Tempura 天ぷら

I cannot believe I haven't posted a Tempura recipe before! I've thought about it for a very long time but it seems like another recipe always pushes it to the back burner. Well not anymore. I've actually been testing various Tempura recipes for the past few months and I think it's finally perfect. Tempura isn't a difficult dish to master but there are a few very important steps you must follow so you get a very light and crispy batter. Most restaurants in the United States do not know how to make Tempura correctly so I rarely eat it out when I'm at our Seattle home. If your Tempura has a … [Read more...]

Matcha Yoghurt Pound Cake with Almonds

I have had such fun two months as a noosa yoghurt Brand Ambassador. I loved sharing my favorite flavors and some new limited flavors with all of you on my blog and in my social media posts. For my last noosa yogurt post I wanted to use Japanese Matcha with noosa yoghurt in a dessert that would be perfect during the holidays or a fun weekend baking project. I think I came up with a perfect dessert that combines both beautifully. Matcha is finely ground powdered green tea. The green tea plants for matcha are shade-grown for three weeks before harvest and the stems and veins are removed during … [Read more...]

Hiyashi Chuka (Cold Ramen) with a Sesame Miso Sauce 冷やし中華ごまみそだれ

Hiyashi Chuka is a cold Ramen dish served during the hot and humid Summer months in Japan.  When the weather starts getting warm you will see Hiyashi Chuka posters popping up on the walls of every local Ramen shop.  This is a seasonal dish that you will only see during the Summer.  Hiyashi Chuka means "cold Chinese" in Japanese and I like to describe it as a cold ramen salad.  The noodles are the same noodles used in hot ramen but Hiyashi Chuka is topped with chilled fresh vegetables, shredded chicken, ham, roasted pork (Chashu) or seafood and a drizzle of sauce just to coat the ingredients … [Read more...]

Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Pecans

Whenever I make Banana Bread I always get asked if the recipe is on my blog.  Well I'm finally posting it!  If you love banana bread and chocolate then you will love this recipe.  If you love pecans as much as I do then you will really love this recipe.  There's something about chocolate and pecans that make me go crazy.  Add them to an old favorite like Banana Bread and you have a match made in dessert heaven. I found this recipe in Bon Appétit magazine over ten years ago in the Too Busy to Cook column and as soon as I saw the chocolate chips in the recipe I tore it out immediately.  I … [Read more...]

Ebi Fry ~ Japanese Fried Shrimp

I have to tell you I'm crazy about shrimp.  Ask any of my friends and they will tell you this is true.  We even have special fried shrimp lunches at Etta's Seafood, a Tom Douglas restaurant, at least once a month.  They make an amazing fried shrimp basket that is perfection.  They coat their shrimp in Panko, a Japanese-style bread crumb, just like the Ebi Fry I get in Japan.  Panko has become very popular in the United States and is readily available in the Asian food section of most grocery stores now.  I think it gives the perfect, crunchy texture to anything deep-fried. My Mother always … [Read more...]

Teriyaki Steak with Wasabi and Lemon Zest

I think everyone in America knows Teriyaki.  I'm almost positive everyone in Seattle knows Teriyaki.  I recently read somewhere that Seattle has so many Teriyaki restaurants they were thinking of naming it the official dish of Seattle.  Well, I'm not so sure about all that but I do know Seattle does have many teriyaki restaurants compared to other cities and some of them are pretty good.  Most are not really Teriyaki though, they're Korean barbecue, but that's okay lots of people confuse the two.  They're very different dishes.  I'll get into that when I do a Korean Bulgogi post.  Making your … [Read more...]

The Best Lemon Cake Ever

I'm a big fan of Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa.  I have been a fan of hers from the first time I saw her on The Martha Stewart Show many years ago.  She wasn't a famous Food Network star back then, she was just Martha's friend. A friend who had an adorable specialty food shop in the Hamptons, called The Barefoot Contessa, that was loved by everyone who walked through the door.  When I watched her cook on Martha's show I knew she would become famous one day.  The way she spoke and her warm smile, reminded me of a good friend or a close relative.  I totally felt at ease watching her and … [Read more...]