bowls of wet and dry ingredients

Eggless yogurt pancakes and waffles

Having grown up making waffles and pancakes from scratch using recipes from the classic cookbook, Joy of Cooking, messing with the main ingredients seemed strange. Messing with them to the point of adding a massive amount of yogurt to the mix was a great way to wreck a perfectly decent waffle or pancake. But I…

Japanese fish-based udon soup

Gluten-free Japanese recipes: udon soup

Hello new and old readers! I started working full-time in early March teaching a new class and that’s where most of my extra energy and time have gone. Thanks for continuing to check in! More gluten-free food Way back at New Year’s, Hitoshi and I hosted a Japanese themed dinner for a variety of guests,…

simmered pork belly

Gluten-free Japanese recipes: simmered fatty pork belly

For New Year’s Eve dinner, Hitoshi and I co-hosted a small party where most of the guests had food restrictions. One that seemed overwhelming at first (but turned out to be an easy fix) was adapting Japanese recipes to make them gluten-free. Gluten-free simmered fatty pork belly on rice The recipe below was translated from Japanese and…

daikon as hina dolls

Recipe: Thai inspired daikon chingensai fusion

The other night, I made up a new dish and thought it tasted pretty good. Hitoshi thought it was unusual to combine daikon and chingensai but I didn’t know otherwise. That’s the advantage of both of us loving to experiment in the kitchen! Before jumping into the recipe, let’s take a look at the main players…

pork and tofu stir fry

Mabodon or glistening tofu pork stir fry on rice

Mabodon or mabodofu, if served without rice, is another classic comfort food from Japan like country-style miso soup or basic onion miso soup. The main ingredients are tofu, ground pork and chili paste. Variations include adding mushrooms, chingensai (bok choy) or green onions. Miso paste replaces the chili paste in the version here for a milder take. And while you…

rice topping

Cooking with baby: accidental furikake

Three magical ingredients dance together in perfect time. A little heat, a dash of richness and an incredible crunch; flavors united under a banner of outstanding flavour. Hubby asked EIGHT times for a repeat of my creation during and after dinner. The ridiculous fact is my “dish” was a failure. What was supposed to be a benign…