Sweet Baby Jesus, KFC and 13 Desserts

I’ve been remiss in my continued Christmas posting, but I have three new Christmas food traditions to tell you about so I can make up for it.   Cougnou, Belgium You know that nursery rhyme about blackbirds being baked in a pie? I always though that was a bit gross (notwithstanding the fact that at…

Bowing to presure

Due to a couple of pleedings for Okonomiyaki (which I’d never eaten before) I bowed to pressure and added it to my plan. I’m so glad I did! It was delicious!!!! I sort of made it up after reading a few non-vegan recipes, using soy milk, powdered dashi,¬† flour, and no eggs in the batter,…

Scattered Sushi

Scattered sushi, or bara sushi, or chirashi, is basically just potential sushi fillings/toppings arranged over rice in an interesting way. Some people make it by actually just scattering the toppings, but others pay a great deal of attention to presentation. There are so many gorgeous scattered sushi pics around, and to get an idea of…

Teppanyaki and stuff

The plan was to make sushi, but when I wandered into the kitchen I was so sleepy and generally out of sorts that fiddly food was out of the question. Instead, I decided to make something teppanyaki-ish, with some vegies and noodles. I have fond memories of real teppanyaki, which I first encountered at a…

The taste of Autumn

According to Practical Japanese Cooking, Yudofu, or simmered tofu, has become so synonymous with Autumn that the word is now considered a ‘season word’. Essentially just blocks of tofu simmered in barely flavoured water and served with condiments, I thought this dish was likely to be too bland for our salt-addicted household. Boy was I…

The Japan Plan

Food in japan is centered around rice, soup, fish, other meats, and vegetables, with sauces and condiments playing their part. It is usually touted as the healthiest food in the world, due to the focus on grains, vegetables and fish, and the lack of a lot of saturated fats and sugars. I’m using Practical Japanese…

Introducing: Japan

Hooray! Its time to visit a new country (via the interwebs), and try to cook their food. I’ve been looking forward to Japan week since we picked it last week. So without further ado, I bring you the facts and figures bit. Geography Japan is in the Pacific Ocean, just east of China. It is…