All posts by Hiroko

  • Cold Sweets

    Pistachio Ice Cream

    I wanted to make Pistachio Ice Cream for a long time and finally decided to make it. I needed Pistachio Paste and looked for it, then realised it is very expensive. That’s why I made ‘Pistachio Paste’ by myself. Once you have the Paste, what you have to do is mixing it with Vanilla Ice …

  • Takikomigohan

    Colourful Smoked Ham Takikomigohan

    Fried Rice cooked with Ham is popular. Many people add Egg, Carrot and Peas to it, and the Fried Rice often turns very colourful. I tried to make a similar rice dish using my rice cooker. Place everything in the rice cooker’s inner pot and press the start button. That’s it! Super easy, energy efficient, …

  • Drink Fruit

    Instant Lychee Tea

    It was when I was making ‘Instant Iced Tea’, I realised that I could make Lychee Tea in the same way. I made ‘Jasmine Tea & Lychee Agar Jelly’ the other day and I saved the leftover syrup from the can of Lychees and froze it in an ice tray. Using the frozen Lychee Syrup, …

  • Pork Spaghetti & Pasta

    Garlic Chilli Pork & Broccoli Spaghetti

    When I need to cook Broccoli for a Spaghetti dish, I usually cook Broccoli in the same salty water that is cooking Spaghetti. When Spaghetti are half-cooked, I add Broccoli to the water, and it works fine. However, for this dish, there is an alternative way and Broccoli tastes much better. It’s my favourite steam-frying …

  • Cold Sweets Fruit

    Jasmine Tea & Lychee Agar Jelly

    I used to use Gelatine Powder to make this jelly, but lately I prefer Agar Agar Powder. The texture of Gelatine is more suitable for some types of jellies, but Agar Agar Powder is suitable for this jelly. It is so easy to use and it doesn’t have unpleasant smell like Gelatine. Agar Agar Powder …

  • Spaghetti & Pasta Vegetables

    Cauliflower & Macaroni Cheese Bake

    My family’s favourite Cauliflower dish is ‘Cauliflower Cheese Gratin’. Cauliflower is so tasty with creamy cheesy sauce. Today I combined Cauliflower and Macaroni with the cheesy sauce. You can reduce the amount of Macaroni and add more Cauliflower. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 400g Cauliflower *cut into bite-size florets2 cups (about 260g) Dry Macaroni*Note: You can …

  • Drink

    Instant Iced Tea

    I learned how to make Iced Tea from a song in a TV ad. It was decades ago and I still can sing it. The lyrics were in Japanese and the song goes like this. ♫ To make iced tea, make the tea stronger with less hot water, add sugar, place plenty of ice cubes …

  • Donburi (Rice Bowl) Egg Pork

    Tomato, Pork & Egg Rice Bowl

    Stir-fried Tomato, Pork & Egg is a dish I repeatedly cook. We always eat it with freshly cooked Rice, so I made it into a rice bowl. Sweet ripe Tomatoes in season are the best, but I often use not-so-great Tomatoes for stir-fries. When Tomatoes are sour, a little bit of Sugar improves the flavour. …

  • Cold Sweets

    Mango Agar Jelly

    Since I made Fruit Salad Jelly (Vegetarian), I have been making all sort of Agar (OR Kanten) Jellies, often with fresh Fruit. And this Mango Jelly is my favourite so far. You can set this Mango Agar Jelly in serving glasses OR jelly moulds. Today I used 16cm round cake tin. You can use a …

  • Nuts

    Pistachio Paste

    The other day, I thought about making Pistachio Ice Cream. I needed Pistachio Paste to make it, and looked for it, and I was shocked! Have you ever tried to buy Pistachio Paste? It is extremely expensive. So, I made it by myself. I soaked the Kernels in water to soften, so that it would …

  • Cold Sweets Fruit

    Banana Yoghurt Ice Cream

    Bananas turn spotty and black very quickly in hot summer. When I have very ripe Bananas, I usually bake Banana Cake but I don’t want to bake a cake on a hot day. Today I made this Yoghurt Ice Cream. I mashed the ripe Bananas and mixed with Yoghurt and whipped Cream. Even children can …

  • Beans & Peas Other Soup

    Lentil & Vegetable Soup

    Lentil Soup is very popular and probably you have your own recipe. Today I used Cumin, Coriander Seeds and Paprika to season the soup, but I sometimes use Curry Powder. It’s quite yummy, but this recipe is not curry flavoured soup. The key ingredient is Lemon Juice. One day, when I ate the leftover Lentil …

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