisins bread (not vegan), Plain bread (“yamagata”. Vegan!) and Three-cereal bread (Vegan!)!
Not cheap, I agree, but one of the healthiest bread in town! Industrial bread just does not compare!

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My choice of the day, which would be perfect for vegans who want their vegan bread made without eggs or dairy products: Job’s tears/Adlay (“hato mugi” in Japanese), rye and whole rice!
Moreover the yeast is natural!

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Your standard loaf one cut is packed and handed to you in a paper bag!

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Out of the bag!

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Bear in mind that such bread, being not made with eggs or dairy products, is very soft out of the oven.
I eat it the following morning plain or toasted!

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And if your standard loaf was cut first out of the main loaf you will get the yummy end as service!

TSUCHIKRI BAKERY/土切製缶

Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Jyoto Cho, 4-4(NTT and Mini Stop Shop crossroads)
Tel.: 054-245-1661
Opening hours: 10:00~17:30
Freshly baked bread at 10:00 and 13:30
Closed on Sundays and mondays

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HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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Bakery & Cafe: Singe in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly and smiling
Facilities & Equipment: Very clean overall. Superb toilets
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: Small range but Authentic and crispy breads, fancy breads, soft breads, and dessert breads. Shizuoka tea and vegetable soup available.

A friend of mine, knowing my love for the bread of my country advised me to visit Singe downtown as it was not only a superb bakery but also a very practical cafe.
So I went in its search yesterday!

The approach by the moat of Shizuoka Castle.

It is located by the very wall and moat of the Shizuoka Castle, making it also a stopover during a leisure walk!

No mistake in the French but why “Singe/Monkey”? I will ahve to ask next time as I’m pretty sure it has nothing to with the English word “singe”!

An unusually clear explanation of the opening hours (closed on Sundays)!

It is also clearly advertised not only as a bakery but as also as a cafe opened all day long!

They have just celebrated their first Anniversary!

The Japanese pennants attract the eye from far!

It says, “freshly baked bread cafe”!

Interesting seating for couples! Almost secret!

I came during the afternoon just before the last batch, so there was not too much on the shelves, but the quality was really top class and the design so cute!

Of course you can take your purchase out but the cafe offers really reasonably priced drinks and soup!
I can guarantee you that a lot of people including some from the neighboring offices come here for lunch!

If you come on your own I suggest you take a seat at the counter with a view on the moat of Shizuoka Castle!

But couples will love the seats inside the small alcove!

What’s more, you can have a peek inside the workshop and ovens!

This is what I ordered!
I must admit that I got hungry upon seeing all the breads!

Potatoes, mushrooms, bacon and cheese sauce in real crispy/crunchy French bread!

I really loved that small pie with eggplants, tomato and minced pork stew!

And that small Italian-style closed pizza made up for the right lunch combination!

And local Shizuoka green tea!
A must for the locals and tourists!

To be continued as I’m planning to buy bread to take back home….

Pain SINGE
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Oote Machi, 9-18, Shizuoka Chuo Bldg. !F (in front of Niseki/Red Cross Hospital by the Shizuoka castle moat)
Tel.: 054-251-0551
Opening hours: 07:00~19:00
Closed on Sundays
Entirely non-smoking!

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Bread: Shizuoka Agricultural High School Mari Ishiguro wins Consecutive First Prize at 6th National High School Bread Contest!

Mari Ishiguro/石黒茉莉さん established a record by winning her second consecutive First Prize at the 6th National High School Bread Contest fielding 176 participants from all over Japan!
On the 21st and 22nd of January 2012 the 6th National High School Bread Contest took place in the City of Izu No Kuni in the Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture!
Mari who had won last year’s contest with a “Toma Kara Feuille”/”Tomato Mille-Feuilles” did it again with a ‘Toma Kan Pan” creation!

The concept of the bread was indeed an interesting combination of European and Asian cuisines:
“Toma” stands for “tomato” as dried ones were extensively used.
Note that tomatoes were a prerequisite ingredient in submitted recipes as the Government is actively promoting the culture of this vegetable!
“Kan” stands for “kanten/寒天/agar agar” in Japanese with which the bread was coated!
“Pan” stands for bread in Japanese.

Mari Ishiguro is a third year student at the Shizuoka Prefectural Agricultural High School and will graduate next month before attending Cooking College in Tokyo.
The bread might be small but it took no less than 5 hours to prepare and bake!

Cross section of a frozen sample

Creating the bread with a dough surrounding another dough containing dried tomatoes and walnuts took 3 and a half hours, while the coating with agar agar took an hour. Add to this 35 minutes for baking, the whole work took no less than 5 hours!
According to Mari, this year’s concept was totally different from last year’s approach as she wanted to create a bread/cake that could be appreciated chilled.
Moreover, instead of using water in the dough she utilized the natural juice of real tomatoes.
She also compensated the astringency with cocoa powder.
Finally she topped the bread with dried tomatoes before baking it!
She agreed that her “bread” was more a dessert than anything else!

All this creative work was made possible under the teaching of her Bakery Teacher, Tetsuya Ishida/石田哲也!
Mari and her teacher (and all the students and their students) have the chance to belong to a very progressive high school by Japanese standards which emphazises vocational studies above all!

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Bread: Shizuoka Agricutural High School wins First Two Prizes at 5th National High School Bread Contest!

Bakery Teacher, Tetsuya Ishida/石田哲也 and Shizuoka Prefecture Agricultural High School Principal, Tadashi Nagai/長井正

2nd Prize, Natsuki Arai/新井菜月, and 1st Prize, Mari Ishiguro/石黒茉莉

On the 22nd and 23rd of January 2011 the 5th National High School Bread Contest took place in the City of Izu No Kuni in the Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture!

An “official view” of the 16 finalists’ breads!

A “sneaky view” of the same!

Out of a grand total of 162 contestants who made the first draft, 16 finalists were invited to the finals including no less than 4 participants from Shizuoka Prefectural Agricultural High School who competed against finalists coming as far as Yamaguchi and Iwate Prefecture!

The 16 finalists and the jugde panel posing for posterity!

Mari Ishiguro being awarded the First Prize!

Mari Ishiguro’s bread: “Toma Kara Feuille”/”Tomato Mille-Feuilles”!
A German-style dessert bread concept!

Natsuki Arai being awarded the Second Prize!

Natsuki Arai’s bread: “Colorful Blend”!
A whole-meal bread concept!

The two proud winners (Natsuki and Mari)!

Incidentally I had the chance to eat (whole) both breads two weeks ago!
Now, some people should be convinced by now that the Shizuoka Gastronomy has deep roots!

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Yoghurt Bread

Here is a very simple recipe for bread than can be enjoyed at any times by adults and kids:

Yoghurt Bread!

INGREDIENTS: For 6 “balls”

-All-purpose flour: 150 g
-Light flour (cake flour): 50 g
-Baking powder: 5 g
-Salt: a pinch
-Salad oil: 35 cc/ml
-Plain yoghurt: 150 g
-Honey (liquid): 35 g
-Sliced cheese for topping: as appropriate

RECIPE:

-In one bowl, sift flour, salt and baking powder through and mix well.

-In another bowl, pour yoghurt, salad oil and honey. Mix with a hand mixer or whisk until bubbly.

-Pour the yoghurt mixture a lttle at a time in bowl containg the flour mixture. mix well well with a spatula. Repeat until all the yoghurt mixture has blended well with the flour mixture.

-Divide the dough into 8 balls. Use flour if they are too sticky. Sprinkle some four on an oven plate and place the balls on it. Make a cut over the top. Place some cheese over the top according to preference.

-Bake for 25 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.

NOTE:

-Try with roasted sesame seeds (black or yellow) either included in the dough or as topping!

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Kabocha Bread

Here is another simple bread recipe using kabocha this time!
It ca easily be used for sandwiches and even hamburgers!

Kabocha Bread!

INGREDIENTS: For 8 balls

-All-purpose flour: 4 cups
-Egg: 1
-Lukewarm water: 120 cc/ml
-Oilve oil: 2 tablespoons
-Brown sugar: 1 tablespoon
-Salt: 1 teaspoon
-Dry yeast/yeast powder: 2 g
-Kabocha: 100 g

RECIPE:

-Pour all ingredients, except kabocha, into the bowl of the Home Bakery (see above pic) and set for a first fermentation and switch on.

-Cut the kabocha into small pieces. Boil until soft. Drain well and pass through a sieve to obtain a puree.

-Once the dough has been fermented, take out of the Home Bakery mold. Mix it with the kabocha puree and knead well.

-Form a ball (it’s ok if some kabocha is still visible) and drop it in the Home Bakery mold. Set it for a first fermentation agan and switch on.

-Once the fermentation is finished take dough out and form 8 equal-sized balls.

-Sprinkle balls with flour and let rest on a oven hot plate for a second fermentation.

-When econd fermentation has been finished bake for 10 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius.

Sandwich samples:

Deep-fried chicken burger!

Bacon sandwich!

Ham sandwich!

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Japanese Snack: Wasabi, Umeboshi & Avocado Salad

SYNOPSIS:

Living in a Prefecture that grows 80% of all wasabi in Japan, I thought it was about time I came up with a few recipes with wasabi!

I fully understand that wasabi and wasabi paste is not readily available outside Japan, but if you have the chance to get at least a tube of real wasabi, I a a few recipes for you that requires only a little of the precious stuff.
Bear in mind that wasabi (as well as umeboshi!) is a natural medicine by itself, one more reason for you to buy some.

As for the following recipe, the second one, vegans and vegetarians can substitute the mayonnaise with gomadare/sesame sauce or a simple vinaigrette with olive oil, wine vinegar, salt pepper and wasabi!

Wasabi, Umeboshi & Avocado Salad:

INGREDIENTS: For 1~2 persons

-Avocado: 1 (choose a ripe one!)
-Umeboshi/Japanese pickled plum: 1 (if you don’t want too much salt, choose a sweet one!)
-Mayonnaise: 1 teaspoon
-Wasabi paste: 1/2 teaspoon
-Soy sauce: 1 teaspoon
-Lemon juice: as appropriate
-Nori/dry seaweed: as appropriate

RECIPE:

-Cut avocado in halves, peel, discard seed and cut into samll enough pieces. Drop them in a bowl. Add the lemon juice and stir delicately. Very iportant as it will preserve the colour of the avocado and add to taste.

-Take out and discard the umeboshi seed and chop/mash fine. Add to avocado and stir delicately.

-Add mayonnaise (or vinaigrette), wasabi, soy sauce and stir/mix delicately.

-Serve in a bowl topped with dry seaweed cut in short and thin strips.

NOTE:

-Add peeled orange wedges for looks and taste!

So easy, isn’t it?

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