• Takikomigohan

    Smoked Salmon Takikomigohan

    My ‘Salmon Takikomigohan’ is very popular. But, on the other day, I found a bone in the dish even though I had checked Salmon fillets carefully. Many years ago, when my son was very young, he has got a fish bone stuck in his throat for a few days, and it was a nightmare for …

  • Egg Vegetables

    Cabbage & Peas ‘Tamago Toji’

    ‘Tamago Toji’ is a Japanese cooking method to bind the ingredients cooked in sauce or soup with ‘Tamago’, egg(s). Obviously, ‘Toji’ comes from a verb ‘tojiru’ that means ‘bind’. The method is popularly used. ‘Oyako’ Don is an example. This recipe uses Cabbage and Peas, but you can use whatever vegetables you have in hand. …

  • Pork

    Pork Shogayaki (Ginger Pork)

    ‘Pork Shogayaki’, or Ginger Pork, is one of the most popular Izakaya dishes. It is easy to cook if you have thinly sliced Pork. I used to buy a block of Pork Belly and slice it by hand because thinly sliced any meat was not available where I live. More than 20 years later, it …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Mud Cake

    It was in Melbourne many years ago, I first came across this unbelievable cake. I could hardly finish one slice of the cake because it was so sweet and so rich, and the slice was enormous. It was a culture shock to me. I started baking Mud Cake for my son’s birthday because he always …

  • Beef Pork Vegetables

    Baked Stuffed Capsicums

    This recipe must be credited to a person whose name is Asa and who gave me her recipe of ‘Golubtsi’. Asa’s ‘Golubtsi’ is not only delicious but also light & healthy as it is full of vegetables, especially Cabbage. I simply filled Red Capsicums with her ‘Golubtsi’ mixture and baked them. Tasted great and looked …

  • Egg Tofu

    Egg in Abura-age (Thin Fried Tofu)

    ‘Abura-age’ is thinly sliced & deep-fried Tofu. It is used to make ‘Inari-zushi’ wraps and many other dishes in Japan. My mother often cooked this delicious ‘Egg in Abura-age’ for my bento lunch. If you like ‘Inari-zushi’, you will fall in love with this dish. Makes 6 to 8 pieces Ingredients 3 to 4 Abura-age …

  • Tofu Vegetables

    Marinated Tapioca Pearls With Silken Tofu

    If you like the rubbery jelly-like texture of Tapioca Pearls, you would enjoy my ‘Marinated Tapioca Pearls’ that can be a great addition to a salad. Today I marinated Tapioca Pearls in ‘Mentsuyu’ for Silken Tofu salad. It was absolutely delicious! What a genius I am! Makes 2 Servings Ingredients 1/4 cup Tapioca Pearls *I …

  • Dressings & Vinaigrettes

    Marinated Tapioca Pearls

    It’s all started when I tried to create ‘Ikura’, red caviar made from the roe of salmon, as ‘Ikura’ is so difficult to find where I live. I tried to turn Tapioca Pearls into fake ‘Ikura’, but my challenge was not successful, However, I ended up creating very pretty Marinated Tapioca Pearls that can be …

  • Potato

    Hungarian Salami, Boiled Eggs & Potato Sour Cream Bake

    My husband has recently become friends with a man whose family has its roots in Hungary. I thought about Hungarian cuisine. I don’t know much about it, but Hungarian Salami is famous. Then I created this recipe. It’s super easy, yet seriously delicious. SERIOUSLY!!! Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 3 large Potatoes *about 600g1/2 Onion *thinly …

  • Egg Sweets

    Semolina Custard Pudding

    Do you want to eat something sweet, warm and comforting? Try this super easy pudding that can be made instantly. Much nicer than Rice Pudding, which I do not wish to eat. To be able to make this yummy pudding, I always stock a bag of Semolina in my pantry. Makes 2 Servings Ingredients 300ml …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Piña Calada Cake

    ‘Piña Colada’ is a sweet cocktail made with Rum, Coconut Cream or Coconut Milk, and Pineapple Juice. I made this cake for my daughter’s 21st birthday on her request. This very alcoholic cake is only for grown-ups. You can make this cake without Rum, but it would be a Pineapple & Coconut Cake. Still delicious, …

  • Donburi (Rice Bowl) Fish

    Spicy Salmon Sashimi Don

    Salmon is probably the most popular fish in Melbourne. A local fish shop has started selling sashimi-grade fresh Salmon and I am very happy. You don’t like Sashimi? The texture of raw salmon is not very different from the smoked salmon’s texture. Try this spicy and delicious Salmon rice bowl. You will love the raw …

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