Kozasa

The Dirty Stall

Not to be mistaken for the similarly named Kozasa Sushi over in the Ginza district, Kozasa is another one of those small and unassuming sushi-yas, hidden away in a crowded maze of streets and alleys behind trendy Shibuya.

It’s actually located at the first floor of a tiny apartment complex, just behind the small carpark upfront. If not for their bright signage, I would have probably missed it as well.

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Pasta In A Curried Pumpkin Sauce

urbanfoodlover

As promised this is the 3rd of  my posts on pastas for quick and easyideas for simple weeknight dinners. In case you missed out the previous 2 posts click here and here. I had picked up some gorgeous pumpkin from the SG Organic stall located at the Pasarbella Marketin Singapore – A very refreshing place to add more variety to the food scene in Singapore with the fresh and wholesome produce on sale at the market. However I really wish there were more of the fruits and vegetable outlets that were a bit more affordable as well. I could only find SG Organic and Tangy Tangerines selling good fruits and veggies (But like I said not so very affordable). I guess everything being imported into the country definitely increases the prices. Sigh!

So anyway enough of the price discussion that I feel is deviating away from this post. Back to the lovely pumpkin now…

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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Iced Tea

Indigo jones

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I love to make homemade iced tea. It is so easy, economical and free of all the crap added to commercially made stuff. My iced tea recipe has only 2 ingredients: water, and tea. Lemon or sugar can be added to taste.

Simply boil the water, and add several tea bags, and it allow it to steep. Make sure it cools fully before refrigerating, or it will get cloudy. Remove the tea bags before storing to avoid the tea from tasting bitter.

Pretty simple, and hardly worth a full blown post. So what’s the big deal? The little trick I use to keep the boiling hot water from cracking the glass pitcher.

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Insert a large metal mixing spoon into the pitcher before pouring the hot water in. The metal spoon will absorb some of the heat, preventing the glass from breaking.

Easy. Simple. Great to know.

photos: indigojonesnyc instagram

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An Ontario peach

Hey Ma, I'm Home

Come summer in London, one can often find groups of other ex-pats huddled around one another, mobile phones to hand, sat nav up and running. They are not sharing tips on cultural events, fine dining establishments or even good immigration lawyers. No, they are sharing tips on where one can find Fruit That Tastes Like Fruit.

Now, in England’s defence, the strawberries are really quite good. They are juicy and ripe and red and lovely. The raspberries are also good. But that is where it ends. After that, the fruit is a shadow of its former self.

And if you grew up in another country, one that has all four seasons and is bathed in sunlight more often than not, you will know that there is another level of fruit out there. Fruit that is sweet and juicy and tastes exactly how you’d imagine it to taste. By which of…

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Sushi Tei

The Connoisseur Traveller

My second visit to JEM to shop around with my friends. The place is huge but I hasn’t got any shopping mood, thus I could not part with my money. 😀

Nevertheless, even with just walking around, there will always be signal from your body indicating that it’s time to eat. Decided to have japanese food since there isn’t a long queue (when it was around 6.30pm), and the food there is worth it as compared to some others.

Was offered a counter seat and we went for it, as I don’t feel like queuing for the day due to my feet aching in heels. The counter is quite comfortable and spacious, this is much more like a normal table seat, just facing the wall type. The counter chair is a little bulky and heavy though, the staff would have to push it in for you after you are ready…

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Gluten Free Lasague

Eating Gluten Free

Lasagne is wonderful dish but sometimes difficult to make. And I know that coeliacs miss out on Lasagne at restaurants. But it’s one of my favourite dishes so I’m going to show you how I make it, it’s easy and takes less than a hour.

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This lasagne is soft, with slightly crunch to the top pasta layer, tomatoey and cheesy and wonderful.

So here’s the recipe:

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS
MEAT LAYER
500g mince beef
2 tbsp oil
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
100g sliced mushrooms
Salt and pepper
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp sugar
2 400g can chopped tomatoes

Lasagne sheets (any good supermarket do free from lasagne sheets that work well with this, just don’t forget to soak in hot water for 2-3 mins first)

CHEESE SAUCE
1 onion, sliced
4 peppercorns
625ml milk
60g butter
35g flour
100g cheddar cheese plus extra for topping, grated
15g…

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