Feb 28, 2011

Teriyaki Fish Dinner

We do not always have fatty and gorgeous meal. Sometimes we need this sort of traditional Japanese food!
My Teriyaki sauce is not so plain at all. I add grated ginger and garlic. This is more punch taste we like. Maybe for young people though.

Feb 27, 2011

Rare Cheese Cake 2

After "couscous lunch", we had this for dessert. Actually I made this rare cheese cake one year ago. But this time, the crust was slightly different.
Instead of "ritz cracker", I used cocoa bisucuits before I baked in failure. Luckily I was able to get success for recycling it. To add nutmeg and cinammon powder in the crust is my recipe.

Cous Cous Lunch Party!

I had been silent for my blog recetly since Iwas really busy. No. Just needed enough time to sleep. :P
Still I am cooking everyday even I go to work on weekdays and shot photos a lot. Especially, after Japan earthquake happened on March 9, I really realized that the importance of cooking and having meals with my family everyday. Anyway, I just excuse for myself. Let's trace our meals.

On Feb 27, my dear friends family came to our place. They have a toddler and a baby so I had very colourful and something exciting table setting. Plus feel them "Spring has come!"

For Starters
Cheese, Seafood Crostini, Hamon Serano and marinated scallop
Lemon Chicken Tajin
Besides chicken breast, lemon and prune, I braised chicken with lotus roots and red radish.
Serve with Citrus Salad and Couscous with green leaves.
For adults, added "Harissa sauce."

I'm really into "Harissa sauce" lately. Very hot and spicy but once you eat, you want to drizzle anything such as sunny-side up egg,roast pork etc.etc.

Here's the recipe. Very easy if only you could gather these spices.

"Harissa Sauce"
-1 teaspoon Paprica Powder
-1 teaspoon Cumin Powder
-1 teaspoon Corriander Powder
-2 teaspoon Caienne Pepper Powder
-2 cloves garlic grated
-1/4 cup olive oils
-1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix well all ingredients together. Can be stored in the fridge for 1~2 months.

Feb 26, 2011

Minestorone Soup with Tiny Pasta

Learnt it at Kotokoto Pasta. My teacher always teaches something new!
This soup is based on white kidney beans paste, so the taste is quite thick and rich. But very healthy. :)
Actually my teacher's husband who is Italian lost his weight for having this soup several times a week.
He proved that even Italian food has a possibility for slimming diet. Wow.
The short pasta we made tastes like "Suiton" in Japanese food. Yes, same texture as Suiton.
You can add snapped spaghetti instead.

Feb 24, 2011

Lola-chan's Meal

My mother in law "Lola-chan" visited our place and made dinner for us. Lola means "grandma" in Tagalog. Since she doesn't want to admit she became a grandpa nor want Taro to call her "Obaachan(grandma)", She named herself "Lola-chan" instead.
Lola-chan loves cooking too and she really knows what kind of food kids love. Plus her presentation is very cute. See the dried cranberry on the rice! Cute indeed. :)
Thank you Lola-chan♥

Taro’s rate:★★★★★

Feb 23, 2011

Braised Pork Belly

This sort of fatty food we have once or twice a year. That would be enough.
This is Jun's request.

Feb 22, 2011

Steamed Fish ~Asian Style~

Made steamed fish called Aburabozu& Itoyori.
Basically I made it as usual. Cut some vegetables, place the fish on it, drizzle Sake and steamed. But I added "douchi(豆)", corriander and fish sauce for seasoning.It might reminds me Thai food or Cantonese Food or what else.....

When we eat them, squeeze lemon and drizzle fish sauce if we need.

Taro's rate:★★★★
He doesn't like brown rice so much.

Feb 21, 2011

Onion Lunch

To consume loads of onions, made onion lunch!

Potato Salad with onion slices, Onion Soup and Onion&Olive Foccacia

~Onion Foccacia Recipe~
- 300g flour (for bread)
-4g salt
-a pinch of sugar
-2 teaspoon dried yeast
-180cc warm water
-8cc olive oil

Put all ingredients except olive oil into a food processor.
When it comes together, add olive oil and pulse.
Take them out and knead the dough until surface get smoothed.
Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, leave it until doubled in volume.
Preheat oven to 200℃
Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead briefly. Pat or roll the dough into a sheet and place on the cooking sheet.
Brush the dough with oil, Put anchovi, sauteed onion and black olives on it. Sprinkle with salt.
Bake foccacia in preheated oven for 15minutes.

Serve 8

Taro's rate:★★★★★
He ate even black olive!

Feb 20, 2011


When I want to adjust our stomach conditions, I often make "Soup Gohan".(gohan=rice)
Heat the chicken broth I made before and add various vegetables you like, season S&P plus fish sauce.
I recommend brown rice rather than white ones. Because the brown rice has loads of dietary fiber. I like to Asian taste such as Thai food using fish sauce and coriander.
This time I added some sausage since Taro is into it these day.

Taro's rate:★★★★★
Even Taro ate brown rice when it comes to soup gohan!
(Jun&Taro don't like brown rice so much......)

Feb 19, 2011

Scrambled Egg Breakfast

To make yummy scrambled egg, you have to use a plenty of butter and fresh cream.
Never think about the calories. If only you never skimp butter and cream, you would get success. Plus adding grated Parmigiano Leggiano Cheese is going to be a perfect scrambled egg.

Taro's rate:★★★★

Feb 17, 2011

Japanese food Night

Rice with red snapper
Pork ginger sautee & Potato Salad
They are golden combinations.

The hand snatching a boiled egg is Taro's. He loves eating boiled egg. :) His new back teeth are coming out from the gums so that he was able to eat pork meat finally!

Taro's rate:★★★★★

Feb 13, 2011

Seafood Platter Don

Avocado+ fresh tuna paste= very fatty tuna
Taro's rate:★★★★★
Now he is able to eat almost all the raw fish except octopus and squid.

Feb 10, 2011

Rapsberry Scone(macrobiotic)

Taro likes to drizzle honey to eat.

I made apple raspberry jam. But I found out the raspberry seeds were very annoying. Strained through a fine mesh sieve to catch the seeds as much as possible. Despite that, the sieve didn't work well. Came up with the idea to recycle the left of plenty of seeds and ground.
I added them to soy milk scone. Since the rapsberry seeds+ a little bit jam were too juicy, I had to add more flour. But I am not sure how much flour I added.
Anyway, finally I managed to bake scones and it seems to get success. :) Actually, it was very yummy. Somehow I didn't annoy any seeds when eat.

Here is the basic method to bake soy milk scone.

Soy milk scone recipe
Dry Ingredients
-70g whole wheat flour
-200g all purpose flour
-2 teaspoon baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-65g rape seed oil
-110cc soy milk
-45cc maple syrup

0 Preheat the oven to 190℃.
1 Sieve all dry ingredients into a large bowl.
2 Add oil and mix together using your hands until dried
3 Add wet ingredients(soy milk and maple syrup) and whisk using a spatula until the dough come together.
4 Transfered to a lightly floured surface, knead a dough.(30~40 times)
5 When the surface become smooth, wrap it and leave for 30 minutes.
6 Roll the dough and make shape circle. Cut 8 pieces and place them on the oven pan.
7 spread soy milk on the surface of scones.
8 Put them into a oven and bake for 20 minutes.
Serve 8

When you would like to add some filling such as rasion and choco chips, add before method 5.
Do not over mix the dough after adding the filling. Just folding them together.

Feb 9, 2011

Japanese Dinner

Boiled spinach, carrot, shimeij mushroom. Add Tofu paste and mix together.
※Tofu Paste:Momen Tofu(enough drained water using weight), white sesami paste, grained white sesami, soy sauce and salt. All ingredients mix together.

Steamed pumpkins
Braised Chicken thigh and Konnyaku

These are my just memorandum just in case........ What's in case?!

Taro's rate:★★★
He didn't eat Shiraae. He rarely meet my effort on that particular dish.

Feb 8, 2011


First tried to make Braised Ossobuco with tomato sauce.
Very easy. Just takes a certain time little bit.

Here is a brief procedure to make "Osso Buco". FYR.

Chopped celery, carrot, onion. Put them into a thick large pan, pour olive oil (3table spoon) fried with low heat until enough softened perhaps more than 10minutes. After that add whole tomato.( I used 2 tomato cans.)
This is "osso Buco". the centre in the bone called marrow. That is super yummy.
I got this meat at this shop. ("ハイ食材室”)
I quite often use this internet shop. You can get lam meat, even foie gras!!

Season S&P, flour them and fried them on a fried pan until golden brown colour.
Pour red wine.(200cc)

Place the meat and wine into the large pan. simmer more than 1 hour. Season salt and pepper.
Add chooped Italian parsley, lemon skin(non-waxed) and garlic and simmer 10 minutes.
Then, serve!!!

Feb 6, 2011

Martelli~Special Spagehetti!~

I always buy "DeCheco" or "Barilla" Spaghetti, but this time I got this!

Martelli 500g 630 yen

OMG! It costs nearly double compared to barilla!(it costs 650yen for 1kg!)
But I am 100% sure that Martelli is super delicious spaghetti ever.

Shiona (ice plant)

This is my first time to have this ice plant called "Shiona".

Looks like putting lots of crystal drops on the leaves and stem.
Am not sure if your country have them. Have you ever seen them before??

We had them for simple tomato and mozzarera cheese salad.
Shiona is very plain, fresh and crispy.

Feb 5, 2011

Surprise Dish and sweets!

Rice rolls Norimaki by my Mom

Apple Tart by my sister

When Taro and I came home, these 2 dishes are put on the table. My parents brought them to our place for dinner!!! Lucky us :D
Their quest for cooking is surely inheriting me and Taro in the future......

Soy Milk Pudding

This is his favourite Big soy milk pudding lately.

Drizzled Maple syrup instead of caramel sauce.
( I think it would be healthier than burnt sugar caramel. it might be just my illusion though :P)


~Soy milk Pudding Recipe~
-250cc soy milk
-1 egg
-2 table spoon beet sugar
-maple syrup (as you need)

1 beat an egg and suagr in a large bowl
2 Add soy milk and mix together
3 Strain through a fine mesh sieve to catch any bits of unincorporated egg white.
4 Pour the mixture into glasses/ramekins, up to 1~2cm from the top edge of the ramekins.
5 Put a tea towl into a big saucepan and put ramekins on it. Pour enough water into the saucepan, up to 2cm from the bottom of the ramekins.
6 Put the lid and heat on high heat. When it boils, heat on low heat for 4 minutes. After that turn off the heat and leave it for 10-15 minutes.

serve 2 big cups

tips: method 3&6 are the key to make soft and smooth texture.