• Baked & Fried Sweets

    Basic Sponge Cake

    This is my hard-to-fail Sponge Cake recipe that I have been using for decades. Sometimes I don’t separate Egg Yolks and Whites and whisk whole Eggs with Sugar all together. It works if the Eggs are NOT COLD, but I recommend to separate them and whisk Egg Whites first. It is quicker and easier than …

  • Fruit Sweets

    Rum & Raisins

    I always have a jar of rum-steeped Raisins/Sultanas in my pantry. It’s good to have, because they do magic on simple ice-cream or chocolate or anything. I highly recommend you to keep this in your pantry, too.See my ‘Rum & Raisin Granita’ recipe and ‘Rum & Sultana Cake’ recipe. Ingredients Raisins OR SultanasRum Method If …

  • Cooking Rice

    Cooking Mixed Grains

    I love this ‘Mixed Grains’. It’s mostly Medium Grain Brown Rice, which is mixed with Wild Rice, Barley and Quinoa. You can make your own mix by adding whatever grains you love. Even a small type of beans such as Azuki can be added. However you must be aware of the cooking time of the …

  • Vegetables

    Broccoli ‘Namul’

    The ‘Namul’, Korean vegetable dish, can be a great side dish which goes well with so may dishes. Many vegetables are in season now and I am making all kinds of ‘Namul ‘dishes. I particularly like this easy Broccoli ‘Namul’. Find other ‘Namul’ recipes here. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Broccoli 1 large head *cut into …

  • Vegetables

    Kale & Avocado ‘Gomamiso-ae’

    Kale is easy to grow and has grown too well in my veggie garden. We can hardly keep up eating it. So I blanched a large bowlful of Kale leaves and made this ‘Ae-mono’ (Japanese style salad). ‘Goma-ae’ Sauce is usually made with Soy Sauce but I used Miso for this dish. It was a …

  • Beans & Peas

    ‘Falafel’ Chickpea Balls

    Since I moved to Australia, I have discovered many different food and ’Falafel’ is one of them. For a long time I didn’t know what they are made from. ‘Falafel’ is something I buy from shops and I never thought it could be so easy. The most important thing is to use uncooked chickpeas and …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Nuts Sweets

    Almond Snowballs

    I wanted to make ‘Kinako Biscuits’ today but I didn’t have enough ‘Kinako’ which is the finely ground roasted soybean. I used roasted almonds instead. Using the food chopper, I ground the almonds. I added some coarsely chopped almonds as well. I rolled the baked biscuits in icing sugar to coat them. The result was …

  • Beans & Peas Prawn & Shrimp Tofu

    Braised Tofu with Prawns & Edamame

    Many Japanese words have been imported to English but often pronounced differently. ‘Edamame’ (the young soy beans) is one of them. It’s ‘e-dʌ-ma-me’ and NOT ‘e-dʌ-ma-miː’. When a word ends with ‘e’, English speaking people pronounce wrong. ‘Shiitake’ and ‘Sake’ are other examples. Please remember ‘e’ in Japanese words is always pronounced like ‘e’ in …

  • Chicken Mushrooms Tofu

    Braised Tofu with Chicken & Shimeji

    If you like ‘Mabo Tofu’, you would like this dish. My quick-braise method doesn’t stir-fry Tofu so you can use soft and delicate type of Tofu for this dish. I use whatever mushrooms that I have in hand. Shimeji, Shiitake, Enoki, Oyster Mushrooms are all very nice for this recipe. Serve with freshly cooked rice. …

  • Okonomiyaki Prawn & Shrimp Squid & Octopus

    Takoyaki

    ‘Takoyaki’, a ball-shaped savoury snack, is one of the dishes that most foreign tourists try to eat in Japan. To make ‘Takoyaki’, you need a ‘Takoyaki’ pan. Do not give up if you don’t have one, I heard that Cake Pop Maker or Mini Pancake Pan are just fine for making ‘Takoyaki’. It doesn’t matter …

  • Vegetables

    Asian Fried Noodle Slaw

    My husband’s aunt told me about her amazing discovery of Asian Fried Noodle Salad. She even gave me a bag of the fried noodles. The recipe was on the bag of the noodles but I found it too sweet. So I create my own dressing for the salad. I used a bag of ready-to eat …

  • Baked & Fried Rice Chicken

    Chicken Doria

    ‘Doria’ is a very popular rice dish in Japan. Butter rice or pilaf is covered with White Sauce (Béchamel Sauce) and grated cheese, then baked in the oven. This ‘Chicken Doria’ is the most basic ‘Doria’ dish which is seasoned with salt & pepper. You can add herbs and spices to create your own flavour. …

  • Clear Soup Fish

    Sardine Balls for Soup

    My son doesn’t like to eat fish that have bones. Even the filleted Sardines still have fine bones and he is reluctant to eat them. When he was very young, he got a fish bone stuck in the throat for three days. When it finally came out, we were all shocked at the size of …

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