Yuzu madeleine cake recipe

I got given some fresh yuzu citrus from one of our customers (who had taken my cooking class). So…I made yuzu madeleine cakes for my birthday cake. Thank you so much Monica! It is quite hard to find fresh yuzu citrus in Melbourne, so you can use my SAORI Yuzu Tea mix instead of fresh…

Japanese ramen noodles are HOT in Thailand

Hello. I had a great two week holiday in Thailand with my husband. I rarely eat out for Japanese food here in Melbourne, or even when I am back in Japan for holidays, because I always prefer my home cooked Japanese meals. This time I tried some Japanese food in Bangkok to check what kind…

Christmas holiday time = cooking mara thon time (for me)

Happy new year!! Did you have great Christmas holidays? Me?? I’ve had some serious cooking time during the Christmas holidays. We went to Orange, NSW to visit my brother/sister- in law for Christmas. It has become a tradition to have a Japanese dinner on boxing day.  I ended up feeding 17 people. So… our son…

Two easy & delicious party dishes

We had our son’s 12th birthday party at home a few weeks ago. 12 children came to the party and 9 children stayed the night. We had a market in the morning so we had to get up at 4:30 in the morning on that day. SO…I made a really quick and easy dinner for…

How to use SAORI Dashi Shio

I created SAORI Dashi Shio last Wednesday. Since then I’ve been putting it on EVERY meal I’ve cooked. I added it to a stir-fry. After flavouring the stir- fry (I used my Tsyuyu Sauce for this), add 1-2 tsp SAORI Dashi Shio for one family serving. Yum! I sprinkled it on fried rice. I make…

Japanese grapefruit salad recipe

My grapefruits trees are producing a lot of fruit so I’ve been eating lots of grapefruits. Our son takes a half of grapefruit to school every day for his morning snack. I love eating them as is or I sometimes make grapefruit tarts. One grapefurit contains enough vitamin C for a day but a lot…

This kid lost his coordination from everyday food (true story)

When I visit my friends, I always bring some food to share (something I cooked) or I even cook at a friend’s place.  When our son was a toddler, I used to bake semi-sweetened cakes (1/4 sugar quantity of normal cakes so he didn’t get too much sugar),  with no additives or fake flavours like…

Important ingredients for your back pain

I have mild scoliosis and I used to suffer from back pain. When I moved to Australia 7 years ago, it became much worse. It even started affecting my daily life. So, I decided to go to a local doctor. My doctor checked my blood and told me… ” Your vitamin D level is really…

Two cheap chain restaurants in Japan with no MSG

I have previously written about “how to find MSG free restaurants in Japan” but sometimes you are not close to these restaurants or you might not be in of the main big cities like Tokyo or Osaka.  So, today  I will tell you about two cheap  Japanese restaurant chains in Japan. 1: Matsyuya ( Gyudon…

How to find MSG free restaurants in Japan

I am normally a health freak when it comes to everyday food. I grow as much as possible…organically (I even make soil!) or I get fresh produce from markets. I hardly eat out or get take away food…I’d say probably 3-4 times a year. All the condiments in my cupboards are my handmade products (jam…