Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Crab and Brie Bake_DSC2994

May you have warm words on
a cold evening, a full moon on a
dark night and a smooth road
all the way to your door.

This gentle Irish prayer reflects my thoughts for those who were affected by the tsunami three years ago today. The enormity of the aftermath is still evident and lives of many were changed that day.

The anniversary happened to fall on Tuesday this year, my blog day. I went back to check my old post to see what I was feeling that day three years ago, more of the same feelings - sadness of course, powerlessness and fear…I pray that time is kind and people find hope and happiness even if it’s still in darkness.  P1020148My son and my husband (my son is in back wearing towel, my husband is next to him in dark shirt) traveled to Japan to volunteer for clean up efforts in 2011.

Oh hello there… I found Fillo sheets inside the freezer. It must be more than 6 months old. I think I had a plan for this but what was it? It’s time for plan B. I improvised one of the recipe in a ‘Award winning Fillo Recipes’ booklet.The recipe is simple however, fillo demands a most delicate touch which is not my strong suit.

Ingredients and Instruction for Crab and Brie Bake for 2-4 servings (Print recipe here)


  • 1/2 cup crab meat

  • 1 Tablespoon of fresh chives finely chopped _DSC2916
  • 1-2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Lemon juice 1-2 teaspoons
  • Cayenne pepper 1/8 teaspoon or more 
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8oz brie
  • Fillo sheets or Puff pastry dough. Defrost over night in refrigerator
  • Olive oil 1/4 cup or more or melted butter 
  • 1 egg for egg wash
  1. In a medium bowl, mix crab meat, chive, mayonnaise cayenne pepper and lemon juice. Salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  2. Prepare fillo –Unfold and lay flat for sometime to get crease out. Brush 1/2 sheet with olive oil and fold in half. Repeat 8 more times. Prevent the fillo sheet from drying by covering with plastic wrap and a moist towel. Lay the prepared fillo sheets in a sunburst design._DSC2914
  3. Remove rind from top of brie and place on the center of the sunburst. Top with crab meat mixture. Press to make dome form._DSC2921
  4. Fold over fillo sheets over from top layer sheets and so on. Trim fillo if needed as you go.
  5. Heat oven to 375F. Lay foil on the cooking sheet or just simply grease the baking tray. Place fillo wrapped crab and brie on top of it.
  6. In a small bowl beat egg and 1 Tablespoon of water. Brush fillo with egg mixture. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Garnish with mixture of mayonnaise and wasabi paste if you like._DSC2931_DSC2995

The accompanying warm soup was not really that complementary. Spinach soup is vegan, gluten free and has 8 servings of vegetables in it. Although the color is wonderful, It tasted like a warm spinach smoothie. Get me some ice cubes! A Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!


I didn’t notice last week but cherry blossom is already happening.IMG_1001

Have a blessed week!


  1. This recipe reminded me so much of the local popular dish of Bulgaria - the banitza...a fillo pastry filled with their local feta-like cheese or sometimes with pumpkin.
    Yay! for Spring time... reminding us of a fresh and new beginnings! Wishing you happy spring season too:)

    1. Thank you Annie. Banitza sounds much better,ha ha ha. Spring is here...actually starts March 21st.

  2. こんにちは。お料理がお好きなのですね。前のブログもみさせていただきました。 ありがとうございます。

    1. ありがとうございます。あなたの旅のブログは旅したくなりますし、情報が手に入って、おもしろいです。

  3. Love the flavor combo, one of my faves!

  4. Time does go very quickly and good thoughts and prayers are the nicest gift.

    Beautiful crab cake and the soup sounds healthy.

  5. Love your very-flaky filo and well-crafted St Patrick's Day soup. You have cooked them all so well :D

    1. Thank you Zoe. Love your charming blog - the banana bread, I hope I can make this weekend.

  6. Beautiful filo pastry dish. I am not skilled enough to repeat your magical wrappings, but I am keeping the filling idea which sounds delicious (I also keep on collecting filo recipes!).
    The soup's decoration is so cute!
    It's difficult to believe it's already been three years...

    1. Thank you so much Sissi. I know... time fly so fast.

  7. you seriously have the most beautiful dishes ever!

    I remember three years ago (right after Tsunami) our family was staying at a hotel for a staycation. there were many japanese tourist and well i wanted to do was hug them and say i'm sorry. of course i didnt...they really would have thought i was crazy!

    1. Thank you very much. Ha ha ha. You're so darling. I'm sure they appreciated your hugs.

  8. 火曜日はなんだか気が重かったです。何年経っても、映像を見る度胸が苦しくなります。ご主人と息子さん、ボランティアに行ったなんて、本当に素晴らしいです。


    1. コメントありがとう、なみちゃん。ほんとうにね、月日の経つのは早いものですが、復興に時間がかかっているので、当事者には辛い3年だったと思います。


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  10. A fabulous dish and combination! I love that Irish prayer.

    Have a wonderful week dear!



  11. I can't believe it was 3 years ago... it seems almost no time at all and yet so much has happened since then both there and in my own life... I can still remember the day itself when I was sitting at work and nobody else was doing any work... we were too busy watching the news :(

    1. Thank you Charles. The time gone by so fast yet people in the area are still suffering. I feel sad. I hope your and your family are happy in new country.