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 –…

Memoir of Bhutan Trip – Itinerary and some practical info

Where is Bhutan? This was a question I got  most of the time when I said we are going to Bhutan. Bhutan is located in the eastern Himalayas, sharing the border with Tibet and India. This small kingdom has been on my “To Go”list for a long time. Why? Because! Bhutan is known as the…

SALMON NAMEROU – Another Tataki

Tataki is one of the Japanese cooking methods. Here in Australia, “beef Tataki” or “tuna tataki” are very common, which is that a piece of protein is seared and the inside is almost raw. However, today, I would like to introduce another Tataki. This Tataki includes a completely different cooking technique from the seared Tataki….

Lotus Root Kimpira – Renkon no Kinpira

I was so excited to find fresh Lotus Roots in a shot the other day. In Japan, Lotus Roots are very common and can be purchased throughout the seasons. Since they are so common over there, to be honest, I did not know when Lotus Roots were in season before…, whoops…. Why am I so…

His Birthday Weekend – 2017

January 2017. It was a busy and interesting start to the year. After eating and drinking throughout the festive period, we headed to Adelaide to celebrate our father (my father-in-law)’s 70th birthday. We came back and moved to a new apartment and then we headed to Sydney separately. It was for business for my husband,…

Happy New Year – 2017

Happy New Year. Wising everyone peace, health and a lot of joy throughout the year. Again I prepared Osechi. It takes time but it is very rewarding. Most of all, it is delicious…. I love Japanese traditional food. Menu: Kohaku Namasu (pickled daikon and carrot) Ebino Umani (prawns cooked in soy sauce, sake and mirin) Gomame/Tazukuri (dried…

How to enjoy Christmas

Last year, I said that we enjoy Christmas, rather celebrate it. This year, I would like to write how we do that. For me, enjoyment has to include good food, nice wine and wonderful company. I have already sorted my company out – my husband, the best company I could ever imagine. So, for food…