"One common thing to be missed by all people living in foreign countries would probably be their own food. I hardly eat at Japanese restaurants. They all appear foreign to me because most of the time they are Japanese themed operated by Canadians. Due to the substitute ingredients and used, the food I eat in Japan and the Japanese food prepared in Canada do not taste the same. I simply prefer paying for foreign dishes rather than dishes “dressed” Japanese as I can make these myself. I am lucky enough to like cooking so I usually survive OK wherever I live. In a way, I probably eat Japanese food everyday because I prepare it myself.
For the residency I would like to propose Survival Japanese Cooking. I will get all the ingredient from a local Dutch supermarket, without going to any Asian specialty stores. I will commit myself to choosing only Dutch products."
During her residency in This Neck of the Woods Shie participated in the gallery installation at ramfoundation. The finissage of the exhibition was marked a sampling of Dutch-product based sushi and gyoza. Shie also presented a slide-show tour of the the survival Japanese meals cooked and Dutch food she consumed while in TNOTW.
Shie Kasai (Montreal/Sapporo) was an official resident of This Neck of the Woods August28 - September 5, 2006.
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