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Recipe: Tortilla Chip Dip

Tortilla Chips Dip

In the year Japan was struck with Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake, I was living in Tokyo. I used to go to Ueno Park often for a stroll and whenever I got hungry, I went into Hard Rock Cafe located in Ueno station. I always ordered the same dish, Nachos. The combination of crispy corn tortilla with slightly hot tomato salsa and melted cheese on top was a treat for me. It was one of the dish I had missed from the United States. Whenever my father bought tortilla chips and tomato salsa, they were gone in few days because I couldn’t stop eating it! So … keep reading

Recipe: Spicy Taco Rice

Spicy Taco Rice

I have been to Okinawa only once, and that was when I had just broken up with my first relationship (hahaha, I wanted to enjoy life even though I was still sad, so I chose to travel alone 😉 ) While I was there, I tried local cuisines such as Okinawa soba and goya chanpuru. I also tried yummy sweets, sata andagi. They were so good. But taco rice! I missed taco rice while I was there. So I cooked my own version when I came back. Different households have a different way of cooking taco rice. Many people use lettuce and … keep reading

Recipe: Hummus

Hummus

If you make peanut butter at home, then making hummus (chickpea paste) should be a piece of cake for you 😉 I have tried other types of beans such as lentils, but I have always come back to chickpeas. Most often I use hummus in place of meat to add nutty and fatty flavor to go with a dish. Dishes I have tried hummus with include tacos, nachos, quesadilla, sandwich and what not. Of course it goes very well with fresh vegetable sticks. I often overeat celery with hummus because they are so good! This recipe uses a food processor, but it can be … keep reading

Recipe: Herb Tea Mixture (Six Blends)

Herb Tea Mixture

When I was writing this article, I remembered a dialogue from a TV show which I watched in Japan more than a decade ago. It went like:           Man A: “Chinese foods are so oily. How do they stay fit?”           Man B: “They drink tea with their meal to wash it away.” I don’t quite remember whether it was a health program or a TV commercial for oolong tea. Yet, I also find Chinese foods a lot oilier than Japanese dishes. But these oily Chinese cuisines taste so good. Whenever I … keep reading

Recipe: Doner Kebab

Dorne Kebab

My husband and I text each other during the day using Wechat. Around 3 or 4pm, I often ask him, “What did you have for lunch?” This is to avoid making the same kind of dish for dinner. One day, he replied saying “Kebab.” Aww, kebab. I haven’t had that for awhile. Then I thought to myself, “Can’t I make that at home?” So I searched for a recipe which doesn’t use an oven (We didn’t have an oven until last summer).  Then I found a doner kebab recipe shared by a Japanese woman living in Bursa, Turkey. This came … keep reading

Recipe: Cucumber & Onion Raita

Cucumber & Onion Raita

Yesterday I misread a promotion deal in nearby supermarket and ended up buying 3kg of plain yogurt. That’s a lot for a family of two! Following my husband’s suggestion, I made Maccha yogurt sorbet last night that’s still sitting in the freezer and marinated chicken for tomorrow’s dinner. I still have 2kg of yogurt which will expire in 7 days. What can I do? After searching for options, I decided to make cucumber salad using yogurt. I’ve made salad with yogurt before, but I didn’t know by adding spices the dish becomes what is called “Raita.” So I added a hint … keep reading

Recipe: Kokum Rasam, spiced indian soup

kokum rasam preparation spices

This one is something of a uncommon way of preparing rasam, a traditional Indian soup. The addition of Kokum makes this Rasam tangy, darker and balance well with the traditional sweet and spicy rasam flavour. You can mix it with rice and turn it into a main dish, or drink by itself as a refreshing snack. It’s extremely low in calories as it’s almost all water, but very filling, and as with all things spice: bursting with flavour. Recipe: Kokum Rasam Serves: 3-4 Ingredients – 5 pieces dry kokum – 1/2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder (kashmiri chillies are mild, and … keep reading

Fish Tacos Recipe

fish tacos regency spices

Summer is already upon us, and the best way to enjoy is by eating yum food outside. Here’s our take on popular recipe that’s been doing the blog circuit lately: Fish Tacos. The recipe is in two parts: preparing the fish, and assembling the taco. While the ingredients list looks daunting, it’s really simple taken step by step. And at the end of the day you’re rewarded with creamy deep fried comfort food that at least looks mildly healthy and tastes the bomb! Recipe: Fish Tacos Servings: 4 Ingredients For the batter 1 cup all purpose flour 2 tablespoons corn … keep reading

Recipe: Fettucine Alfredo with Blackened Chicken

blackened chicken fettucine with spices

This one’s a good recipe to have some excitement in the kitchen while keeping the meal comfort food. It takes about 30-40 minutes from start to finish, but you’ll be well rewarded with one of the best evolutions to a classic favourite. The Blackened Chicken is packed with a lot of spices, the creaminess and heat makes this dish super addictive! If you want to make your version less rich, substitute half the cream for milk… but when you’re a foodie, who cares about calories! Recipe: Fettucine Alfredo with Blackened Chicken Serves: 4 Ingredients For the Alfredo Sauce – 3 … keep reading

How to make your own pickles with raw spices

homemade pickles in a jar

It’s that time of year when pickles seem so attractive to eat. Put some in burgers, wraps and sandwiches, just eat them on the side as a snack, or use to top a salad or pasta. It’s a great way to get in some fun textures, flavours and a lot of nutrients! Here’s how you can make your own homemade pickles using whatever you have on hand, plus some staple spices. Recipe: Homemade pickles Ingredients 4-5 thinly sliced cucumbers 1 sliced bell pepper 1 thinly sliced carrot 1 thinly sliced celery 1 diced onion (optionally add or substitute any of … keep reading