• Udon

    Udon Carbonara

    Italian Pasta are suitable for Japanese flavoured noodle dishes. Japanese Noodles are also suitable for many Italian flavoured pasta dishes. I think Udon Noodles, which are thick and rubbery, are very good with creamy sauces. Today I cooked ‘Spaghetti Carbonara’ replacing Spaghetti with Udon. Makes 1 Serving Ingredients 40g Pancetta OR Bacon *cut into small …

  • Cold Sweets

    Coffee Bavarois

    I think my ‘Coffee Panna Cotta’ is pretty delicious, but it would be difficult to beat this ‘Coffee Bavarois’ which has superior flavour and texture. The ingredients of Panna Cotta and Bavarois are almost identical, but this Bavarois is made with Egg Yolks. It’s easy to make, at leat my recipe is easy. Makes 4 …

  • Pork

    Teriyaki SPAM Rice Bowl

    I don’t buy SPAM. I actually don’t like its flavour. I don’t eat the sausages that are made of similar meat, either. I was given a can of SPAM and I didn’t want to waste it. So, I made it into a rice bowl dish. SPAM lovers would enjoy it. Makes 1 Servings Ingredients 110g …

  • Bread Dough Vegetables

    Vegan Nikuman (Soy Protein Buns)

    My daughter asked me to make a Vegetarian version of Nikuman (Steamed Pork Buns). I challenged myself to make a Vegan version using Soy Protein. These buns are delicious, and even my meat-loving husband enjoyed them. You can find very reasonably priced Dry Soy Protein products at many Asian grocery stores. Supermarkets sell them, too. …

  • Fish Vegetables

    Bonito & Salty Rhubarb

    The other day I first made ‘Salty Rhubarb Paste’, that can be a substitute for ‘Umeboshi’. It was too sour for me, so I decided to added Sugar. When I tasted it, the flavour instantly brought back a memory of my childhood and I remembered a yummy paste that I used to eat with freshly …

  • Beef Chicken Pork Vegetables

    Korean Inspired Stir-fry

    I named this stir-fry dish ‘Korean Inspired Stir-fry’ because I used Gochujang (Korean Spicy Miso), however you can use your favourite Chilli Sauce instead. Cook Rice before you cook this dish, because you got to serve it with freshly cooked Rice. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 350g Pork, Beef OR Chicken1 Onion *thinly Sliced1 small Carrot …

  • Tempura

    Chikuwa, Onion & Parsley ‘Kakiage’ Tempura

    ‘Kakiage’ is a type of Tempura made with a variety of chopped or thinly sliced Vegetables and Seafood. I often cook ‘Prawn, Onion & Carrot Kakiage’ to serve with ‘Zaru Soba’. Today I didn’t have enough Prawns. Then I used ‘Chikuwa’ instead. ‘Chikuwa’ is a tube-shape Japanese fishcake made from Surimi (fish paste). This Kakiage’ …

  • Tofu & Soy Protein Vegetables

    Simmered Abura-age & Bok Choy

    As I am getting old, I enjoy this type of dishes more. If you use vegetable-base stock such as Kombu (Kelp) dashi stock, this dish can be totally Vegan. Very comforting, delicious, healthy, and gentle to stomach. Today I enjoyed this dish with freshly cooked Rice, and I was very satisfied. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients …

  • Vegetables

    Salty Rhubarb Paste

    If you are familiar with Japanese food, you may know ‘Umeboshi’, pickled young Ume Fruit. ‘Umeboshi’ is very sour and salty, and often red as it is pickled with Red Shiso Leaves. As you can imagine, it is very difficult to purchase ‘Umeboshi’ in Australia. ‘Umeboshi Paste’ is available and I sometimes purchase it, BUT …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Wholemeal Sweet Biscuits

    I am a big fan of McVitie’s Digestives Biscuits. I love the texture of those biscuits. I didn’t know that Digestive Biscuits originated in Scotland and McVitie is a Scottish biscuit maker. ‘If it is Scottish, I might try making Shortbread Biscuits using Wholemeal Flour, so that I would make something similar to the Digestives …

  • Other Seafood

    Stir-fried Clams with Spicy Tomato Sauce

    This dish has been inspired by a European style dish of Clams that I saw on the internet. Clams were cooked with Garlic & Tomato. I instantly thought about adding Soy Sauce and Toban Djan (Chilli Bean Sauce) to that dish. Added Spring Onion instead of Herbs. This is an Asian style dish of Clams. …

  • Cheese Dough

    Savoury Buttermilk Cheese Scones

    My Scone recipes are all based on Auntie Lorna’s scone recipe. Lorna’s scones are made with basic ingredients only. I started to use Buttermilk instead of regular Milk, and the Buttermilk version makes even nicer Scones. Today I added some grated Cheese and Chives to make these Savoury Scones. Lorna’s recipe has been evolving into …

  • Udon

    Miso Udon Soup

    ‘Hōtō’ Noodle Miso Soup is one of my favourite Noodle dishes. It requires quite an effort for me to cook it as I always make ‘Hōtō’ Noodles from scratch. This dish is very similar to ‘Hōtō’ but much easier to prepare. This recipe is for 1 serving, but it is easy to increase. Just cook …

  • Bread

    Pumpkin Bread

    This is another good way to use up your leftover Cooked Pumpkin. This bread doesn’t taste like Pumpkin, but it has the beautiful yellow colour and also the nutrients of the vegetable. The dough can be very soft and sticky. This is my favourite type of bread dough. Do not try to knead it if …

  • Cold Sweets

    Super Easy Cream Cheese Mousse

    My ‘Super Easy No-bake Cheesecake’ is literally SUPER EASY. You only need basic ingredients, BUT you must use full-fat Cream Cheese and Thickened Cream (OR Heavy Cream). This ‘Cream Cheese Mousse’ is almost identical to the Cheesecake, but you can use fat-reduced light type products because the mixture should be set in the serving glasses …

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