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All posts tagged "Cooking Good"
Make a delicious beans soup with left over bread
RIBOLLITA Ribollita is a hearty potage from the Tuscan region of Italy that makes it to the family dinner table during the cold winter months. The Italians are good at recycling scraps or left over food and...
- Posted December 19, 2016
Braised Ox Tongue
Bon Appe-cheap! Of the many delicious ways to prepare ox tongue, stewing is a popular way to serve it in the winter season. This family recipe is considered a holiday food in many European, Latin American and...
- Posted December 13, 2016
Holiday Fruit Cake Recipe
FRUIT, LIQUOR & JAM MIX Ingredients ¼ cup finely chopped orange peel ¼ cup finely chopped candied citron peel ½ teaspoon of orange zest, ½ teaspoon lemon zest, ¼ cup cherries in syrup in halves 100 grs...
- Posted December 12, 2016
Making the perfect roast
As the weather cools down, one of the most common questions I get is how to select a roast. There is something about roasting that confuses a lot of people, including me. My mother always made chuck...
- Posted November 14, 2016
What’s in a Surimi?
Surimi means minced white fish packaged as crab meat sold at most convenient stores in Japan. It tastes like crab, it looks like crab, but it isn’t ‘the crab.’ Most importantly, it’s also cheap. A host of...
- Posted September 14, 2016
Melon mint summer salad
We all have an aunt who cooks. Mine did and this signature food was one of her most requested summer recipes. Although we’ve lost her, her spirit lives on through her recipes. This refreshing, fruity, citrusy salad...
- Posted August 8, 2016
Eat YOUR way to good health with Mediterranean cuisine
When you’re craving healthy foods with a little flavor, you can’t go wrong with Mediterranean food. Mediterranean cuisine is famous all over the world for taking humble ingredients and turning them into delectable dishes. Train your taste...
- Posted June 16, 2016
How to make a delicious Chicken Tan Tan Men Bowl
When autumn rolls around, my thoughts turn to a bowl of good home-cooked ramen. Most ramen bowls served at noodle shops all over Japan are mostly made with pork. But because pork doesn’t appeal to to my...
- Posted October 19, 2015
This dad skins a watermelon like a pro
- Posted September 2, 2015
Washing chicken before cooking doesn’t kill bacteria
Washing raw chicken before cooking has been a common hygienic practice for many. In other parts of the world, chicken is customarily rubbed with lemon or soaked in vinegar due to what many perceive as a way...
- Posted September 2, 2015
How to make Grilled Chicken Tortilla at home
by Leticia Munoz There is something wonderfully evocative about Mexican tortillas. It conjures up memories of a lazy summer lunch with the whole family. Here’s a wonderful recipe you might want to try at home. It’s so...
- Posted August 14, 2015
Where to get meat substitute in Tokyo (for vegetarians)
Backed up by studies, following a healthy vegetarian diet will not only help you weigh 20-25% lighter than meat-eaters, you will also be at lower risk of heart disease. According to American Glycemic Index specialists Drs. Jennie...
- Posted August 6, 2015
Little Pizzaiolas in training
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Believing in empowering kids by teaching them how to cook, Domino’s Kids Pizza...
- Posted May 11, 2015
MEDITERRANEAN style grilled lamb chops
May is the month of leisure walks and outdoor fun. What better way to bask in the goodness of the season than to invite friends over for a barbecue before the arrival of the rainy season? Hosting...
- Posted May 11, 2015
Ingredients 1 pumpkin, about 500 grams, peeled and cubed (you can also use butternut squash) 1tbsp oil 1 small onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed • 300 grams Koshihikari rice 1 litre hot vegetable stock 100 grams...
- Posted January 22, 2015
Sugar-free Cheesecake with Chestnuts
Chestnuts or kuri (栗）is a favourite autumn delicacy. If eating it ‘as is’ sounds like a boring idea, whip up this nice recipe that will get your kids nodding in approval. Get freshly roasted chestnuts at the...
- Posted November 4, 2014
How to make a great tasting Seafood Paella
Cooking for one person requires the same effort as cooking for 4 or 5 people so why not give Paella a try? Paella (pan in English), is one of Spain’s popular family dish cooked traditionally with meat. ...
- Posted October 9, 2014
So you think you can sculpt?
“Bento” or Japanese home-packed meal is arguably one of Japan’s famous contributions to world food culture. Today, many mums all over the world have embraced the idea of injecting fun into their kid’s lunchbox. September being a...
- Posted September 10, 2014
Snack Spotting: After-school snacks from all over the world
The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. That age-old saying rings true because food is love. Parents who cook after-school snacks are actually saying “I love you” to their children in an indirect but...
- Posted September 3, 2014
Soy Ice Pops
Lactose intolerant? Here’s a great substitute for ice pops that’s completely dairy-free. It’s quick to prepare and whether you’re allergic to dairy or simply finnicky with food, you will like it. You will need: (per cup) Wooden...
- Posted August 9, 2014
Whip up party food in no time
Berry quick smoothie If you are hosting a party in summer, this refreshing drink is a good thirst quencher. use frozen berries which is available at Nissin supermarket or at the National Azabu. 200 grams frozen berries...
- Posted July 12, 2014
How to make fried chicken kid-friendly
Chicken is one of the best source of protein. And fried chicken or tori no karaage is the surest way that children will eat them. I have a technique to make fried chicken even kid friendlier using...
- Posted June 5, 2014
Lemon Crab Salad and Ricotta Cheese
If you prefer eating light meals in the summer, this refreshing salad will make a good accompaniment to grilled salmon. Try it! Ingredients 2 medium size fresh lemons 300 grams shredded crab meat 100 grams of ricotta...
- Posted May 7, 2014
Spring salad with anchovy and mint vinaigrette
This mediterranean-inspired mixed greens and egg is a very refreshing salad that can be enjoyed as an appetizer or a stand-alone meal. Ingredients: 1 cup sweet peas, 2 med size avocados, 1 romaine lettuce, 1 can...
- Posted May 7, 2014
Whip up a real good omelet!
Bored of the regular scrambled egg? Spice up your mornings with these delicious iron-packed omelets for breakfast or weekend brunch. These egg recipes can be enjoyed any time of the day and are guaranteed to put a...
- Posted May 1, 2014
Rose and Pistachio Crème brûlée
Yields 4 – 6 servings Ingredients : For the custard : • 350ml single cream • 90ml full fat milk • 30ml natural rose water • 70g sugar + 60g for burning the top of the crème 6 teaspoons...
- Posted April 7, 2014
Baked Potato, Spinach and Ham
Ingredients 500 g of spinach 400 gr potatoes 100 g prosciutto 4 eggs 80 g butter 100 gr of grated Parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon flour fresh cream, nutmeg and salt. How to prepare 1. Boil and mash...
- Posted March 15, 2014
Mac n’ Cheese reinvented
ho doesn’t like Mac n’ Cheese? Here’s a recipe of one of the most requested food by kids in many parts of the world. Each has his own way of cooking this adorable dish. A French Canadian...
- Posted March 3, 2014
Mom and dad cocktails
This one is for mom and dad only. Once in a blue moon, Liz likes to enjoy a cocktail while watching TV or just checking out other blogs. She likes her cocktail sweet and with a hint...
- Posted February 11, 2014
Golden eggplant gratin
The cheesy flavour and tender bite of eggplant make this all-time family favourite, tempting, even to small kids. If you go for a richer flavour, this decadent dish will go well with bacon. 3 large or 5...
- Posted February 7, 2014
Chicken Soup a la Minestrone
You need: 2 medium size celery sticks 2 medium size carrots, peeled and cut into strips 1 large size potato cubed 1 can cannellini beans (the dried ones require more cooking time) 1 cup shredded cabbage 2...
- Posted December 16, 2013
Chicken Soup with Shiitake in Coconut Milk
Nothing beats this Thai-inspired soup on a cold day. This is best enjoyed by a family who likes a bit of spice in their soup. Definitely not recommended for small children. You need: 2-3 med size potatoes...
- Posted December 16, 2013
Chicken Ginger Soup with Couscous
Chicken soup is known as the remedy for colds and flu in many cultures around the world. Chicken soup gives a positive feeling of comfort to children especially when served to them by Mom. Tired of your...
- Posted December 16, 2013
Mom finds a solution to picky eaters
Feeding kids with nutritious food is always a sore topic in some households. Moms constantly struggle at finding the right strategy to avoid frequent meal battles. Samantha Lee, mom to two daughters, has chosen her battles wisely...
- Posted November 11, 2013
Trick or Thrift
Fixing something cool for 30 or more trick-or-treaters and staying within budget can be a daunting task. Not if you keep it simple. Perhaps one of the simplest recipes ever created that costs little to prepare and...
- Posted October 8, 2013
Okonomiyaki (grilled just the way you like it)
Okonomiyaki, arguably one of the most delicious Japanese dishes originating from Kansai or Hiroshima, is what most foreigners call the local version of an omelette or a pizza but grilled in pancake-like fashion. Dubbed by the locals...
- Posted July 5, 2013
A summery dish: Peachy Pork Chops
This is an easy summery dish that my husband and I and my children enjoy. (Not any easy accomplishment in my house)! The fruity flavor appeals to the kids, and the spices add an interesting flavor...
- Posted June 17, 2013
Chocolate Truffles in 9 easy steps
We know the pressure of being a mom. Not all moms have the luxury to take time off from the most important job in the world to do as she pleases. What better way to show appreciation...
- Posted May 9, 2013
Fried sweet peas and bacon
If there’s one vegetable that is well liked by children, it’s the great green peas. Green peas have a sweet flavor and can be cooked in a lot of ways. The vegetable is packed with protein for...
- Posted March 3, 2013
Japan’s food for the brains
Japan is one of the advanced countries that produces the world’s best and brightest mathematicians and scientists. In a 2011 study by Trends in International Mathematics and Science, the Japanese elementary grade school children scored 585 points...
- Posted January 2, 2013
Growing up, I recall with fond memories, the delicious aroma of a traditional glazed ham my mother would cook each year on Christmas Eve. Christmas and New Year’s are two special days in the family when a...
- Posted December 3, 2012
Roast turkey in fresh aromatic herbs
Thanksgiving Day is in a few weeks when the mighty bird is expected to grace this year’s dinner table. Be reminded to order your big bird well in advance to make it in time for the grand...
- Posted October 31, 2012
Like machines that pick up dirt over time, our bodies are susceptible to toxins that impair our natural waste disposal system and overall body performance. These toxins need to be eliminated by nourishing ourselves with food containing...
- Posted August 30, 2012
Broccoli and tuna scacciata
I know how many parents out there struggle every meal time just to get their children to eat more vegetables. Coming from Italy, the land of world...
- Posted July 1, 2012
Home-made family pizza
Sundays are when my wife takes a back seat from the kitchen so I can show my kids my culinary side from time to time. When I am in charge of the kitchen, I want to serve...
- Posted May 31, 2012
Recycling leftover food
I remember the very words of my grandma “never to waste food”. This is a good reminder especially for those who live in Japan where food is pricey. One of the reasons...
- Posted May 1, 2012
Kuromutsu or Japanese blue fish is usually found throughout Japan’s coastline in the deep sea all year round. Seasonally, they are abundant in winter but you can find them in the Tsukiji fish market until early spring....
- Posted February 29, 2012
As Valentine rolls around, sweet things come to mind. What better way to express affection to your children than making them sweet cupcakes that appeal to sight and taste. Kids adore cupcakes because they are light,...
- Posted January 31, 2012
Tomato and Cheese Soup •12 ripe tomatoes, chopped • 5 cups beef stock • 3 tablespoons Italian tomato paste • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar • 2 teaspoons sugar • 3-5 chopped basil leaves • rock salt...
- Posted December 30, 2011
Creepy Halloween graveyard cake
Creepy Halloween Graveyard Cake Ingredients: 1 box chocolate cake mix 1½ cups chocolate frosting (see recipe below) ¼ cup shredded coconut Green food coloring 5-6 Milano cookies Assorted Halloween candies (candy skeletons, witches, mummies, pumpkins, etc…)*Directions: Prepare...
- Posted September 29, 2011