Posted February 24th, 2015 in Food | No Comments »
I had a cabbage. A cabbage sitting in the fridge. And I was thinking again “what to cook tonight…”
Since I had another baby, cooking time for dinner has been a stressful time for me. Especially a 8-month-old doesn’t stay still and I literally can’t take my eyes off him. He eats sandals, picks a thin tiny hair from the floor and put in his mouth, and tries to stand up but ends up unsuccessful and bump on his head… A nearly-4-year-old, on the other hand, keeps telling me “I’m hungry~ I’m hungry~.” I tell him “I’m cooking dinner, wait for a bit” but he insists to have some snack while waiting. Snack would spoil his appetite, but most of the time I just give him something so I can prepare dinner. It seems that I don’t have proper time to cook decent food these days. I can’t stay in the kitchen for too long while 2 boys are in the house.
I’m trying to figure out what would be the best solution for this. What other mums do? I hear some only cook once a week, and heat up the dinner each day. Would that be a great idea? I’m finding hard to find a time to do grocery shopping as well. I think I need to think about the routine and schedule ahead the menu of the week .
Anyway, one day I had a cabbage in the fridge and I thought I should cook this before it goes bad. It’s taking a big space out of fridge too. I decided to make something, maybe okonomiyaki – all these events in the city are making me feel like munching on some Japanese street food. But on that day I even thought making okonomiyaki dough with flour would be too much trouble. I was very lazy. So I did skip that part and made this …. cabbage-yaki!
Messy photo – sorry I had already started eating this.
Looks like okonomiyaki. It tastes like one too! But I basically used just cabbage, prawn, red ginger (which is a key ingredient to resemble okonomiyaki) and egg. I skipped the flour. Adding the sauce and Japanese mayonnaise gave it the similar taste to okonomiyaki, and it was super quick to make. It’s basically an omelet with sauce!
Cabbage-yaki (makes 1)
- cabbage, shredded or chopped .. 1 cup
- prawn, peeled and tailed .. 2~3
- grated/minced ginger .. 1/2 teaspoon
- red ginger .. 1 teaspoon
- egg .. 1
- tomato sauce .. 2 tablespoons
- oyster sauce .. 2 tablespoons
- Japanese mayonnaise to dress
- Heat a frying pan and spray oil on to the pan. Cook prawn and ginger until the prawn turns pink. Add cabbage, and sauté until it becomes soft.
- Add ginger, stir. Beat an egg in a bowl, and pour over the pan evenly. Once the bottom is set, flip over and cook another side.
- Serve on a plate. Mix tomato sauce & oyster sauce, and cover the omelet. Dress with Japanese mayonnaise. Serve immediately.
A super quick snack/supper is served.
Posted February 22nd, 2015 in Perth WA | No Comments »
Happy Chinese NY~~
This year, my birthday happened to be in Chinese NY week, and it’s been eventful days watching dragon & lion dances, many red dresses around, and munching on yummy food.
Today I went to Northbridge just to get my birthday chocolate treat at San Churro, and ended up staying for the Chinese NY festival on James street from noon till 8pm! (had a break at home for 4hours in between though)
There’r many stalls, including Takoyaki stall and Okonomiyaki/Yakisoba stalls as well!
I wonder Japanese festival on 7th will be a huge success too… hopefully it does!
Posted February 17th, 2015 in Bagelier Bagel, Japan, Perth WA | No Comments »
13:00PM – 20:00PM
FORREST PLACE, PERTH CBD
Perth Japan Festival is coming up!
For those who don’t know about this event, this matsuri is a free event with lots of fun for kids and families as well as adults. I was there last year, and I was surprised to see the crowd. It’s at the Forrest Place in CBD and I guess people couldn’t just pass all those stalls and shows.
There will be lots of demonstrations including taiko, ikebana and udon making, as well as many Japanese food such as ramen, tako-yaki, kaki-gori (shaved ice with syrup), dango and more to eat at the festival. AND! I will be there as well selling my bagels
Yes. I know bagel is not Japanese food. But I got an offer from my friend and I’ll be selling Green Tea bagels (Green Tea Anko, Green Tea Cream Cheese, Milky Green Tea) from 13pm!
It’s a shame that I can’t be enjoying the festival with my kids, but hopefully I sell out the bagels quick and join the fun.
Perth Japan Festival website
Posted February 6th, 2015 in Bagelier Bagel | No Comments »
It’s been a long time since I last baked bagels for Bagelier. I took a long break as I was having another baby and also moving to a new place. It’s been super busy and is still now, but I thought it’s about time to getting back to my small business.
I was expecting this but I’m amazed how 2 little boys make house so messy and everyday seem to fly so quickly. I remember I had more time before and baked cakes and bread often, but now I just can’t find time to do it. I’m not sure if I can even spare some time for myself to do bagels, but I hope I will!
As always, my priority will by looking after 2 boys and I want the home business to be my second job (I will work hard for it though). Hiro started going to kindy this week, so I’m hoping to have more time (even just to sit down when I eat).
I’m doing Bagelier only on occasional bases now, and will not be doing wholesale anymore. When I was supplying my bagels to 6 cafes I was too busy to focus on baby Hiro. Almost every morning I had to take him from his bed to the car to deliver bagels, and he had to spend lots of time in the car sitting. I feel so sorry for him and I don’t think I can do it again, at least for now.
I will update details of my next Open Day on Facebook page and on my website http://bagelier.com.
Posted January 19th, 2015 in Eat out in Perth | No Comments »
I had a playdate with my girl friend and her baby last weekend. It had been awhile to be alone with my baby since my eldest son stopped going to daycare, so it was a nice day out to be with and focus my attention to a 7 months old. My friend picked this place “Our Table” in Bedford to be our lunch place. I had never been to nor heard this place before, but googling gave me some positive impressions.
When I arrived to the address, all I could see was big road and just a few shops on the side. I checked the address couple of times to make sure I was in the right place. Am I going to have lunch here?? I wondered as I headed to the shop with a sign board “Our Table”.
As soon as I stepped inside the place, I was blown away. …. I LOVE the decor! Beautiful floor, chairs & tables, lightings, wall clock, display shelves…. everything is to my taste. I did not expect this from outside the building!!
There was a playpen next to our table, so I put my son inside there after he woke up.
The owner chef is Italian, and the menu had a good variety of food. I ordered Prawn & Calamari Linguini and latte, and my friend ordered Chicken & Mushroom Penne and iced coffee. The food was nice, and the staff were really friendly.
After meal, we had creme brûlée to share. Oh boy, it was great. I thought the sugar coating was little bit too much caramelized (tasted bit bitter itself) but it actually matched with the sweetness of the pudding.
With their atmosphere, interior decor and friendliness of the staff, I will definitely come back here again!
180a Grand Promenade Bedford, WA 6052
08 6162 6620
Open 7 days, 8:00am-9:30pm
website (still under construction)