cucumber

  • Vegetables

    Soy Sauce Pickled Cucumber

    Pickled vegetables are essential for Japanese style meal, and there are many regional specialities and national iconic products. I can’t have them where I live. If I want to eat them, I have to make something similar using the locally available ingredients. This ‘Soy Sauce Pickled Cucumber’, which is not very salty, tastes like a …

  • Vegetables

    Pumpkin Salad

    This is the Pumpkin version of ‘My Family’s Potato Salad’. Japanese Pumpkin, which texture is similar to dry type Potato, should be used. However, it is impossible to find where I live. Today I used Kent Pumpkin. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 1/6 to 1/4 Pumpkin *about 600 to 700g100g Bacon *cut into small pieces1 Cucumber …

  • Sushi

    Colourful Sushi Rice Rolls

    For decorative Sushi Rolls, the Rice is often coloured with various ingredients such as Egg for Yellow and Salmon for pink. Decorative Sushi Rolls are not easy to make, but this one is easy and even young children can roll. You may wish to roll with some filling. See the picture below. Makes 5 to …

  • Potato Vegetables

    Broccoli Potato Salad

    My Family’s Potato Salad is a special salad for us. Everyone loves it and it always reminds us my mother’s kitchen. It is not hard to make but it is time consuming. This ‘Broccoli Potato Salad’ is almost identical but much easier to prepare as I don’t mash the Potatoes. A whole head of Broccoli …

  • Vegetables

    Mustard Pickled Cucumber

    Mustard Pickled Vegetables are called ‘Karashi-zuke’ in Japan. Eggplant, Daikon, Turnip, and many other vegetables can be pickled. They are quite sweet and have a sharp flavour of Mustard. I didn’t like it at all when I was young. Today, I made it for the first time in many years. My daughter tasted it for …

  • Sea Vegetables Vegetables

    Hijiki Salad

    I recently received a question about how Hijiki can be cooked. Hijili is a blackish coloured Sea Vegetable. In Japan, it is used for many dishes. Most commonly it is simmered in Dashi Stock seasoned with Soy Sauce, with Soy Beans, Tofu products, or Vegetables such as Carrot. But, Hijiki can be added to Salad. …

  • Vegetables

    Decorative Cucumber

    My mother made ‘Bento’ lunch for my sisters and me for many many years. One of the memorable things of her ‘Bento’ is Cucumber that she cut decoratively, and those Cucumber pieces stood out in the ‘Bento’ box. Such a simple effort can make just a piece of Cucumber something special. I will show you …

  • Fish Vegetables

    ‘Goma-ae’ Cucumber & Tuna

    ‘Goma-ae’ is a dish of vegetables dressed with sweet sesame seed sauce. ‘Goma-ae’ is one of the most popular recipes on my website. Today I added a small can of Tuna. I have never done it before. The result was brilliant! As I seasoned Cucumber with Salt, I reduced the amount of Soy Sauce in …

  • Beef Vegetables

    Temaki (Self-Serve) Rice Paper Rolls

    You know ‘Temaki-zushi’, the self-serve Sushi Rolls. It is easy to prepare, and great fun to eat as everyone rolls by themselves at dinner table. Self-serve Rice Paper Rolls is also a great fun. Today I served Beef as main filling, but naturally you can serve whatever you like. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Dry Rice …

  • Vegetables

    Bashed Cucumber & Kimchi

    Gently bashed and broken Cucumber gets seasoned better. It is a very popular technic in Japan. This is a super easy and quick salad. Just mix Cucumber with your favourite Kimchi. The key ingredient is Sesame Oil. The saltiness, sourness and spiciness are deliciously combined by the Sesame Oil. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 1 Continental …

  • Tofu Vegetables

    Fried Tofu Salad

    Tofu is becoming more popular as a plant-based protein. I use it quite often for many dishes. When Tofu is fried, outer parts become crunchy, and add extra texture and flavour. Fried Tofu is great for salads. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 200g Firm TofuSaltOil for cooking3 to 4 cupfuls Vegetables of your choice*Note: Today I …

  • Sushi

    Decorated Sushi Cake

    In Japan, there is a type of Sushi called ‘Oshi-zushi’, that is made by pressing Sushi Rice and Toppings into a special mould, then it is cut into bite sized pieces to serve. This is a variation of it and it has become very popular. A round cake tin is used as mould, and it …

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