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Teshima: The Island of Arts [1/2]

Teshima: The Island of Arts [1/2]

This early fall, I had the chance to spend 11 days in Japan with my colleagues. It was my first time in Japan, so everything was very fascinating and interesting for me. One of the highlights of the trip was undoubtedly two days we spent…

Honey Mustard Greek Yogurt Dressing

Honey Mustard Greek Yogurt Dressing

Some of my friends had been trying to change their lifestyle by eating salad more regularly. Seeing them, I was tempted to make some at home because of several health reasons. I also believed that to have a healthy and tasty salad, you should try…

Furikake Rice Balls

Furikake Rice Balls

 I did not know if it was just my laziness or post-travel fatigue from my last vacation to Japan that I had gotten very exhausted lately. Then, I scurried into the kitchen to grab a bite to eat and upon glancing in the fridge, I realized there was nothing to eat. Furikake Rice Balls came really handy at the time because they are very simple to make and versatile. Continue reading Furikake Rice Balls

Matcha Pancakes

Matcha Pancakes

I just restocked my matcha powder in my pantry from my latest trip to Japan. I decided to make some Matcha Pancakes because I still had half of previous Red Bean Ice Cream. Matcha and red bean combination seems obvious, given how these two ingredients…

Red Bean Ice Cream

Red Bean Ice Cream

The inspiration for making Red Bean Ice Cream recipe actually came from my sister. She made to much red bean paste and asked me if I could make something with it. Hell yeah, I could make some ice cream with it. The result is a…

Gyudon (Beef Bowl)

Gyudon (Beef Bowl)

This Gyudon (Beef Bowl) tastes just like the popular Japanese fast food Yoshinoya beef bowl. Yoshinoya is famous for thinly shaven beef and sweet onion slices over a bowl of steaming rice. I know that you can buy it pretty much everywhere with affordable price, but I find out that making your own is actually very easy and economical. This is a foolproof recipe with 5 ingredients only. Continue reading Gyudon (Beef Bowl)

Egg Mayo

Egg Mayo

Egg Mayo is truly the easiest recipe with minimal ingredients and so quick to make. It is a dish made primarily of chopped hard-boiled eggs and mayonnaise. Have you ever read my previous Egg Mayo Sandwich recipe? You will realize that this recipe is basically…

Celebrating First Anniversary

Celebrating First Anniversary

Time flies very fast and today finally marks the first anniversary of Jaja Bakes. It actually took years before I was brave enough to start blogging. Starting a blog for the first time was an amazing, yet intimidating experience. Thinking that people are actually going…

Kimchi Kimbap

Kimchi Kimbap

Kimchi Kimbap (김치김밥) is literally seaweed rice roll filled with a variety of delicious fillings, which features kimchi as the main filling. This version uses delicious fermented kimchi to give tangy, umami, and refreshing taste instead of using danmuji, the essential ingredient in making good kimbap. In addition, the spicy and crunchy kimchi also adds a wonderful texture to the kimbap. Continue reading Kimchi Kimbap

Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats

Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats are an easy dessert the whole family will love. They are the healthy version of the original rice krispie treats with no butter and marshmallow used. For the base, I only use 3 ingredients, which are peanut butter, rice krispies,…

Sesame Dressing

Sesame Dressing

Sesame Dressing is my favorite dressing all time. It is mayo based dressing with toasted sesame seeds and other seasonings that is popular in Japan. Of course, it goes well with leafy salad, but Salad Dressing is also great as sauces for meat and stir-fried…

Pan Fried Potatoes with Garlic and Dill

Pan Fried Potatoes with Garlic and Dill

Boiled seasoned potatoes tossed lightly with butter, garlic, and dill in a frying pan. Pan Fried Potatoes with Garlic and Dill does not get any easier than that. This potato dish is versatile and comforting. You can serve it with anything from roasted chicken, baked salmon, or salad. Continue reading Pan Fried Potatoes with Garlic and Dill