• Baked & Fried Sweets Nuts

    Almond Florentine Cookies

    What is known as ‘Florentine’ in Japan is very different from ‘Florentine’ in Australia. It is basically sweet cookies topped with crispy caramelised Almond Flakes. For the base, you can use your own cookie dough or sweet shortcrust dough. There are so many different recipes and methods these days. Many people roll out the dough …

  • Zōsui (Rice Soup)

    Miso Oats Porridge

    I sometimes crave ‘Zōsui’ (a Japanese Rice Soup), especially when I am unwell. On the other day I did crave it, but I had no leftover cooked rice to make it. I didn’t bother cooking rice for it. Then I decided to use Oats, that can be cooked quickly. The porridge was delicious, and I …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Baked & Fried Sweets Matcha

    Azuki Stuffed Matcha Cupcakes

    By adding Matcha Powder to my ‘Basic Plain Cupcakes’ batter, you can make delicious Matcha flavoured cupcakes. Today I stuffed them with ‘Tsubu-an’ (Sweet Azuki Paste). Matcha and Azuki is a very popular combination. Butter and Azuki match very well, too. And Rum goes well with both Matcha and Azuki. Makes 12 Cupcakes Ingredients 12 …

  • Sushi

    Colourful Sushi Rice Rolls

    For decorative Sushi Rolls, the Rice is often coloured with various ingredients such as Egg for Yellow and Salmon for pink. Decorative Sushi Rolls are not easy to make, but this one is easy and even young children can roll. You may wish to roll with some filling. See the picture below. Makes 5 to …

  • Clear Soup

    Dumplings in Soup

    These Dumplings are really easy to make, and I add them to Rice Soup, Miso Soup, soy sauce flavoured Clear Soup and Nabe (Hot Pot) dishes. Because my children love them so much, I think I should write down the recipe, so that they can one day make them by themselves. Today I added the …

  • Pork Takikomigohan

    Ginger Pork Takikomigohan

    ‘Pork Shogayaki’, or Ginger Pork, is one of the most popular Izakaya dishes. If you like it, you would certainly love this Takikomigohan. Basically I cooked same ingredients with Rice all together in a rice cooker. While it is cooking, prepare a refreshing Salad or steamed Veggies. It can be a perfect dinner on a …

  • Egg Vegetables

    Snow Peas ‘Tamago Toji’

    ‘Tamago Toji’ is a Japanese cooking method to bind the ingredients cooked in sauce or soup with ‘Tamago’ (Eggs). This method is popularly used. ‘Oyako’ Don is an example. My mother used to cook this dish when Snow Peas were in season. I sat at a little table in her kitchen and helped her remove …

  • Potato Vegetables

    Broccoli Potato Salad

    My Family’s Potato Salad is a special salad for us. Everyone loves it and it always reminds us my mother’s kitchen. It is not hard to make but it is time consuming. This ‘Broccoli Potato Salad’ is almost identical but much easier to prepare as I don’t mash the Potatoes. A whole head of Broccoli …

  • Takikomigohan

    Chicken Ketchup Rice

    On the other day, I wanted to cook ‘Omu-rice’ (Omelette Rice) for dinner. Then I had to cook 4 servings Ketchup flavoured fried rice, and that was not easy. Then I tried to cook all the fried rice ingredients in a rice cooker just like cooking ‘Takikomigohan’, a Japanese dish of Rice cooked with ingredients …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Nuts

    Egg White & Almond Biscuits

    When I want to use up leftover Egg White, I often make ‘Langues de Chat’ Biscuits. Ingredients are easy to remember. You need same weight of 4 ingredients, that are Egg White, Butter, Sugar and Flour. Today I added Almond Flakes and baked the whole mixture into one large sheet. You can easily break it …

  • Beans & Peas Tofu Vegetables

    Vegan Chilli Con Carne

    When I was planning a vegan Christmas lunch last year, I bought Dry Soy Meat at a local Asian grocery store. On the other day, I finally used it to make ‘Vegan Soy Meat Soboro Don’ and it was delicious. Today I tried another minced meat dish. It’s ‘Chilli Con Carne’. I knew it would …

  • Potato Vegetables

    Quick & Cheesy Broccoli Potato

    I saw a lovely looking dish of roasted Broccoli and Potatoes that were mixed with Garlic and Anchovy. Sounds really good, doesn’t it? But, I didn’t want to use the oven. If it is just Broccoli, I would cook it in a frying pan. But I needed to cook Potatoes as well. So, I boiled …

  • Sweets

    Soft Chocolate

    If you are thinking to make handmade chocolate for a special occasion, nothing is easier than this Soft Chocolate. Super easy to make, but they are delicious and look great, don’t they? This is basically firm Chocolate Ganache. It can be made by mixing Dark Chocolate and hot Cream. I added a little Butter as …

  • Baked & Fried Rice Fish

    Curry Flavoured Salmon Doria

    My ‘Potato & Canned Salmon Gratin’ is made with Japanese Mayonnaise instead of white sauce, and it is delicious. Today I made this ‘Doria’ that is almost identical to the dish, replacing Potato with Rice. I seasoned the Rice with Curry Powder, and the curry flavour matches with Salmon, Mayonnaise & Cheese topping. This is …

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