• Nuts Vegetables

    ‘Peanut-ae’ Beans

    ‘Goma-ae’ is a very popular Japanese dish and it is made with ‘Goma-ae’ sauce, which is a sweet sauce of ground toasted sesame seeds and it goes very well with many vegetables. Sometimes ‘Kurumi’ (Walnuts) is used instead of Sesame Seeds, and the dish is called ‘Kurumi-ae’. You can use Peanuts, too. This ‘Peanut-ae’ sauce …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Chestnut Cream ‘Rugelach’

    I love ‘Rugelach’, a Jewish pastry. ‘Rugelach’ pastry is slightly sour because dough contains Cream Cheese (OR Sour Cream). The filling can be anything I like, so I used my favourite Sweetened Chestnut Cream this time, wondering if Chestnut flavour goes well with Cream Cheese flavoured pastry. Of course it does!!! Makes 16 Rolls Ingredients …

  • Chicken

    Chicken With Grated Daikon Sauce

    Finely grated Daikon (White Radish) has a resemblance to Sleet that is called ‘Mizore’ in Japanese. When meat or fish are cooked in a sauce with finely grated Daikon, the dish is called ‘Mizore-ni’ that literally means ‘cooked in the sleet’. This dish’s Japanese name is ‘Tori no Mizore-ni’, Chicken cooked in the Sleet. Makes …

  • Egg

    Pan-fried Leftover Egg White & Fetta

    What do you use leftover Egg White for? Today I had 4 Egg Whites, and I didn’t want to make any sweets. I decided to just cook them, but a good idea flashed into my mind, inspired by Halloumi cheese that I ate last night. I added some crumbled Fetta to the Egg White. The …

  • Cold Sweets Nuts

    Chestnut Bavarois

    I am fond of chestnuts and I have written some stories about chestnut sweets on this website. Since I discovered Sweetened Chestnut Cream, it’s been so easy for me to create chestnuts sweets myself. You know making chestnut purée from scratch is a hard work. Based on my ‘Basic Bavarois’ recipe, chestnut flavoured bavarois is …

  • Chicken Sushi

    Wasabi Chicken & Avocado Chirashi-zushi

    Chicken, Avocado, Cucumber, Lettuce, Wasabi are popular fillings for Sushi Rolls, because they taste good with sweet & sour rice. They can be great toppings for ‘Chirashi-zushi’, a type of sushi which is a kind of decorated rice salad. Same ingredients in a different presentation. Makes 2 Servings Ingredients Sushi Rice1 cup (*180ml cup) Japanese …

  • Vegetables

    Scrumptious Cabbage & Cucumber

    When you need to make a side dish quickly, try this absolutely easy salad. Cabbage can be blanched, but this cabbage I used was so tender and sweet, I used it as it was. That means I cut and tore the veggies and mixed with seasoning. How easy! You can add Daikon, Carrot, Wakame or …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Chestnut Puff Pastry Twists

    This is a super easy snack! Anyone can make these delicious twists. You only need Butter Puff Pastry and Sweetened Chestnut Cream. If you can’t find Sweetened Chestnut Cream, why don’t you try with Almond Butter or Peanut Butter? Just add some Sugar to sweeten the nut butter. Makes 20 Twists Ingredients 1 sheet Butter …

  • Vegetables

    Fried Okra

    Many years ago, I had an opportunity to stay in a small town in Alabama, US. If I had been more open for unfamiliar food, I could have enjoyed my stay better. I discovered some delicious food during my stay, and one of them is ‘Fried Okra’ that I tasted for the first time at …

  • Curry Tofu

    Tofu, Cashew & Potato Curry

    This is another ‘Tofu Curry’ that I cooked on a meat-free Monday. As some people find Tofu tastes ‘yucky’ even in such a strong curry flavour (and I hardly understand that), I added Cashews. The creamy nutty Cashews and Tofu go very well together. Use Indian Curry seasoning or Asian Curry seasoning. Both work well …

  • Bread Dough

    Damper (Australian Soda Bread)

    ‘Damper’ was originally developed by swagmen who travelled in remote areas in Australia, from farm to farm, carrying his belongings in a swag. Traditionally, damper is cooked directly on the coals of a camp fire. Damper is very popular here in Australia. This is how I make it at home. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 2 …

  • Potato

    ‘Goma-ae’ Satoimo (Taro)

    ‘Taro’ potato, ‘Satoimo’ in Japanese, has creamy & slimy texture and I love it. I often use Frozen Satoimo that are already peeled and ready to cook, because my hands often feel itchy when I peel Satoimo skin. However, today I found very good looking, perfectly small in size fresh Satoimo at a local green …

  • Tofu

    Fried Tofu With Spicy Garlic Sauce

    ‘Agedashi Tofu’, a very popular Japanese Tofu dish, can be enjoyed with a sauce of any flavours. This time I tried a spicy garlic sauce. This time I cut Tofu smaller pieces than usual, but I found the cooking task much more challenging. I recommend to cut into 4-5cm that is the common size. Makes …

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