Author: deliciousdeliciousbagel

NARA & KOBE

Both cities are close to Kyoto and Osaka and if you’re using the Japan Rail Pass you can get there in about 30 mins on the bullet train. Nara is most famous for its deer which roam the parks and streets freely. You can purchase crackers to feed them but beware, they can surround you! They have even learned to bow to ask for crackers.Most are very docile and will let you pat them but beware in Autumn when it’s mating season, the males will regularly start fighting. Nara was a capital of Japan and is an incredibly old town. Some of the temples here are the centuries old and Todaji Temple, a major attraction, holds the second largest buddha in the world inside, the structure itself is the largest wooden building in Japan. Kobe is famous for its beef which cost hundreds of dollars, but it’s also considered by Japanese people to be a very pretty town. Right next to the train station is the Ropeway. It gives amazing views of the city and …

KYOTO

Kyoto is a very special city to visit. It’s so rich in history and culture and it’s almost difficult toΒ not come across a temple or shrine. There are both shinto and buddhist structures, the most famous that you might know is the Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) and Fushimi Inari Taisha, famous for its hundreds of red tori gates. Kyoto is an excellent place to stay not only for its various attractions but also for it’s proximity to other beautiful cities such as Osaka and Nara. One of the most beautiful places to walk through is Higashiyama and around the temple back streets that stretch from Yasaka Shrine to Kiyomizudera. Along the way you’ll see inviting shops selling Kyoto crafts and sweets, and vendors selling dried fruit and even bbq crab meat sticks. Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavilion) which is famous for its gold leaf exterior is the biggest tourist spot in Kyoto. Ginkakuji (the Silver Pavilion) which is not as famous (no this one is not covered in silver) as Kinkakuji is still worth a visit, it …

TOKYO

Tokyo is probably the city most people are familiar with in Japan. It’s crazy and overwhelming. Tokyo is a city of lights, energy and food. If there’s something you’re looking for, you’ll find it. Cat cafes, skyscrapers, robot restaurants and endless floors of shopping, Tokyo literally has it all. Something very special about Japan is their train stations and department stores. You’ll find two basement floors under the station dedicated to produce and cafes. Vendors sell expensive fruit, fresh seafood, traditional Japanese sweets, chocolates, cakes, fried food on sticks, dumplings, grilled chicken, the list is endless. It’s here you’ll find stalls by Godiva, Wittamer and Dean & Deluca. Every item purchased is carefully wrapped, put in a box with a little ice pack and given to you in a beautiful bag. If you go up you’ll find floors of shopping and if you go to the top two floors, you’ll be especially delighted to see these floors filled by restaurants. Hawaiian burgers, American biscuits and gravy, Italian, Thai, Korean and of course Japanese food. It’s …

Delicious delicious bagel in Japan

  If you don’t already, follow me on Instagram @ddbagel. A lot of pics will be coming out that may not get posted on here. As some of you may or may not know, I recently went to Japan for almost 4 weeks! It was an amazing trip and I really ate like a king! The cities that I visited were Tokyo of course, but also Kyoto, Kanazawa, Osaka, Nara, Kobe, Miyajima and Nagano. I’ll do a few posts on each city so you can learn a little about them and see some photos. Stay tuned!  

Foolproof roasted vegetables

I never do my roasted vegetables differently. Lazy? Maybe. I just know this way works well and it always tastes good. Perhaps I’ll try different ways down the track but for now this way is foolproof. You can roast a batch of veggies early in the week and keep them in a container for salad and pizza toppings! Yum yum! You can use any vegetables. You just need them to be a similar thickness in relation to their cooking time. For example. roasting carrot and mushrooms. Mushrooms cook much quicker than carrots so they need to be cut thicker than the carrots. There is a simple formula for roasting vegetables the super quick way: vegetables + drizzle olive oil + mixed dried herbs –> baked at 180C/350F until tender (approx 30 mins depending on veg used) = delicious roasted vegetables For one small container (pictured above) I roast 1/8 butternut pumpkin, 1 carrot, 1 onion and 4 mushrooms. Foolproof roasted vegetables – vegetables washed and sliced according to cooking time (thin carrot slices, thick mushroom …

Beef Rendang + low calorie series

Here’s the first post in my new low calorie series! How exciting! Wee, woo! My mum used to make beef rendang pretty often when I was young. It’s one of those meals that are really homely and filling. It is originally an Indonesian meal that uses big chunks of steak cooked in the thick curry paste and left to slow cook for an hour or so until the curry is slightly dry and thick. This recipe I’m posting is not 100% authentic because I’m optimising it to fit into a low calorie meal plan and to be quicker to make. Instead of thick chunks of steak, the recipe calls for thin stir fry strips which are much faster to cook and lower in fat and therefore calories. I just use a beef rendang curry paste, you can find it in your local supermarket. At Coles and Woolworths it’s in the same section with all the other Asian curry pastes. The vegetables I chose for this recipe are carrots, broccoli, green beans and a bit of …

Porridge with banana, cinnamon & brown sugar + low calorie series

Porridge is one of those delicious, warming breakfasts you HAVE to eat in Winter. It’s filling, warm, nutritious and best of all it only takes 90 seconds if you use the instant oat packs. This fits right into my low calorie series for breakfast. Here’s a super simple recipe for my favourite way to eat porridge! Per serve Calories 245 Carbohydrates 41g Fat 5g Protein 9g Porridge with banana, cinnamon and brown sugar (serves 1) – One sachet of Uncle Toby’s instant oats, plain – 1/2 banana, sliced – 1/2 cup skim milk – sprinkle of cinnamon – 1 tsp brown sugar Method. 1. In a small bowl combine the oats and milk. Microwave for 90 seconds. 2. Add the sugar and stir well. Top with banana and cinnamon. Enjoy!

Sausages & mash + low calorie series

Who doesn’t love some sausages and mashed potato for dinner? I know I do. I know I freaking love sausages and mashed potato. And if you know someone who doesn’t, I don’t want to know them. Don’t introduce them to me please. ALERT: This meal is so easy. It feels like you’ve had a big naughty, filing, cozy meal when actually it’s the opposite. One serve of this meal is only 222 calories!!! Let’s put that into perspective: 2 slices of thin, white bread are 147 calories. This WHOLE meal is only 222!! Let that sink in. Gravy. Mashed potato. Sausages. 222 calories. Ugh, I died and went to mashed potato heaven. The real stinker here though, is the two ingredients I use that make this so low calorie. If you live in Australia, head to Coles and check out their Simply Less range, chicken sausages. For two sausages it’s only 117 calories, compared to Coles thin BBQ beef sausages which are 157 calories for one! While you’re at Coles you need to pick up …

Chicken Teriyaki

In this recipe, you’ll learn how to make teriyaki sauce from scratch. It’s made with 3 commonly used Japanese seasonings, (cooking) sake, soy sauce and mirin. You can find all these ingredients at your local supermarket in the Asian section. Once you have these ingredients you can make many delicious and authentic Japanese recipes. Chicken teriyaki (serves 1) – 1/2 chicken breast – 1 cup jasmine rice, cooked – 1/2 carrot, sliced and cooked – 4 broccoli florets, cooked Toppings: – Kewpie mayonnaise (Japanese mayo) – 7 spice chilli pepper (find at your local Japanese or Korean supermarket) – 1 serve of Teriyaki sauce Method 1. Cook the chicken breast on a grill on medium heat until no longer pink. 2. Cook the vegetables according to your taste. I boiled mine separately until tender. 3. Prepare the Teriyaki Sauce (recipe below). 4. When the chicken is cooked, slice it. Use a small bowl to press rice into it. Flip it over on a plate for a little rice dome. Place the chicken next to the …

Portuguese chicken curry + low calorie series

A few weeks ago there was a Night Noodle Market at Southbank in Brisbane. We (me and the bf) hadn’t planned on going to it at all, we just happened to be at Southbank for a nice bike ride. We went inside to have a quick look and oh my god, seriously, the smells of it all! Everything smelt soo good so we did a little lap of all the little kiosks. There were heaps of Asian cuisines available, Korean, Pinoy, Indonesian, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian and one curious little stall, Portuguese. I was a bit confused seeing as Brazilian Portuguese were.. well Brazilian and not Asian. We had a closer look and it explained that it’s history was from Asian immigrants in Brazil. The Portuguese chicken curry, chicken curry on turmeric rice. It smelled super good so we got one to share. What made it interesting was how it was served. A big scoop of turmeric rice, chicken curry piled on top, a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese and a spoon of coconut milk …