All posts by Hiroko

  • Beef Chicken Pork

    Spicy Mince Sauce

    This sauce is good with Tofu, steamed Vegetables, Noodles, and of course with freshly cooked rice. Minced Meat can be any kind of Meat. It is seasoned quite strongly as it is a sauce. Just pour it over whatever you want to eat with it. Makes 2 to 4 Servings Ingredients 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil1 …

  • Takikomigohan Vegetables

    Broccoli Rice

    My ‘Broccoli Rice’ is not minced Broccoli. Broccoli is cooked with Rice, and with Butter. When my son was a young child, I did all sort of tricks to make him eat veggies. One trick was mixing veggies with his favourite food. He loved rice. So I often cooked rice with finely chopped up or …

  • Beans & Peas Potato

    Broad Beans & Potato Salad

    Broad Beans lovers should try this Potato Salad. Fresh Broad Beans are the best, but Frozen Broad Beans are perfectly suitable for this salad. You can add as much Broad Beans as you want. This salad can be a good sandwich filling. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 2 to 3 Potatoes *about 500g, peeled and cut …

  • Beef Vegetables

    Temaki (Self-Serve) Rice Paper Rolls

    You know ‘Temaki-zushi’, the self-serve Sushi Rolls. It is easy to prepare, and great fun to eat as everyone rolls by themselves at dinner table. Self-serve Rice Paper Rolls is also a great fun. Today I served Beef as main filling, but naturally you can serve whatever you like. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Dry Rice …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Black Sesame & Almond Cookies

    I made these cookies based on my ‘Shortbread Butter Biscuits’, so they contain no Egg . You may wish to use your own basic cookie dough recipe. Simply replace some of Flour with Almond Meal and add finely ground Toasted Black Sesame Seeds. Makes 24 Cookies Ingredients 125g Butter *softened1/4 cup Caster Sugar OR Muscovado …

  • Tofu

    Crispy Tofu

    Using ‘Abura-age’ (Fried Thin Tofu), this “Crispy Tofu’ can be made quickly and easily. You can add it to Salads just like Croutons, or you can enjoy as it is with your favourite condiment or sauce. Season it with Salt if you prefer, depending on what you use it. Absolutely versatile. And you know it …

  • Pork Somen & Hiyamugi

    Stir-fried Pork & Somen (OR Capellini)

    ‘Somen’, Japanese Thin Noodles, can be substituted with Capellini (Angel Hair Pasta), and I often use Capellini. This is a very simple stir-fry dish, and naturally you can add any vegetables that you have in hand. A quick & easy lunch menu for me. Makes 1 Serving Ingredients 100g Thinly Sliced Pork *cut into small …

  • Nuts Sweets

    Simple Marzipan (Almond Paste)

    I often use Marzipan (Almond Paste) for cake and tart as filling. Store-bought Marzipan contains unwanted ingredients such as preservatives. Marzipan is extremely easy to make at home. I use Milk but Water can be used. If you use Fruit & Berry juice, or other natural ingredients such as Coffee and Matcha, you can create …

  • Cold Sweets Fruit

    Orange Yoghurt Mousse

    Because my ‘Blueberry Yoghurt Jelly Dessert’ was so successful, I altered it to create another jelly dessert. I used Orange Juice instead of Milk and Cream, and added Yoghurt and Egg White. Because of the 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier I added, the result was almost Grand Marnier Mousse. WHEW! Please add it with caution, and …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Dough

    Savoury Cheese Biscuits

    Many people bake sweet cookies and biscuits at home. How about savoury biscuits? These biscuits are easy to make. Once it is rolled out into a thin sheet, cut it into sticks, squares or any shapes you like. It can be a great family activity, too. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 1 cup Plain Flour1 teaspoon …

  • Baked & Fried Rice Fish

    Oven-baked Fish Curry Pilaf

    My ‘Basic Oven-Baked Pilaf’ recipe is very versatile. I added Curry Powder to it and used White Fish Fillets for this dish. I often use rice cooker to cook rice dishes, but I know many people don’t have rice cooker. Oven-baking is so easy, and it is very suitable for cooking pilaf. Makes 4 Servings …

  • Fish Mushrooms

    Japanese Mushroom Sauce & Fish

    This mushroom sauce is good with Fish, but also good with Tofu or Chicken. Cook those proteins simply with Salt and Pepper, or you don’t need to cook Tofu. Today I pan-fried the Fish Fillets after coating them with Flour. You can steam, grill or deep-fry. This sauce makes the simple fish into an extra …

  • Sea Vegetables

    Kombu ‘Tsukudani’

    ‘Tsukudani’ is a dish of commonly small fish, shellfish or seaweed cooked in Mirin, Sugar and Soy Sauce to preserve the ingredients. If I were living in Japan, I would have never tried to make this Kombu ‘Tsukudani’ as it is popularly available in a variety of flavours. But, here in Melbourne where I live, …

  • Cold Sweets

    Blueberry Yoghurt Jelly Dessert

    I made this Blueberry Yoghurt Jelly Dessert using my ‘Panna Cotta’ recipe. I reduced the amount of Milk and Cream to 1/2, and added Greek Yoghurt. Soft jelly set in the glass tastes similar to Cheesecake. I used Frozen Blueberries to make the sauce. Easy to make, looks great and tastes fantastic! Makes 4 Servings …

  • Fish

    Salmon Soboro

    ‘Soboro’ means crumbled meat in Japanese. To make this ‘Salmon Soboro’, use Canned Salmon. Today I used Canned Pink Salmon that I bough some time ago when it was on special. Canned Salmon is quite wet even after drained well. When you mix it with seasonings and stir-fry, it might become mushy. Keep stirring over …

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