• Sweets

    Coffee Syrup

    You can use this Coffee Syrup for Cakes, mix in Drinks, pour over Ice Cream, or drizzle over Jelly Desserts such as Panna Cotta. You can make Espresso using your favourite Coffee Beans, but Instant Coffee Granules is good just good enough. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 1/4 cup Espresso *OR 1/4 cup Hot Water & …

  • Potato Vegetables

    Potato, Cucumber & Dill Salad

    I had a bunch of fresh Dill and I needed to use it soon. You can use quite a lot of Dill for this salad. I recommend to cook Potatoes VERY soft, so that you would partially mash them when you are mixing with other ingredients. You can add Ham and Carrot to this salad …

  • Pork

    Pork Mince Katsu

    Tonkatsu, the Japanese dish of Panko-crumbed and deep-fried Pork Cutlet, is very popular. This is the almost same thing, but it is made of Pork Mince. You can use just Pork Mince, but I always add finely chopped Onion and other ingredients. When my children were young, I added other Vegetables as well. It was …

  • Bread Dough

    Yoghurt Flatbread

    If you like the sour flavour of the Sourdough Bread, you would enjoy this Yoghurt Flatbread. This flatbread is not very sour but you can taste the sourness of Yoghurt. This flatbread is Pocket Bread like Pita Bread, and perfect for Sandwiches. Makes 8 Pieces Ingredients 1 & 1/2 cups Plain Flour *plus extra1 teaspoon …

  • Takikomigohan

    Bamboo Shoot & Abura-age Takikomigohan

    Where I grew up in Japan, Bamboo Shoots were not something we purchase from stores. Bamboo shoots came out of the ground in every spring wherever bamboos were growing. Some of our family relatives and friends who owned bamboo groves always shared their seasonal harvest with us. I miss the fresh Bamboo Shoots. One of …

  • Donburi (Rice Bowl) Fish

    Tuna Mayo Salad Rice Bowl

    This is another super easy Tuna dish that is delicious, nutritious and inexpensive. Please use Japanese Short Grain Rice. I used to make this Rice Bowl dish using unseasoned Rice, but Sushi Rice definitely tastes better. Makes 1 Serving Ingredients Sushi Rice200g cooked Japanese Short Grain Rice *should be hot1 tablespoon Rice Vinegar2 teaspoons Sugar1/5 …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Sweets

    Pumpkin Pancakes

    If you have some leftover cooked Pumpkin, it would be a good idea to mix it into Pancake batter. Today I had almost 1/2 cupful of Pumpkin, but it doesn’t matter how much to add. You can add more or less, just adjust the thickness of the batter with Milk. This recipe makes very thick …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Instant Yoghurt Cake

    This is an instant cake that I used to make when I was young. It has rubbery Mochi-like texture and tastes like cheesecake. Nothing could be easier than this cake. Today I made it for the first time in many years. I used what I always have in hand, and I microwaved it for 2 …

  • Mushrooms

    Scrumptious Shiitake

    When Shiitake Mushrooms are in season, I always become nostalgic and think about my grandmother. She used to grow Shiitake in the woods near her house and my family was lucky to enjoy the harvest. Her Shiitake were meaty and chewy and crunchy and delicious. This is another way to enjoy the meaty Shiitake. It’s …

  • Vegetables

    Wombok Salad with Creamy Sesame Dressing

    You might have seen Japanese Creamy Sesame Dressing at Asian grocery stores. It’s very popular in Japan. You don’t need to buy it as it is actually quite easy to make if you have Sesame Seeds and Japanese Mayonnaise. And you know exactly what’s in it when you make it yourself. This is a very …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Cold Sweets

    Azuki Panna Cotta

    I tried to make Azuki flavoured Panna Cotta. I mixed Panna Cotta mixture with Tsubu-an (Sweet Azuki Paste). It was supposed to be a creamy burgundy coloured jelly, but the mixture set in such a pretty gradation of colour because Azuki Paste is heavy, especially the unbroken beans are heavy. Unfortunately it is hard to …

  • Pork Vegetables

    Scrumptious Pork & Eggplant

    Pork and Eggplant is a great combination. I often season with Miso, Sugar and Mirin, which is a brilliant flavour for Pork & Eggplant. Today I used Soy Sauce, Sugar and Mirin, which is another popular combinations of seasonings. The dish was delicious and Eggplant was meltingly soft. You got to serve this dish with …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Pumpkin Cheesecake

    I made this Pumpkin Cheesecake based on a New York-style Cheesecake recipe that I use. I just added pureed Pumpkin and extra Flour. For a nicer colour contrast, I used Arnott’s Choco Ripple Cookies for the base. Other black coloured sweet biscuits can be used. Cake Tin 18cm Round Springform Cake Tin Ingredients Base125g Arnott’s …

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