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  • Beans & Peas

    Chilli Garlic Edamame

    ‘Edamame’ are young soy beans in the pod. Frozen ‘Edamame’ that are already blanched in salted water or unsalted water are available from most supermarkets and Asian grocers. Slightly salted ‘Edamame’ are very tasty, but you got to try this one. As the pods, that you don’t eat, are seasoned, you taste the Chilli & …

  • Beans & Peas Beef

    Chilli Con Carne

    I used to buy Maggi’s Chilli Con Carne spice mix to make this dish. But once I have learned what spices I need to make it, I don’t need pre-made spice mix. This dish is very simple to make. Sometimes I add extra Chilli or less Chilli, other spices like Oregano, more Tomatoes, a little …

  • Beans & Peas Vegetables

    Cuban Black Beans

    Since my daughter stopped eating meat, I have been cooking more beans. I have tried all sort flavours of Japanese, Mediterranean, Indian, Middle Eastern, etc. But this is the biggest hit. Cuban!!! Well…, I have never been to Cuba and never tasted real Cuban food. I just read some recipes and created my own version. …

  • Tempura Vegetables

    Tempura Beans

    Green Beans are probably my favourite vegetable. The very best Top 3 Green Beans Dishes are Goma-ae Beans, Anchovy Garlic Sautéed Beans and this Tempura Beans. It is well known that the Japanese ‘Tempura’ cooking originated with Portuguese. Fried Green Beans, known in Portugal as ‘Peixinhos da Horta’, were introduced by the Portuguese traveled to …

  • Vegetables

    Anchovy Garlic Sautéed Green Beans

    It is quite hard to understand why some people dislike Anchovy & Garlic. It’s a heavenly combination and that makes the simple sautéed beans into an extra spacial dish. I have cooked this dish for so many occasions and everyone enjoyed it, even the ones who hate fish. I love this dish. Makes 4 to …

  • Potato Vegetables

    Baby Spinach & Potato Salad

    I like my Yoghurt Dressing that I created for the Kale Coleslaw. Then I used it for the potato salad instead of Japanese mayonnaise. I found the coleslaw dressing was a bit too sweet for the potatoes and it needed herbs. I thought Dill would go well with the yoghurt! That’s how I ended up …

  • Beans & Peas Mazegohan Vegetables

    Crunchy Edamame & Black Rice Salad

    In Melbourne where I live, a greater variety of rice are becoming available even from the average supermarkets. Short, medium and long grain rice. Glutinous rice, Wild rice, Arborio, Basmati, Jasmine, Brown rice, White rice, Red rice and Black rice. I particularly love the black coloured rice such as Wild rice and Black rice. They …

  • Vegetables

    Fresh Veggie Sticks and Walnut Miso Dip

    On the other day, I heard a friend of mine complaining about something I would love. She grows vegetables in the backyard and occasionally gets too much harvest to eat. She was particularly complaining about too much cucumbers. Ahhh… come on! Here is an Asian flavoured ‘Miso Dip’ that would help her to snack a …

  • Beans & Peas Vegetables

    Pickled Soy Beans

    I bought a bag of Black Beans from an Asian grocery store and have found out they are different from the ones available from ordinary supermarket stores. Black Turtle Beans are commonly called just ‘Black Beans’ in Australia, but what I bought from the Asian grocery store are so similar to Soy Beans in taste …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • Beans & Peas Spaghetti & Pasta

    Edamame & Avocado Spaghetti

    Just like using pesto on pasta as a sauce, I used my Edamame & Avocado Dip to mix with spaghetti. Wow! It was absolutely delicious. This will be my family’s favourite. The flavour is quite simple. So you may wish to add more sourness or spiciness to it. I actually drizzled some soy sauce over …

  • Beans & Peas Vegetables

    Edamame & Avocado Dip

    ‘Edamame’ are young soy beans. Soybeans in the pod are usually blanched in salted water. ‘Edamame” are becoming easily available from most super markets and Asian grocers. Crunchy and tasty, and above all nutrition packed ‘Edamame’ can be eaten directly from pods but they are great for cooking as well. Ingredients ‘Edamame’ Beans removed from …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Beans & Peas Takikomigohan

    ‘Sekihan’ Azuki Rice

    This dish is traditionally prepared to celebrate special occasions in Japan, because its red colour which is symbolic of happiness. The dish is called ‘Sekihan’ (Red Rice) in Japanese and basically steamed Mochi-gome (short grain glutinous rice) with Sasage Beans that are very similar Azuki Beans. These days more people conveniently cook it using rice …

  • Prawn & Shrimp Tofu

    Prawn & Edamame Tofu Balls

    There is a vegetarian food called ‘Ganmodoki’ which means ‘mock wild-goose meat’. It’s a fried tofu fritter made with vegetables and sesame seeds. This ‘Tofu Balls’ is not vegetarian food as I used prawns and egg but very similarr to ‘Ganmodoki’. Firm Tofu is recommended as it is quite dry. If you use Momen tofu …

  • Beans & Peas Vegetables

    Okra & Natto

    Okra is not yet very popular in Australia. My first encounter with Okra was in Alabama, US. It was ‘Fried Okra’ coated with cornmeal and slightly spicy, that became my favourite. My family often ate raw Okra with Katsuobushi and soy sauce. But I like Okra slightly cooked. This ‘Okra & Natto’ is very popular …

  • Beans & Peas Donburi (Rice Bowl)

    Natto & Kimchi with Onsen Tamago

    I know many Australians don’t like Natto, the fermented Soy Beans, because of its smell. Well… there is at least one way to enjoy Natto. Mix it with Kimchi that has knock-out smell! You won’t smell Natto anymore. Add a microwave-cooked ‘Onsen Tamago’ egg and it’s a very quick and nutritious meal. Makes 1 Serving …

  • Beans & Peas Vegetables

    Colourful Black Bean Salad

    My family eat more beans and less meat these days. I often make bean salads and this is one of my favourites. I tried some different beans for this salad and I think Black Beans work best. When combined with colourful vegetables, the black colour of beans is quite striking. This salad is also nice …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Beans & Peas Sweets

    Butter Beans Cocoa Cake

    I love the chocolate flavoured butter bean paste that I made for Chocolate Truffles. So I used the paste as filling for this Roll Cake for my health-conscious daughter. You wouldn’t know the filling is tinned butter beans. It’s absolutely delicious! Cake Tin Swiss Roll Pan Ingredients Sponge Eggs 3 Caster Sugar 1/4 cup (or …

  • 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 paste. Add nuts and dry fruit that you like and make your own recipe. Makes 20 balls Ingredients Tinned Butter Beans 200g Tin *drained well Sugar 1/4 …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Nuts Sweets

    Chestnut Manjū

    There are many different types of Manjū. Often every region has its own local specialty Manjū. One day I found Manjū recipes on the internet and I tried some of them. It was a challenge because the ingredients are hard to find in Australia. This is my recipe that can be achieved with what I …

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