General recipe cookbook

Tea Jelly

I have just posted my first jelly recipe over at my blog (, but since a few people over here seemed interested in it, I decided that I should probably post it over here too:

Tea Jelly

500ml of water
4+ tea bags of your choice
sugar to taste (I use raw cane sugar, but I’ve even used Splenda)
2 packets of agar powder continue reading...

Veggie Soup a la Andoh

I adapted this from a recipe in Elizabeth Andoh's Washoku. I simplified mine and didn't add the cornstarch that she calls for.

1 sliced leek
about 1/4 cup mushrooms, sliced
1/2 sweet potato, diced
1/2 butternut squash, diced
about 1/2 cup diced firm tofu
about 1 cup shredded greens (cabbage, kale, collards, etc) continue reading...

Spicy mashed bean wrap (Vegan)


1 can of kidney beans - rinsed
1 small onion - chopped
2 garlic cloves - chopped
optional - chopped fresh chilis to taste
1 tablespoon of mild or hot chili powder
olive oil (or use another vegetable oil such as canola/rapeseed if you prefer)

Empty the drained and rinsed kidney beans into a bowl and mash them thoroughly with a fork, add some salt to taste. continue reading...

Vegan miso based soup

I was given an outline of this recipe by an acquaintance who lived in Kyushu, South West Japan and it's now become a household staple.

- Into a large saucepan add a mixture of vegetable oils (I suggest good quality olive oil, canola/rape seed oil, and sesame oil). A tablespoon or two in total should be enough.

- Gently heat a sliced onion until soft. continue reading...

Tonnato sauce - a rich tuna sauce for pasta

This is a variation on a famous Italian sauce for a dish called vitello tonnato, but it omits the vitello (veal) and just uses the sauce to toss with pasta. It is a very frugal dish since you can make dinner for two with 1 can of tuna, pasta, and a bit of olive oil and seasonings. (You may want to add a green salad or something for a complete meal.) continue reading...

  • 1 can of tuna, well drained
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 filets of canned anchovies (you can omit this if you like, but add more salt in that case)
  • About 1/4 cup or more of good quality olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 1-2 Tbs.