• Beans & Peas Vegetables

    Mixed Beans Mustard Salad

    I often make salad using canned Mixed Beans and Edamame beans. And for the bean salad, the essential ingredient is crunchy fresh Carrot. You can add other crunchy fresh vegetables such as Radish and Cucumber, but Carrot’s crunchiness is absolutely the best match to the Edamame beans which have quite crunchy texture. Makes 4 Servings …

  • Lamb

    My Family’s Lamb Koftas

    Australia produces a lot of lamb meat but lamb meat is quite expensive. When my children were young and I was trying to prepare good meals inexpensively as we were having a tough time, minced meat was a good option. I often made lamb skewers with this meat mixture instead of making round patties, just …

  • Fish Udon

    Tuna Udon

    This is a very simple dish, that can be prepared quickly and cheaply. If you can’t find Udon noodles, why don’t you use Spaghetti? Most stir-fried Udon dishes can be made with Spaghetti. I usually use a small (95g) canned tuna, but you may wish to add more tuna, and extra vegetables. The sauce is …

  • Sweets

    Golden Syrup Dumplings

    It was before our first child was born. My husband and I tried to make this dessert for the first time. We ended up by burning the dumplings. We tried again and again, but we always burned the dumplings. Now I know that we were doing OK but the recipe was wrong! This dessert is …

  • Sea Vegetables

    Garlic Anchovy ‘Kombu’

    This is another sea vegetable dish that I want to encourage people who are not familiar with them to try. Have a look at the ingredients. Olive Oil, Garlic, Chilli and Anchovy!!! It’s very Mediterranean which many people love. ‘Kombu’ (Kelp) is very nutritious and has no fishy smell. This could be easier for you …

  • Vegetables

    Perilla ‘Shiso’ Tsukudani

    As it is so difficult to find Japanese ‘Shiso’ Perilla where I live, I bought seeds online and I have been trying to grow myself. Japanese ‘Shiso’ seeds were unsuccessful and I am trying again, but half-purple type perilla is growing so quickly and the leaves grow very large. The fragrant is not quite strong …

  • Baked & Fried Rice

    Curry Fried Rice

    In Japan, most commonly Sausages are used for this fried rice dish, but I use any protein that I have in hand. This time I used a thick slice of Ham. Curry Powder that I use is a quite spicy one. You may wish to add more or less, but do not forget the Soy …

  • Chicken

    Sweet & Sour & Spicy Chicken

    Everyone loves ‘Sweet & Sour Chicken /Pork’. I simply wanted to make the dish spicy hot! I usually don’t have fresh chilli, but a jar of Toban Djan (Chili Bean Sauce) is in the fridge for always, so I added it to the ordinary sweet & sour chicken. This dish is now everyone’s favourite! Makes …

  • Beans & Peas

    Basil Hummus

    I loved the basil hummus that I found on Cookpad. The basil flavoured hummus suits my taste better than classic hummus, but it was a little too heavy for me. So I am now writing the altered recipe for myself. You can find the original recipe here. Ingredients 1 can (400 g) Chickpeas *drained and …

  • Egg Tofu

    Gluten-free & Dairy-free Quiche

    This quiche is Gluten-free & Dairy-free. Crust is fried Tofu. No milk, no butter, no cream and no cheese are used. The main ingredients are Egg and Japanese Mayonnaise. Add whatever ingredients you like. This time, I used Prawns, Edamame, Spring Onion and Spinach. It’s very easy!!! Pie Dish I used 8cm Base Round Pie …

  • Chicken

    Lazy ‘Yakitori’

    Why lazy? Because they are not on skewers. Sometime I want to eat ‘Yakitori’ but I don’t want to bother making them. If it is just for myself or family dinner, this is good enough, isn’t it? My favourite ‘Yakitori’ is ‘Negima’, Chicken & Spring Onion, seasoned with just salt and pepper. The lazy version …

  • Fish

    Marinated Salmon Sashimi

    ‘Sashimi’, sliced raw Fish, are still hard to find where I live, but I have a good access to Salmon that is fresh enough to eat raw. You don’t like raw salmon? How about to cure the raw salmon in lemon juice based marinade? This refreshing dish is perfect for lunch or dinner on a …

  • Seasoning

    ‘Kara-age-Ko’

    ‘Kara-age-Ko’ is a seasoned flour used for, most commonly, fried chicken in Japan. ‘Kara-age Chicken’ can be made in many different ways and I have my own recipe, but my mother used to use a store-bought ‘Kara-age-Ko’ when she prepared our bento lunch in the morning. It was the quickest way to make fried chicken, …

  • Egg Vegetables

    ‘Shiri Shiri’ Carrots

    I recently discovered that this dish is originated in Okinawa Island in Japan, and the dish has its name. ‘Shiri Shiri’ means thinly sliced strips of vegetables in Okinawan language. ‘Shiri Shiri’ Carrot are stir-fried with Tuna and Egg, then seasoned with Salt, or Soy Sauce if you prefer. My daughter, who is a big …

  • Chicken Takikomigohan

    Ginger Chicken Takikomigohan

    I love ‘Takikomigohan’ which is seasoned rice cooked with vegetables, mushrooms, seafood or chicken. Probably it is my absolute favourite Japanese food. You can find quite a few recipes on this site and I cook them often, and I think this is the easiest ‘Takikomigohan’ recipe. You need 3 main ingredients, and they are Rice, …

  • Potato

    Potato & Smoked Salmon Pancakes

    On this website, I have shared a recipe for ‘Potato Oyaki’, a type of savoury pancake, and my ‘Potato Oyaki’ is made with Rice Flour. I know many people don’t stock Rice Flour. This ‘Potato & Smoked Salmon Pancakes’ can be made with any flour of your choice. And you don’t need to shred or …

  • Onigiri (Rice Balls)

    Rice Sandwich ‘Onigirazu’

    ‘Onigirazu’ can be translated as ‘not formed/shaped by hands’. Compared to ‘Onigiri’ (Japanese Rice Ball) that is shaped into a ball or a triangle by hands, ‘Onigirazu’ is shaped into a flat square and wrapped with Nori. This new food has no rule at all about the filling. You can use whatever you like. This …

  • Nuts Tofu

    Miso Peanuts & Tofu

    ‘Otsumami’ is something to nibble often with drink which is most likely alcoholic drink. This is a perfect ‘Otsumami’. Crunchy Peanuts and fried Tofu are dressed with sweet miso sauce. Easy, quick and yummy! If you have a toaster oven, you can toast the Tofu pieces, and it is even easier. Makes 2 to 4 …

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