Happy New Year 2020

Portugal – that was where we spent last New Year. We stayed at a B&B in Lamego in the Douro Valley. The place used to be a servants’ quarter and had a big open fire pit. We were watching the fire while drinking beautiful homemade (real) port. That was our beginning of 2019. Perth –…

Is Kanten a New Superfood? Layered Red Bean Jelly Terrine (Mizu Yokan)

Have you heard of Kanten (寒天) before? Japanese jelly sweets made out of Kanten are one of my favourite summer desserts. The chilled, light and sweet desserts have been a little oasis for me in the super humid Japanese summer. Kanten is called Agar Agar in English. Kanten is a jelly-like substance made from a…

Traditional Japanese Cooking : Simmered Sardines with Ginger

Raw = Fresh It is my food formula. When you think about Tsukiji Fish Market, you can see where my idea comes from. For this reason, I feel really strange to see a lot of fish shops in this city selling frozen fish. We buy our favourite New Zealand King Salmon from this fish monger….

The Easiest Ever – Simplified Easy Ponzu Dressing

If you have ever been to a Japanese restaurant, I am sure that you have heard of this sauce called “Ponzu”. Ponzu, which is a citrus based sauce, is commonly used in Japan as a condiment. How common? It is REALLY common. Ponzu is tangy, fresh and yet quit round. In my opinion, it goes…

My Hojicha Latte

It is autumn. It is getting cooler here in Perth, especially in the morning and at night. It is really perfect weather for me – for a tea drinker. I would like to introduce my recent favourite drink today. It is Hojicha Latte. Hojicha is roasted Japanese Green tea. I love Hojicha. It is mild…