• Beans & Peas Sweets

    Butter Beans Chocolate Truffles

    Shiro-an made from tinned Butter Beans is a very versatile ingredient for sweets. This Chocolate Truffle recipe is dairy-free and oil-free. You would hardly believe it’s Butter Beans! Add nuts and dry fruit that you like and make your own recipe. Makes 20 balls Ingredients Canned Butter Beans 200g *rinsed and drained well *You get …

  • Vegetables

    Carrot & Walnut Salad

    On the other day I bought very sweet and smooth-textured carrots from an ALDI store. They were so deliciously sweet and made this simple salad absolutely beautiful. I usually add small amount of sugar to this salad, but you may need no sugar at all if the carrots are sweet. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Large …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Nuts Sweets

    Chestnut Manjū

    ‘Manjū’ is one of traditional Japanese sweets.  There are many different types of ‘Manjū’. Every region seems to have its own local specialty ‘Manjū’. My home town has its own popular ‘Manjū’ and I miss it.  It is quite a challenge to make Japanese sweets in Australia because the ingredients are hard to find. This …

  • Beans & Peas Sweets

    Shiro-an

    I have never wished to make ‘Shiro-an (White Bean Paste) in Japan. It was something I should buy from sweet shops. But here in Australia, if I want to eat it, I have to make it using substitute beans as the Japanese White Beans are not available here. This method is the easiest way to …

  • Cold Sweets

    Milk Kuzu-mochi

    There is a Japanese cold sweet called ‘Kuzu-mochi’ which is made with Kuzu powder. This sticky and soft rubbery sweet is one of my favourites. I tried to make it using some substitutes because Kuzu powder is not available where I live. I have discovered the best substitute is Tapioca flour! It is even easier …

  • Beans & Peas Vegetables

    Four Beans Salad

    This is my favourite salad and it’s ‘Super Easy’ to make. I sometimes feel craving for it. That’s why I always stock some tins of four beans in my pantry. Other essential ingredients are fresh crunchy Carrot and Cucumber, and Japanese Mayonnaise. This can be a great side dish, but it also can be a …

  • Dough

    Sachi’s Pizza Dough

    I am a cooking enthusiast. But I have never wanted to make pizza from scratch. It is always my daughter Sachi who is willing to work without sparing herself to let us enjoy the homemade pizza! I just keep her dough recipe on this website for my own reference. Makes 2 to 3 Large Pizza …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Sweets

    Baked Cheesecake

    Japanese style baked cheesecake is different from Australian baked cheesecake. Japanese style is lighter and fluffy. This is the cake I used to miss a lot. When my family stayed in Japan many years ago, mother of one of my son’s classmates gave me a recipe. After some alterations, my baked cheese cake recipe is …

  • Fish Sushi

    Salmon Sushi

    Nowadays in Melbourne suburbs, fresh sashimi is still not always available but fresh Salmon is. There are a handful of fish shops in the area I live and all of them sell Salmon that can be eaten raw. Smoked Salmon is available from any supermarket stores. So I make these Salmon Sushi for special occasions. …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Beans & Peas

    Kinako Biscuits

    I attempted to make ‘Kinako‘ (finely ground roasted soy beans) at home by toasting dry raw soy beans and grinding them, but my electric grinder didn’t make very fine powder. Then I tried to make biscuits using the ground soy beans. The result was fantastic! The texture is similar to shortbread which is slightly dry …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit

    Apple & Cocoa Cupcakes

    When I find apples getting dry and spongy in my fruit bowl, I often make these cupcakes. (Naturally, you can make these cupcakes using fresh Apples!) Because of the plenty of grated apple, these cakes are so moist even after a few days, only if they last that long. Makes 12 Cup Cakes Ingredients Apples …

  • Miso Soup

    Kimchi Miso Soup

    Kimchi is a traditional Korean food that is fermented vegetables with a variety of seasonings including Garlic! I absolutely love it even though the smell of Kimchi overwhelm my kitchen everytime I open the jar. On the other day I added some Kimchi to my miso soup, and everyone loved its unique flavour. Makes 4 …

  • Beans & Peas Sea Vegetables

    Hijiki & Soy Beans Nimono

    This is probably one of the very traditional home-style dishes that most mothers cook. My family recipe is always meat-free but you may wish to add chicken to this dish. This can be mixed with freshly cooked rice to make “Hijiki Mazegohan’ which is also popular. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Dried Hijiki 20 to 25g …

  • Mazegohan

    Edamame Rice

    One of my favourite rice dishes is ‘Green Peas Rice’ which can be enjoyed only in the season when I can get fresh peas just removed from pods. This ‘Edamame Rice’ used to be an alternative dish to me because Frozen Edamame are available any time, but now it is my another favourite rice dish. …

  • Vegetables

    ‘Kurumi-ae’ Spinach with Walnut Sauce

    ‘Kurumi’ means walnuts in Japanese. ‘Kurimi-ae’ is a dish of vegetables dressed with sweet soy sauce base ’Walnut Sauce’, that is very similar to ‘Goma-ae’ Sauce. I always toast walnuts first to get rid of unpleasant bitterness. As you know, walnuts are widely recognised as nutrient-dense food. This dish is absolutely nutritious as well as …

  • Tofu Vegetables

    Tofu Stir-fry

    ‘Mentsuyu’ the noodle dipping sauce is a very versatile seasoning. It contains soy sauce, mirin and umami from dash ingredients. I use ‘Katsuobushi’ dried bonito flakes, but you can use other dried fish, konbu (kelp), dried shiitake or instant dashi powder. It is very handy to keep a bottle of ‘Mentsuyu’ in fridge. I cooked …

  • Healthy

    Granola (Oven-baked Muesli)

    Since I discovered that store bought Granola products often contain sugar or golden syrup, I started making this Granola (Oven-baked Muesli) by myself. The ingredients are almost identical with my Muesli Bar ingredients. Basically sweetness comes from ripe bananas and dried fruit. This Granola is so good with my fresh home-made yogurt. Ingredients Rolled Oats …

  • Chicken

    Sticky ‘Ponzu’ Chicken Wings

    ‘Ponzu’ is such a versatile sauce. These Chicken Wings, Winglets or Nibbles are cooked in the Ponzu based sauce which contains a lot of rice vinegar. But the result is not sour. These types of Chicken pieces are quite greasy and the vinegar improves the greasy flavour. I used to bake these finger licking sticky …

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