• Nuts Vegetables

    Celery & Blue Cheese Salad

    I first came across a blue cheese in Australia. It had a very strong smell like rotten food. And it contained blue mould. The taste was far too strong for me. I hated it! And now, it is one of my favourite cheeses. Since I discovered a soft gooey type blue cheese, I have been …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit

    Apricot Crumble Cake

    This delicious cake can be made with any seasonal fruit. This time I used Apricots. You may wish to use plums, peaches, nectarines, pears, apples, etc. If you don’t have any seasonal fruit, canned fruit is totally fine. Enjoy with softly whipped cream or yoghurt. Cake Tin 20cm Square Cake Tin Crumble Butter 50g Brown …

  • Chicken Mushrooms

    Chicken & Shiitake Skewers

    Just two ingredients and a little bit extra effort make this amazing dish. When you find thick & plump fresh Shiitake (mushrooms), please try it! Chicken can be thigh, breast or tenderloin, but Chicken and Shiitake need to be cut to similar sizes so that they will be cooked evenly. Same as ‘Yakitori’, if you …

  • Cold Sweets

    Panna Cotta

    ‘Panna cotta’ is an Italian dessert of sweetened Cream set with Gelatin, and it is usually moulded. Cream only Panna Cotta is too rich and heavy for me. That’s why I always mix Milk and Cream. You can make ‘Milk Jelly’ by using Milk only. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 500ml (2 cups) of Milk & …

  • Cold Sweets

    Black Forest Trifle Dessert

    Many months ago, I decided that I would make ‘Black Forest Trifle’ next time I have some leftover chocolate cake. However, no such ‘next time’ ever occurred. But I didn’t want to bake chocolate cake just to make this dessert. ‘Isn’t there any easy way?’ I wondered. I was looking for ready-made chocolate sponge or …

  • Cold Sweets

    Whipped Cream Custard

    This is a very versatile soft cream that can be used for many dessert, particularly perfect for the trifle. Its softness can be altered by adding less milk or whipped cream for firmer texture. If you want it sweeter, add more sugar. This recipe uses a half of my ‘Basic Custard’, but you can use …

  • Bread

    1-Hour Focaccia

    When I was cooking ‘Chicken Cream Stew’ for dinner one day, I was regretful that I hadn’t bought a nice crusty bread. I still had 50 minutes until dinner time, so I started making bread. I had heard about microwave enforced proofing for quick bread making. I made 4 bread rolls that evening. The bread …

  • Fish

    ‘Fitzroy’ Fish

    ‘Fitzroy’ is an inner-city suburb of Melbourne. It was 25 years ago, I went to a Spanish restaurant in Fitzroy with my colleagues, high school teachers. I had a fish dish and I loved it so much. I tried to figure out how it was cooked and scribbled a note on a piece of paper. …

  • Chicken

    Lemongrass & Chilli Chicken Stir-fry

    My daughter is a big fan of South East Asian cooking. Thai and Vietnamese cuisines are very popular in Australia. This chicken stir-fry is a copy of my daughter’s stir-fry. The sauce is a bit too sweet for me, buy my daughter says I always complain the sweetness of food at any Thai restaurants and …

  • Fruit

    Strawberry Sauce

    Do you like strawberry sauce topping for ice-cream, cheesecake or pancakes? I bet you do! Do you know what is in the shop-bought strawberry sauce? The most common ingredients are Water, Sugar, Strawberries, Thickener, Colour, Strawberry Flavour, Food Acid, Vegetable Gum and Preservative. Do you know what you need to make it at home? You …

  • Fruit Vegetables

    Fennel & Pear Salad

    The subtle sweetness of firm pear is so perfect for many salads. I have two favourite pear salads, ‘Rocket & Pear Salad’ with French dressing and this ‘Fennel & Pear Salad’ with lemony dressing. The dressing is lemony but not very sour. The reason why it is so lemony is because of the grated lemon …

  • Beans & Peas

    Edamame & Cream Cheese Dip

    In Melbourne where I live, ‘Edamame’ has become a quite common food. I don’t need to go to Asian grocery stores to buy them because most supermarkets sell frozen ‘Edamame’. As you probably know that ‘Edamame’ literally means ‘beans on stems’, and it is the name of a preparation of immature soybeans in the pod. …

  • Vegetables

    Spring Coleslaw

    The vegetables in season are sweet and delicious, and I particularly love cabbages in Spring. My favourite is Savoy Cabbage. Simply slice up everything and mix with the oil-free sweet yoghurt dressing. Your children would love this salad. For grown-ups, some thinly sliced Onion would be a good addition. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Cabbage 200g …

  • Pork

    Oven Baked Tonkatsu (Pork Cutlets)

    The deep-fried pork cutlet coated with panko breadcrumbs is called ‘Tonkatsu’ in Japanese. These days, for health benefits, more and more people cook them in the oven rather than deep-fry. It is much easier and I love this method. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Pork Steaks 4 *500 to 600g Salt and Pepper as required Plain …

  • Cold Sweets Fruit

    Strawberry ‘Tiramisu’

    September 2018 in Australia, there was a report that a sawing needle had been found in a strawberry in Queensland. After the incident, more and more needles have been found in strawberries all over Australia, and some farmers were forced to dump their harvest as they couldn’t sell them. Strawberries totally disappeared from supermarkets for …

  • Beans & Peas Halloween

    Wicked Black Bean Dip

    I guarantee this dip is tasty though it looks horrible. It’s a perfect Halloween party food! This dip is based on the basic ‘Hummus’ recipe. I simply tried to make black coloured ‘Hummus’ using Black Beans and Black Tahini. Jalapeño is highly recommended, but it’s optional. Ingredients Canned Black Beans 1 *400g, drained Red Onion …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Sticky Date Pudding

    I never knew the fruit called ‘Date’ until I moved to Australia. The fruit was not known in Japan. My very first experience to taste the fruit was Sara Lee’s ‘Frozen Sticky Date Pudding’. I liked the flavour but I thought it was overwhelmingly sweet. I have tried some recipes to make the pudding by …

  • Curry Vegetables

    Spinach & Coriander Curry

    Using the same method of caramelising the onions quickly for ‘French Onion Soup’ and frozen Spinach, you can make this curry very easily. If you don’t enjoy Coriander, just add more Spinach or other green vegetables such as Kale. The green beans in the photo are Edamame (young soy beans) for the crunchy texture. You …

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