• Chicken Takikomigohan

    Chicken ‘Gomoku’ Takikomigohan

    ‘Takikomigohan’ is a Japanese dish of Rice that is cooked with other ingredients and seasonings. It is commonly seasoned with Dashi and Soy Sauce. ‘Gomoku’ (五目) means ‘various ingredients’, so it doesn’t have to be five ingredients, but I tend to use 5 ingredients. This is one of my favourite Japanese dishes and I cook …

  • Cold Sweets

    Chestnut Agar Jelly

    My favourite Japanese summer dessert called ‘Mizu Yōkan’ is commonly made with smooth Azuki (Red Beans) Paste and Kanten. I often make it using Vegetarian Gelling Powder as Kanten is not easy to find. White Bean Paste and Chestnut Paste can be used instead of Azuki Paste. To make this Chestnut Agar Jelly, I use …

  • Beans & Peas Vegetables

    Chickpea Salad with Chilli & Cumin

    I usually season Chickpea Salad with Salt and Black Pepper, most likely with Lemon Juice, Olive Oil and Parsley. Today I used Ground Chilli and Ground Cumin for a change, and it was so good. If you enjoy Coriander, add Coriander instead of Parsley. It turns into a totally different salad. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients …

  • Sweets

    Super Easy Chocolate Fudge

    The other day I tried Chocolate Fudge recipe that I found on the internet. I halved the recipe, but still 1 can of Condensed Milk (395g) was required. The result was not very good. I used Cadbury’s Baking Dark Chocolate and the Fudge was a little too soft. I thought that the amount of Dark …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Cold Sweets

    Azuki Agar Jelly

    There is a popular summer dessert called ‘Mizu Yōkan’ in Japan. It’s a jelly, commonly made with smooth Azuki (Red Beans) Paste and Kanten. I started making it using Queen’s ‘Jel-It-In’ Vegetarian Gelling Powder because Kanten is not easy to find. Agar Agar Powder can be used. This is my recipe to make ‘Mizu Yōkan’ …

  • Bread Dough

    Cheese & Bacon ‘Pampushky’

    I have been loving ‘Pampushky’, Ukrainian Bread Rolls, since I discovered them. ‘Pampushky’ dough is made with Eggs and they have similar texture to Doughnuts. They can be savoury OR sweet. My ‘Easter Pampushky’ are absolutely delicious. Today I made savoury ones and topped with Cheese and Bacon. I knew they would taste great and …

  • Donburi (Rice Bowl) Pork

    Gochujang Pork Rice Bowl

    The delicious ‘Buta Don’ (Pork Rice Bowl) is very popular. Today I added Gochujang (Korean Spicy Miso) to its sauce for extra ‘umami’ and spiciness. If you love spicy food, you may wish to add more Gochujang, but 2 teaspoons was a right amount for me. Add some vegetables of your choice as well. Today …

  • Beans & Peas Sea Vegetables

    Simmered Chickpeas & Kombu (Kelp)

    I would have used Soy Beans for this dish, but I couldn’t find Large Dried Soy Beans. Chickpeas are always a great substitute. You can use Canned Chickpeas OR Edamame Beans instead. If you do so, you need to alter the cooking time. Kombu (Kelp) might be an unfamiliar sea vegetable for you. I like …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit

    Apple Clafoutis

    Clafoutis is a delicious dessert and it is easy to make. I often use soft fruit such as Cherries, Raspberries, Peaches, Ripe Pears, OR etc. Today I wanted to use Apples, but I didn’t want to bother pre-cooking them, so I sliced them thinly and combined with the batter. It turned out really good. This …

  • Other Seafood

    Baked Oysters with White Sauce

    In Melbourne where I live, Oysters are pricy, they are rather small, and always available on the half shell to be eaten raw. But, you know what? When we purchase them from shops, they are not super fresh any more and they often smell fishy. I don’t like to eat those Oysters raw. These Baked …

  • Dough Potato

    Curry Potato Pie

    I made this pie when I craved Samosa, that is a deep-fried South Asian pastry. The most popular filling of Samosa is a mixture of spiced Potatoes, Onions and Peas. I added Cheese for this pie. Samosa is NOT easy to make, but this pie is. Pastry should be basic Shortcrust Pastry, but you can …

  • Vegetables

    Spicy Lotus Root

    Lotus Root is a popular vegetable in Japan. It is called ‘Renkon’ in Japanese and Frozen Sliced ‘Renkon’ are available in Melbourne where I live. Frozen Sliced ‘Renkon’ are partially cooked and have lost crispiness, but can be used for a variety of dishes. Today I simply pan-fried them and dressed with this spicy sauce. …

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