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At Home with Venetia in Kyoto

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Venetia Stanley-Smith has been living in Kyoto's Ohara district for a decade. We introduce her eco- and people-friendly way of life.


Tue.1:30 - 2:00
7:30 - 8:00
13:30 - 14:00
19:30 - 20:00

Apr. 29, Tue.*This program was first broadcast on May 7, 2013

A Portrait of Spring

All of the flowers are in bloom in Ohara in Kyoto, heralding the arrival of spring. Venetia gets stuck into the spring gardening work, tending to the finished daffodils. The warm conditions are ideal for a stroll. Venetia sketches some dandelions along the way, and then drop by at a craft studio to see calligraphy brushes being fashioned by a 3rd-generation craftsman. Once Venetia gets home, she makes a dandelion salad. The spring sunshine also prompts her to clean the windows.

Recipe Dandelion Salad

For salad (serves 3):

Dandelion Leaves 50
Boiled Egg 3
Bacon 75g
Mini Tomato 2
Red Onion Small amount
Basil 5 leaves

1) Tear Dandelion leaves into bite-sized pieces, fry bacon until it gets crispy.
2) Arrange remaining ingredients to complete.

For dressing:

Salad Oil
Olive Oil (pure)
Olive Oil (extra virgin)
Wine Vinegar 75ml each
Salt 15g
Pepper Appropriate amount

1) Mix all oils together, add salt and pepper to taste.