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  • Sea Vegetables Vegetables

    Spicy ‘Goma-ae’ Wakame & Cabbage

    One of the most popular recipes on my website is ‘Goma-ae’, the dish of vegetables mixed with the ‘Goma-ae’ sauce. On the other day I tried to make ‘Goma-ae’ Cabbage, but it was not really good. I thought spiciness was needed and I added Toban Djan (Chili Bean Sauce). The flavour of it instantly brought …

  • Tofu & Soy Protein

    Sesame Tofu

    In Japan there is a food called ‘Goma Dofu’ or ‘Sesame Tofu’ which is made from three simple ingredients: ‘Neri-goma’ which is a paste made from ground toasted sesame seeds, Water (or Dashi) and ‘Kuzu Root Starch’. It is called ‘Tofu’ but it is not Tofu because Soy Milk is not used to make it. …

  • Vegetables

    ‘Goma-ae’ Tomatoes

    My ‘Goma-ae Sauce’ goes so well with many vegetables. I have tried even with Cucumbers, which was quite nice. This time, I was more ambitious. I made Tomatoes into ‘Goma-ae’ and my family was suspicious about this dish. I used Black Sesame Seeds to make the colour striking, and that was discouraging for them but …

  • Shirataki & Itokonnyaku Vegetables

    Spicy ‘Goma-ae’ Spinach

    My family’s favourite ‘Goma-ae Spinach’ sometimes turns to this spicy ‘Goma-ae’ with Itokonnyaku/Shirataki for a change. Itokonnyaku or Shirataki is basically same as Konnyaku/Konjac made from grated Konnyaku Potatoes. They are very low in calories and good source of dietary fiber. It can be replaced with Sweet Potato Starch Noodles which has similar texture. Makes …

  • Cold Sweets

    Black Sesame Panna Cotta

    ‘Black Sesame Milk Jelly’ is a popular dessert in Japan. I make it using my Panna Cotta recipe and adding Black Sesame Seeds Paste to it. If you don’t want to use cream, use just milk. It looks yucky? It does, doesn’t it? Tastes yummy, though! See the gelatine-free ‘Chia Seeds’ version as below.In Japan …

  • Vegetables

    Daikon & Rocket Salad with Sesame Dressing

    The rocket that is growing in my veggie garden has very bitter peppery flavour. That’s why I blanched the rocket to milden the flavour, but blanching is also good to reduce the volume of it. We can eat more so that we can take more nutrients from the green. If you use Baby Rocket leaves, …

  • Pork Vegetables

    Cold Pork Salad with Sesame Dressing

    Thinly sliced pork and beef are commonly available in Japan, but not here in Australia. Occasionally I find frozen sliced meat in Asian grocer stores but the ordinary butchers and supermarket stores don’t sell them. That’s why I sometimes purchase a block of meat, half freeze it, slice as thin as I can, then freeze …

  • Chicken Vegetables

    Chicken & Cucumber Spicy ‘Goma-ae’

    It doesn’t take long to cook a chicken breast fillet and you can easily cook it in the microwave. While you wait for the chicken to cool, slice cucumber and make the sauce. This dish can be made in ten minutes. A perfect dish on a hot day. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 1 Continental Cucumber …

  • Vegetables

    Kale & Avocado ‘Gomamiso-ae’

    Kale is easy to grow and has grown too well in my veggie garden. We can hardly keep up eating it. So I blanched a large bowlful of Kale leaves and made this ‘Ae-mono’ (Japanese style salad). ‘Goma-ae’ Sauce is usually made with Soy Sauce but I used Miso for this dish. It was a …

  • Vegetables

    Daikon & Rocket Salad

    This salad is my accidental invention. I was making a salad of Daikon & Rocket using my ‘Creamy Sesame Dressing’. The accidental part was that I had a piece of Parmesan cheese in my mouth when I tasted the salad. ‘Wow! It tastes good with Parmesan!’ Then I added some shaved Parmesan to the salad. …

  • Vegetables

    ‘Goma-ae’ Cucumber

    ‘Goma-ae’, the dish of vegetables seasoned with sweet sesame seeds sauce is very popular with my family. Most commonly I use cooked vegetables such as Green Beans, Carrot or Spinach. I recently discovered fresh cucumber is also very tasty with ‘Goma-ae’ sauce. Makes 4 servings Ingredients 1 large Continental Cucumber *OR 2 Lebanese Cucumbers1/4 teaspoon …

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