• Other Soup

    French Onion Soup

    Everyone loves to eat it, but backs away from cooking it. I know why. Because it takes a LONG time to caramelise the onion and you cannot leave it cook itself. You have to stay there, stirring the onion, for up to 1 hour. No way I can do that… I don’t have that patience… …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Croissant Pudding

    Old and dry croissant works better than freshly baked ones, so those on sale because there are at end of shelf life are perfect for this recipe. You can make a large pudding using a pie dish, but I use four 10cm ramekins for individual serve. Before baking, microwave the puddings for a few minutes …

  • Fish

    Trevally Tatsuta-agé

    Trevally was on special at a local fish shop today. I bought just 1 fillet that weighed more than 500g! It must have been a giant trevally fish. Trevally’s flavour and texture are similar to the fish called ‘Aji’ in Japan and I quite like this type of fish. ‘Tatusta-agé’ is a very popular method …

  • Fish

    Smoked Salmon Dip

    Dips are very popular in Australia. You can purchase a variety of dips these days, but the home-made dips are the best. Do you know that dips are quite easy to make? My ‘Tuna & Cream Cheese Dip’ is very popular with my family and friends, and this ‘Smoked Salmon Dip’ is another popular dip. …

  • Sushi

    Oshi-zushi

    ‘Oshi-zushi’ is a type of Sushi and it is made by pressing Sushi Rice and Toppings in a special mould called ‘Oshibako’ to create rectangle block, then it is cut into bite sized pieces to serve. But you don’t need the special mould. I use a plastic container and a small chopping board to press. …

  • Dough

    Super Easy Flatbread

    Melbourne is a multicultural city and I have come across so many interesting foods. Until I started living in Melbourne, I never knew there are so many different types of bread including many varieties of flatbreads. I often bake bread at home, but nothing is easier than this ‘Super Easy Flatbread’. The ingredients are Plain …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Basic Pound Cake

    We don’t use the yard-pound system in Australia, but 1 pound is about 454 grams. The Pound Cake is made with 1 pound of each Butter, Sugar, Eggs and Flour and that’s what I learned. However, 1 Pound of each ingredient will make a huge volume. Just thinking of 454 grams of Butter scares me. …

  • Other Soup

    Bacon Egg & Tomato Soup

    ‘Bacon, Egg & Cheese’ is often said the greatest combination. I agree, but I think ‘Bacon, Egg & Tomato’ is also a great combination. This soup can be made in a few minutes and tastes much better than the instant cup soups, so stop buying instant soups and try this soup! Makes 2 Servings Ingredients …

  • Fish Spaghetti & Pasta

    Tuna Avocado Spaghetti

    Here is another super easy and very nutritious dish for you to try. Even if your are a very beginner cook, you can cook Spaghetti. While you are cooking Spaghetti, make the Tuna and Avocado mixture, then mix it with cooked Spaghetti. That’s it! Easy, isn’t it? Makes 1 Serving Ingredients Canned Tuna in Brine/Water …

  • Donburi (Rice Bowl) Fish

    Tuna Spinach Rice Bowl

    I recommend you to stock a bag of rice in your kitchen for always. Canned Tuna are often on sale at supermarkets, stock them as well. Already washed and ready to serve Baby Spinach Leaves are very handy to have in the fridge. Of course you must have Eggs. Then you can create such a …

  • Beef Mushrooms

    Super Easy ‘Beef Stroganoff’

    I have already shared my ‘Beef Stroganoff’ recipe on this website, but this recipe is better! You don’t need to add stock because the yummy juices come out from Beef and Mushrooms are just enough. For seasoning, you only need Salt & Pepper, and the sourness from the Pickled Cucumber is essential. Ahhh… this recipe …

  • Baked & Fried Rice

    Egg Fried Rice

    I am writing this recipe for my son and daughter. When they were young, I cooked this ‘Egg-Only’ fried rice quite often because they asked me to cook it. They say it was one of their favourites and they are still fond of it. I always use dried Chopped Chives for this dish, and another …

  • Vegetables

    Butter & Soy Grilled Corn

    At summer festivals in Japan, there must be many food stalls and some of them are certainly selling char-grilled corn. Butter & soy sauce flavoured grilled cobs corn are very popular. I often make them for dinner using a frying pan. Corn need to be pre-cooked but it can be done quickly and easily by …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Soft Raisin Cookies

    One of my children’s favourite childhood snacks is ‘Soft Raisin Cookies’. When we were living in Japan, a CO-OP store near our house was selling them and my children loved the cookies so much. After we returned to Australia, I started recreating those raisin cookies. There was no recipe available, I just tried again and …

  • Spaghetti & Pasta

    Spaghetti Neapolitan

    It is ‘Spaghetti Neapolitan’ and is not miss-spelled. It sounds like ‘Spaghetti Napolitana’ but it is different. Actually it is a Japanese dish. ‘Spaghetti Neapolitan’ is a dish of cooked spaghetti pan-fried with vegetables and seasoned with KETCHUP!!! I always add Tabasco as well. ‘Spaghetti Neapolitan’ used to be a very popular in Japan when …

  • Dough

    Playdough

    This playdough is great fun to play with and it’s great fun to make it. My son was always very creative and enjoyed making things with a variety of materials when young. Playdough was an essential material for him, and now he has grown up to be an artist. Ingredients Plain Flour 1 cup Sakt …

  • Other Soup

    Creamy Chicken & Corn Soup With Noodles

    I am writing this recipe to encourage my son and his friends to try more cooking. I know they don’t want to bother about cooking soups when instant cup soups are cheaply available from supermarkets. But do they know what’s in those powders? Soup is easy to cook and much more nutritious and delicious. Try …

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