Easy Japanese Recipes

Nami

Bouillabaisse (French Seafood Stew)

Bouillabaisse Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  The weather in San Francisco Bay Area for the past week had been cloudy, rainy, and cold.  It’s fairly unusual that we get any rain at all in June and I can’t wait nice warm summer to arrive.  I just want to thank everyone for your kind messages past week for our cold, and I can finally say my kids and I are better!  It took us forever to recover from this bug.

I’m sorry if I disappoint you today if you stopped by to find Japanese recipe.  As I mentioned before, from time to time I share non-Japanese recipes though the majority of food I prepare are Japanese.  If my family liked what I cooked, then the recipe will be added to Just One Cookbook (our family recipe collection) for my future reference.  I promise I will post a traditional Japanese food on Wednesday!  The recipe I am sharing today is bouillabaisse.  It’s not difficult to make but the key to the great flavor is to get good seafood.  I love the taste of warm tomato based broth infused with saffron, mixed in really good seafood and a glass of white wine and some bread (my mouth is already watering).

Before getting to the recipe, I want to thank Katherine from Katherine Martinelli and Manu from Manu’s Menu for the blog awards they presented to Just One Cookbook last week.  Thank you so much ladies!

Have a fabulous Monday!

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Spring Rolls with Sesame Ponzu Vinaigrette

Spring Rolls with Ponzu Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com Today I’m sharing my recipe at one of my favorite blogs, Roti n RiceBiren, the author of this website, makes the most amazing Asian dishes from appetizers, soups, drinks, noodles, main course, to desserts, and she even has a collection of delicious Japanese recipes!

Biren grew up in Malaysia and she now lives in Minnesota with her husband and 2 teenage boys.  I always envy Biren’s family because – you know why – she is an amazing mom and cook!   If you haven’t met Biren yet, please go visit her by clicking her banner below.  I’m sure after visiting her site you will wish she’s your neighbor.

Roti n Rice

You can follow her website Roti n Rice through her facebook fan page and twitter.  I’ve been following Biren’s blog for several months now and she’s been virtually feeding me great food.  I hope you will be closely following her with me!

So, as you probably guessed, when she asked me to be her guest blogger, I really didn’t know what to share on her website.  Well, after thinking for a while, I decided to share a Southeast Asian dish with a Japanese twist.  This is one of my husband and my favorite dish, and I hope everyone enjoys this meal with family and friends.

Before moving onto today’s recipe, I want to thank Lyn from My Lil Messy & Cheeky and Mandy from The Complete Cook Book for passing me blog awards.  Thank you so much!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, and see you here on Monday!

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Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com

Last month a parenting website called Parent Palace contacted me and asked me if I would be interested in doing guest posts for their recipes section.  As a mother of two myself, I immediately love the website featuring parenting topics and advice, including how to be on budget, beauty and fashion tips, home and garden, Sex & Love (hmm!), Meal Plans and Recipes (Yes!), and giveaways….  I am honored to accept the request and going forward my recipes will be featured on Parent Palace every other Wednesdays.  This website is great for parents-to-be as well since there is a special column just for pregnancy.
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Baby Carrot Beef Rolls

Baby Carrot Beef Rolls Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com I hope everyone is having a great long weekend so far (it’s Memorial Day Weekend in the US).  Thank you all for your kind messages and I wish I could say we are getting better, but my kids and I are still sick.  I don’t know why it’s taking me so long to recover.  My entire body aches so horribly and I just can’t get better despite my effort to get well.  After all I’m becoming 35 this year and I think age has started to affect my body more.  I hope none of readers are sick like us and hope you are having a great weekend with family and friends.

Before moving on to today’s recipe, I want to thank CG at Cooking-Gallery, Lyn at My Lil Messy & CheekyChris at Gourmet Fashion, and Sandra at Sweet Sensation for passing me blog awards.  I am sincerely honored that you thought of me and Just One Cookbook and I thank you so much for giving me all these awards!

I’m sorry I’ve been very slow in responses and haven’t been able to visit your blog if you are my blogger friends.  I’ll slowly come around and check your delicious food.  Take good care everyone and have a great week ahead!

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Green Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette

Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend in the US and it’s a three day weekend.  Do you have a special plan?  We’ll be attending my husband’s high school friend’s wedding on Saturday.  We had other plans including visiting friends’ newborn twins but we had to postpone since our family is still sick.  Now that our schedule is wide open, I’m really hoping to relax and catch up on some stuff that I haven’t had a chance to do – like organizing my kids’ art work and developing pictures to make albums, catching up on my TV shows, and so on.  Since I started this website, I had to re-prioritize my time… so this weekend might be a good time to catch up.

I realized I haven’t posted a salad recipe for a while so today I’d like to share Blood Orange Vinaigrette recipe.  Maybe you can try this dressing for your Memorial Day weekend BBQ salad.  When I saw this salad dressing at Beth’s website at Beth Michelle last month, I immediately wanted to try.  I love citrus flavor in any kind of food, from dessert to dressing.  It’s very refreshing and my husband and I loved it.  It’s very simple to make and the blood orange looks pretty on the salad.  I hope you enjoy this refreshing vinaigrette.  Thank you Beth!

Lastly I would like to thank Pola from An Italian Cooking in the Midwest for passing me this award, and Tina from Pinay in Texas Cooking Corner for passing me this award and new award that Sandra from Sandra’s Easy Cooking recently created.  Thank you so much girls!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Kitsune Udon きつねうどん

Kitsune Udon | JustOneCookbook.com

Thank you everyone for leaving your kind comment on my husband’s restaurant review post yesterday.  He was very happy to read everyone’s comments.  I sensed that I probably get to eat some nice meal pretty soon (so he can write another review on this blog!).

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Taro Tapioca Dessert Soup

Taro Tapioca Dessert Soup Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com Thank you everyone for your thoughtful comments on my recent Homemade Chashu Miso Ramen post.  I just realized that authentic Japanese Ramen hasn’t been fully adapted into the American food scene yet, like Sushi, Tempura, or Teriyaki Chicken.  And people still relate to ramen as “Top Ramen” – yes the one you eat in college (LOL). 
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Quick Homemade Chashu 簡単チャーシュー

Homemade Chashu Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com

This Homemade Chashu is a quick version that can be prepared in just one hour.  Considering the meat is cooked in such a short time, the meat gets soft and it tastes amazing!  Today I want to share this method with you but I plan to share a proper method to make chashu in the future.
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Braised Carnitas

Braised Carnitas Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com As a new food blogger, I am starting to understand the importance of the food picture.  It’s equally important for the food to both look good and taste great for people to be interested.  When I saw the pictures of the braised carnitas at The Culinary Chronicles, I wanted to try making this right away.  Her pictures are so delicious, aren’t they?
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Green Bean Shiraae いんげんの白和え

Green Bean Shiraae Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com Sometime I wonder what kind of dish visitors look for when you come to my website.  Maybe majority of the time you are looking for a main dish that you can cook for dinner tonight.  As I had mentioned in my previous posts, typical Japanese meal consists of a bowl of rice, a bowl of miso soup, the main dish, and 1-2 side dishes (could be more).  It’s been a while since I posted a side dish so I want to share a popular green bean recipe.  Side dishes (Osouzai, お惣菜) are predominately vegetables (sometimes with very small amount of meat).  There are many popular side dishes that are not commonly known in the US.  In Japan, side dishes are a key part of a meal and there are even specialty stores that only sell cooked/prepared side dishes.

Today’s recipe is Green Bean ShiraaeShiraae is a way of cooking – mixing lightly-cooked vegetables with crumbled tofu, miso, and sesame seeds.  Spinach and green beans are commonly used for Shiraae dish.  Enjoy eating vegetables!

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