• Azuki (Red Beans) Baked & Fried Sweets

    Azuki Shortbread Cookies

    If you have leftover Sweet Azuki Paste and you want to make something using it, how about cookies? There are many cake recipes and I have shared some on this website, but you can make Shortbread Cookies with Azuki Paste. Today I had about 125g ‘Tsubu-an’ (Sweet Azuki Paste) that I made the other day …

  • Donburi (Rice Bowl) Fish

    Mackerel & Egg Rice Bowl

    I cook this Rice Bowl dish very often using a variety of ingredients, but today I used 1 small can of Mackerel. As you don’t need to cook canned Mackerel, you just warm it up in the sauce, then bind the Mackerel and Spring Onion with Egg. You can use other canned Fish, but this …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Magic Cake

    You haven’t heard of Magic Cake? Have a look at the cake carefully, it has three layers. The bottom layer is like ‘Fudge’, the middle layer is ‘Custard’, and the top layer is ‘Sponge’. This cake batter naturally separates into these layers when baked. This recipe is almost identical to my Basic Sponge Cake. The …

  • Gyoza

    Pan-fried Mini Dim Sims (Shumai) with Teriyaki Sauce

    In Australia, there is a Chinese-inspired dumpling-style food called ‘Dim Sim’. Mini Dim Sims, the small version of it, are the same food as ‘Shumai’. There are many different ones these day, such as Beef, Pork, Prawn, Vegetarian, and etc. Frozen Mini Dim Sims are available from many supermarket stores. They must be popular. I …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Brownies

    ‘Brownies’ is such a popular treat and there are hundreds of recipes out there. I am confident that my recipe is one of the easiest ones as you don’t need to weigh ingredients. And you don’t need to add a scary amount of Sugar. I actually tried to reduce Sugar further, but I concluded that …

  • Fish Spaghetti & Pasta

    Tuna Mayo Gnocchi

    ‘Tuna Mayo’ is drained canned Tuna mixed with Japanese Mayonnaise, often with a little bit of Soy Sauce as well. This mixture goes well with Rice, Noodles, Bread, Salads, and many things. Today I combined with Gnocchi. All Pasta can go well with ‘Tuna Mayo’, but my favourite is definitely Gnocchi. This is an absolutely …

  • Beans & Peas Tempura

    Broad Beans Tempura

    It’s springtime in Melbourne. At a local green grocer, I saw fresh Broad Beans that were quite large, and I couldn’t resist buying them. I often use fresh Broad Beans for salads and pasta dishes, but today I made them into Tempura. It takes time to prepare Broad Beans, but I enjoy doing that because …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit

    Strawberry & Azuki Cake

    If you like ‘Ichigo Daifuku’ (Strawberry Daifuku Mochi), you would enjoy this cake. ‘Ichigo Daifuku’ is a sweet Mochi dessert that is stuffed with Strawberry & Sweet Azuki Paste. This is a Sponge Cake. I sliced it in half and sandwiched with Sweet Azuki Paste, Strawberries and whipped Cream. My husband doesn’t like Sweet Azuki …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Custard Dorayaki

    ‘Dorayaki’ is a sweet pancake sandwich with Sweet Azuki Paste as a filling, and it is extremely popular in Japan. There are many variations these days. I often add Whipped Cream, OR Peanut Butter. You can use Chestnut Paste OR Sweet Potato Paste instead of Azuki Paste. Today I used Custard. I don’t have to …

  • Vegetables

    Avocado with ‘Yakiniku’ Sauce

    If you have leftover ‘Yakiniku’ Sauce, try this delicious dish. Simply pour the sauce over Avocado and add some Spring Onion. I added some Crispy Chilli Oil as well. This dish is great with chilled Beer. It is, of course, delicious with freshly cooked rice. You don’t have ‘Yakiniku’ Sauce? It’s easy to make. Try …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit

    Easy Apple Pies

    If you have 1 sheet of Butter Puff Pastry and 2 Apples, you can make 4 Apple Pies. I know some fast food restaurants sell this type of Apple Pies. Homemade Apple Pies taste much nicer. Why don’t you try it and impress your family or guests? You won’t fail as it is absolutely easy. …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit

    Banana Cupcakes

    I have a great Banana Cake recipe and it’s ‘My Legendary Banana Cake’, but the amount of the batter is not right for 12 cupcakes. I altered the recipe and made this new one that is perfect to make 12 cupcakes. You must use Very-Well-Ripe Bananas. I bake these cupcakes only when I have almost …

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