All posts by Hiroko

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Banana Doughnuts

    Since My ‘Pumpkin Doughnuts’ was very successful, I wanted to make similar Doughnuts using pureed Banana. Today I finally had a ripe Banana, I made these Doughnuts in the same way as Pumpkin Doughnuts. This recipe is really versatile. It should work with any other food that is pureed into soft paste. Makes 20 Balls …

  • Cold Sweets

    Vegetarian Coffee Jelly

    I believe the best Vegetarian option to set the jelly desserts is Agar Agar, that has superior texture than Kanten. However, Agar Agar and Kanten are not widely available where I live. I use Queen’s ‘Jel-It-In’ Vegetarian Gelling Powder and I am a big fan of the product. This is how I make my favourite …

  • Potato

    ‘Satoimo’ with Garlic, Butter & Soy Sauce

    Garlic, Butter & Soy Sauce is a great combination that makes a delicious sauce. Today I cooked Frozen ‘Satoimo’ (Taro) in this sauce with Chilli. As fresh Satoimo makes my hands terribly itchy, I prefer using Frozen ‘Satoimo’ which are already peeled. I pre-cook them in the microwave for this dish. This is a super …

  • Tempura Vegetables

    Sage Leaves Tempura

    Herbs that have strong flavour are suitable for Tempura. Parsley Tempura is very popular. My Sage plants in the garden are growing so well but I don’t use Sage for cooking very often. Today I made Sage Leaves into Tempura. You can hardly taste Sage, but this can be a great appetiser. Makes 2 Servings …

  • 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 …

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