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Crunchy Chicken (or Pork) with Yutaka Panko Breadcrumbs – recipe

Crunchy Chicken (or Pork) with Yutaka Panko Breadcrumbs – recipe

It seems like anything fried in breadcrumbs is a winner with the whole family. The trick is to present moist meat with plenty of flavour and crunch. Yutaka Panko breadcrumbs certainly help with texture – sealing in those delicious juices and seasonings. Here is a spicy coating to enhance the natural flavour of either chicken…

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Japanese Curry – traditionally cubed – recipe

Japanese Curry – traditionally cubed – recipe

We might think that Japanese curry is a new invention. Perhaps Japanese tourists discovered the recipe for curry on recent trips to the Subcontinent. But, no! It’s a tradition adopted from the British Navy and has been popular for a century or so. If one visits Japan and has the opportunity to stroll around a…

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Federweisser und Zwiebelkuchen – recipe

Federweisser und Zwiebelkuchen – recipe

Sounds like a bit of a mouthful – Federweisser und Zwiebelkuchen – and indeed it is: a delicious mouthful …and glassful. Federweisser is German for feather white and refers to the cloudy wine which is still fermenting (although that wine has a hint of yellow about it). The prospect of sipping a still-fermenting wine might…

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Rafute – Okinawan braised pork belly – recipe

Rafute – Okinawan braised pork belly – recipe

This is one of my favourite ways of eating pork. Rafute is flavourful, tender and moreish. It’s a dish popular in Okinawa in the far (very far) south-west of Japan. It’s traditionally made with two local staples – Awamori, which is Okinawa’s celebrated spirit, and the island’s brown sugar, which is often made into candy….

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Salsa Verde from Olive Tree Southampton – recipe

Salsa Verde from Olive Tree Southampton – recipe

This is a small independent restaurant with a remarkable Head Chef, Todd Higgs. He has daily specials using ‘fresh off the boat’ seafood. See the review here. And here is their recipe for Salsa Verde! Salsa Verde is a labour of love: all the herbs must be chopped by hand to achieve the best texture….

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Yuzu Cupcakes with Matcha Tea Frosting – recipe

Yuzu Cupcakes with Matcha Tea Frosting – recipe

Looking for Japanese flavours in a dessert but using traditional Western techniques? This could be the recipe for you. Yuzu Cupcakes with Matcha Tea Frosting are little fancies that would be a welcome addition to a very English afternoon tea, but they use very Japanese Yuzu juice giving a citrus tang; and then there is…

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Salmon with Wasabi-Cream Sauce – recipe

Salmon with Wasabi-Cream Sauce – recipe

Fish with Japanese heat. This is a versatile recipe than can be made when you are home alone, or increase the quantities and you have a dinner party for six. It’s simple, with few ingredients.   Ingredients per person ½ tsp powdered seaweed, made from 4tbs of shredded seaweed (available from Japan Centre), for garnish…

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Wasabi Chocolate Truffles – recipe

Wasabi Chocolate Truffles – recipe

This recipe is embarrassingly simple but will likely get you a heap of compliments. Anyone who enjoys a dab of wasabi with their sushi will appreciate the heat, the spice and the flavour of these truffles. 100g dark chocolate (70% or the best quality you can find) 100ml double cream 10g butter 1 – 2…

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Figs – History and Recipe

Figs – History and Recipe

Ficus carica, known to us as the common fig, probably originated in Asia Minor, and has been highly regarded as a major contributor to the diets of many countries. Figs were one of the crops that were known in China during the Tang dynasty in the 700’s BC. The fig tree was mentioned often in…

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Sweet Hungarian – memories and a recipe

Sweet Hungarian – memories and a recipe

There are more and more opportunities these days to enjoy Eastern European food, and it’s good to have easier access to Hungarian, Polish and Baltic ingredients. I spent many years as part of a Hungarian family and it was a fantastic introduction to food that was quite a bit different from the bland English fare…

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Some Asparagus Tips – story and recipe

Some Asparagus Tips – story and recipe

Asparagus officinalis is a flowering plant species in the genus Asparagus, a member of the lily family, from which the popular vegetable known as asparagus is obtained. It is native to most of Europe, North Africa and Asia. Asparagus has been used from very early times as a vegetable and also as a medicine due…

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Garlic – A Stinking Rose by any other name…! Story and recipe

Garlic – A Stinking Rose by any other name…! Story and recipe

Allium sativum, garlic or the Stinking Rose are all names for that little bulb that stirs such passions. Either you love it or you hate it. You think the odour is enough to choke a dog off a meat wagon or you love the perfume as it heralds the possibility of another flavourful delight. I…

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Chocolate-filled Easter – story and recipe

Chocolate-filled Easter – story and recipe

The industry has been in a state of evolution since the first chocolate house was opened in London in 1657. No, I don’t mean a house made of chocolate, nor a house in which one eats chocolate, but a kind of bar for chocolate. No, not a bar OF chocolate but a place for drinking…

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