• Pork Potato

    Pork Mince Nikujaga

    ‘Nikujaga’ is the dish of ‘Niku’ (Meat) and ‘Jaga’ (Potato) cooked in sweet soy sauce flavoured broth. It is one of the most popular home cooking dishes in Japan, and I cook it very often. I use thinly sliced Beef, but ‘Niku’ can be other Meat. Thinly sliced Meat is most popular, but it can …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Nuts

    Almond & Egg White Cookies

    I recently discovered an Italian sweet called ‘Brutti ma Buoni’ that means ‘Ugly but Good’. I love that name! This recipe is based on my ‘Egg Whites & Almond Cakes’ but inspired by that Italian sweet. The ugly cookies are easy to prepare on the baking tray. Depending on the cooking time and temperature, these …

  • Fruit Sweets

    Apple Custard

    I don’t know how young I was, probably 6 or 7 years old. I still remember the day my mother cooked this dessert for my sisters and me. Apple pieces were still crunchy. I wished if they were softer. That’s my first memory that I ever tasted custard. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 2 Apples1 tablespoon …

  • Pork Vegetables

    Teriyaki Eggplant & Pork Mince

    This Pork Mince filling is almost same as Gyoza filling. I simply sandwiched it with Eggplant slices, then fried. My first attempt was not quite successful, because the Pork filling slipped out from Eggplant. You need to glue them so that they stay together. Flour would be a good glue. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 250 …

  • Donburi (Rice Bowl) Tofu

    Kōya Dōfu Soboro

    Tofu is an excellent plant-based protein. Kōya Dōfu, the freeze-dried Tofu, has meat-like texture and it is a good meat substitute. Today I cooked ‘Chicken Soboro’ using Kōya Dōfu. You can’t cook exactly the same way because softened Kōya Dōfu is quite dry. You need to add Dashi Stock. Makes 2 Servings Ingredients 60g Dry …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Nuts

    Chestnut Pound Cake

    I mixed the Sweetened Chestnut Cream and also coarsely chopped Roasted Chestnuts in my Pound Cake batter. You definitely need Rum for this cake. This is a divine cake for chestnut lovers like me. Cake Tin Standard Loaf Tin Ingredients 150g peeled Roasted Chestnuts *coarsely chopped1 to 2 tablespoons Rum125g Butter *cut into small pieces, …

  • Beef Lamb Pork

    ‘Kushikatsu’ Skewers

    When I cook Crumbed Cutlets, I usually coat the meat with Flour, Egg, then Breadcrumbs. This method is different. It uses a batter. Beef and Pork are popular meat for this dish, but Lamb would be good, too. I always add some vegetables, but I should select Vegetables that can be cooked very quickly or …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Chocolate & Coffee Scones

    Here is another variation of Auntie Lorna’s Scone. All my scone recipes are based on Auntie Lorna’s Scone recipe, because that’s the first and the only recipe that I have learned. According to the amount of dry ingredients and other wet ingredients, the amount of Milk needs to be altered. Once you know the texture …

  • Egg Potato Vegetables

    Broccoli, Egg & Potato Salad

    Broccoli is in season. It is delicious and also very cheap. I have been cooking Broccoli almost everyday. Today I added it to everyone’s favourite ‘Egg & Potato Salad’. Broccoli is so good with creamy sauces. With Sour Cream, Egg and Potato, it couldn’t possibly taste bad. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 2 to 3 Potatoes …

  • Okonomiyaki

    Zucchini & Edamame Okonomiyaki

    There had been a large Zucchini in the fridge for a while, and I had to use it sooner. I decided to make Okonomiyaki using it. It turned out the softest and fluffiest Okonomiyaki I ever cooked. I added Edamame, but you can add Prawns, Squid, Bacon, Ham, OR etc. Pan-frying would be a quick …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Bread

    Sweet Cream Cheese Rolls

    Using my ‘Basic Sweet Bread Dough’, these delicious ‘Sweet Cream Cheese Rolls’ are easy to make. The hardest part is rolling out the dough. Once rolled out, spread the Cream Cheese & Lemon Curd mixture, then roll up. Today I added some Crumbles on top. Makes 12 Rolls Ingredients 1/2 cup Warm Milk1 to 2 …

  • Squid & Octopus Tempura

    Squid ‘Isobe-age’ Tempura

    ‘Isobe’ means ‘Rocky Beachside’ in Japanese, and ‘Isobe-age’ is a type of Tempura made with the batter with a flavour of sea. Most commonly ‘Aonori’ (Dried Green Laver Flakes) is added to the batter. Finely crumbled Nori, Hijiki, Wakame, or other Seaweed can be used. Makes 2 Servings Ingredients 1 Squid Tube *about 150gSalt & …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Sweet Potato Cupcakes

    Japanese Sweet Potato is one of the vegetables I miss. I used to make cakes and desserts using it. The common Sweet Potato in Australia is the orange colour one and it lacks sweetness. But it is OK for this ‘Sweet Potato Cupcakes’. Makes 12 Cupcakes Ingredients 1 medium Sweet Potato *about 400g125g Butter *cut …

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