sesame

  • Dips & Spreads

    Scrumptious Chilli Paste

    This paste is delicious with freshly cooked Rice, cold or hot Tofu, or as a topping for Noodles. You can add it to your dipping sauces, or enjoy with fresh Vegetables such as Carrot or Cucumber. As I cannot tolerate very hot Chilli, I used fairly mild Cayenne Pepper, and the flavour was just scrumptious. …

  • Vegetables

    Takuan (Pickled Daikon) & Lettuce Salad

    On the other day when I shared my ‘Takuan’ (Pickled Daikon) recipe, I received a request for ideas to use ‘Takuan’. ‘Takuan’ is pickled Daikon. You can use it just like other pickled Vegetables. ‘Takuan’ is seasoned with Salt, Sugar and Vinegar. It is a perfect ingredient for Salad. Because it is quite salty and …

  • Vegetables

    Stir-fried ‘Takuan’ (Pickled Daikon)

    My mother used to pickle a lot of Daikon in a very large container every year. She shared her ‘Takuan’ (Pickled Daikon) with our neighbours. The ‘Takuan’ gradually turned sour due to the fermentation, and they eventually became too sour to enjoy. She used to stir-fry those super-sour ‘Takuan’ with Sesame Oil. Once our neighbours …

  • Vegetables

    Creamy ‘Goma-ae’ Asparagus

    ‘Goma-ae’ is a Japanese dish of vegetables dressed with ‘Goma-ae’ sauce, which is made of Toasted Sesame Seeds, Sugar and Soy Sauce. Today I added Japanese Mayonnaise to it and I reduced the amount of Sugar. Creamy ‘Goma-ae’ sauce and Asparagus are a good match. Makes 2 Servings Ingredients 1 bunch (150g) AsparagusSalt for cooking …

  • Potato Vegetables

    Kimchi & Sweet Potato Salad

    On the other day, when I shared my ‘Kimchi Potato’ recipe on my Facebook page, a Canadian man posted his comment that he loved Kimchi & Sweet Potato. He also posted a photo of a dish of Kimchi & Sweet Potato that he cooked. That photo inspired me to make this recipe. Kimchi & Sweet …

  • Fish Vegetables

    Broccoli & Tuna ‘Goma-ae’

    I often cook ‘Goma-ae’ dishes. I use a variety of Vegetables as ‘Goma-ae’ sauce is so versatile and matches for many Vegetables. The sauce’s ingredients are always the same. I use Toasted Sesame Seeds, Sugar and Soy Sauce, though the ratio of those three ingredients is sometimes different. It seems my family members love the …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Black Sesame Cupcakes

    To make Black Sesame desserts that are very popular in Japan, Black Sesame Paste called ‘Neri-goma’, which texture is similar to Tahini, is commonly used. However, here in Melbourne where I live, I can’t find it. I have to grind Toasted Black Sesame Seeds using a ‘Suribachi’, the Japanese mortar, that works better than electric …

  • Egg

    Nori & Egg Sprinkles

    Savoury rice sprinkles are called ‘Furikake’ in Japan. There are loads of ‘Furikake’ products available from stores over there, but the most popular No.1 ‘Furikake’ 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 …

  • 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 …

  • Vegetables

    Pumpkin ‘Goma-ae’

    Japan has great Pumpkins that have rather dry and powdery texture like Chestnuts. Since I moved to Australia, I have tried to create some pumpkin dishes that I used to cook in Japan, but all Pumpkins available in Australia, including a Pumpkin called Japanese Pumpkin, have turned too watery, sloppy or mushy. They are not …

  • Vegetables

    Carrot & Tuna ‘Goma-ae’

    My ‘Goma-ae’ Sauce is good with a variety of Vegetables and Mushrooms. As it is so easy to make, I often make a ‘Goma-ae’ dish when I need an extra dish for dinner. This Carrot & Tuna ‘Goma-ae’ is a great option as I always have the ingredients. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 2 Carrots *Today …

  • Mushrooms Vegetables

    Shiitake & Lotus Root ‘Goma-ae’

    Local supermarket stores are now selling Frozen Lotus Root Slices thanks to the Asian population increase in the area. When I stir-fry them, I usually cook frozen slices so that the crunchy texture would more likely remain. Today I simply mixed with my ‘Goma-ae’ Sauce with Shiitate Mushrooms. It was simply delicious! Makes 4 to …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Black Sesame & Almond Cookies

    I made these cookies based on my ‘Shortbread Butter Biscuits’, so they contain no Egg . You may wish to use your own basic cookie dough recipe. Simply replace some of Flour with Almond Meal and add finely ground Toasted Black Sesame Seeds. Makes 24 Cookies Ingredients 125g Butter *softened1/4 cup Caster Sugar OR Muscovado …

  • Fish

    Mackerel Sprinkles

    Savoury rice sprinkles are called ‘Furikake’ in Japanese. There are loads of ‘Furikake’ products available from stores in Japan and they are very popular. When my children were young, I used to make ‘Salmon Sprinkles’. If you like ‘Salmon Sprinkles’, you might wish to try this one. Grilled Fresh Mackerel would be lovely to use, …

  • Chicken

    Pan-steamed Chicken Brest with Sweet Garlic Sesame Sauce

    How do you cook Chicken Breast Fillets? Try this pan-steaming that is quick and easy. For this Asian flavoured dish, I steam Chicken with Spring Onion, Ginger and Sake (Rice Wine). You can use other fragrant Vegetables and Herbs. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 2 skinless Chicken Breast Fillets *about 600g1/2 teaspoon Salt1 thick Spring Onion …

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