Vegetables

  • Vegetables

    Avocado & Kimchi

    Avocado goes so well with Japanese seasonings such as Soy Sauce, Wasabi, Japanese Mayo, ‘Ponzu’, etc. Do you know it goes well with Kimchi, the Korean salted & fermented veggies? I had a jar of Wombok Kimchi in the fridge, but it had turned quite sour. I usually cook sour Kimchi, but it was too …

  • Vegetables

    Cucumber Snake

    This is not my invention. Cucumber is often prepared this way in Japan, but it is rarely presented as it is like a snake. Usually it is cut into bite size pieces before serve. But for children, this would be fun!Score one side of a cucumber diagonally, turn it over and score the other side …

  • Soba Vegetables

    Green ‘Cha-Soba’ Noodle Salad

    These green-coloured noodles are called ‘Cha-Soba’. They are green because ground green tea leaves are mixed with buckwheat and wheat flour. But you can hardly taste the green tea. This extremely healthy-looking salad should be all green, and that means you can add anything green. The dressing is not quite green but green Wasabi paste …

  • Vegetables

    Spinach Dip

    Dips are very popular in Melbourne. I see a huge variety of dips in supermarkets. One day I bought Spinach Dip, which was OK but not great. I bought a different brand’s one. It was not good at all. ‘The spinach and ricotta mixture that I make for cannelloni dish tastes much better than those …

  • Vegetables

    Popcorn

    Store a jar of Popping Corn Kernels in your pantry so that you can make ‘Popcorn’ any time. Heat 1 tablespoon Oil in a saucepan and 1/4 cup Popping Corn. Don’t you dare add any more! This amount will give you more than you can enjoy with your friend. Season as you like. I have …

  • Egg Tofu Vegetables

    Tofu & Egg Cheese Bake

    It looks like a pizza, but the base is a mixture of Tofu and Eggs. It is super easy & quick to prepare. For toppings, you can use whatever you like or you have in hand. It is extremely nutritious, high in protein, carb-free and gluten-free! Why don’t you try it? Makes 4 Servings Ingredients …

  • Bread Dough Gyoza Vegetables

    ‘Oyaki’

    If you have travelled in Shinshu region Japan, you might have tasted the authentic ‘Oyaki’. ‘Oyaki’ is a sort of dumpling similar to ‘Gyoza’ made from wheat flour or buckwheat flour dough wrapped around a stuffing that is most commonly vegetables, then cooked on a pan. ‘Oyaki’ are particularly popular in Nagano Prefecture which is …

  • Other Soup Vegetables

    My ‘Gazpacho’

    The weather in Melbourne, Australia, is famous for its unpredictability. It is said to have four seasons in one day! Sometimes it is absolutely true. Our summer is weird. It can be cold but it can be scorching hot. The temperature can easily go over 40℃. I don’t like hot weather as I lose energy …

  • Vegetables

    ‘Gomamiso-ae’ Radishes

    ‘Gomamiso-ae’ is a dish of vegetables seasoned with sweet miso sauce with aromatic toasted sesame seeds. The soy sauce version ‘Goma-ae’ and ‘Gomamiso-ae’ both are very popular and they can be made with so many different vegetables, even with the juicy fresh vegetables such as Tomato and Radish. Some people don’t enjoy fresh radish because …

  • Vegetables

    Spicy Cabbage Outer Leaves

    When I buy cabbage, of course I select a fresh head of cabbage. When I cook it, I take off withered and discoloured outer leaves if there are any. The problem is I often have dark green coloured and very fresh looking leaves that are actually quite tough and woody, and I don’t know what …

  • Vegetables

    Broccoli Slaw with Creamy Dressing

    ‘Broccoli Slaw’ is my new discovery at a Coles supermarket. It was packed with creamy dressing and $5 for about 2 servings. I like it a lot, but the list of ingredients freaked me out, and also it is pricey! Coleslaw can be prepared easily and cheaply at home. You don’t need to buy the …

  • Vegetables

    Guacamole

    This is one of my favourite dips and bread spreads. It is so tasty and refreshing. ‘Guacamole’ is traditionally made by mashing Avocado(s) and Salt, but you can find so many different recipes these days. Many of them require Coriander, which my husband and son hate. They are genetic Coriander haters. They just can’t identify …

  • Chicken Vegetables

    Mock Peking Duck

    I call this ‘Chinese Souvlaki’. The pancakes for this dish are super easy to make. At least much easier than making Greek flat bread. The whole duck is not easily accessible for many people. Why don’t you use chicken? Roast a whole chicken in the ‘Peking Duck’ flavour OR my ‘Teriyaki Chicken’ can be a …

  • Vegetables

    Ginger Tsukudani

    I use fresh Ginger for cooking very often. I love its hot & spicy flavour. If you love Ginger, you might enjoy this ‘Ginger Tsukudani’. ‘Tsukudani’ is commonly small fish, shellfish, seaweed or vegetables cooked in Mirin, Sugar and Soy Sauce to preserve the ingredients. They are great condiments for freshly cooked rice and tofu, …

  • Vegetables

    Carrot & Raisin Salad

    Once I bought this salad from a store and fell in love with it. There are many different ‘Carrot & Raisin Salad’ recipes but I have found many of them too sweet. Carrot is a quite sweet vegetable and Raisins are very sweet. You don’t need to add much sugar, honey or syrup. I have …

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