• Other Soup

    Creamy Chicken & Corn Soup With Noodles

    I am writing this recipe to encourage my son and his friends to try more cooking. I know they don’t want to bother about cooking soups when instant cup soups are cheaply available from supermarkets. But do they know what’s in those powders? Soup is easy to cook and much more nutritious and delicious. Try …

  • Egg Other Soup

    Jumbo ‘Chawanmushi’ with Chicken Shimeji Sauce

    When you make ‘Chawanmushi’, savoury custard soup, ingredients are placed in the custard. This is an easy version for the everyday meal. The jumbo version looks great, but steaming the large serving bowl is a tricky job. The individual serve might be easier for you. When I need to steam a large bowl, I use …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Sweets

    Cinnamon Rolls

    ‘Kamome Shokudō’ is a 2006 Japanese comedy film that is set in Helsinki, the capital city of Finland. It’s a story about a woman who sets up a small cafe serving Japanese-style food. Many delicious-looking foods appear on the film but the Finnish ‘Cinnamon Rolls’ holds the key to attracting the local customers. I started …

  • Beef Shirataki & Itokonnyaku

    Sweet Soy Flavoured Itokonnyaku and Beef

    Do you know ‘Sukiyaki’? Thinly sliced beef cooked with vegetables in a sweet soy flavoured sauce is known as ‘Sukiyaki’. This dish is almost the extract of my favourite bits from ‘Sukiyaki’. Beef, Ito-Konnyaku (or Shirataki) and Onion are cooked in a sweet soy flavoured sauce with fresh ginger is delicious with freshly cooked rice. …

  • Fruit Sweets

    Hot Fruit Salad

    This is one of our family’s favourite Winter desserts. I learned it from my husband’s mother many years ago. It’s absolutely quick and easy, and if you have a frying pan, you can make it. I always stock canned peaches in my pantry, so that I can make this dessert anytime. Everyone gets excited once …

  • Cold Sweets

    Basic Bavarois with Mixed Berry Sauce

    When I want to use up the leftover egg yolks, I often make custard desserts. This is one of them. Some recipes say we should cook the egg yolks with milk, but I don’t cook because the hot milk is added to the egg yolk mixture and it will almost cook the egg yolk. This …

  • Sea Vegetables Shirataki & Itokonnyaku

    Shirataki and Wakame Ponzu Salad

    ‘Shirataki’ are translucent and gelatinous noodles made from Konnyaku Potatoes (Konjac Yam or Devil’s Tongue Yam). Largely composed of water and dietary fibre, they are very low in calories. Slightly coloured type is called ‘Itokonnyaku’. They are getting popular as a healthy gluten & wheat free pasta alternative. I love it especially with Ponzu, a …

  • Fruit

    Persimmon and Yoghurt

    It’s Autumn in Melbourne now. Persimmons are sold at the green grocers. Persimmons are called ‘Kaki’ in Japanese and they are NOT particularly special fruit where I used to live because Persimmon trees are absolutely everywhere! But in Melbourne, I have never seen a Persimmon tree and they are quite expensive fruit. Persimmon fruit are …

  • Pork Udon

    Spicy Pork Udon

    I usually stock already cooked Udon noodles (frozen/vacuum-packed) and they are just perfect for one-person lunch. They only need to be warmed and loosened. While you are warming the Udon Noodles, you can cook this spicy pork. It’s quick, easy and yummy as always. Makes 2 Servings Ingredients Udon 2 servings Pork 200 to 250g …

  • Nuts Vegetables

    Walnut Miso with Lemongrass

    There is a variety of condiments that are consumed with cooked rice in Japan. ‘Furikake’, the dry sprinkles is one of them. I have introduced some on this website, such as ‘Nametake’ Enoki, Salmon Sprinkles, Nori Tsukudani, Baby Sardines Tsukudani and more. This is another condiment for you to try. Young leaves of ‘Sansho’ (Japanese …

  • Tempura Vegetables

    Parsnip & Carrot ‘Kakiage’ Tempura

    Parsnip is a vegetable that I first tasted in Australia more than 20 years ago and instantly became one of my favourite vegetables. And for a long time I have believed that the best way of cooking parsnip is roasting. But… I have recently discovered that Tempura is also good. If you like parsnip, you’ve …

  • Beef Chicken Hot Pot & Hot Plate Lamb Pork

    Yakiniku

    ‘Yakiniku’ means “grilled meat” in Japanese. The term can refer to grilled meat dishes, but most commonly it refers to the Japanese style BBQ. Bite-size meat and vegetables are cooked on the iron grid or plate over a flame of wood charcoals, or if indoor, gas or electric tabletop grill or hotplate. It’s a great …

  • Egg Okonomiyaki

    Egg White Okonomiyaki

    How do you use up the leftover egg white? Do you make Angel Food Cake, Macarons or Meringue? There are some recipes on this website such as Almond Bread, Pavlova and ‘Langues de Chat’ Biscuits. I want to introduce a new savoury dish for using up the leftover egg white. It’s this ‘Okonomiyaki’. Simply you …

  • Tempura Vegetables

    Beetroot & Onion ‘Kakiage’ Tempura

    On the other day, when I was just about to make ‘Kakiage’, a type of Tempura, I wanted to use some vegetables that I have never used for this dish. I almost always use Carrot and Onion, then I tried to find something that would replace them. Carrot is an orange coloured rood vegetable. ‘Are …

  • Donburi (Rice Bowl) Pork

    Pork Shogayaki (Ginger Pork) Don

    A ‘Donburi (Rice Bowl)’ dish is perfect for my lunch. There was a small block of pork belly in the fridge. Left over rice would be hot and fluffy again when microwaved. So I made this ‘Pork Shogayaki Don’ today. The cooked pork mixture would cover the rice, so the pork needs to be sliced …

  • Other Soup

    Creamed Corn & Egg Soup

    Don’t buy instant cup soups. Try to make by yourself and find out it is actually easy to make. This is one of the quickest & easiest soups I know. Yet it is nutritious and surely warms you up. I sometimes add rice to it or pour this soup over rice. So delicious… Makes 4 …

  • Sweets

    Muscovado Dates & Walnuts Steamed Cupcakes

    These ‘Muscovado Dates & Walnuts Cupcakes’ can be baked in the oven or even microwaved. But the result is best when steamed. When soft batter is steamed instead of baked, the cupcakes become very soft and tender. That’s why I often love to steam. It’s quicker, too. However, when I took this photo, I did …

  • Beef

    Beef Stew – Pressure Cooker Method

    If you have time, just slow cook for a few hours. If you have a pressure cooker, this dish can be cooked in half an hour. Saving time and energy is the ideal way of cooking for me. This time, I served it with mashed potatoes, but boiled potatoes, couscous, polenta or nice crusty bread …

  • Mushrooms Vegetables

    Spicy Enoki & Cucumber Salad

    Some say Enoki can be eaten raw, but I always cook. Even for the salad, I cook them to give enough heat to kill bacteria. Using Sesame Oil to fry them give a nice flavour and I like this method better than microwave or blanching. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Enoki 200g Sesame Oil 1 tablespoon …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Gingerbread Characters

    My children have been always creative and they enjoyed making Gingerbread Characters when they were young. To decorate the characters, they used chocolate chips, ‘Smarties’, lollies and icing. One day I made a character’s mouth (lips) using sliced red lolly snake, and that upset my son so badly. He removed those red lips from the …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit

    Super Easy Apple Crumble

    Everyone’s favourite dessert ‘Apple Crumble’ can’t be easier than this. All novice cooks should try this recipe and gain your confidence. I always use Granny Smith apples for this dessert. Granny Smith apple is originated in Australia and it is one of the most popular cooking apples. It gets soft quite quickly and you don’t …

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