• Chicken Donburi (Rice Bowl) Fish Pork

    Katsu Don with Tonkatsu Sauce

    This rice bowl dish is called ‘Sauce Katsu Don’ in Japan, and the ‘Sauce’ means ‘Tonkatsu’ Sauce. ‘Katsu’ is crumbed and fried Pork or Chicken. Today I used crumbed and fried Fish. This dish was my youngest sister’s favourite when she was a young child. To encourage her to study harder, my mother offered her …

  • Vegetables

    ‘Namasu’ Coleslaw

    ‘Namasu’ is a Japanese dish of vegetables, most commonly Daikon and Carrot, that is seasoned with Salt, Sugar and Vinegar. I often crave for ‘Namasu’, particularly when I am physically tired. Today I didn’t have Daikon, so I used Cabbage. I added other vegetables as well. It’s ended up a coleslaw, but in the same …

  • Fish

    Panko-Crumbed Fried Fish

    When I was a young child, Panko-Crumbed Fried Fish was one of my favourite dishes that my mother prepared. She always used Merluza that we often call ‘Melulūsa’ in Japan. Here in Australia, I often use ‘Blue Grenadier’ OR ‘Hoki’. There are so many different names for a same fish and there are many similar …

  • Cold Sweets

    No-bake Cheesecake with Lemon Curd Topping

    No-bake Cheesecake can be made without Gelatine and I have a recipe ‘Super Easy No-bake Cheesecake’. Today I added Gelatine and the cheesecake had an excellent texture. I made a top layer of Lemon Curd that is also softly set. Everyone enjoyed it and I am quite happy with the result. This No-bake Cheesecake is …

  • Hot Pot & Hot Plate

    Oden

    ‘Oden’ is a Japanese hot pot dish of several ingredients simmered in the seasoned dashi stock. The essential ingredients are Fishcakes such as Chikuwa and Fish Balls. I always add Daikon, Potato, Boiled Eggs, Konnyaku (Konjac) and Beef Tendon skewers. Beef Tendon is hard to find where I live, I often use Ossobuco (Veal Shanks) …

  • Drink Fruit

    Lime Slices & Sugar

    My next-door neighbour old couple is so kind and they share their garden harvest with us. Recently they gave us many Limes, which were ripe and yellow. To be honest, I don’t use Limes for cooking very often. I decided to make a preserve. I simply packed a jar with Lime slices and Sugar. A …

  • Fish Spaghetti & Pasta

    Tuna Mornay

    ‘Tuna Mornay’ is a very popular Tuna Casserole in Australia. It can be made with inexpensive staple ingredients. You can use any pasta of your choice, but it seems most people use Pennette, Large Spirals or any pasta in a similar size. Some people use Boiled Eggs instead of Pasta, and that would be yummy. …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Matcha

    Sugar Coated Matcha Cookies

    My ‘Easiest Sweet Shortcrust Pastry’ can be a cookie dough. The cookies made of this dough have crumbly texture that is softer than my ‘Basic Cookie Dough’. Today I reduced the amount of Flour and added Almond Meal for even more delicate texture. Matcha Powder can be replaced with Cocoa Powder, or omitted for plain …

  • Donburi (Rice Bowl) Egg Mushrooms

    Snow Fungus & Egg Rice Bowl

    This dish was originally a stir-fry dish. I simply stir-fried Snow Fungus and Eggs. One day I added Chicken Stock to the stir-fry and thickened it with Potato Starch. I liked the result very much, and I made it into a rice bowl dish, as I always eat it with rice. This dish is REALLY …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Basic Cookie Dough

    This is my ‘Basic Cookie Dough’ recipe that I have been using for many decades. Adding extra ingredients, such as Chocolate Chips, Nuts and Dried Fruit, and also flavours such as Cinnamon, Cocoa Powder, Matcha Powder, Lemon Zest & Juice, Coffee Granules, you can create a variety of cookies. It is easy to remember and …

  • Chicken

    Baked Chicken Tenderloins

    Chicken Tenderloins can be cooked very quickly, and that’s why this method works. Heat the oven, make a spice mix, sprinkle the spice mix over the Chicken Tenderloins, add some Japanese Mayonnaise and shredded Cheese, then bake for 15 minutes. While Chicken Tenderloins are baking, make a salad. A ‘Quick & Easy’ meal idea for …

  • Cold Sweets

    Yoghurt Mousse Jelly

    I am a big fan of Jelly Desserts and I often make them. The standard ratio of Gelatine Powder & Liquid is 2g (1/2 teaspoon) : 100ml. I make Jelly based on this ratio. This is my basic Yoghurt Mousse Jelly, which has fairly firm texture if you use Greek Yoghurt. You can add some …

  • Other Soup

    Red Cabbage & Apple Soup

    If you have any doubt about cooking Apple with Garlic and Onion, trust me. The Apple adds its pleasant acidity to the soup and the acidity makes this beautiful colour. If you add more acid, such as Vinegar, the colour will become redder. Three humble ingredients (Red Cabbage, Onion and Apple) make such a delicious …

  • Other Soup Sea Vegetables

    Wakame Soup

    This is Wakame only soup. I recommend to add fresh Ginger. An absolutely simple soup, often served at Chinese restaurants in Japan, very popular over there, and I often crave for it. Makes 2 to 3 Servings Ingredients 2 to 3 tablespoons Dry Cut Wakame4-5 thin slices Ginger *cut into fine strips1-2 teaspoons Sesame Oil2 …

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