Japanese Bitter Gourd Salad

Bitter gourd, bitter melon, goya, karela, balsam-pear... this green, knobbly vegetable is actually known under many different names depending on where you are from! As per its name-sake the flavour of the flesh is very bitter and is an acquired taste at first-  but give it a go and you may never look back! This cool … Continue reading Japanese Bitter Gourd Salad

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Get the Grill on for Yum-Yum Mussels!

It's summer here in sunny Auckland and, for me, nothing beats getting the grill on for a feast of fresh seafood and smoky vegetables! Grilled mussels are always popular but accompanied with this amazing Yum-Yum sauce makes it spectacular! It only takes minutes to make and is creamy, tangy and sweet with a hint of … Continue reading Get the Grill on for Yum-Yum Mussels!

The Non-French Onion Soup

It's a new year and it's out with the old and in with the new! This decidedly Non-French Onion Soup re-invents the old tried-and-true recipe in a Japanese kitchen!

Here’s to a New Year like this Strawberry Salad!

Wishing you a HAPPY NEW YEAR, my friends! I am welcoming in the new year with this scrumptious Strawberry Salad that embodies all I am wishing for: a Healthy, Fresh start filled with Sweet moments, Vibrant experiences and new Gastronomic Delights!

Veged-Out Cauliflower ‘Pastry’ Tart

Here's a tart that your vegetarian/gluten-free/ low-carb/paleo/ vege-loving friends can enjoy! What's the secret? It's the crust that is made using processed cauliflower, pressed into a tart mold and baked until crisp! Originally I was going to name this the "Caramelized Onion, Roasted Mushroom, Capsicum and Tomato Cauliflower 'Pastry' Tart", but this was obviously too long … Continue reading Veged-Out Cauliflower ‘Pastry’ Tart

Tangy Hummus (with a Secret Ingredient)

Making the most of the sunny weather and clear blue skies of late, my friends decided on a last-minute picnic in the park! I had planned to prepare a simple tomato and feta salad but, sadly, the tomatoes at the supermarket were not particularly fresh. Thinking on my feet I decided on making hummus, served … Continue reading Tangy Hummus (with a Secret Ingredient)

Honey Balsamic Buttercup Skins

Having scooped out all of the flavoursome chicken and prawn stuffing and tender flesh of my Surf and Turf Buttercup, I was left with the green thin- skinned shell of the squash. Thinking that it would be tough and unpleasant to eat, I was just about to throw it into the bin when out of … Continue reading Honey Balsamic Buttercup Skins

Scallop Dashi Jelly with Marinated Shiitake and Cucumber Salad

Yet another dish inspired by my recent travels in Tokyo! Tonight's dinner began with my experimental starter of scallops encased in a soft dashi jelly, served with shiitake mushrooms simmered in a mixture of soy sauce, mirin and sugar, and a zingy cucumber salad lightly pickled in apple vinegar. I was hoping that you can … Continue reading Scallop Dashi Jelly with Marinated Shiitake and Cucumber Salad