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    Cinnamon Rolls

    ‘Kamome Shokudō’ is a 2006 Japanese comedy film that is set in Helsinki, the capital city of Finland. It’s a story about a woman who sets up a small cafe serving Japanese-style food. Many delicious-looking foods appear on the film but the Finnish ‘Cinnamon Rolls’ holds the key to attracting the local customers. I started …

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    Gingerbread Characters

    My children have been always creative and they enjoyed making Gingerbread Characters when they were young. To decorate the characters, they used chocolate chips, ‘Smarties’, lollies and icing. One day I made a character’s mouth (lips) using sliced red lolly snake, and that upset my son so badly. He removed those red lips from the …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit

    Super Easy Apple Crumble

    Everyone’s favourite dessert ‘Apple Crumble’ can’t be easier than this. All novice cooks should try this recipe and gain your confidence. I always use Granny Smith apples for this dessert. Granny Smith apple is originated in Australia and it is one of the most popular cooking apples. It gets soft quite quickly and you don’t …

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    My Egg Tarts

    I love Portuguese Egg Tarts. When I tried it for the first time at a local community market, I fell in love with it instantly. I wanted to make them by myself. I found many different recipes and methods on the internet, and I still don’t know which one is the best. So I decided …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit Nuts

    Fig & Walnuts Biscotti

    I grew up in subsidised public housing which was a very tiny house with a small back garden, where there was a fig tree. I enjoyed the fresh fig fruit from the tree and my mother used to make fig jam and preserves. This is why fig is always special fruit to me. And I …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Nuts

    Chestnut Crostata

    ‘Crostata’ is Italian baked tart. The reason why I call this tart ‘Crostata’ is because a photo of ‘Hazelnut Crostata’ taken on a street in Florence had inspired me to create it. My shortcrust pastry is super-easy as always. Using ready-made Sweetened Chestnut Puree (Cream or Paste), this crostata can be made so easily. If …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit Nuts

    Cranberries & Pistachio Biscotti

    I like rustic biscotti baked in the traditional way without any butter, oil or milk. It is so easy to make and we can create our own variations by adding nuts, fruit and flavours of our choice. However, I haven’t found any simple and easy recipes that don’t require weighing. I don’t like weighing ingredients. …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit

    Pear & Custard Tart

    When I find some pears in the fruit basket getting very soft, I always make them into ‘Pear Upside-down Cake‘. But I recently discovered this custard tart is another good dessert to use up the softened pears. This is almost identical to my ‘Banana & Custard Tart‘. Pears can be replaced by peaches, cherries, apples …

  • Cold Sweets

    Rum & Raisin Granita

    Rum & Raisin ice-cream, Rum & Raisin chocolate, Rum & Raisin cake, Rum & Raisin pudding, I love ‘Rum & Raisin’. And this is the world’s easiest ‘Rum & Raisin’ dessert. If you have Raisins steeped in Rum in your pantry, you only need Sugar and Water to make this dessert. By the way, this …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Cold Sweets Egg Fruit

    Pavlova

    ‘Pavlova’ is a meringue dessert with crispy crust and soft inside, topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit. I heard that the dessert was created in honour of the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova’s tour to Australia and New Zealand. It is one of the iconic foods in Australia. The recipe is simple and it …

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    Wonton Skin Apple Rolls

    What do you make with left-over Wonton Skins? I often simply add them to soup. But I wanted to make something with them. Wonton Skins look like small version of Filo Pastry. So I just wrap some apple with sugar & cinnamon with them and fried. The result was simply ‘YUMMY!’ I would buy Wonton …

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    Twisted Fried Cookies

    When I was a young child, my mother was a full-time mother looking after three children. My family was poor and couldn’t afford to buy sweets. But my sisters and I always enjoyed sweets that our mother cooked for us. This is one of them. 1 cup flour, some sugar and 1 egg, and oil …

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    Profiteroles

    ‘Profiteroles’ aka ‘Chou à la Crème’ or ‘Cream Puff’ (which is a different food in Australia) is called in Japanese ‘Shuu Kuriimu’ sounds exactly same as ‘shoe cream’! It’s not hard to make but many people don’t even try. You only need Flour, Butter and Eggs. My favourite filing is custard, but whipped cream, chocolate …

  • Egg Sweets

    Basic Custard

    Every cook should be able to make ‘Custard’, that is so simple, yummy and versatile. ‘Custard’ is the mixtures of Milk and Eggs thickened by heat. When it is used for desserts, Sugar is added. For thickening it, Flour or Starch is often added, but you do not need such thing as custard powder. This …

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    Super Easy Pecan Pie

    Have you tried my ‘Banana & Custard Tart’ yet? I have been repeatedly making the easy and yummy ‘Banana & Custard Tart’, and one day I wondered if I could make ‘Pecan Pie’ in the same way using ready-to-bake fran/pie base. That’s how I created this ‘Super Easy Pecan Pie’ recipe. I use Golden Syrup …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Matcha

    Matcha & Chunky Chocolate Scones

    Based on Auntie Lorna’s Scone recipe, my Japanese original ‘Matcha & Chunky Chocolate Scones’ are naturally delicious! If you like Matcha flavour, add extra Matcha powder. I used dark chocolate this time, but white chocolate is also very nice for this Matcha scone. Because baking time is only 10 minutes or so, these scones can …

  • Fruit Sweets

    Creamy Stewed Apples

    It’s winter in Melbourne. On the cold nights, warm desserts make everyone happy. This warm and creamy stewed apple dessert was my children’s favourite winter dessert. I sometimes use tinned pear or peach, that are already soft and don’t need to be stewed. Rum is totally optional for children but I add it, generous amount, …

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    ‘Langues de Chat’ Biscuits

    Do you want to use up the leftover Egg White? This is a great recipe because the recipe requires only Egg White not Egg Yolk. In Japan, this type of biscuits are called ‘Langues de Chat’, that means ‘Tongue of the Cat’ in French. The traditional French ‘Langues de Chat’ biscuits are indeed in the …

  • Azuki (Red Beans)

    ‘Kintsuba’ Azuki Cakes

    I sometimes crave for Japanese sweets, which I know I can’t purchase from any shops near my home. Therefore I have to to make them. If I were in Japan, I wouldn’t even try. There are so many delicious and artistically created beautiful Japanese sweets easily available anywhere. ‘Kintsuba’ Azuki Cakes are easy to make. …

  • 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 …

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