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  • Beans & Peas Sweets

    Butter Bean Spreads

    I often use sweetened butter bean paste for making Japanese sweets, but my husband is not a big fan of sweetened beans. He doesn’t eat even ‘Azuki’ Red Bean paste which is an essential ingredient for Asian sweets. I realised that the sweetness and the flavour of beans are not a good mix for some …

  • Lamb Vegetables

    Stewed Lamb & Vegetables

    When I stew lamb meat, I always buy shoulder meat. A large block of shoulder meat is probably the cheapest cut. Shoulder of the animal works hard, so the meat from a lamb’s shoulder is full of flavour and perfect for stewing. I add lots of vegetables. You may think the following amount of vegetables …

  • Beans & Peas Halloween

    Wicked Black Bean Dip

    I guarantee this dip is tasty though it looks horrible. It’s a perfect Halloween party food! This dip is based on the basic ‘Hummus’ recipe. I simply tried to make black coloured ‘Hummus’ using Black Beans and Black Tahini. Jalapeño is highly recommended, but it’s optional. Ingredients Canned Black Beans 1 *400g, drained Red Onion …

  • 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 …

  • 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

    Ponzu 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 ‘Black Beans’ in Australia, but what I bought from the Asian grocery store are Black Soy Beans. My grandmother used to pickle …

  • 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 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 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 …

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