Let's Wrap! Vegetable Gyoza – Japanese Pan-fried Dumpling

I always say that cooking is therapeutic, especially when you have time to do it. Now I lost 2 out of 3 my hobbies (in case you are wondering, they are dancing and travelling). Yes I have time, and yes I need a good therapy to calm myself down for “not being able to do…

Sweet potato, Leek, Mushroom & Coconut Soup

We went for our usual “once-a-week grocery shopping” last Sunday. The shelves in the fruit and veggie section looked so empty and sad. Obviously this is due to the bush fire crisis on the east coast plus the constant drought in Australia. People like us, who are very lucky not to be affected by the…

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…

Grated Carrot Salad – Carrot Rapee

It is cheap and versatile. These are the reasons why a bag of carrots is always in my fridge. I probably cook carrot every day. I put it in soup, simmer it in stew, stir-fry it with Asian sauce and just cut it as a veggie stick… For me, it is a kind of vegetable…

Bocconcini Salad with Strawberry Dressing

At this moment, I do not have access to my pots, pans or to my pantry as we are currently in temporary accommodation. What I have is only some essential things such as soy sauce (of course!!), dashi powder, cooking sake and sugar, which I think allows me to cook decent things. And…, my boss…