FAQ about cooking

For the last few years, I have been posting a variety of recipes on this blog.  Cooking is one of the things I miss most when I live abroad – for some reason, I did not enjoy cooking in either China or Indonesia.  Here is to answer a few common questions from you!


1. Do you develop your own recipes?

In general, I do not develop my own recipes. What I post on this blog are recipes that I found online and tested.  All posts refer to the original recipe.

2. Where do you get your recipes?

My Japanese recipes are mostly from Cookpad, a Japanese website with recipes from readers.  Cookpad has a function called “Tsukurepo”, where readers post pictures and thoughts of the Cookpad recipes that they have tried out.  A high number of Tsukurepo on a certain recipe means that it is popular, and hence, there is a good chance that it is yummy (and also easy to follow).

3. Why do you provide the weight of sugar/flour/etc instead of volume?

The first things I made when I started cooking were baked goods. Baking is a science and requires more precise measurements than other kinds of cooking.  I always weigh my dry ingredients when I bake, as the weight is more precise than volume.

Because I started out weighing my ingredients, this is the easiest way for me to cook.

4. Why do you provide metric measurements?

I live in Japan, which uses metric measurements for everything. If you would like to convert my metric measurements to US/Imperial measurements, you can use google. I often type in something like “what is 1 pound in grams?” on google.

By the way, 1 US cup is not the same as 1 Japanese cup, which is not the same as 1 cup of rice.

  • 1 US cup = 237 ml
  • 1 Japanese cup = 200 ml
  • 1 “go” of rice or sake = 180 ml (a “go” is a traditional Japanese unit, now used primarily for rice or sake.)

5. Can you provide measurements in volume?  Can you provide US measurements?

As mentioned above, I prefer to weigh my dry ingredients. If you need measurements in volume or in US/Imperial units, I suggest the following websites.

Weight / Volume conversion at Online Conversion

Another online converter for weight/volume conversion

A converter for butter (Japanese butter is not sold in sticks… so I am at a loss when the recipe tells me to add “one stick of butter”)


Please let me know if you have any additional questions!

xoxo, K


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