Archive for ‘Tools’

May 16, 2012

Egg cooker (Tamago-yaki-ki)

by 田草川(たくさがわ)かおる

Hi this is KK, Sushi Artist / Healthy Muffin Maker / Mum 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog.

When I visit my Indian friends, they have a frying pan for cooking rotis. My Chinese friends would have a steamer, and some of my Korean friends have those stone bowls for serving Bibimbap.

20120516-151032.jpg So, when you visit a Japanese household, what can you find?

A sukiyaki-pan?

A tempura deep frying pan?

A mortar and pestle (Suri-bachi)?

I am not sure, but as a Japanese who loves to cook, I try to be a minimalist and try not to own too many things.

This was something I debated till the last minute and DIDN’T PACK in my original moving boxes. However, I went back to Japan and bought it last Christmas.

It is a frying pan for cooking eggs, and you can make it nice and square!

YES, you can make this with a normal frying pan (you do need some techniques).

YES, it is only used to cook eggs (you can stir fry other things, but I want to damage the surface as little as possible, so at the moment it is only used for cooking eggs).

YES, maybe I should have given it a second thought, but I did buy it, brought it (on an airplane!) and I AM HAPPY, so that’s good.

And guess who else is happy?

YUMI! She loves my eggs so much that she can’t stop eating it and asks for more.

To learn how to cook YUMMY ROLLED EGGS, come to my Sushi Art class, and you will learn the secret!

Wednesday classes are full, but there are seats available for 24th (Thur). Hope to see you soon!

May 14, 2012

Japanese Earthen Mortar (Suri-bachi)

by 田草川(たくさがわ)かおる

Hi this is KK, Sushi Artist / Healthy Muffin Maker / Mum 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Today, I want to write about some tools I find useful when cooking Japanese food.

When we relocated to Sydney last year, I had gone through a tearful phase of choosing what to take and what to leave behind from my kitchen.

20120514-161943.jpg Unfortunately, space was limited, and I was only allowed to take 3 medium-size boxes of kitchen utensils. If you love to cook, of have the experience of moving, you know how difficult that is.

3 boxes!

That is like nothing!!

First went in the two Le Creuset, with my other earthen pots to cook soups and rice. Some special dishes and Japanese style lunch boxes went in next, and of course, one of my favorite,” Suri-bachi”!

This is an earthen mortar that I use to grind, mix, and serve things in.

It is made in Kyushu, and the style of pottery is called “Onta-yaki”. It is one of important intangible cultural heritage in Japan, and just looking at it makes me happy. A wedding gift from my friend in Japan, and I have treasured it and used it in so many different ways.

We use a lot of sesame in Japanese cooking, and although you can grind them in machines, it just tastes different when I use this mortar. The pestle is made from “Japanese pepper” tree, “Sansho”.  The Sansho Tree is known for its distinct aroma, and it also works to prevent food poisoning. Well, that’s what my grandmother used to teach me. She is originally from Kyushu, where this pottery was made, so she was please with the fact that I was cooking with these tools.

Tonight, I think I will be making some crown daisy in sesame dressing using this, and plate it up! Hope you enjoy the meal recipe too!

May 10, 2012

My trust worthy partner : Le Creuset

by 田草川(たくさがわ)かおる

Hi this is KK, Sushi Artist/ Healthy Muffin Maker / Mum 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog.


A very good friend of mine is moving, and I was out helping her pack. We share a lot of love towards cooking, and she teaches me how to cook Indian food, which my daughter Yumi loves

We just moved from Japan less than a year ago, and I was thinking what was the first things I put on my moving list.


It was difficult to choose, but my partner was Le Creuset. I cook most of my vegetables, stews and even rice in this pot. Even though I am a Japanese, and we eat rice practically every day, I don’t have an electric rice cooker at home! Instead, I use Le Creuset and it’s ready in less than 30min.


I love it so much, it is hardly ever put away in shelves. Being so pretty and colorful, it is on my stove most of the time. (And half of the time, it has something inside to be eaten!)

20120510-160756.jpg The red one (22 inch) has been used for more than 10 years, and the orange one (20 inch) was bought before moving to Sydney. I am dying to get an oval one, but that has to wait till we move into a bigger house (preferably with a bigger kitchen).


So although Mother’s Day is around the corner, I am not getting any pots for now, but that’s all right because Hide and Yumi is happy with the food I cook in these two pots. And it can cook plenty to keep them both full.


Tonight is going to be steamed vegetable and soup, with some spring rolls for dinner!

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