vegetables

  • Fish Vegetables

    Watercress Salmon Salad with Wasabi Dressing

    I love the peppery taste of Watercress. Whenever I find fresh watercress in a shop, it’s hard to resist buying a bunch. This salad is not for children. The Watercress is peppery, and Radish and Red Onion are also peppery, and even Wasabi is added to the dressing. Fresh Wasabi is preferable, but it’s impossible …

  • 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 …

  • Vegetables

    Watercress Wasabi-ae

    Watercress has quite peppery taste. The pepperiness becomes quite mild when blanched, and crunchy texture and the flavour go well with Wasabi sauce. I love this dish. But my family seems to enjoy it very little. Wasabi is a tricky ingredient to use. OK… you will enjoy this dish only if you like Wasabi. Makes …

  • Dips & Spreads Vegetables

    Fresh Veggie Sticks and Walnut Miso Dip

    On the other day, I heard a friend of mine complaining about something I would love. She grows vegetables in the backyard and occasionally gets too much harvest to eat. She was particularly complaining about too much cucumbers. Ahhh… come on! Here is an Asian flavoured ‘Miso Dip’ that would help her to snack a …

  • Potato Vegetables

    My Italian Potato Salad

    If you are Italian, you might say ‘this is not Italian Potato Salad!’ Well… I just created a potato salad with the ingredients that I think are Italian such as Italian herb mix and semi-dried tomatoes. This is my favourite potato salad and I like it more than My Family’s Potato Salad! Makes 4 Servings …

  • Mushrooms Vegetables

    Mixed Grains with Greens & Mushrooms

    I love rice. Especially I love Brown Rice mixed with other grains including Wild Rice, Barley and Quinoa. It takes a long time to cook. So I recommend you to cook more than you need and freeze the leftovers. This dish is one of our heavily repeated dinner menus. My daughter made it first and …

  • Vegetables

    Broccoli ‘Namul’

    The ‘Namul’, Korean vegetable dish, can be a great side dish which goes well with so may dishes. Many vegetables are in season now and I am making all kinds of ‘Namul ‘dishes. I particularly like this easy Broccoli ‘Namul’. Find other ‘Namul’ recipes here. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Broccoli 1 large head *cut into …

  • Mushrooms Okonomiyaki Vegetables

    Pizza Inspired Oven-baked Okonomiyaki

    There used to be a pizza shop near our house. An Italian family was running the shop and their pizzas were delicious. My favourite was ‘Vegetarian Pizza’ with anchovies as optional extra. This ‘Oven-baked Okonomiyaki’ has been inspired by that pizza. The shop is now owned by Chinese and their pizzas are sadly quite disappointing. …

  • 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 …

  • Fish Vegetables

    Watercress & Tuna Salad

    Watercress is one of my top 5 vegetables. I love its peppery flavour. Watercress is always brilliant for salads but this salad is different. It’s a Japanese ‘Ae-mono’ style salad. Vegetables are often quickly blanched before dressed. In that way, the pepperiness is mild and more suitable to eat with rice. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients …

  • Vegetables

    Garlic ‘Goma-ae’ Asparagus

    ‘Goma-ae’ is a kind of Japanese salad. Most commonly boiled vegetables are dressed with ‘Goma-ae’ sauce which is made of toasted sesame seeds, sugar and soy sauce. There is another type of ‘Goma-ae’ which is not sweet at all, but garlicky. If you like garlic, why don’t you try? Makes 2 Servings Ingredients Asparagus 1 …

  • Beef Chicken Curry Mushrooms Pork Vegetables

    Clean-Up-Fridge Curry

    My son was a very fussy eater. He didn’t like vegetables but he loved curry. If vegetables and curry were mixed, what would he do? If in curry, he ate anything. This curry was a perfect solution for me to clean up bits and pieces of vegetables in the fridge, plus I could make my …

  • Chicken Potato Vegetables

    Satoimo & Chicken ‘Nimono’

    ‘Nimono’ is a simmered dish and it is one of the very Japanese dishes. What I cooked for dinner last night was ‘Nimono’ of Satoimo (Taro) Potato and Chicken as main ingredients with carrots and shiitake. They were simmered in dashi stock flavored with soy sauce, sugar and mirin. It is a very easy dish. …

  • Beef Vegetables

    Beef & Garlic Shoots Stir-fry

    Here in Australia, more exotic vegetables and fruit are available. Even supermarket stores are selling unfamiliar vegetables and fruit. I often wonder how to cook them and what they taste like. The best thing to do is ‘try them’. Have you cooked garlic shoots before? This vegetable with the garlic flavour is so tasty and …

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