Cookbook Challenge: Week 6, Christmas

Recipe: Gourmet Rocky RoadAdapted from: The Australian Women’s Weekly Food We Love 2nd recipe: Pickled and spiced cherriesFrom: Danks Street Depot Well, that’s Christmas ticked off for another year. We had a great one, and this year it was our 6th annual Orphans’ Christmas spent with Dany and Scott. It was a super fun day [...]

Japan: Hiroshima – Peace Memorial Museum

After lunch at Miyajima, we took the ferry and tram back to Hiroshima, where we spent several hours at the Peace Memorial Museum. As I’m sure you know, on 6 August 1945, at 8:15am, the world’s first atomic bomb to be used on an inhabited city was dropped on Hiroshima. It killed an estimated 140,000 [...]

Greek shortbread

Cookbook Challenge: Week 5 Theme: Greek Recipe: Greek shortbreadFrom: The Australian Women’s Weekly – The Complete Book of Modern Entertaining Second recipe: Lamb skewers with tzatzikiFrom: Darina Allen’s Ballymaloe Cookery Course This weekend, Rilsta from My Food Trail invited me, Kat from Spatula, Spoon & Saturday, and Arale79 from Meals on Budget over to do [...]

Japan: Miyajima – kakidon

Continuing the Japan posts – our next stop after Osaka was Hiroshima. From Hiroshima, we did a day trip to Miyajima. Miyajima, offically named Itsukushima, is a small island that is most famous for its giant torii gate which appears to float on top of the ocean at high tide. I’m sure everyone has seen [...]

Cookbook Challenge: Week 4, Beans

Recipe: Dressed cannelini beansCookbook: Daily Italian by Tobie Puttock Beans! I really love beans, and I would have liked to have done something more interesting than the recipe I choose, but I ran out of time this week. For some odd reason, I thought the theme this week was Greek, and I only realised it [...]

Japan: Okonomiyaki – Osaka/Kansai vs Hiroshima!

While in Japan we ate okonomiyaki twice – once in Osaka and once in Hiroshima. Did you know that there are two styles of okonomiyaki? I didn’t! The predominant style is the Osaka/Kansai version, where the okonomiyaki is prepared somewhat like a pancake, where the batter and other ingredients are mixed together and fried. The [...]

Japan: Osaka – Shabu shabu

After our visit to the aquarium, it was time for dinner. There was an opportunity for us to try fugu, but neither Alastair nor I thought it was worth it – both price wise and risk wise! So we had shabu shabu instead. (For those interested, I’m told that fugu is a very firm, white [...]

Cookbook Challenge: Week 3, Hor d’oeuvres

Recipe: Coconut Prawns From Australian Women’s Weekly – Food We Love The weeks are going past so quickly – we’re on to Week 3 of the Cookbook Challenge already! For this week’s theme, hor d’oeuvres, I made coconut prawns. There is a little blurb about this recipe in the cookbook that says, “My friends are [...]

Japan: Osaka – crab lunch and Kaiyukan Aquarium

After eating takoyaki, we wandered to the Umeda Sky Building to check out the view of Osaka. The building is rather neat, although not located conveniently – it’s about a 15 minute walk from a train station, but we became terribly lost in the underground maze of Umeda, where a series of underground malls connect. [...]

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