aho (アホ) in Japanese means silly, clumsy. it was a nickname given to me on my year abroad in Japan, seemed a good fit back then and seems pretty accurate now, too.

the aho’s homemade food blog was born 5 years ago in a tiny flat in Izumi, Osaka. it started off as a collection of recipes for wholesome, homemade food, an honest feast, someone could say.
with time, the blog grew and expanded, becoming what it aspires to be now: a space, where the real food can be celebrated and spoken about. through my blog, i want to encourage people to re-connect with their food: to eat a varied, wholesome and delicious diet, to be more aware of where food comes from, how is it grown, how does it influence our well-being and mood. but food is so much more than just a fuel, a source of energy. the cultural and social dimension of food is as important as its nutritional value.


Munching on strawberries in Kotor, Montenegro.


aho is a food lover, recipe developer, traveller, passionate baker, food writer and is about to graduate from an MA in Food Anthropology at SOAS University of London. always hungry for adventure, discovering new flavours, connecting with people from around the world and listening to their stories.

aho supports sustainable agriculture, best quality local ingredients, seasonal use of food resources and animal welfare. she is interested in wild foods, foraging, traditional cooking and preserving methods and local culinary practices. you can connect with aho on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. or just drop in an email, if you feel like having a chat.

twenty-something, living far away from home, trying to recreate her Mum’s and Nan’s recipes. and looking for new ones. 

that’s what this blog is all about.

hope you’ll enjoy the journey.



Interestingly-coloured jam for breakfast in Darjeeling, India.


żubrek is a made up Polish word, designed to mean ‘little żubr’. żubr is a Polish name for a European bison, also knowns as wisent.

żubrek is a photographer, traveller, żubr enthusiast, nature lover and occasional writer. without żubrek’s encouragement and support, this blog wouldn’t exist in a form it exists now. with his newly discovered passion for good, honest food, matched up with a passion for travel and exploring he provides an interesting insight into the places everyone knows, but sometimes hasn’t properly seen. his Instagram account called Żubrek’s Corner is a growing gallery of żubrek’s encounters with nature, farming, agriculture, as well as various other photographs from journeys near and far. if you feel like chatting, drop żubrek an email!

twenty-something, living very near home, trying to re-learn how to love vegetables and fruits, newly converted coffee-lover and craft beer enthusiast. the search for the exciting never ends!

hope you’ll enjoy the journey!



Greeting from one of the favourite places on earth, Darjeeling.

Let’s talk about food!

  1. Thanks for the like on my Brown Rice with Vegetable Paella. I am delighted to find a blog which features Korean recipes. And I love the quote from Julia Child you are using as a tag line.


    1. hihi it’s thanks to Julia Child that we started, that’s why we used her quote 😉 thanks for visiting my blog, hope you’ll enjoy it 😉


      1. I also love the julia child tag line – awesome! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  2. Lovely recipes! You have inspired this weeks shopping for me! Thank you!


  3. Hey Aho & Tensai,

    Thank you for liking my post. I had a sports accident on 15th December 2011 and have been trying to recover since. My spinal injury has been the toughest challenge in my life, and I really want to say thank you for supporting me.

    Your friend,


    1. I learned one thing, quite recently – never give up! maybe it sounds trivial but really works! so, 頑張って!i believe everything will be all right one day ^^


      1. You are totally right. Gan ba de! Never give up 🙂 Thank you for the kind words I’m working so hard to make it all come true. I wish you the best too :)! What is it that you are doing now?

  4. Hey there! Thanks for liking my Zucchini and Pepper Pizza post. You’ve got some yummy stuff on your blog. Thanks for sharing! Just curious – how did the above haircut turn out? Celeste


    1. i trust tensai and i was right also that time – haircut was really nice! 😉


  5. Hi! Glad you enjoyed the herb & chicken stew – it was a fun experiment that turned out pretty well. I’m really enjoying digging through your blog – you’re making a lot of things I have never tried, but will definitely be trying soon.

    Happy cooking!



    1. thank you! the idea was to make home made food not many people knows about 😉 let me know if you try something!


  6. Thank you for following my blog.It is so exciting and encouraging to know that people do read your blog.I think we have in common I love drinking but not in the bed, with people outside.
    I look forward to reading more of yours.


    1. i love drinking with people outside, too. it’s just we’re kinda lazy so when it’s raining or snowing or it’s windy or we’re sleepy – we prefer just stay at home 😉


  7. Thanks for your recent visit to my blog, Savor the food. I appreciate your comments and readership.

    I also like your image here on the back of your blog, that is the herbs tied to the fence. 🙂

    Chef Randall


    1. i don’t know why but wood plus greens work perfect together! don’t you think? 😉


      1. Yes they complement each other, especially the weathered ceder wood look or fencing planks. 🙂

  8. Hi! Love your recipes. Lots of oohs and aahs when looking through them! Thanks for liking my recipe:)


    1. hope you’re gonna like the food, not recipes only 😉


  9. Thank you for stopping by simplydaisies! Come again!


  10. Thank you for visiting my blog! I really appreciate it. You have so many recipes of different cuisines here. I hope to try them for myself, soon 🙂


  11. Cooking, eating, drinking and bed are some of my favourite things too! Thanks for the like! Linda.


  12. Hi Izabi, thank you for liking my cassava coconut cake post. 🙂 I am really enjoying reading your recipes. Perfect time because I have been in the mood for Korean food. Just had Soon tofu with seafood and vegetables yesterday at a local Korean restaurant. I would like to find that recipe. Any suggestion?


  13. Thank you for stopping by my blog and the “Like” of my post.


  14. cookingwithsapana March 28, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Thanks Izabi! Thank you so much for liking my posts and I am pleased to know that you like Indian food . 🙂 you have created heaven on your blog .I would love to follow you.


  15. Thanks for checking out my blog and liking it. I see your blog is fairly new as well. It has a nice clean look to it and I love the Julia Child quote 🙂


  16. Wow what a lovely blog. I just love your cooking, the photos, and everything. I have put you under my list of favourite blogs. Thank you for stopping by and thank you for liking my posts and thank you for the follow!!!


  17. your blog looks really fun! and yes, i’m a big fan of Julia Child, too. i always have a glass wine while i cook. 😉


  18. thank you for liking my carrot soup recipe. your blog is very nice. i just “followed”! my sister just moved to korea! (it has to do with baseball) I can’t wait to hear her food experiences.


  19. Married in Marrickville April 25, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Aho & Tensai, what a wonderful blog! Thank you for the fantastic recipe of Polish Dumplings: Pierogi – I could not stop stuffing my face with them, they are delicious.


  20. Hey, thanks for the like. Your blog looks great, excited to check out some of your recipes!


  21. Hi Aho & Tensai! Thanks for your like on my post, “Craving for Chocolate Chip Cookies”! It’s my first time blogging and I was so excited when I saw my first “like”! =) I absolutely love your blog with all the detailed photos accompanying the recipes!! Plus, I love Korean food & Polish food! ^^ So awesome to find a blog with 2 of my favourite ethnic cuisines! I’m your follower now. =)


  22. Hey, Aho. Jimmy from Austin (fasterstrongertastier). I’m all about simple. Let food be thy medicine is fine. I say let it by thy secret weapon. All best,


  23. Thank you for stopping by Storyteller. — Ray


  24. Thank you for dropping by my blog.


  25. Hi there, I had to stop over and say ‘hi’ and thank you so much for the ‘like’ on my Garlic and Herb Bread. I look forward to going through your blog, and from what I can see I am going to love it !!! Have a happy Sunday and take care. Chat soon 🙂


  26. Hi there! Thank you for visiting my blog! 🙂
    You have some really yummy looking recipes that I want to try (like the Thai and Polish dishes)!


    1. Thank you (: cooking is a great passion of mine, happy to share with everyone ^^


  27. Hi, thanks for dropping my blog and following. Your photography is beautiful, and the carrot cake recipe certainly looks like something I’ll try! So glad to link up with fellow food lovers. I’m following back now.


  28. Hi

    Thank you so much for finding my blog and liking a post. Hope you come back again soon



  29. Thank you for liking our Focaccia Recipe but mostly for introducing us to your blog.It’s interesting to see how much in common we have about homemade ,seasonable food and sustainable agriculture. Hope to see you both in Italy!


  30. Hi,
    Nice blog. Did you know that AHO is a Finnish word. It’s English equivalent is MEADOW.
    All the best to you 🙂


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