Shojin means a lot of meaning in Japan.
Basic meaning is "make effort everyday for life"
As food, in Japan Shojin ryori(ryori means cooking) is traditionally food for monks since 6th century after they brought buddhism, influenced by China and India.
In Japan, the basic rule is Vegan, some are strictly ban garlic and allium family and spices etc as well as bold seasoning, but nowadays some are open to use those smelly vegetables but spices. Why? I think they will increase the taste and monks would want to eat more! Hahaha. Because in temples, "Bonnou" (desire for anything like things, food, people) are prohibited.
My Shojin style food - is not strictly at all. This is for good eating.Joy. Adventure. And importantly, good with alcohol!
Opposite thoughts of Shojin food. That's why I don't call my food Shojin. I say "Shojin style". I just use their ideas and technics for my food.
Tomoko Tahara A.K.A.#cookhatter
<Restaurans in Vancouver>
The Acorn : Vegetarian restaurant
The birds and beets : Cafe
Cacao Vancouver:Modern latin
The mackenzieroom:Modern coastal
Birds and beets
Tempea food: tempeh maker
<Restaurant in Japan>
Bon Gout: Bakery and wine
Bar Pancho:Spanish tapas
Takanoya :Gastro pub