• Beef Chicken Hot Pot & Hot Plate Lamb Pork

    Yakiniku

    ‘Yakiniku’ means “grilled meat” in Japanese. The term can refer to grilled meat cuisine, but most commomly 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 is used. It’s …

  • 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 …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    My Egg Tarts

    I love Portuguese Egg Tarts. When I tried it for the first time at a local community market, I fell in love with it instantly. I wanted to make them by myself. I found many different recipes and methods on the internet, and I still don’t know which one is the best. So I decided …

  • Baking Vegetables

    Cauliflower Cheese Gratin

    This is everyone’s favourite side dish. I cook it especially when we have roast dinner. Cauliflower, such a delicious vegetable, is so tasty when mixed with creamy cheesy sauce. If you don’t have time, just pour the sauce over the cooked cauliflower and serve. This dish is good enough without being baked. Makes 4 Servings …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit Nuts

    Fig & Walnuts Biscotti

    I grew up in subsidised public housing which was a very tiny house with a small back garden, where there was a fig tree. I enjoyed the fresh fig fruit from the tree and my mother used to make fig jam and preserves. This is why fig is always special fruit to me. And I …

  • Pork Prawn & Shrimp Squid & Octopus Vegetables

    Eight Treasures Stir-fry

    This is a very popular stir-fry dish in Japan. It’s a dish consisting of vegetables, pork, prawns, squid, etc. stir-fried and thickened with potato starch. The dish is called ‘Happō-sai’ in Japanese and that means ‘Eight Treasure Ingredients’ as the number eight is the lucky number in our culture. This is my family’s recipe which …

  • Other Soup

    Cauliflower Soup

    Vegetable Soups are easy to make and warm us on cold days. My mother used to make Creamy Potato Soup for my sisters and me. I simply added Cauliflower to that soup. The texture is lighter than her Potato Soup and I like this soup with freshly cracked Black Pepper. Again, I don’t use Oil. …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Nuts

    Chestnut Crostata

    ‘Crostata’ is Italian baked tart. The reason why I call this tart ‘Crostata’ is because a photo of ‘Hazelnut Crostata’ taken on a street in Florence had inspired me to create it. My shortcrust pastry is super-easy as always. Using ready-made Sweetened Chestnut Puree (Cream or Paste), this crostata can be made so easily. If …

  • Beans & Peas

    Healthy Soy Bean Nibbles

    If you like ‘Edamame’, you would like these soy beans. They are ‘Roasted Soy Beans’. Toasted or roasted soy beans are the essential food for a seasonal even called ‘Setsubun’ in Japan. February 3rd, which is the eve of the first day of spring, people in Japan scatter roasted soy beans inside and outside their …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit Nuts

    Cranberries & Pistachio Biscotti

    I like rustic biscotti baked in the traditional way without any butter, oil or milk. It is so easy to make and we can create our own variations by adding nuts, fruit and flavours of our choice. However, I haven’t found any simple and easy recipes that don’t require weighing. I don’t like weighing ingredients. …

  • Pork Potato

    Curry Flavoured German Sausage & Potato Salad

    The sausages in Japan are mainly European style smoked sausages. I came across the uncooked raw English style sausages in Australia for the first time. I still prefer smoked sausages and I especially like German sausages. I used to cook this Curry Flavoured Potato Salad with German Sausages quite often in Japan, but it’s been …

  • Pork Vegetables

    Simmered Daikon & Pork Belly

    This dish used to look like this dish. I used to always cut Daikon and Pork Belly into large chunky pieces. It takes quite long time to cook until those chunky pieces get tender. Pressure cooker method is good, but I really didn’t want to bother on the other day. What I did was slicing …

  • Egg

    Steamed Savoury Custard

    I recently went to a Korean restaurant with my family and my husband and children enjoyed a steamed egg dish as well as BBQ. The steamed egg dish was similar to Japanese ‘Chawanmushi’ (Savoury Custard Soup) but texture was firmer. Surprisingly there was nothing in it and it was just steamed savoury custard. My family …

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