• Halloween

    Halloween Dango Eyeballs

    When I was looking for Halloween themed food, I found Eyeballs made with Bocconcini (small Mozzarella balls) and Green & Black Olives. What a brilliant idea! I decided I was going to make my own Halloween Eyeballs. The first thing I thought about was Dango Dumplings, which are small white balls. I decorated with coloured …

  • Halloween

    Halloween Zombie Bento

    In the Halloween season last year, I made ‘Zombie Cookies’. It was great fun making those Zombie faces with cookie dough. This year, I decided to make Zombie Bento (a packed lunch). This Bento has been inspired by Chicken Soboro Don. I used Beef Mince instead of Chicken Mince, but you can use other Minced …

  • Cold Sweets

    Chestnut Ice Cream

    I occasionally purchase Sweetened Chestnut Paste. The purpose is to make ‘Mont Blanc Cake’, which has a very special meaning to me. Today I found some leftover Chestnut Paste that needed to be used as the best before date was near. I mixed it with my ‘Easiest Vanilla Ice Cream’ mixture to make this Ice …

  • Takikomigohan

    Smoked Sausage & Corn Takilkomigohan

    The most commonly available Smoked Sausage where I live is Kransky, that’s why I used Kransky. You can use your favourite Smoked Sausages. It’s a Takikomigpohan, a Japanese dish of Rice that is cooked with other ingredients and seasonings. Using a rice cooker, it’s super easy. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 2 cups (*180ml cup) Short …

  • Cold Sweets

    Coffee Panna Cotta with Kahlúa

    Coffee lovers would enjoy this coffee flavoured Panna Cotta. This recipe is almost identical to my Panna Cotta recipe. I simply replaced 1/2 of Milk with 1/2 cup strong Espresso. Instant Coffee Granules can be used. If you don’t have a bottle of Kahlúa, make a simple Coffee Syrup. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Panna Cotta2 …

  • Potato Vegetables

    Potato, Cucumber & Dill Salad

    I had a bunch of fresh Dill and I needed to use it soon. You can use quite a lot of Dill for this salad. I recommend to cook Potatoes VERY soft, so that you would partially mash them when you are mixing with other ingredients. You can add Ham and Carrot to this salad …

  • Pork

    Pork Mince Katsu

    Tonkatsu, the Japanese dish of Panko-crumbed and deep-fried Pork Cutlet, is very popular. This is the almost same thing, but it is made of Pork Mince. You can use just Pork Mince, but I always add finely chopped Onion and other ingredients. When my children were young, I added other Vegetables as well. It was …

  • Bread Dough

    Yoghurt Flatbread

    If you like the sour flavour of the Sourdough Bread, you would enjoy this Yoghurt Flatbread. This flatbread is not very sour but you can taste the sourness of Yoghurt. This flatbread is Pocket Bread like Pita Bread, and perfect for Sandwiches. Makes 8 Pieces Ingredients 1 & 1/2 cups Plain Flour *plus extra1 teaspoon …

  • Takikomigohan

    Bamboo Shoot & Abura-age Takikomigohan

    Where I grew up in Japan, Bamboo Shoots were not something we purchase from stores. Bamboo shoots came out of the ground in every spring wherever bamboos were growing. Some of our family relatives and friends who owned bamboo groves always shared their seasonal harvest with us. I miss the fresh Bamboo Shoots. One of …

  • Donburi (Rice Bowl) Fish

    Tuna Mayo Salad Rice Bowl

    This is another super easy Tuna dish that is delicious, nutritious and inexpensive. Please use Japanese Short Grain Rice. I used to make this Rice Bowl dish using unseasoned Rice, but Sushi Rice definitely tastes better. Makes 1 Serving Ingredients Sushi Rice200g cooked Japanese Short Grain Rice *should be hot1 tablespoon Rice Vinegar2 teaspoons Sugar1/5 …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Sweets

    Pumpkin Pancakes

    If you have some leftover cooked Pumpkin, it would be a good idea to mix it into Pancake batter. Today I had almost 1/2 cupful of Pumpkin, but it doesn’t matter how much to add. You can add more or less, just adjust the thickness of the batter with Milk. This recipe makes very thick …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Instant Yoghurt Cake

    This is an instant cake that I used to make when I was young. It has rubbery Mochi-like texture and tastes like cheesecake. Nothing could be easier than this cake. Today I made it for the first time in many years. I used what I always have in hand, and I microwaved it for 2 …

  • Mushrooms

    Scrumptious Shiitake

    When Shiitake Mushrooms are in season, I always become nostalgic and think about my grandmother. She used to grow Shiitake in the woods near her house and my family was lucky to enjoy the harvest. Her Shiitake were meaty and chewy and crunchy and delicious. This is another way to enjoy the meaty Shiitake. It’s …

  • Vegetables

    Wombok Salad with Creamy Sesame Dressing

    You might have seen Japanese Creamy Sesame Dressing at Asian grocery stores. It’s very popular in Japan. You don’t need to buy it as it is actually quite easy to make if you have Sesame Seeds and Japanese Mayonnaise. And you know exactly what’s in it when you make it yourself. This is a very …

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