• Vegetables

    Anchovy Garlic Sautéed Celery

    I love Anchovy & Garlic combination that makes a simple vegetable stir-fry into an extra spacial dish. ‘Anchovy Garlic Sautéed Green Beans’ is one of the most popular dishes on this website. Today I cooked Celery. I knew it would be delicious and I was right. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 4 Celery Stalks *thinly sliced1 …

  • Prawn & Shrimp

    Creamy Garlic Prawns

    I have received some positive comments about my ‘Creamy Tomato Garlic Prawns’. I am very happy that people enjoy the dish. However, there are some people who don’t like Tomato flavour. If you are one of them, why don’t you try this ‘Creamy Garlic Prawns’? Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 500g Uncooked Prawns1 Onion *finely chopped2 …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Soft Lemon Cookies

    My ‘Easiest Sweet Shortcrust Pastry’ dough is very versatile. By adding extra ingredients to it, you can create many sweets. Today I added Zest and Juice of 1 Lemon and extra Sugar to make these delicious Soft Lemon Cookies. Makes 20 Cookies Ingredients 100g Butter *softened1/2 cup Caster Sugar1 Egg Yolk*Note: You can use whole …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit

    Blueberry & Sour Cream Pie

    Blueberries are expensive in Melbourne, but I sometimes want to bake Blueberry Pie. This Finnish style Blueberry Pie is easy to make and you can use Frozen Blueberries. I used to buy a frozen flan case for this pie, but not anymore. My ‘Easiest Sweet Shortcrust Pastry’ tastes much better. Pie Dish I used 22.5cm …

  • Dipping Sauces

    Jalapeño & Peanut Miso Dip

    When I had just 1 Jalapeño and didn’t know what to use it for, I chopped it up and added to my Miso Sauce. I decided to use the Miso Sauce for cucumber salad, so I added Vinegar and some Peanuts. A little bit of Garlic as well. Then I added Pickled Jalapeño. The Miso …

  • Sushi

    Ura Maki-zushi (Inside-out Sushi Rolls)

    ‘Maki-zushi’ (Sushi Roll) is made by wrapping up Sushi Rice and Fillings with Nori (Seaweed Sheet). ‘Ura (the reverse side) Maki-zushi’ is made by wrapping up Nori and Fillings with Sushi Rice. You need plastic food wrap as well as ‘Makisu’ (bamboo mat) to make these Inside-out Sushi Rolls. Ingredients Sushi RiceNori (Seaweed Sheets) Filling …

  • Okonomiyaki Prawn & Shrimp

    Broccoli & Prawns Okonomiyaki

    ‘Okonomiyaki’ is commonly made with Cabbage. I often make it with Kale. Broccoli version is also very yummy. Especially Broccoli stems are perfect for this ‘Okonomiyaki’. When Broccoli are in season and they are tasty and cheap, why don’t you try it? I like Prawns for Broccoli version, but you can use Squid, Pork, Ham, …

  • Sushi Vegetables

    Simmered Kanpyō (Kampyō)

    Kanpyō (OR Kampyō) are dried shavings of melon-like fruit called ‘Yūgao’, which texture is similar to cucumber or white outer parts of watermelon. Kanpyō is most commonly used as a filling of Sushi Rolls. I remember when I helped my grandmother to dry the shavings to make Kanpyō. I was a child. I hanged the …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Butter Beans Brownie

    I often use ‘Beans’ to make sweets. Azuki (Red Bean) is an important ingredient for Japanese sweets. Butter Bean is more versatile. I have shared my ‘Butter Beans Chocolate Truffles’ and ‘Butter Bean Spread’ recipes on this website. Today I made this Brownie with Butter Beans. It is gluten-free as I added no flour. Cake …

  • Curry Dipping Sauces

    Curry Ketchup Sauce

    It’s easy to make. No special ingredients required. A yummy sauce for your Sausages (*e.g. Currywurst), ‘Tonkatsu’ (Pork Cutlet), Chicken Schnitzel, Chips, etc. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 1/2 Onion *finely chopped1 clove Garlic *finely chopped1 tablespoon Oil1 tablespoon Curry Powder1/2 cup Water1/4 cup Ketchup1 to 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce (Lea & Perrins)1/4 teaspoon Salt *OR …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Coconut Cake

    ‘Sachi’s Coconut Cookies’ are supposed to be flat and crispy, but sometimes they turn rather round and soft. Those soft ones are actually quite popular. Then I have made it into a cake by adding more Eggs and Lemon Zest. If you love the Coconut Cookies, this cake is dangerously addictive to you. Cake Tin …

  • Baked & Fried Rice Curry

    Pork Curry Fried Barley

    If you love Barley and are looking for a new way to enjoy it, try ‘Fried Barley’. Cooked Barley can be fried just like ‘Fried Rice’. This is just one example of ‘Fried Barley’. Why don’t you try your favourite Fried Rice recipe replacing Rice with Barley. Makes 2 Servings Ingredients 1 tablespoon Oil *and …

  • Vegetables

    Gobō ‘Kimpira’ With Vinegar

    Gobō (Burdock Root) is a very popular vegetable in Japan, but it is too hard to find where I live. Then I bought Gobō seeds and sowed them in my garden. After the unstable weather in this summer, the harvest was not great but I did have the harvest. My favourite Gobō dish is this …

  • Fish Other Soup Zōsui (Rice Soup)

    Fish Rice Soup

    In Japan, people eat ‘Rice Porridge’ when they are sick. It is easy to digest. But you need more nutrients especially Protein and Vitamins to recover from illness. Last week, I became sick. When I started to eat, I cooked this ‘Fish Rice Soup’. This soup is gentle to weakened stomach and very comforting, and …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Ricotta & Jam Tart

    If you are a beginner cook, baking tart might sound too challenging. Using my ‘Basic Shortcrust Pastry‘ recipe, this delicious tart can be made quite easily. You don’t have a rolling pin? Don’t worry! You don’t need the rolling pin. You can spread the pastry dough in the pie dish using your hands. Pie Dish …

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