Deepfried Brussels Sprouts: a perfect party nibble and a great collagen charge

Crispy-slightly bitter outside and sweet-moist inside, deepfrieng the seasonal Brussels Sprouts is a promising party nibble!

This is referred from a leading Japanese monthly food magazine "Kyo-no-Ryori, December".


  • Brussels sprouts 
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • (I also add some tomatos)


1. Make a small cross line with a knife on the bottom of each sprout

2. Fill vegetable oil in a small frying pan into 1cm depth. Heat up the pan with small flame and add the sprouts to deepfry

3. Occasionally turn each sprout into other side and keep frying for about 8-10 mints

4. Place sprouts over a paper to remove extra oil

5. Top salt and black pepper to serve.

Time to prepare: 20mins
Cost: 0.4 pounds

We had this deepfried sprouts with chicken wings and a salad. 
The vitamin C from sprouts boosts the intake of collagen from chicken wings. Vital menu in the dry weather!!

Grilled courgette and avocado with wasabi-soy-mayo: a perfect party nibble

I made this for a side dish. However, it is more like nibble than side. The richness of avo-mayo combo gains density with grilled courgette and the flavour of soy and wasabi makes it a perfect for party nibble. 
Can be topped on sliced bread or plain crackers!!


  • One large courgette
  • One ripe avocado
  • 1/2 tablespoon of wasabi
  • 1/2 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
  • Some seaweed black paper (if available)
  • Thinly sliced spring onion (if available)
  • some olive oil to grease courgette


1. cut courgette into 1cm length. Cut avocado into small bite sized.
2. Grease courgette with olive oil and grill it over 200C in oven for 5-7 mints.
3. Mix soy sauce and wasabi in a bowl then add mayonnaise.

4. Dress the avocado and courgette with the sauce. Top sliced spring onion and shredded black paper to serve.

Grilled courgette can be replaced with cucumber or other salad vegetables. If the raw vegges are involved, better to dress them with sauce just before serving as they might get watery and ruins the rich and dense taste of this dish.

Total time to prepare: 15 mints
Total cost: 1.4+ pounds (0.9 for avocado, 0.5 for courgette and other ingredients) 

Miso-Butter Salmon grilled in a foil

Salmon with skin is essential food in lifting up your face especially in winter as I introduced last year.

One thing to remind is, in this kind of preparation which does not involve direct contact with flame, make sure the salmon skin is scaled thoroughly.

Ingredients for two

  • Two pieces of salmon
  • One large onion
  • Two tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of miso
  • 1tablespoon of mirin (if not, 1 tablespoon of water and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon of soysauce
  • Shiitake mushroom (if available)
  • Broccoli (if available)


1. Mix miso, mirin and soy sauce in a bowl.
2. Slice onion as thin as possible. Cut shiitake into 5mm. Cut broccoli into small bite sized.
3. Place two pieces of foil and put onion, shiitake, one piece of salmon, butter and broccoli. Pour the half amount of miso-sauce into each.

4. Close the sides of foil and place two pieces of foiled stuff in a large frying pan.
5. Heat up the pan over high heat. Once the contents sound boiled, turn the heat into lowest and cook them for 10 mins.

I sometimes add chopped parsley and cheese. The juice from salmon and miso-butter caramels onion. This is very very tasty!!

Total cost: 5 pounds (4.5 for salmon, 0.3 for onion, 0.2 for other ingredients)
Total time to prepare: 20 mints

Kabayaki (Japanese style grilled eel) sushi with cucumber and egg

Kabayaki is a Japanese style grilled ell. 

As it is rich and nutritious, Japanese people often eat Unagi in the early summer to boost their energy in coping with humid and dump weather.

Got some nice kabayaki pieces from Japan. Like the image above, people put some pieces over the rice to serve each. We got one pouch left. It wasn't enough for two. Sushi rice with cucumber and egg was a solution.


  • One pouch of Unagi-kabayaki (about 150g)
  • One small cucumber
  • One egg
  • Rice for two people
  • 1.5 table spoons of cider vinegar or rice vinegar
  • 1.5 table spoons of sugar
  • 1/2 tea spoon of salt


1. Cook the rice.
2.Beat the egg and spread thinly over the heated up frying pan. Once the egg gets set, take it aside to cool down.
3. Slice the cucumber and the egg thinly.
4. Mix the vinegar, sugar and salt. Scoop the rice that is just done from the rice pan for two people's portion into a bowl and dress with the sushi vinegar. If you use cooked (cold) rice, heat it up in microwave for 1.5 mins before adding sushi vinegar. The heat from the rice evaporate the extra moisture of vinegar and settles the sharpness of its flavour.
5. Chop the unagi into 1.5 cm pieces. Add all the other ingredients into the rice and mix well.
6. Top with shredded seaweed paper to serve.

Time to prepare: 25 mins
Total cost: 1.4 pound (0.6 for rice, 0.4 for egg, 0.4 for cucumber, the kabayaki was gift)
You can purchase pouched kabayaki at Japanese shops in about 10-11 pounds per a large piece.