Cookbook Challenge: Week 2, Indian

Recipe: Vindaloo From Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food Bonus recipe: Roasted cauliflower with cumin, coriander and almonds From Jame Oliver’s Cook with Jamie It’s week two of the Cookbook Challenge, and this week’s theme is Indian. I had a bit of trouble finding a recipe for this theme. I do own a couple of Indian [...]

Japan: Osaka – Takoyaki

Glico Man! Oh Osaka! Osaka, Osaka, Osaka! Out of all the cities in Japan we went to, Osaka was my favourite and I was VERY VERY disappointed when we had to leave. I could’ve happily stayed for a couple more weeks, there is so much to do and see and, of course, so much to [...]

Rice and lemon souffle

Cookbook Challenge: Week 1 Theme: Citrus Recipe: Rice and lemon souffle From Made in Italy by Giorgio Locatelli Hooray! It’s my first Cookbook Challenge recipe. The theme for the first Challenge is citrus and I decided to make a rice and lemon souffle. This is not a quick recipe to make and it uses rather [...]

Japan: Koyasan – Katsu curry don & curry udon

In Koyasan, one of the main sights is Okunoin. Okunoin is the temple where Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism and one of the most revered persons in the religious history of Japan, rests in eternal meditation. It is considered one of the most sacred places in Japan. Okunoin is surrounded by Japan’s largest [...]

Japan: Natto

While in Koyasan, we took the opportunity to try natto. For those who haven’t heard of the almightly natto, natto is made from soybeans. The soybeans are soaked in water, steamed for several hours, and then are mixed with the bacterium Bacillus subtilis natto. Next, the beans are fermented for a couple of days and [...]

The Cookbook Challenge!

In an effort to use my cookbooks more (many of which I have never cooked from…!), I have joined the Cookbook Challenge, organised in collaboration with Rilsta from My Food Trail, Kat from spatulaspoonandsunday and Iron Chef Shellie. There are 52 weeks to the challenge, with a different theme set each week. The challenge is [...]

Japan: Koyasan – shojin ryori at Rengejoin Temple

After Takayama, we headed to Koyasan. To get to our accommodation in Koyasan, it took us 7 hours, 7 trains, a cable car and a bus ride! Rengejoin Temple Koyasan, a small town located on Mount Koya, is the center of Shingon Buddhism in Japan. Shingon is a Buddhist sect which was introduced to Japan [...]

Japan: Takayama, Ryokan Asunaro, Part 2

Our room at ryokan Asunaro See the previous post for more information about kaiseki dining and details about a previous dinner and breakfast. Dinner #2 We were fortunate enough to have a second dinner at the ryokan in Takayama. Just like the previous night it was fantastic. On offer again was Hilda beef, this time [...]

Japan: Takayama, Ryokan Asunaro, Part 1

After Tokyo, our next stop was Takayama. Takayama is a small city located in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture, west of Tokyo. Takayama was very isolated until about 50 years ago and has retained a traditional touch and well preserved old town. It is really very pretty. In Takayama, we stayed at a [...]

Japan: Soba noodle making class

Note: Sorry, it’s another photo heavy post! While in Tokyo, Alastair and I took part in a soba noodle making class. Our teacher was Hashimoto-san, and he showed us how to make soba noodles by hand. After the demonstration, we then made our own batch of soba. Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour, wheat [...]

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