• Beef Potato

    My Family’s ‘Cottage Pie’

    I haven’t learned this dish from my mother. My own family in Japan never knows this dish, I guess. I learned ‘Cottage Pie’ from my husband’s mother and I improved it to create my own recipe. Now I am writing down this recipe for my children so that they can cook their mother’s Cottage Pie …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Icebox Cookies

    Icebox cookies are ‘Slice & Bake’ cookies. The dough is formed into a log, chilled in the fridge, then sliced into rounds or squares before baking. It’s so handy to have cookie dough in the fridge, as you can enjoy freshly baked cookies anytime.Today I made two different flavours. Simply divide the dough in half, …

  • Donburi (Rice Bowl) Fish

    Canned Sardines Rice Bowl

    When I was young and single, I made this rice bowl dish very often. Because it was easy, quick, cheap, yummy and nutritious. You don’t need to cook Sardines because you use Canned Sardines. Why don’t you try this rice bowl once?  I am quite certain you will enjoy this dish. Makes 1 Serving Ingredients …

  • Donburi (Rice Bowl) Tempura

    Seafood Tempura Don

    ‘Seafood Mix’ is often called ‘Marinara Mix’ in Australia, and some people believe ‘Marinara’ means ‘Seafood’. That’s not true. Marinara is actually a tomato sauce and it doesn’t mean ‘Seafood’. There is a very popular dish called ‘Spaghetti Marinara’ in Australia, and it is a dish of Spaghetti and Seafood mixed with tomato-based sauce. That’s …

  • Bread Dough Gyoza Vegetables

    ‘Oyaki’

    If you have travelled in Shinshu region Japan, you might have tasted the authentic ‘Oyaki’. ‘Oyaki’ is a sort of dumpling similar to ‘Gyoza’ made from wheat flour or buckwheat flour dough wrapped around a stuffing that is most commonly vegetables, then cooked on a pan. ‘Oyaki’ are particularly popular in Nagano Prefecture which is …

  • Steamed Sweets

    Steamed Cream Cheese Cake

    This recipe is for 2 servings, but you can easily make it half for single serving. If using half of an egg is bothering, just use the whole or add extra cream or milk instead. Mixing the ingredients can be done in a ramekin or mug, and cook in the microwave for 60-90 seconds. You …

  • Baked & Fried Rice Chicken

    Basic Oven-Baked Pilaf

    I love rice dishes. ‘Takikomigohan’, ‘Mazegohan’, baked rice and fried rice, and all other rice dishes. In Melbourne, I have a great access to a huge variety of rice and I enjoy cooking them. However, cooking rice in a saucepan or a frying pan can become tricky because I sometimes forget about rice when I …

  • Cold Sweets

    Super Easy Vanilla Ice-cream

    If you have a food processor, home-made ice-cream is easy to make. Some types of blenders are powerful enough to make it, too. When you make frozen fruit desserts, you simple process frozen fruit pieces with cream or yoghurt. You make Vanilla Ice-cream in the same way. By adding extra ingredients, you can create a …

  • Other Seafood Takikomigohan

    Oysters Takikomigohan

    In Japan, shucked Oysters are sold in plastic containers in the same way as meat. They are often quite large and not particularly expensive. Here in Melbourne, Oysters are fancy food. Shucked Oysters are always sold on the half-shell and they are often rather small and quite expensive. This is very disappointing because I like …

  • Matcha

    Soft Matcha Chocolate

    Dark chocolate or white chocolate, ganache is easy to make. You just mix the right amount of ingredients. Adding some Matcha Powder to the white chocolate ganache makes this delicious dessert. You only need 3 ingredients. No chocolate dessert can be easier than this! Ingredients 200g White Chocolate 80ml Cream *This amount makes quite soft …

  • Beef

    Pressure Cooked Beef Brisket

    This dish should be slow cooked for several hours, but I want to save the power expense. The quickest cooking method is the pressure cooker method. The cooking takes 1 hour including 30 minutes of pressure-cooking time. If you don’t haver a pressure cooker, just simmer gently for several hours until brisket is tender. Makes …

  • Bread Dough

    Greek Flat Bread for Souvlaki or Dips

    Souvlaki is my family’s favourite Greek food and we always enjoy Souvlaki with flat bread. I use to buy the Souvlaki bread, but I realised that I could make them at home. My recipe is based on my ‘1-Hour Focaccia’ recipe and these bread are better than store-bought ones as always. And it’s EASY! Makes …

  • Beans & Peas Sweets

    Butter Bean Spreads

    I often use sweetened butter bean paste for making Japanese sweets, but my husband is not a big fan of sweetened beans. He doesn’t eat even ‘Azuki’ Red Bean paste which is an essential ingredient for Asian sweets. I realised that the sweetness and the flavour of beans are not a good mix for some …

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