Mandarin Cake with Orange Icing

This is a lovely cake for those wanting to dip into an orangey heaven filled with mandarin segments. Perfect for Cherry blossom season. 2 teaspoons chia seeds90 ml (6 tablespoons) boiling water100 g (½ cup) coconut oil110 g (½ cup) sugar½ teaspoon vanilla extract½ teaspoon orange zest175 g (¾ cup) canned mandarin segments¾ cup mandarin […]

Mini Pizza

Sometimes there are days you just got to make a small pizza for one, and there’s no recipe to be found for it. An easy recipe to multiply if you want to make for more than one small serving. 80 g (½ cup) flour 3 tablespoons warm water ½ teaspoon sugar ½ teaspoon yeast 1 […]

Almond Sage Dressing

This is a nutty and tangy dressing that goes great with both salads and oven-baked vegetables. Ingredients 75 g (½ cup) whole almonds120 ml (½ cup) water2 tablespoons olive oil1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar1 tablespoon honey1 teaspoon rubbed sageSalt and white pepper, to taste Method Whizz all the ingredients together in a food processor until smooth […]

Polish-Style Pancakes

My dad used to enjoy making these for tea when we were kids. (Tea means dinner in the UK if you were wondering.) This must have been one of those recipes that reminded him of his own childhood. He had emigrated from Poland to England after having served in Anders’ Army – under the command […]

“Strudelly” Apples

I love the taste of apples baked in an apple strudel but always found the pastry a tad too filling, and not something I wanted to take on at breakfast. So one morning I thought, how about just taking the apples and bake them on their own? It was delicious. This recipe also makes a […]

Pineapple Raita

Raita is an amazing versatile side-dish of Asian origin. When paired with chutney, it adds a tangy brightness to the spiciness and earthiness of a good curry. When poured over rice or salad, it gives them a sunny lightness. This fruity raita reminds me of the classic “cottage cheese with pineapple” that goes with anything […]

Umami Bomb Beans

This simple recipe was inspired by a special occasion at a lovely restaurant, which was both a real treat during the coronavirus epidemic and a vacation substitute! (Needless to say, the restaurant was not very busy). The rich dark gravy in one dish had notes of mushrooms, anise, and clove, the latter of which are […]

Mixed Vegetable Yakitori Skewers

I asked around what to make for lunch one day, and Doin gave me this wry look and said, Yakitori? There is a wonderful Yakitori restaurant called Torishige (鳥茂) in Gotanda, Tokyo where we’ve been on many a night out with Hojosan. The owners are members of his temple, and he often goes there to […]

Mexican Tomato Rice

On our cookbook shelf stands a small cookbook called “America Likes It Hot“. I bought it during the pre-Amazon years for just £1.95 from a local book market somewhere in the ’90s. It has a few short recipes that are quite surprisingly simple. However, because of its pamphlet size, it’s small enough to loose between […]

Indian-style Spiced Millet Upma

Millet is usually too dry for my taste, but this Indian-Style recipe adapted from traditional Upma is delicious. I discovered it thanks to a cookbook that someone gave the Zen River kitchen several years ago. Serve this delightful recipe with Apple Chutney, Cucumber Tzatziki, and fresh coriander. To make a complete meal in and of […]