tomato

  • 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 …

  • Fish Vegetables

    Namban-zuke

    My mother used to make this dish always using fish called ‘Aji’ in Japanese. As ‘Aji’ is difficult to find in Australia, I often use Trevally or Mackerel family fish which have similar flavour and texture. However most fish are suitable for this dish. Sardines and Salmon are very nice, too. This time I used …

  • 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 …

  • Egg Prawn & Shrimp Vegetables

    Prawns Tomatoes & Egg Stirfry

    This is a very quick and easy dish. Prawns can be replaced with Squid or Tofu. I always serve this dish with freshly cooked Rice, but rice noodles would be good as well. When Tomatoes are in season, a simple dish like this one can be really appreciated. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Fresh/Frozen Shelled Prawns …

  • Tofu Vegetables

    Spicy Tofu, Tomato & Kimchi Salad

    In Japan, there is a tofu dish that is called ‘Hiyayakko’. It is basically chilled fresh tofu with various toppings of your choice. Popular toppings are grated ginger, ‘Katsuobushi’, shiso (perilla), finely chopped spring onion and soy sauce. This very healthy summer dish is a type of ‘Hiyayakko’. It is a good idea to serve …

  • Vegetables

    Helen’s Tomato Salad

    Helen is a good friend of our family. She and her husband often invite us for BBQ and one day we realised that Helen always makes this ‘Tomato Salad’. I copied her salad but I make it without Olive Oil. If you like Olive Oil, you can add it for extra flavour and nutrients, and …

  • Baking Vegetables

    Baked Vegetables

    Do you like Ratatouille? I love it and used to cook it very often. But, since I started cooking this ‘Baked Vegetables’, I always prefer this dish. I use same ingredients, but the result is richer and more intense flavour, probably because the vegetables are baked in high heat. The amount of the vegetables is …

  • Spaghetti & Pasta Vegetables

    Umeboshi, Tomato & Shiso Spaghetti

    My home-made ‘Umeboshi’ is just right to add saltiness & sourness to this pasta sauce. This is another perfect pasta dish on a hot day in summer. The key ingredients might be difficult for you to find, but they are often available from Asian grocery stores. Shiso (Perilla) can be replaced with Basil, just maybe …

  • Potato Vegetables

    My Italian Potato Salad

    If you are Italian, you might say ‘this is not Italian Potato Salad!’ Well… I just created a potato salad with the ingredients that I think are Italian such as Italian herb mix and semi-dried tomatoes. This is my favourite potato salad and I like it more than My Family’s Potato Salad! Makes 4 Servings …

  • Other Soup Vegetables

    Tomato and Carrot Soup

    Sometimes a failure leads me to a success. On the other day I made Carrot Soup without butter and cream because my daughter doesn’t want to eat them. The soup was not as nice as the one with butter and cream. Then I thought that tomato flavour would make the healthy version of carrot soup …

  • Tofu Vegetables

    Tofu & Tomato Stirfry

    This is a recipe for not-so-great tomatoes. Of course it would be delicious using sweet ripe tomatoes. But we sometimes buy fairly good looking tomatoes on special and later find out they are not really great, don’t we? Then try this recipe! Makes Enough for 4 Ingredients Tomatoes 4 Tofu 1 *medium to firm type …