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Recipe: Homemade Ketchup

french fries and homemade spices ketchup

This is a recipe for homemade ketchup using fully ripened tomatoes. I hope you will like them 😀 Tips: (1) Please have your sterilized clean glass jar ready before making this. (2) If you don’t mind bumpy texture, you can omit the use of blender. (3) Each tomato differs in its acidity and sweetness. Please adjust the amount of vinegar and sugar to your taste. (4) You can also add chopped carrots or celery into the tomato mixture. Recipe: Homemade Ketchup Yield: About 1 cup Ingredients 1kg fully ripened tomatoes 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp garlic granules 3 tablespoon sherry vinegar … keep reading

Recipe: Herb Korokke

Herb Korokke

When my mother was still a student attending junior high school, she used to stop by at a local korokke shop on her way home. She said they were so cheap and served as a good snack for teenagers. Korokke is a deep fried dish usually filled with minced meat and potato. When western dish of croquette was introduced to Japan, the name got twisted and became known as korokke, or so I heard. Korokke is commonly served at a family dinner table. There are many variations of korokke and creamy corn korokke is my favorite. Today, I present you a vegetarian version … keep reading

Recipe: Vinaigrette for Tomatoes

Picture of fresh tomatoes

When I was still small attending a Buddhist kindergarten in Japan, I lived with a family of nine including a cat and a dog. One day, I followed my great grandmother going to a vegetable field which was just outside of our house. It was still early in the morning and the field was still glistering with morning dew. My great grandmother reached out for a large tomato and gently plucked it off. Then she made a big bite into it. Looking at my direction, she gave me a smile and offered it for me to try. When I made a bite, … keep reading

Health: Basil as Painkiller

Sweet basil

Since I shared a recipe using sweet basil last time for delicious tomato bisque, I want to talk a little bit about properties associated with sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) this time. When I was a sophomore in university, I needed to make ibuprofen for a weekly organic chemistry lab experiment. Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) which is commonly used as pain-killer. I had holes in my jeans around my thighs because synthesizing organic chemical like ibuprofen required the use of concentrated hydrochloric acid, and when I did an experiment without wearing a lab coat, some spilled on my … keep reading

Recipe: Tomato & Basil Bisque

Tomato & Basil Bisque

When I was living in Japan, I used to love making and eating rice balls (onigiri) using Japanese basil. So when I moved to Hong Kong, I missed them. But then I saw Thai basil being used popularly in restaurants in Hong Kong, and I saw Italian basil in a pot that was on sale at a nearby flower shop. Huurah! My sweet Italian basil, you are coming home with me. I’m going to make one of my favorite dish with you. Tomato & basil bisque. I have made this over and over. Many recipes use canned tomatoes, but I prefer using fresh … keep reading

Nutrition and buying tips: Basil


All values below are per 1 tsp (0.7g) of Basil Flakes. Proximates Water 0.7g Energy 2kcal Protein 0.16g Total lipid (fat) 0.03g Carbohydrate, by difference 0.33g Fiber, total dietary 0.3g Sugars, total 0.01g Minerals Calcium, Ca 16mg Iron, Fe 0.63mg Magnesium, Mg 5mg Phosphorus, P 2mg Potassium, K 18mg Sodium, Na 1mg Zinc, Zn 0.05mg Vitamins Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.0mg Thiamin 0.001mg Riboflavin 0.008mg Niacin 0.034mg Vitamin B-6 0.009mg Folate, DFE 7”g Vitamin B-12 0.00”g Vitamin A, IU 16IU Vitamin E, 0.22mg Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 0.0”g Vitamin D 0IU Vitamin K 36”g Lipids Fatty acids, total … keep reading