All posts by Hiroko

  • Dough Sweets

    100% Buckwheat Flour Dumplings

    There is a food called ‘Soba-Gaki’ in Japan. It’s a sticky thick paste made with Buckwheat Flour and Water. You can roll this paste into small balls to make these 100% Buckwheat Flour Dumplings. Mixing Buckwheat Flour with boiling hot water is the popular method, but I recommend NOT to use boiling hot water. It …

  • Takikomigohan

    Vegan ‘Okowa’ Glutinous Rice

    I often add Chicken OR Pork to this type of Glutinous Rice dish, but making it Vegan is easy. I used Abura-age (Fried Thin Tofu) for this Vegan version. It’s a good source of protein and a wonderful flavour comes out from it. I added Edamame as well, so this dish contains plenty of protein. …

  • Fish Potato

    Mackerel & Sour Cream with Jacket Potato

    Here is another dish that you can make with 1 small can of Mackerel. I mixed it with Sour Cream and Dill. If you don’t have Sour Cream, Cream Cheese and Mayonnaise can be used. You don’t have Dill? Then use Parsley OR Chives. This mixture is delicious with Bread and Crackers. It’s a perfect …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Brioche & Apple Pudding

    I had some leftover Brioche Bread that was getting dry, and that was actually perfect for Pudding. I made Brioche Pudding for my family and it was delicious. I am now writing down how I made it. I added Stewed Apple, but it is optional. You can add Ripe Pear instead. This recipe is for …

  • Other Seafood Takikomigohan

    Clam Takikomigohan

    ‘Takikomigohan’ is a Japanese dish of Rice that is cooked with other ingredients and seasonings. There are some very traditional ones and this is one of them. It is a ‘Takikomigohan’, but you won’t cook Clams with Rice for this particular dish. You cook Calms in a frying pan first. You will have some delicious …

  • Other Seafood

    Steamed Clams with Sake (Rice Wine)

    A type of Clam that is called ‘Asari’ in Japan is commonly used for this dish. There are a variety of edible shellfish in Japan and they are available even from supermarkets. But here in Melbourne, commonly available shellfish are Oysters and Mussels. Today I found frozen ‘Asari’ and I cooked them for the first …

  • Other Soup

    Oats & Egg Soup

    ‘Ojiya’ Egg Rice Porridge is one of the food that I want to eat when I am not well OR extremely tired. If I have Cooked Rice, it is easy to prepare. If I don’t have any Cooked Rice, Oats is the easiest substitute. I recommend to season the soup very lightly if you are …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Potato

    Mashed Potato & Almond Cake

    Sweet Potatoes are often used for making cakes and pies, but ordinary Potatoes are not. I recently leaned that Potatoes are used for sweet cakes in many regions in Europe, so I tried. You can make a sponge cake using just Mashed Potatoes replacing Wheat Flour, but I prefer the cake made with Almond Meal …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Oven-baked Brioche French Toast

    I was going to cook Brioche French Toast. French Toast needs to be cooked at low heat and it actually takes quite a long time. I prepared 4 slices of Brioche Bread and they didn’t fit in my frying pan. I didn’t want to cook 2 batches. So, I tried to bake them in the …

  • Fish

    White Fish with Mustard White Sauce

    White Sauce goes well with White Fish. I sometimes add some herbs to the sauce, but today I added Whole Grain Mustard. You may wish to add Herbs as well. For this dish, I like to use Blue Grenadier, which meat is similar to Cod. It’s very easy to prepare, but looks stylish, doesn’t it? …

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