Sunday, December 11, 2011


Spanakopita is not as difficult to make as it looks, but phyllo dough could be difficult to get in Japan.
I got it in a online shop called "The Meat Guy" (what a great name!).
Search for "Fillo Pastry".
Make sure to drain spinach after boiling.
The result is crispy outside, creamy and cheesy inside!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Home Made Bread

2 days ago we got this fantastic bread maker and tried to make our very first home made bread with the machine.
The result was amazing and we certainly enjoyed our breakfast of the day with a few slices of freshly baked bread.

Okonomiyaki & Negiyaki

Okonomiyaki(savory pancake with whatever you like in it) is a famous snack food which you can make quite easily. Basically you just mix batter with veggies, meat or seafood of your choice and fry on the not plate. You can even put cheese and mochi (rice cake) in it.
We encountered the best Okonomiyaki when we visited Osaka.That is called Negiyaki(savory spring onion pancake).
They look alike but Negiyaki has such a smooth taste and melts in your mouth.
So I've tried to recreate the taste at home.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Ganmodoki and Daikon Radish Stew

Might not look great in the photo but this was a piece of success that we loved at the dinner.
Ganmodoki is a fried tofu fritter that is soft and absorbs the broth very well when it's boiled.
Once it absorbs the broth, it becomes juicy and succulent.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Strawberry Daifuku

Daifuku is a sort of rice cake but it's got stuff inside and my favorite one has a whole strawberry in it. How sweet. There are actually lots of places your can find strawberry daifuku but this one from Yamato-ya (大和や) near Keio Inokashira line Kugayama station is unprecedented.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Favorite Spread

My recent hits, Maroon(chestnuts) Cream and 梅(plum) Jam. It's pretty organic and great spread on toasts, pan cakes, etc.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Curry Take-away

Lamb curry with saffron rice take-away from "PANAS".
Whenever I miss curry take-aways I used to do back in Britain, I would hit this place.
To tell you the truth, my stomach wasn't great before I ate this curry. Curiously enough, my stomach got healed after I ate it!

Look what just arrived!

Fresh veggies from 加津佐 (Kazusa)! Kazusa is the southernmost part of Minamishimabara city in Nagasaki. It is most famous for potatoes and onions, and it was my home for 2 years. That place will always be special to me!

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Sandwich Kit for Picnic

When picnic in the park, I often make my own sandwich kit. It's handy and you can make delicious sandwiches everywhere. Freshly baked bread is the key. Fortunately in Tokyo, there is a local bakery in almost any towns and I can easily find freshly baked breads. Grab a few slices of bread, tomato, lettuce, pastrami and anything you like to sandwich with, and pack them with butter, mayonnaise, ketchup, or any sauces you like. don't forget to take disposable knives and plates. As cherry blossom is in full bloom in the park, a piece of my own sandwich adds a relish to the picnic.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Blueberry Muffins in 15 mins

Not exactly 15 minutes to be ready to eat but basically all you have to do is mixing up all the ingredients, fill up the cups, and place them in Oven. Depending on the ability of your oven it would take an hour or so but I still made it with my not-so-great microwave oven so you should be fine with your oven.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Best Mexican in Tokyo

People say Tokyo is a dead city for good Mexican but I always enjoy home made tacos as it's easy and fun to make. Preferably choose hard taco shells, get nice pieces of beef in the nearest super market and mince it up with our new food processor, or just get a package of mince meat.
Fry the mince with beans and any vegetable you like. Fill up the shell with the fried meat and top with grated cheese and taco sauce which you can find in any super market.
It's easy and great dinner.

Sunday, April 03, 2011


A restaurant chain called Gasto(ガスト) has one of the biggest indulgence of "fami-res" (family restaurant). the reason why I crave for going there sometimes.

Monday, March 28, 2011

English Muffin with Salmon Omelet

Pretty easy yet very nice lunch. Combination of English muffins and eggs always work very well.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Un-peanut sauce

When you think about it, processed peanut butter is gross. In addition to the added sugar and chemicals, it's also quite unsanitary. A former colleague of mine who used to work in a food factory wouldn't eat peanut butter because there was actually a limit to the amount of RAT FECES that could be present in a final batch. It was in the parts per million, but it still gives me pause when I'm craving it. Sometimes I satiate the urge with a good organic brand, but a jar of the good stuff in Japan will set you back about $12 US.

So, when craving a good peanut sauce, I figured out a way to make it using a ubiquitous local ingredient: the sesame seed. It's probably my favorite ingredient because it's so versatile: it can be sprinkled, crushed, or ground into a paste. For this recipe, I used Neri-goma, which is liquidized sesame seeds and is somewhat similar to Tahini. It's available in easy-to-use tubes in white or black.

The black is great if you want to make a beautiful goma pudding like this one:

I like neri-goma because there's only one ingredient listed: sesame seeds.

Sesame sauce

3 Tablespoons Neri-goma (white)
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon brown sugar or Tenzai (beet) sugar
1 clove of garlic, grated
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
a pinch of red pepper flakes
1 Tablespoon of water

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. It makes a really creamy, delicious sauce that can be added to a stir-fry at the end. You can also put it on noodles, as a dipping sauce...the possibilities are endless!