Japanese flavoured pesto and tuna salad spaghetti

Main, Noodles, Sauce & Dressing, Seafood, Summer

Hi, guys!

I received the result of IELTS (International English Test System) I recently took and it was fantastic(L7.0, R6.5, W6.0, S8.0). Of course, I need even more effort to get the desired score, but I am pretty relieved that my English has definitely improved! (As I didn’t think my writing score was right, I had requested EOR on my writing test.)

Anyway, how are you all doing in these extremely scorching days ?

I have completely lost appetite and prefer to eat less hot foods, for instance, salad. If this is the same case as yours, the recipe I am going to share with you in this page is the solution. This sauce is absolutely gorgeous!! Please try once!

[Ingredients] 2 servings

*** For pesto ***

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • A few pinches of black pepper
  • A pinch of salt
  • 10-15 basil leaves
  • 1.5 tbs of soya sauce
  • A tbs of cider vinegar
  • A squeeze of lemon juice
  • 3 tbs of extra virgin olive oil

*** For tuna salad spaghetti ***

  • Spagetti for two (about 220g)
  • 50g of tinned tuna
  • A avocado – cut into cubes
  • A tomato – cut into cubes
  • A quarter of red onion – thinly sliced
  • A piece of  cucumber – shredded

[Instruction]

  1. Smash all the ingredients for the pesto sauce in a mortar until it becomes smooth.
  2. Cool spaghetti with cold water immediately after cooking spaghetti.
  3. Mix spaghetti with tuna, vegetables and sauce in a big bowl.

 

 

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I hope you find this information useful for your happy healthy life!

Chickpeas and Barley Broth *(v) possible

Chicken, Main, Soup, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Hi guys!

I suppose that many of you are planning summer parties this or next weekend! So today, I would like to share a wonderful recipe, Chickpeas and Barley Broth, which is useful to fulfil your guests. For vegetarian or began guests, ignore chicken and swap chicken stock with veg stock.

The key to make lovely broth is making stock by yourself whichever chicken or vegetarian stock you use. I have tried several types of stock cubes for the broth and they definitely worked, but they could never beat my homemade stock which were made from various vegetables including carrots, potatoes, onions, leaks, mushrooms and chicken wings etc. I will not put the recipe of stock as we all know that there is not a certain way to make nice stock and I don’t think mine is the best either. Use what you have in your cupboard, and add a bit of salt, black pepper and white wine. But if you don’t have enough time, then don’t worry and use cubes.

This is not “Aisan-Asian” broth. My English husband actually loves it so do not worry to serve non-Japanese food fan! I hope you guys will find this recipe helpful!

 

[Ingredients] 4 – 5 servings

  • 3 tbs of olive oil
  • 1/2 onion – diced
  • 3 garlic cloves – chopped
  • 1/2 red chilli – chopped
  • 2 chicken thighs – chopped, with the skin removed
  • 1/2 red pepper – cut into 2cm²
  • 1/2 yellow pepper – cut into 2cm²
  • 2 tomatoes – sliced roughly
  • 5-8 chestnut mushrooms – cut into half
  • 50ml of white wine
  • 300-400g of chickpeas tinned
  • 1300ml of chicken or veg stock
  • 100g of barley – washed
  • 50g of quinoa – washed
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • A bunch of coriander – chopped

[Instruction]

  1. Pour olive oil into a hot large sauce pan and stir fry onion, garlic and red chilli. Add salt and black pepper.
  2. Add chicken thighs into the pan and panfry them.
  3. Add all other vegetables and cook them, stirring for 5 minutes.
  4. Pour white wine into the pan and reduce the juice for a minutes.
  5. After adding chickpeas and mix them well, pour the stock into the pan. Leave the pan with the lid on for 20 minutes.
  6. Add barley and quinoa into the pan and simmer 30 more minutes. Add seasoning if necessary.
  7. To serve, put coriander on the top of broth.

 

 

When you try my recipes, please leave the comment and give me feedback. There is no need entering your email address to leave messages so if you are not happy to give me your personal information just skip that question. (I can not remove that question due to the worldpress system.) You can also contact me on my Contact Page or you can also share your attempts on Instagram with #jhomerecipes.

I hope you find this information useful for your happy healthy life!

Soya milk nabe(hot pot) (available as (v) too)

Hot pot, Main, Noodles, pork, Soup, Tofu, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Winter

Hi, guys!!

Thank you for visiting my website today too!!

Woo, this is very cold winter, isn’t it? I heard it would be snowing in the south of England next weekend. I am so excited!! In such a cold day, I can’t help wanting “nabe” which is one of the most traditional Japanese culture in winter. Nabe is a kind of hot pot which has many kinds of vegetables, meats and seafood in soup.

The thing that makes nabe culture so special is the style we enjoy it. When we have one, we share a big pot with your family or friends. In Japan, having nabe together means you have a good relationship with them. This is why first year uni students often hold nabe party to make new friends!

Although there are many kinds of flavour for nabe, today, I would like to share my favourite recipe of soya milk hot pot which I made for the party last week. This is quite healthy and you can make it suitable for vegetarian or even vegan.

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[Ingredients] for 4

  • 1L of soya milk
  • A few pieces of dried konbu
  • 400g of water
  • 2 tbspoons of sesame oil
  • 2 tbspoons of soya sauce
  • 1 tbspoons of sake (white wine is fine if you do not have any)
  • A few pinch of salt
  • 1 tbspoon of sesame seeds
  • Pork (if you would like)
  • Vegetable
    • leek
    • mushroom
    • carrot
    • Chinese cabbage/savoy cabbage
    • onion
    • Tofu
    • sprout
  • 300g of Udon noodles
  • A teaspoon of grated ginger

[Instruction]

  1. Leave dried konbu in the water over night. (Konbu make lovely stock in the cold water.But if you do not have time, you can just put them in the water and start to boil it immediately. This is not the best way, but you can still have konbu stock.)
  2. Boil the water in a big pot.
  3. Add 600ml of soya milk and keep cooking until it starts to boil.
  4. Add soya sauce, sake and salt.
  5. Cut pork into pieces you like.
  6. Chop vegetables into pieces you like. I recommend to cut into tofu quite big pieces, otherwise they will break int the soup and you will never see them again! Do not add udon noodles yet!
  7. When all the vegetables are cooked, add 1 tbspoon of sesame oil and sesame seeds just before you serve.
  8. Serve.
  9. When you finish almost all ingredients, add 400g of soya milk and udon noodles and heat it up for 10 minutes again. We call this style “shime” which means “finally end”.
  10. Add ginger and 1 tbspoon of sesame oil.
  11. Serve again.

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Lovely tomato sauce paste

Sauce & Dressing

Hi, everyone!!

Today I would like to share my original recipe of tomato sauce paste which can be used various way,as I mentioned yesterday. Please be aware that this is not a recipe of tomato sauce. This is the recipe of paste so that you can make brilliant tomato sauce easily. I usually make it whenever I can, and keep it in the fridge. Then when you cook dinner, all you have to do is just add this paste into a tin of tomato in the sauce pan.

This recipe is highly recommended, especially if you are a busy person who wants to cook by yourself but haven’t got any time for it. I will share the example of the use next time. Now, let’s have a look of instruction!!

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[Ingredients]

  • 1/2 of onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tomatoes or 200g of tin tomato
  • 2 tbspoons of olive oil
  • A bit of salt and pepper

 

[Instruction]

  1. Finely chop onion and garlic.
  2. Pour olive oil into a sauce pan, and pan fry onion and garlic until they get soft and smell nice.
  3. Add seasonings.
  4. Mix the onion and garlic from step3. and tomato in a blender.(Chop tomatoes roughly if you need.)
  5. Turn on the blender and keep going until they become smooth.
  6. Keep the paste in a small container in the fridge.

 

This is the example I am going to share next time.

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Woo!! I can’t wait to share the recipe!!

See you next time xx

 

 

Spaghetti in tomato sauce with tuna and spinach

Main, Noodles, Seafood

Hi, everyone!

It has been one year since I opened my website. Time flies so fast! Although my life has changed so much in such a little time, my passion for foods had never died. I have got visa, found a job, started volunteering and got another job again, decided to go to school…but the most important is, I AM A CHEF NOW!!!! (amazing, isn’t it?)

Anyway, today I want to share one of my favourite recipe of spaghetti sauce. In Japan, combinations of ingredients are very important as well as how it looks or how it tastes, because it is believed that they affect your health either in a good way or in a bad way.

Spinach is one of the most controversial ingredients about this, because, for example, everyone loves the combinations of spinach and bacon and never wants to believe that it might cause cancers, (neither do I!!)  Whether if it is true or not, there is one fact; the combination of spinach and tuna is absolutely fantastic!!

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[Ingredients] for 2

  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 400g tin tomatoes
  • 100g tin tuna (in water)
  • A handful spinach
  • Spaghetti for two (200-300g)
  • 50ml of olive oil
  • A little bit of salt & pepper
  • 1 tbspoon of sugar

[Instruction]

  1. Chop a garlic and onion finely.
  2. Pour 3 tbspoon of olive oil into a hot frying pan.
  3. Pan fry onion and garlic until they get soft and smell good.
  4. Add tomato into the frying pan.
  5. Boil water in a tall sauce pan and cook spaghetti.
  6. Add olive oil into the sauce and keep cooking until the colour of the sauce changes into blight red. Add some seasoning.
  7. When the sauce gets dry, add some hot water from sauce pan cooking spaghetti.
  8. Add tuna into the sauce.
  9. When you finish cooking spaghetti then add them into the sauce.
  10. Add spinach just before you serve, and mix well.
  11. Plate your spaghetti nicely. Dress it with olive oil on top.

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Making pasta sauce is always simple but it is difficult to make it nice. The key is; garlic, onion and tomatoes. In fact there is my original recipe of tomato sauce paste which can be used in various way. I will write a article about it next time.

Thank you very much for reading my recipe today! I hope you enjoyed it!

See you soon!xx

Travel to Tokyo – 6. Udon

Tokyo, travel

6. Udon

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If you come to Japan, then please do not miss this chance to try Udon noodles. One thing I want to stress here is that you do not have to go to posh restaurants for nice udon. At least when it comes to udon, I can not agree that posh restaurants are better then casual restaurants. There are some famous casual udon restaurant chains in Japan and they are all amazing. Especially, “丸亀製麺(Marugame Seimen)” and “はなまるうどん(Hanamaru Udon)” are my favourite. All menu are available for about £2.00 – 5.00 so you can feel very easy and relax. Luckily, they have so many branches all over Japan so I think you can find at least one during your trip even if you do not try to. So today, I will introduce these restaurants which are very close to Japanese people’s life.

 

This time, we went to Marugame Seimen in Tokyo Haneda Airport (B1). What makes their restaurants special is their help yourself system. Before you go to the counter, you need to decide Udon to order. (There is a menu board in front of the door.) If you are curious of their menu and price, you caan visit their website from here. When you go to the counter, tell your order to the kitchen. There are also menu board on your head at the counter.

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Once you order udon, slide your tray to left and the chef will give you udon in a minute. Then keep slide your tray with udon, then you will reach topping and rice ball area. If you want something there, take plates beside toppings and add them on your tray. If you don’t want anything just pass that area, then you will reach the till area and pay money for your order.

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There are some free topping and drink as well. Japanese people often put some finely chopped spring onion and grated ginger etc… These essential toppings are available for free. And water and hot tea are also available for free. Usually there are boxes of these toppings on your table and you can take them as much as you want. Or sometimes there are tables just for toppings and drink. In any case, you will find them after you pay.

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This time we ordered “Kake (plain udon just with soup)” and “Curry udon (udon with Japanese curry)”. These pictures were taken after we added toppings.

My husband added spring onion to his curry udon after this, and he loves it. When you visit there please enjoy your original udon!

 

If you are now curious how to make udon, please visit my recipe to make udon.

 

I know sometimes it needs courage to go into the restaurants when you do not know how they are. I hope this article will help all the foreign people who wants to make closer experiences to Japanese people’s life! xx

Travel to Tokyo – 5. Kappabashi Shopping Street

Tokyo, travel

5. Kappabashi Shopping Street

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What makes this place so special is that there are countless shops which sell kitchen equipments including huge fridges for business etc. Recently, the quality of Japanese knives have been focused in the world and more foreign people are now looking for the best shop to get Japanese knives. If you are one of these people, Kappabashi shopping street is the very right place! (I got a knife for my husband’s brother in fact! Some shops offer you to carve your name on it for free.)

 

I got new wooden bento boxes from those shops. Thank you for checking my instagram account and telling me my bento boxes are cute. Yes, I got them from those shops!

In the past, someone once asked me about how to make bento look beautiful. Your bento does not have to look beautiful at all but if you want to try then these shapes are good for you. Here are examples.

There are some kinds of wooden bento boxes. The bento box on the left is very thick so it lasts very long. The box on the right is called “Magewappa”, which is very Japanese traditional style. They use special wood to make Magewappa so that foods do not go bad and the wood keeps sticky rice fresh. But Magewappa is week and easy to get moldy.

I recommend to get there in the morning. If you become the first customer to them, the shop owner often gives you presents. On that day, the owner gave us wooden spoons!

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I can guarantee that 100% you can enjoy shopping there!! I hope this article helps you enjoy traveling to Tokyo!

Travel to Tokyo – 4. Hostel

Tokyo, travel

4. Hostel

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Some people prefer to stay at luxurious comfort hotels. In fact, I was a person like that in the past. However, these days I totally changed my mind. Whenever I come back to Japan, although I miss Japanese food a lot and want to try real traditional Japanese foods in a posh restaurant at least once, I want to act like I am home rather than keep visiting new places. As long as these places are very familiar to me, I already know what I want to eat and where I want to go. I felt more like that I need my own house in Japan. I mean, I need “a kitchen”.

In Japanese supermarkets, of course, you have different options and when you see there are so many fresh fish I can not help wanting to cook by myself! So I decided to stay in hostels during this trip. (I did not think about it in Japan, but from next time I think I will record and share what I cook with Japanese ingredients in a hostel!)

 

If you are looking for a reasonable hostel but still wants to enjoy Japanese cultures, I have great recommendation for you; Tokyo Guesthouse. toco .

 

The reason I recommend this hostel is that the price is very kind and the house is a very traditional Japanese building. The doors, windows and furniture… you can feel histories from them.

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They have a beautiful Japanese garden as well. A staff explained to me that the rocky mountain on the right in the second picture was made of rocks taken from Mt.Fuji. Staffs are very kind and nice. Of course they can speak English.

 

You can order small Japanese breakfast every morning for 300 yen. The menu is 2 onigiri (rice balls) and miso soup, and the flavour of onigiri and soup changes every morning. Every morning, we gathered in living room and have a nice chat about our lives. It was very lovely memory, actually.

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The access is quite good. There are two main stations which is 5-10 minutes walk away from the hostel so that you can easily get a train on Yamanote line or underground on Hibiya line. From Tokyo station, it takes only about 10 minutes to the nearest station. You can check the detail on their website https://backpackersjapan.co.jp/toco/english.html

 

There are a lot reasonable and traditional options in Tokyo. And I am still looking for better one, because I had been a Japanese residence for 25 years! As a traveler, I am a still beginner. I hope we can share my experience and this website gives you some useful information! xx

 

 

Travel to Tokyo – 1. Kaiten-zushi

Tokyo

Hello, everyone!

My husband and I spent 2 weeks in Japan. It has been 1 year since I moved to the UK. As we had such a lovely holiday, I want to share our memories there, and hopefully, some of them might be useful for you when you travel to Japan!

Today I will introduce some amazing restaurants you can enjoy in Tokyo. xx

 

1. Kaiten-zushi (circling sushi counter) restaurant

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Kaiten-zushi restaurant is the style that you will take sushi from the sushi counter circling beside you. There are many options of kaiten-zushi restaurants all over Japan and my favourite restaurant is 海鮮三崎港(Kaisen Misakiko) which is a popular chain mainly in Tokyo. (Do not look down on Japanese chains, their foods are amazingly fresh!) There, you can also order your favourite sushi with the tablet on your table as well, which is easy for foreign travelers (usually, in many kaiten-zushi restaurants, you have to ask chefs in front of you directly). You can choose some languages on the tablet but sometimes translation is wrong. (Sorry about that!)

Soon after you order sushi with the tablet, your orders will arrive at your tables on a bullet train. (They will use 2 lanes. Upstairs for your orders, down stairs for everyone.)

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In these restaurants, the price are told by the colours of plates. When you finish, ask a staff to count the number of your plates you had and they will give you a bill.

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In Tokyo, you can find kaiten-zushi restaurants everywhere. If you see the symbol of “回転ずし” or “回転寿司” then that means kaiten-zushi!!

 

Be brave and jump into the new world! xx

Sauce Katsu Don

Main, pork, Rice

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If you are a huge Japanese food fan, you must have heard the name of Katsu. If you have no idea what that is please read my page. If you already tried my Katsu recipe, I want you to know as well that there are various ways to enjoy katsu.

 

My English husband is a huge fan of Japanese food and we often enjoy cooking Japanese food. Introducing him Japanese food is always fun but he hasalready tried many so that these days he did not try new Japanese food.

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When we decided to make katsu for dinner last time, of course he was happy to try ordinary katsu. But I thought this is a great opportunity to introduce him a variation of Japanese foods.

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So today I will introduce you another way to have fun with katsu.

Katsu don is a very simple style and popular traditional food. Normally, katsu don has pork katsu on top of rice, but how katsu is cooked is different between certain areas.

In some area katsu cooked in egg, and in other areas katsu is simply set on rice with sauce. Although eggy katsu don is really good but this time I will introduce you easier one, sauce katsu don.

This is the great example to show my Yakiniku Sauce (Japanese BBQ Sauce) *(v) possible works really well. Please try once. I know you will repeat it later!

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[Ingredients]

This time main purpose is introducing a new idea so please visit each page to check the recipe.

 

[Method]

  1. Put some rice into a bowl.
  2. Add finely chopped cabbage on the top.
  3. Cut katsu into some pieces and put them on the top.
  4. Pour Yakiniku sauce on the top.

 

Please try this idea, and you will know this is the heaven!xxS__5906436