We had two grumpy boys who were bored to be stuck in the house with such rainy weather.
Rescue, rescue, rescue grumpy children!!
As an emergency solving, we suggested to make a Bonsai Sushi using some leftovers of Christmas foods.
This new activity was absolutely hit to them.
Recipe and continuation of the story is HERE.
Merry Christmas to you all xxx
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Here is the blog of this dish.
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Thank you for your continuous support and wishing you a very merry Christmas and a very happy new year.
We use only the highest quality of Kelp which is authentically authorised for Miso soup and even for sushi rice.
Perfect finger foods for your party, maybe?
Hope you have had a calm day today.
This might look like good for sharing big dinner.
Marinated Lamb steaks.
Herby Crispy Potato and Carrot Rapees
I use Greek olive paste for the potato as hidden flavour (whispering).
Do you think you would need special big works if you would fancy these big meals?
No worries, guys, honestly.
The keys are just preparations of the day before: marinate the lamb with dried mint, lots of fresh garlic and Greek yogurt (and don't forget adding some good sea salt!) for over night.
And on the day, grill them with 220C for 13 minutes in the oven.
And you can make the carrot rapees a couple of days in advance of your serving and keep them in the fridge, which is really versatile, isn't it!
I would be hectic whole this week for my children's Christmassy events and volunteering.
I'm sure you would have super busy days for being ready for celebrating Christmas as well.
Take care and have a joyous week, everyone.
My boys' basil plant has enough grown up which was planted from seed in this summer.
This is our second time to pick up it's freshest harvest.
I can't stop sniffing at the leaves and even my fingers after picking up!
I made these beauties turned into pesto sauce for pasta.
My recipe of pesto was what I learnt in Florence of Italy.
Luckily I have got some local seafoods from my favourite fishmonger directly, scallops, octopus etc.
So I can say this is a fusion of Italian and Cornish taste.
And let me add one more twist: Japanese-style creamy egg which is called Onsen-Tamago.
It's deliciously runny oozy free range egg!
There is nothing more flavourful and zesty sauce than hand-made fresh pesto sauce, which is matching with creamy rich egg yolk.
It's Friday everyone, weekend is almost there!
Wishing you a happy Friday x
Cold night, vast numbers of bugs, hungry family...
There is nothing better way to make big pot dish.
Appreciated our local harvests from my heart.
Have a lovely day, everyone!
*Recipe* Tonkatsu (Breaded deep-fried pork steak) Ponzu dressing and Stir-fried vegetables with Hummus dressing (Goma Ae)
It's gonna be Christmas.
I have been asked so many times "Do you celebrate Christmas in Japan?", my answer is alway "yes", however I personally think that we Japanese put completely different value on Christmas according to religious and historical reasons.
Originally our main religion was Buddhism, but nowadays our life-styles are getting more Western, which is good.
And most Japanese people absolutely admire British culture which has long history and lots of traditions, so those are keen to enjoy copying Western's way to celebrating Christmas: decorate Christmas tree, eat cake...but I can say that Christmas is not the family gathering celebration but just for romance.
So most fine restaurants and posh hotels are fully booked by lovers on Christmas eve.
If I say "I'm going to stay with my family on Christmas eve" to someone, most people would assume that I am single who has no romantic plan (how silly!!!).
I don't dare to say any judgemental things because this might be caused by cultural background.
Despite everything, I just wanted to tell you that the way to celebrate Christmas is quite different from Britain.
Today's story would sound random for you, but I would like to share one of super traditional Japanese dish recipe with you.
Tonkatsu (Breaded deep-fried pork steak) Ponzu dressing and Stir-fried vegetables with Hummus dressing (Goma Ae)
It is said that apparently the tourists from all over the world to Japan are amazingly increasing in these couple years, and Tonkatsu is the top five popular meal for tourists.
You don't need to make long travel to Japan if you would try this recipe at your kitchen.
Don't worry, my recipe is super simple but all are authentic.
Here is the recipe of this hearty gutsy meal.
I hope you are getting ready for celebrating Christmas.
Thank you for visiting my website!
Celeriac, someone said it's ugly nubbly vegetable, but I never think that, because they are enough attractive to enchant me with their aromatic flavour!
The other day, I made the dinner using this seasonal vegetable and smoked haddock which my boys' favourite as that's boneless.
First, simmered smoked haddock with milk, then once remove the haddock from the sauce pan.
Add butter, onion, garlic, caper and loads of dill to the sauce pan, then swear until the onion is be translucent.
I'll tell you about farther more steps in my recipe in the near future, but all are quite simple and quick cooking.
Lots of Christmas events of my boys' school are coming up until the middle of this month, which are fun to keep myself busy as mum.
On the other hand, naughty germs are swarming around as well.
Keep yourself warm, well and stay healthy, everyone.
Would you need some inspirations for Christmassy dish?
Here we go! ->
Only what we have to care for cooking is slow cooking for red pepper, onion, garlic and celery on really heigh heat.
Simmer with love like caring your darling baby.
These deep-fried prawns are covered with desiccated coconut, which are so lovely crunchy texture.
I know, everybody is busy in this season, but it might be good changer for you to dare to challenge some new dishes for your family and most of all for yourself!
I'll deliver these simple easy cooking recipes to you in next year.
Have a lovely day, everyone!