• Mushrooms

    Scrumptious Shiitake

    When Shiitake Mushrooms are in season, I always become nostalgic and think about my grandmother. She used to grow Shiitake in the woods near her house and my family was lucky to enjoy the harvest. Her Shiitake were meaty and chewy and crunchy and delicious. This is another way to enjoy the meaty Shiitake. It’s …

  • Vegetables

    Wombok Salad with Creamy Sesame Dressing

    You might have seen Japanese Creamy Sesame Dressing at Asian grocery stores. It’s very popular in Japan. You don’t need to buy it as it is actually quite easy to make if you have Sesame Seeds and Japanese Mayonnaise. And you know exactly what’s in it when you make it yourself. This is a very …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Cold Sweets

    Azuki Panna Cotta

    I tried to make Azuki flavoured Panna Cotta. I mixed Panna Cotta mixture with Tsubu-an (Sweet Azuki Paste). It was supposed to be a creamy burgundy coloured jelly, but the mixture set in such a pretty gradation of colour because Azuki Paste is heavy, especially the unbroken beans are heavy. Unfortunately it is hard to …

  • Pork Vegetables

    Scrumptious Pork & Eggplant

    Pork and Eggplant is a great combination. I often season with Miso, Sugar and Mirin, which is a brilliant flavour for Pork & Eggplant. Today I used Soy Sauce, Sugar and Mirin, which is another popular combinations of seasonings. The dish was delicious and Eggplant was meltingly soft. You got to serve this dish with …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Pumpkin Cheesecake

    I made this Pumpkin Cheesecake based on a New York-style Cheesecake recipe that I use. I just added pureed Pumpkin and extra Flour. For a nicer colour contrast, I used Arnott’s Choco Ripple Cookies for the base. Other black coloured sweet biscuits can be used. Cake Tin 18cm Round Springform Cake Tin Ingredients Base125g Arnott’s …

  • Cold Sweets

    Pumpkin & Rum Raisin Ice Cream

    I have a super easy Ice Cream recipe ‘Azuki Ice Cream’. The ingredients are Tsubu-an (Sweet Azuki Paste) and Thickened Cream. I made this ‘Pumpkin Ice Cream’ in the same way. I first made sweet Pumpkin Paste and mixed it with whipped Cream. I wanted to add Rum rather than Vanilla, so I added Rum-steeped …

  • Yakisoba

    Curry Flavoured Yakisoba

    Yakisoba is a very similar to Chinese stir fried noodles, but it is commonly seasoned with ‘Yakisoba Sauce’ which tastes like Worcestershire Sauce. Yakisoba Sauce is available from many Asian grocery stores, but you can make your own Yakisoba Sauce. Today I added Curry Powder, that goes well with Yakisoba Sauce. Makes 1 Serving Ingredients …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Sweets

    Walnut Mochi

    This treat of sweet Mochi mixed with Roasted Walnut is popular in Japan. It is often coated with ‘Kinako’ (Finely Ground Roasted Soy Beans). I love it very much, but I love ‘Tsubu-an’ (Sweet Azuki Paste) version, too. So, I made both today. This is not a traditional recipe, but it is certainly quick & …

  • Chicken Vegetables

    Chicken & Cucumber Salad with Sesame Dressing

    This is a very popular salad in Japan. It is a quick & easy dish, that is delicious and nutritious. I believe every household has its own recipe for the Sesame Dressing. Some people make it quite sweet. This is my family’s recipe. Please alter the amount of Sugar to suit your taste. Makes 4 …

  • Chicken

    Gochujang Chicken

    I heard someone tried to cook my ‘Baked Hot Chicken Wings’ using Gochujang for the sauce. Gochujang is a Korean sweet & spicy chilli paste. Gochujang version of ‘Baked Hot Chicken Wings’ sounded very interesting and I tried to cook it. I liked the sauce I made, and the Chicken Wings were delicious, but I …

  • Cold Sweets

    Nata De Coco & Yoghurt Jelly

    Do you know Nata De Coco that is sometimes called Coconut Jelly? Nata De Coco is a slightly chewy, translucent, jelly-like food produced by the fermentation of Coconut Water. I have been fond of Nata De Coco since my childhood. Yoghurt Jelly with Nata De Coco is a popular dessert in Japan. I have never …

  • Takikomigohan

    Bacon Takikomigohan

    I had some rashers of Bacon siting in the fridge for a while, and I needed to use them up. Then I hit on a good idea! I cooked the Bacon with Rice in the rice cooker. It’s an attempt to make a new Takikomigohan dish. I seasoned it with the typical Japanese seasonings, Soy …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Pumpkin Scones

    All my Scone recipes are based on Auntie Lorna’s Scone recipe. I needed to alter the amount of Milk for these scones because I added 1/2 cup pureed Pumpkin. It is a coincidence that these Pumpkin Scones have a strong resemblance to the famous coffee shops’ scones. I have never been to those coffee shops …

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