sesame

  • Tofu

    Sesame Tofu

    In Japan there is a food called ‘Goma Dofu’ or ‘Sesame Tofu’ which is made from three simple ingredients: ‘Neri-goma’ which is a paste made from ground toasted sesame seeds, Water (or Dashi) and ‘Kuzu Root Starch’. It is called ‘Tofu’ but it is not Tofu because Soy Milk is not used to make it. …

  • Vegetables

    Goma-ae Tomatoes

    My ‘Goma-ae Sauce’ goes so well with many vegetables. I have tried even with Cucumbers, which was quite nice. This time, I was more ambitious. I made Tomatoes into ‘Goma-ae’ and my family was suspicious about this dish. I used Black Sesame Seeds to make the colour striking, and that was discouraging for them but …

  • Shirataki & Itokonnyaku Vegetables

    Spicy ‘Goma-ae’ Spinach

    My family’s favourite ‘Goma-ae Spinach’ sometimes turns to this spicy ‘Goma-ae’ with Ito-Konnyaku/Shirataki for a change. Ito-Konnyaku or Shirataki is basically same as Konnyaku/Konjac made from grated Konnyaku Potatoes. They are very low in calories and good source of dietary fiber. It can be replaced with Sweet Potato Starch Noodles which has similar texture. Makes …

  • Cold Sweets

    Black Sesame Panna Cotta

    ‘Black Sesame Milk Jelly’ is a popular dessert in Japan. I make it using my Panna Cotta recipe and adding Black Sesame Seeds Paste to it. If you don’t want to use cream, use just milk. It looks yucky? It does, doesn’t it? Tastes yummy, though! See the gelatine-free ‘Chia Seeds’ version as below. In …

  • Vegetables

    Daikon & Rocket Salad with Sesame Dressing

    The rocket that is growing in my veggie garden has very bitter peppery flavour. That’s why I blanched the rocket to milden the flavour, but blanching is also good to reduce the volume of it. We can eat more so that we can take more nutrients from the green. If you use Baby Rocket leaves, …

  • Tofu Vegetables

    ‘Shira-ae’ Rocket (Spinach) with Tofu Sauce

    ‘Shira-ae’ is a type of ‘ae-mono’, Japanese style salad, which is mixed with mashed tofu. The most common ‘Shira-ae’ is probably Spinach ‘Shira-ae’, but a variety of vegetables, mushrooms and konnyaku (konjac) are used for this dish. I used Rockets because I have a lot of them in my veggie garden. Please use Spinach if …

  • Pork Vegetables

    Cold Pork Salad with Sesame Dressing

    Thinly sliced pork and beef are commonly available in Japan, but not here in Australia. Occasionally I find frozen sliced meat in Asian grocer stores but the ordinary butchers and supermarket stores don’t sell them. That’s why I sometimes purchase a block of meat, half freeze it, slice as thin as I can, then freeze …

  • Chicken Vegetables

    Spicy Chicken & Cucumber Goma-ae

    It doesn’t take long to cook chicken breast fillets. You can easily cook them in microwave. While you wait for the chicken to cool, slice cucumber and make the sauce. This dish can be made in ten minutes. A perfect dish on a hot day. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Continental Cucumber 1 *OR small Cucumbers …

  • Vegetables

    Kale & Avocado ‘Gomamiso-ae’

    At the end of the summer, I sowed seeds of Kale, Rocket and Spinach. They grew so well and we have been eating them for months. Actually we can hardly keep up eating especially Kale. So I cooked a very large bowlful of Kale and made this ‘Ae-mono (Japanese style salad). ‘Goma-ae’ sauce is usually …

  • Vegetables

    Daikon & Rocket Salad

    At the end of last summer, I sowed Rocket (Rucola) seeds in my veggie gardens. Through the very wet Autumn, my rockets have been grown so well and now we have to eat them. This is my accidental invention using my ‘Creamy Sesame Dressing’. The accidental part was that I had a piece of Parmesan …

  • Vegetables

    Goma-ae Beans

    Beans can be replaced with other vegetables like Spinach, Carrot, Japanese Mushrooms, Asparagus, Gobo, Broccoli, etc. This is one of the most popular ‘Ae-mono’, a type of Japanese salad, and my most favourite vegetable dish! Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Beans about 350g *Beans can be replaced with Spinach, Carrot, Japanese Mushrooms (eg. Shiitake & Shimeji), …

  • Vegetables

    Goma-ae Spinach

    Goma-ae Sauce goes very well with many vegetables or Japanese mushrooms. Please use Fresh Spinach, not frozen cooked spinach. You must not over cook the Spinach because it should retain tender-crisp texture. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Spinach 1 bunch (250 to 300g) *OR Shungiku (Edible Chrysanthemum) Goma-ae Sauce Toasted Sesame Seeds 2 tablespoons *ground Sugar …