Saturday, 28 August 2010

My graduation!

Thank you dear my family, friends, teachers, everybody who supported me to go through my 3 years of university life.

Without your support, I just could not do it.

Thank you, I love you all.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Be healthy! Eat vegetables!

Yesterday's dinner
*spinach marinated with sesame sauce(ほうれん草の胡麻和え)

*boiled sweet sweet pumplin (かぼちゃの煮物)

*chinese cabbage and pork in bonito soup

*miso soup

*white rice


*spicy pork with mushroom & carrots by damien. very very tasty!!!!

Today, I boiled 4 of huge bunches of spinach.

It looked huge when I bought them but after boiling them, it became really tiny.

This is one quater of the huge bunches of spinach. ↓

Can you believe it??

Boiled spinach with sesame sauce

Recipe for 4

*spinach 4 bunches
*Japanese noodle soup sauce (mentsuyu)2-3 table spoons
*grinded sesame 1 small package

~if you do not have mentsuyu, you can substitute it with soya sauce and mirin (Japanese sweet sake, 2 table spoons each)~


1. wash the spinach carefully, wash off sand
2. cut them into eatable pieces and boil them till they become soft
3. Once become soft, take them out and pour cold water on them.
4. squeeze out water out of the spinach (make sure you take little bit of spinach and squeeze them tightly so that there is almost any water left inside of the spinach)
5. marinate the spinach with 2-3 table spoons of men tsuyu and grinded sesame

It is hard to eat a lot of veggies when it is raw (ex. salad) but it becomes so much easier once we boil them.

*boiled pumplin*recipe

Kent pumpkin is really sweet. so usually you don't need to put suger at all.


*a quater of kent pumplin

*2 table spoons of soya sauce

*1/2 package of bonito soup stock

*2 cups of water


1. cut the pumpkin into eatable sizes and wash them.

2. put all the ingredients in the pot and boil them with mid-low fire till pumplin absorbs all the sauce.

Chinese cabbage and pork in bonito soup recipe

*minced pork (100g)
*small chinese cabbage (half)
*bonito soup stock (1/2 package)
*men tsuyu (2 table spoons)
*soya sauce (1 table spoon)

After washing and cutting the chinese cabbage into eatable sizes, put all the ingredients into a pot and cook the with low fire.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Miso mayo Eggplant

Today's Dinner

*Miso mayo eggplant
*radish & pork soup
*white rice

*peanuts sauce chicken

*tofu and cabbaage in soup

I thought there were some carrots left in the fridge!

But... what I thought carrots were actually oranges....


Miso mayo eggplant Recipe


*eggplants - half (if you are using the huge one which we often see in Australia) or 2 (if you are using small ones which we always use in Asia)

*garlic (2 pieces)

*miso (2 table spoons)

*mayonaise (2 table spoons)

*sesame oil (1 table spoon)


1. cut the eggplants into thin and small pieces, leave them in a bowl of water for a while.

2. cut the garlic into tiny pieces.

3. heat up a pan with some sesame oil, fry the garlic. Take the eggplants out of the water and fry them together with the garlic.

4. put the mayonaise and miso in the pan. cook them till the eggplants become soft. Blend the sauce with the eggplants well.

My friend's cooking

Spicy meat sauce on Japanese somen (noodle)

Tofu salad

Thank you, Yoshie!

They were very tasty!

Sovereign Hills, Ballarat

Red coat soldiers

My friend from Japan came to visit me in Melbourne :)

We went to Sovereign Hills on Sunday last week.

It was a steam day. There are many cute steam traisn on the street.

Tug-of-war with the steam train ↓

people against

the steam train

There was a tiny steam train like this as well!

Monday, 9 August 2010

Nikko Edo Wonderland

I'm in Japan at the moment, enjoying the very last uni holiday.

Yes, I'm graduating at the end of this month!!


I went to Nikko with my family few days ago.

I hadn't been able to join my family's annual summer trip for more than 5 years--- since I left for Melbourne to study :(.

So this trip was very special to me!!

↑This is one of the shops in Edo Wonderland.

All the food menu is shown with an old currency, ryo, not yen.

↑ Edo Village

↑ A wanted poster in Edo Village.

It says the guy's distinctive features are:

the thick eye brows and the huge front teeth poping out of his mouth.

It also says he is good looking??!!!

how can it be.... haha

↑Oiran show

She (Oiran) is like... Geisha but the most intellegent one. The best at dancing and singing.