• Baked & Fried Sweets

    Matcha Financier (Friand)

    The popular French cake ‘Friand’ is well known as ‘Financier’ in Japan, and they are usually baked in the shape of Bar of Gold. ‘Financier’ means ‘Financial’, and that’s why ‘Financier’ cakes are in that shape. I don’t have such specialised tins, so I bake them using muffin tins. Makes 8 Cakes Ingredients 100g Butter …

  • Chicken

    Baked Chicken Mince

    There is an old Japanese sweet called ‘Matsukaze’ (Wind in the Pines) that has hundreds of years history. And there is a Chicken Mince dish that looks like the sweet ‘Matsukaze’. This Chicken Mince dish is often prepared for the New Year celebration. I don’t have a large square pan, I bake it in the …

  • Vegetables

    Pickled Chrysanthemum Turnips

    ‘Pickled Chrysanthemum Turnips’ is called ‘Kikka Kabu’ (菊花かぶ) in Japan. It is often prepared for the New Year celebration. Small Turnips are prepared and pickled so that they look like Chrysanthemum Flowers. You can use Red Radishes, too. They are just pickled in a simple marinade, but they look pretty, don’t they? Makes 4 Servings …

  • Egg

    Nori & Egg Sprinkles

    Savoury rice sprinkles are called ‘Furikake’ in Japanese. There are loads of ‘Furikake’ products available from stores in Japan, but the most popular No.1 is ‘Marumiya’ brand’s ‘Noritama Furikake’, that is ‘Nori & Egg Sprinkles’. You can make ‘Nori & Egg Sprinkles’ at home, and it is easy to make. And most importantly, you use …

  • Fish Vegetables

    Stir-fried Carrot & ‘Tarako’ (Pollock Roe)

    If you have some leftover ‘Tarako’ OR ‘Mentaiko’ (Salted Pollock Roe) and looking for a way to use it up, try this super simple stir-fry. ‘Umami’ and saltiness, and also spiciness if you use ‘Mentaiko’, come from the Salted Pollock Roe, what you have to do is just stir-fry. This dish is perfect to eat …

  • Egg

    Thin Omelette Strips

    These noodle-like thin omelette strips are called ‘Kinshi Tamago’ (錦糸卵) in Japan. It is a decorative way to add Eggs to a dish. We use it for many dishes. I usually don’t season it but sometimes add a small pinch Salt. If you like Japanese cuisine, you may wish to know how to cook it. …

  • Chicken

    Ginger & Garlic Teriyaki Chicken

    I cook Teriyaki Chicken quite often. It is a very popular dish for Bento Lunch among my family members. I sometimes add grated Ginger to it for an extra flavour. If I add a little bit of Garlic as well, they might get complaints from other hungry staff members, because the smell of the Teriyaki …

  • Fish Spaghetti & Pasta

    ‘Tarako’ (Pollock Roe) Spaghetti

    Pollock is a fish of Cod family. Salted Pollock Roe is called ‘Tarako’ in Japanese. When Pollock Roe is salted with Chilli, it is called ‘Mentaiko’. Both are very popular in Japan, and they make a great sauce for Spaghetti. Outside Japan, we only can find frozen ‘Tarako’ OR ‘Mentaiko’. If you could find them, …

  • Mazegohan Vegetables

    Mixed Grains & Black Bean Salad

    I cooked Mixed Grain today. Because I added some Black Rice, it turned purple. I was planning to make a Rice Salad, but the colour of the Mixed Grains reminded me my ‘Cuban Black Beans’, and I ended up making this salad. Because it was so good, I am now writing down how I made …

  • Egg Fish Prawn & Shrimp

    ‘Datemaki’ Rolled Omelette

    A Japanese dish ‘Datemaki’ is often prepared for the New Year celebration. It is basically a rolled Omelette. Fish OR Prawn paste is mixed with Eggs. Even though it is a savoury dish, ‘Datemaki’ is usually seasoned with a lot of Sugar. Store-bought ones are too sweet for me. My recipe is not too sweet. …

  • Egg Spaghetti & Pasta

    Garlic Chives & Egg Spaghetti

    ‘Stir-fried Garlic Chives and Eggs’ is a very popular dish in north Asia. I simply cooked it with Spaghetti, and seasoned with Soy Sauce. Pancetta OR Bacon can add nice flavour and saltiness. It’s super easy to cook, nutritious and delicious! Makes 1 Serving Ingredients 1 serving Spaghetti2 EggsSalt & Pepper40g Pancetta OR Bacon *cut …

  • Beans & Peas

    Scrumptious Fried Edamame (Soy Beans)

    Here is another great dish for drinking. Of course it is great with freshly cooked rice, too. You can use Canned Soy Beans, but I like crunchy Edamame Beans better. The coating of Potato Starch is the key to the scrumptiousness. Do not omit it. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 1 cup Edamame (Young Soy Beans) …

  • Mushrooms Takikomigohan

    Abura-age & Asian Mushrooms Takikomigohan

    My family’s favourite ‘Asian Mushroom Takikomigohan’ can be even tastier and more nutritious with Abura-age (Fried Thin Tofu). If you are Vegan, use plant-based stock such as Shiitake Dashi OR Kombu (Kelp) Dashi. This rice and a refreshing salad would make me a perfect meal. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 2 cups (*180ml cup) Short Grain …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit

    Dried Mixed Fruit Biscotti

    Christmas has passed and now I have some leftover Dried Mixed Fruit. What would you make with it? Cake, Cookies, OR add it to your Granola? Today I baked Biscotti for the first time in a long time to use up the leftover Dried Fruit. Makes 24 to 28 Biscuits Ingredients 1/2 to 1 cup …

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