carrot

  • Tempura Vegetables

    Parsnip & Carrot ‘Kakiage’ Tempura

    Parsnip is a vegetable that I first tasted in Australia more than 20 years ago and instantly became one of my favourite vegetables. And for a long time I have believed that the best way of cooking parsnip is roasting. But… I have recently discovered that Tempura is also good. If you like parsnip, you’ve …

  • Vegetables

    Red Coleslaw

    I love my red coleslaw. You can add any red or orange colour vegetables, but the essential ingredients are Red Cabbage and fresh Beetroot. If you want to keep the orange colour of Carrot, rinse sliced beetroot and drain well before place in the bowl. Otherwise the beetroot will make everything red! Makes 4 Servings …

  • Sweets

    Steamed Carrot Buns

    Many years ago, when I was teaching at a primary school in Japan, mother of a student in my class gave me a recipe of ‘Steamed Carrot Buns’. The recipe was lost but I am still making these carrot buns. Because the batter is very soft, you need cupcake cases. The buns will expand double …

  • Okonomiyaki Pork Vegetables

    Okonomiyaki with Garlic Chives

    When I found a bunch of Garlic Chives getting wilted in the fridge, I decided to add them to Okonomiyaki. To make Okonomiyaki more colourful and nutritious, I also added Carrot. And the result was unsatisfying. It didn’t taste good with ‘Okonomiyaki Sauce’ and Japanese mayonnaise. Why? I tried the ‘Okonomiyaki with Garlic Chives’ with …

  • Chicken Pork Vegetables

    Sweet & Sour Pork (or Chicken)

    ‘Sweet & Sour Pork’ is such a popular Chinese dish and there are loads of different recipes. I often come across the dish cooked with pineapple, which I do not like. I never cook meat with fruit. This recipe is based on a recipe I learned in Japan when I was at high school. Pork …

  • Cold Sweets

    Carrot Bavarois with Orange Sauce

    When I started feeding my son with solid food, I made great efforts to introduce him a variety of veggies. He ended up hating veggies. Them I started inventing food that is hiding veggies so that he would eat hidden veggies without knowing it. This ‘Carrot Jelly’ is one of them but my son didn’t …

  • Udon Vegetables

    Udon Salad with Sesame Sauce

    The Udon noodles can be replaced with Ramen noodles, but they need to be COLD for this dish. On a hot and humid summer day in Japan, I often lost my appetite for food. A cold noodle dish like this one was life saving. If you have a good appetite, simply enjoy this delicious dish! …

  • Vegetables

    Three-Colour ‘Namul’

    This Korean inspired vegetable dish is not only tasty but also beautiful. I used Spinach, Carrot and Red Cabbage, but naturally you can use other vegetables. For green colour, Silverbeet leaves, Kale or other Asian greens can be used. It’s a great side dish. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Spinach 1 bunch  *250 to 300g Carrot 1 …

  • Vegetables

    Red Cabbage & Carrot ‘Namasu’

    When I am mentally or physically very tired, I often have a craving for a dish called ‘Namasu’ that is vinegared vegetables and most commonly Daikon and Carrot are used. When I didn’t have Daikon, I used Red Cabbage instead. The result was really refreshing, and very pretty as well. Makes 2 to 4 Servings …

  • Chicken Other Soup Potato

    Chicken Cream Stew

    ‘Cream Stew’ is a very popular dish in Japan. When the weather is getting cold, we often see TV ads of ready-made cream stew roux and we start to crave for the dish. My children loved it when they were young. And now? They still love it. I don’t use read-made roux. It’s a quite …

  • Squid & Octopus Vegetables

    Marinated Squid Salad

    I love Squid, especially ‘Squid Sashimi’ which I have never had in Australia. Fresh squids are not available where I live. Frozen or thawed squid tubes are available from any supermarkets. But the whole squids are less than half the price and they don’t smell like chlorine like the processed squid tubes do. If you …

  • 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

    Kale Coleslaw with Yoghurt Dressing

    I confess that I love Coles’ Kale Coleslaw Salad Kit and have bought it many times. A bag of veggies comes with dressing and some seeds, and it is $5.00!!! Why don’t I try to make it by myself? So I imitated the Coles’ Kale Coleslaw. The cost of making it could be around $2 …

  • Beef Mazegohan Vegetables

    Bibimbap-Inspired Beef Mazegohan

    As you know, ‘Bibimbap’ is a Korean dish, and the word literally means ‘Mixed Rice’ which is same as ‘Mazegohan’ in Japanese. I particularly like ‘Hot Stone Pot Bibimbap’ that is served in a very hot stone bowl. The stone bowl is so hot that anything that touches it sizzles, and the rice becomes browned …

  • Okonomiyaki Vegetables

    Kale Okonomiyaki

    It was last year’s Easter holidays when I sowed the seeds of Kale in my veggie garden. It’s been more than 10 months, we are still harvesting them. I was running out of the ideas how to cook them. Then I thought of making ‘Okonomiyaki’ using Kale. You know Kale smells like cabbage. It should …

  • Vegetables

    Kale Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing

    One of the most common ‘ae-mono’, a type of Japanese salad, dressings is called ‘Sanbai-zu’ which is made with Soy Sauce, Rice Vinegar and Sugar. Based on this dressing, I added Peanut Butter to create this Kale salad. My husband and son don’t like Kale, but they enjoy this salad even though Kale is uncooked. …

  • Vegetables

    Kale & Carrot ‘Namul’

    Kale and Silverbeet are always sold in a large bunch. Do not let that stop you to purchase them. Here is one recipe for you to use up a lot of them. This ‘Ae-mono’, a type of salad, is good as a side dish but it can be a main dish. Because it is simply …

  • 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 …

  • Fish Vegetables

    Spicy Asian Slaw with Tuna

    When cabbages are in season, I often make coleslaw with different dressings or Japanese mayonnaise. I tried to create an Asian flavour slaw. When you make this dish, you would think the amount of the cabbages is too much for 4 servings but it will decrease in volume and the flavour will become stronger. I …

  • 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 …

  • Harusame & Rice Noodles Vegetables

    Harusame with Walnut Miso Sauce

    Sweet Miso & Walnut Sauce is very versatile. You can add it to Grilled Tofu or Eggplant. You can mix it with vegetables such as ‘Kurumi-ae Spinach’, or with Harusame noodles like this dish. Walnuts can be replaced by toasted sesame seeds or other toasted nuts. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Harusame Noodles 100g Carrot 1 …

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