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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Fried Potato Cake (called Imomochi in Japan) - Kenshin

3 Peeled Potatoes (around 500g)
2 Tbs Potato starch
Rice Bran oil 
*25ml Soy Sauce
*50g Sugar
*25ml Mirin (Sweet cooking sauce)
*1 Tbs potato starch
*3 Tbs water


  1. Cut the potatoes to 1/4 size.
  2. Steam the potatoes until all soft even inside.
  3. During steaming mix the *marked ingredients together will in the saucepan and heat them with whisking well until thickened.
  4. Put the steamed potatoes into a bowl and mash them until smooth.
  5. Put 2Tbs potato start into the bowl and mix with mashed potatoes well until the potato starch powder has disappeared.
  6. Take some mashed potato with your hand to build a palm sized flat round shape for all mashed potato.
  7. Put pan-button-covered amount of oil on the frying pan and preheat the pan with high heat.
  8. After the pan is heated well, fry the potato cakes on the pan.
  9. Fry them until the both surface have been a bit brown.
  10. Put fried potato cakes on the plate.
  11. Pour the sauce over the fried potato cakes and serve them.

Watch this space.....New Community Recipes from our Food Stories Program will be added in the next few days...August 2017

Pizza Garden - Cook up your tomatoes for a delicious tomato sauce for your Pizza base!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

We would love to hear from you and see how your Pizza Garden beds are coming along.  Please share your photos on our Facebook Page or Pinterest!

If you haven't produced enough tomatoes yet to cook up a sauce, by now you will at least have some herbs in your garden - with all the warm weather, basil should be in abundance! 

Time to make Margarita Pizza!

You and your children will have fun making pizzas and home delivery options won't quite cut it after you have tasted your own!

Revisit our Planting Guide from the December newsletter, for Miranda's Pizza dough recipe.

I have chased Miranda up again (she is very generous sharing her recipes!) for a delicious and quick tomato sauce recipe (using fresh or canned tomatoes) for the base of your toppings. Here it is:

Miranda's Tomato Sauce Recipe


2 x 400 cans tomatoes (800g fresh tomatoes - blanch tomatoes first to remove skins)
1-2 tablespoons oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic
salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat oil in a large pan and saute onion and garlic until soft.  
  • Add cans of tomato and basil, season to taste.  
  • Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes or until sauce is reduced by about half.

Miranda's Notes & Tips

Use any available herbs from your garden: parsley, marjoram, rosemary.  You can also replace tomato cans with bottle of passata sauce but cook longer and add 1 glass of water. You will need to add more salt if using fresh tomatoes.

Margarita Pizza Topping

Spread tomato sauce over your pizza base, sprinkle with fresh basil leaves and top with slices of Mozzarella cheese.  You may also like to sprinkle some grated parmesan cheese.  Bake in hot oven for 15-20min or until golden as described in Pizza Base recipe. Yummo!