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Welcome to Cutline Plus!

About Sasa


Sasa eats pineapple

Harro! I’m Sasa.

I like to cook, write, eat, dance and sing though not necessarily in that order. I’m 31 and somehow I’ve managed to move house more times than the number of years I’ve lived. I started this blog because while I was away from home I often needed to stop myself from crumpling up and floating away.

Some of the places I’ve lived are: New Zealand – home, and where I have lived since mid-2011 after nearly a decade away in: Japan, where I was born and spent my formative years; Thailand, the place I’d stay forever if all the people I loved were there; the U.K, France and most recently, Austria.

One reason I cook is to stave off the dreaded hangrrr. That’s feeling angry because I’m hungry – it’s not pretty and it comes on frighteningly fast. It must be avoided at all costs. You might know a hangry person! You might BE a hangry person. Help is here.

I used to cook for a living but came to realise that it’s domestic cookery I find beauty in – I love the stories, the companionship and the inconsistencies, and the simple joy it brings when you care for someone by preparing something for them to eat.

Now I’m studying nutrition. Sometimes science does my head in but learning to see the world from a different perspective also satisfies me.

If you’re new here, perhaps you’d like to read a little about where I’ve been and who I love. Or perhaps you’d prefer some videos, or interviews with my favourite food bloggers. If you’re interested in Japan, there are some posts of Japanese food onomatopoeia too.

If you like a photo (or a recipe, or a story) or have a question please say hi in the comments or you can email me at sasa [at] sasasunakku [dot] com or subscribe to new posts by email or in a reader by clicking on the buttons in the sidebar. You can also see my contact details by clicking on the “Contact” button in the dropdown menu under “About Sasa” in the navigation bar.

You can find recipes by entering a term in the search box in the sidebar; looking at the recipe index (in the navigation bar at the top of the page) which which gives a list of links based on type of meal (eg: lunches, snacks, cakes); clicking on a category (in green capitals) at the top of a post which takes you to a page with similar posts (all Japanese food posts, for example), clicking tags (in green lower case) at the bottom of posts (which get categorised by ingredient and will take you to a page that has all the posts that use that ingredient) or use the sidebar links to country, seasonal and dietary preferences.

By the way, I do my best to keep up to date but if anyone comes across a dead or strange link or a spelling error on this site, or our photos and recipes copied on another site, I’d really appreciate a heads up.

Thanks for stopping by!

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fro February 1, 2010 at 5:08 pm

harro sarakue,
this looks really great, can’t wait for the pics and recipes. you’ll conquer the world on a hungry belly.

rove rove,


sasa February 2, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Ooh, thanks for all the comments and emails, I feel loved x
Hopefully that annoying Snapshot thing that happened when you hover the mouse over something has been disabled now – let me know if you’re still seeing it.


Beebs February 1, 2010 at 11:24 pm

oooo! love the flog! i am SUCH a fan–of sasa, of f’s edgy photography, of sasa’s yummy food! can’t wait to see all of your tasty treats and drool over them.
love love love


maeku February 2, 2010 at 9:23 am

Sasaaa you did it!!! honey.. omedetou!! give us more! give us more!

M. Athens, Greece


Katie February 4, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Not the dreaded HANGER…!!! Don’t worry, I am co-queen of hangriness. Love the blog, looking forward to reading more xoxox


sasa February 4, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Yay, I’m glad YOU approve – let me know if I make any unintended spelling or grammar mistakes, hehehe.


chiquita February 5, 2010 at 3:40 am

I didn’t want a random geometric pattern as my avatar (“gravatar”? wtf?), so I actually went and created an account. How’s that for stalkerish dedication, my ruvrey?
Miss you rots, ruvvles from NoCal xx


sasa February 5, 2010 at 7:53 am

I feel you. I now have a blavatar (the tiny one you see on the tabs) AND the gravatar. And prolly a mavatar and a lavatar too.


thebeeleys February 8, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Mouthwatering stuff. Wish we could just beam you up and have a feast! Will watch this space.


sasa February 8, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Glad you’re enjoying it!


nundehui February 11, 2010 at 9:58 am

!Hello Saya…amazing blog! I love the photos and the text!!! Hinterlandian Austria needs people like you!!


sasa February 13, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Hehe, and like you too!


stefan February 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm



sasa February 16, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Stefan, hi!


addison February 22, 2010 at 9:27 am

High Saya!
Blog looks great.



peasepudding February 27, 2010 at 8:01 am

Hi, it sounds like you have had fun travelling and living in various countries. We seem to have swapped continents, I from the UK, moved to Frankfurt and now NZ which I think of as home. You the other way round. Maybe you can send someone to check out Farmers for those plates on my site!


sasa February 27, 2010 at 10:37 am

So we have…though NZ will always be home to me. You lived in Frankfurt? Do you speak German then?
Thanks for the Farmers tip!


peasepudding March 1, 2010 at 8:47 am

Liebe Grusse, Ja, spreche ich auch Deutsch aber nicht so oft hier in NZ! Ich habe versucht mein blog zu uebersetzen aber wahr zu schwer und habe ich nie gut Deutsche geschrieben!
Alles Gute!



sasa March 1, 2010 at 11:54 am

Wow, I wish my German were that good! *runs off to study*


Lou Jones March 1, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Great stuff, Sayachan! Love your work…Bonbat on the left coast.


sasa March 1, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Thanks Lou! Glad you checked it out and hope you’re well!


Gaby March 12, 2010 at 12:12 am

Dear Sasasunakku, I love how you have traveled so much. I can relate when you say you are “always missing someone somewhere” and that is cause I too have been traveling a lot since I was a kid. Lived in Greece, Maryland, Atlanta, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York and now Florida. I do think it’s hard to keep in touch with all the people I have become friends with in the different places but think starting a blog about cooking is a great idea. I prefer that so much more than facebook, or myspace. Thank you for sharing.
Cheers, Gaby


ehagood March 17, 2010 at 5:13 pm

My husband gets hangry! So do I. It’s not pretty. I completely understand. : ) Great site.


catty March 17, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Hey sasa! I got your comment on my blog and was doubled over giggling at dinner!!! You crazy gal, what are we like separated at birth?! Gonna take a stroll through your blog now but how freakin insane!! Stay in touch xxx


diva@ The Sugar Bar March 17, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Wow, found your blog through Catty’s tweet actually. You take such fab pics and gosh, great read :D x


sasa March 18, 2010 at 12:13 am

Thanks! I’m always really flattered if someone says they enjoy my writing…And flattery will get you everywhere ;P


Kim March 20, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Yay for facebook so I could see you posted a link to this! – a fantastic food blog, by YOU.
I am so pleased considering:
a.) I am indeed a food blog junkie now I live on a farm in Taupo and am pursuing a career in domestic goddessisity
b.) I was wondering where and how you are
c.) You write extremely well and it’s very enjoyable to read..
d.) I need lots to read and a feasible excuse to spend 25% of my day ‘researching’ food on the internet

Resulting in: me book-marking your page and trapsing through your archives.

Austria must be great, albeit a bit cool.

Take care


sasa March 21, 2010 at 12:56 am

Kim! Yay! Glad you are a food blog junkie – did you read the Blogher article or is it just a coincidence that you say that? And congratulations on the bebe! Tha archives are not yet very extensive but I’m working on it x


A. March 22, 2010 at 7:57 am

Hey Sasa, thanks for visiting my blog. I love your blog as well and’ll visit your blog frequently.


sasa March 22, 2010 at 8:30 am

Great, maybe I can practise commenting on Zwischengang in German!


dosankodebbie March 22, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Thanks for visiting My Wagashi Chronicles! I love finding how easy it is to make some of my favorite wagashi, as well as learning that there’s so much more to that world than I had suspected. Now that I’ve “met” you and discovered your blog, I hope we can stimulate each other to new discoveries in cooking– and in ourselves. See you around!



sasa March 22, 2010 at 9:55 pm

I’m pretty certain that I won’t find the more esoteric ingredients but I’m planning on making odango one of these days…


Couscous & Consciousness March 22, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Hi Sasa, just found your blog today through Foodie Blogroll. What a great blog – love your sense of humour and your recipes and photos are great too. I’m a blogger from New Zealand, so just wanted to say “hi” from the Antipodes :-)


sasa March 23, 2010 at 9:05 am

Kia ora!


Nicole March 23, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I don’t blame you for missing New Zealand! I only spent 3 months there and I miss it terribly.
So glad to find your blog. The bread looks great!


Nadine March 25, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Hi Sasa, if you happen to be in Vienna at some point, don’t miss Prosi – – a great supermarket for Asian and African food… I’m sure you’ll find some of the ingredients that can’t be found in a “Sutterlüty” ;-). Great blog, great food! Nadine PS: Say Hi to F (we went to the same school ).


sasa March 25, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Thanks for the tip Nadine!…Sutterlüty does, shall we say, lack certain items ;P
F says hi back!


Maeko April 8, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Thank you for dropping by thereafterish from Jeff’s blog. As you know, no, I’m not Japanese in any percentage–my mum begs to differ, but she’s always been full of crap (in a funny way), but I am Asian! So we do have something in common, like Asia, introversion and love of food.

I hope you keep dropping by. I’m adding your blog to my reader for daily reads. You will undoubtedly have something in there I’m going to want to cook.


sasa April 8, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Thank you ^^; Your miso sesame and lemon salmon looks pretty great too!


Bethany (Dirty Kitchen Secrets) April 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Hello! Lovely blog! Your words are so much in line with the way I feel. I’ve lived in a few places to and am always missing someone! I look forward to reading more and I’ve subscribed to your blog


azelia April 28, 2010 at 11:54 pm

First impression of your blog was ‘good photos’ as I love taking photos…then read the bit you don’t like taking photos lol…so well done to the photo taker.

I totally get what you mean about Austria because I’m in the place when one day we’ll retire to my native land Portugal…what I’ll miss the most apart from people is the access to different cuisines/ingredients I can get my hands on here in UK, and restaurants from all over the world…just today I passed a street stall selling Ghanaian food… quick trip to central London and I can get my hands on pretty much everything….apart from Kaffir limes…leaves no problem but not the limes :(

I learned to ski in Austria…so good memories…

Nice blog…bookmarking it…


sasa April 29, 2010 at 6:40 am

Hi Azelia, thank you…Actually, I should change that part since I do take almost all the photos now, hehe.


JoJo May 4, 2010 at 7:20 am

wow! you have lived in Japan!? so jealous! and japanese food is my absolute favorite. I was there for last summer. you have such an interesting life. I love to travel <3


Auckland Girl May 5, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Hey there! Thanks for your comment on my blog, and I look forward to reading all about your latest cooking tips – especially given that I am gluten intolerant. Choice one bro! Auckland Girl.


sasa May 5, 2010 at 9:13 pm

While I don’t focus on food intolerances, I do tag things that are gluten free – if you click on one tag it will come up with other GF recipes.


richannkur June 10, 2010 at 9:02 am

The site is very good and the receipes are also quite interesting…… Keep it up!!


Pierre June 30, 2010 at 2:39 am

Hi Sasa,

It’s true NZ is pretty hard to leave. I was just away 2 weeks in Korea last week, yet I missed NZ so much.

Not sure why you moved though? But for someone who loved NZ, your food skills are far superior than a lot of NZers here, even the top chefs.

Great photo too.



Beens July 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Hi Sasa!

Thanks for dropping by my blog, having had a quick look at yours, it’s making me pine for Thai food (I worked in a Bangkok hospital for 2 months). I look forward to reading your other entries

S x


gastrogeek July 26, 2010 at 7:42 pm

What a great blog – I adore Thailand and find myself missing my second home, Nihon all the time….fab to meet fellow sufferers of the “dreaded hangrrrr!”


Anna Johnston August 12, 2010 at 2:10 am

Just chanced upon your blog & instantly thought….. Wow… to live in so many countries and experience all that….., I gotta know more. So Hi! I’ve subscribed and look forward to reading your foodie adventures.
Cheers Anna


Sasa August 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Thanks Anna! I’ve been reading your blog too, great to see someone professionalising the industry.


Adelaide September 10, 2010 at 3:54 am

Hello! I love your blog. I too am a globe trotter. I´m living in Chile, South America, at the moment. So I know how you feel about revolving around the world. Thanks for all your glorious recipes, and the extremely fun adventures. You are very talented.
Auf wiedersehen


My Kitchen in the Rockies October 18, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Hi Sasa, Thanks for your visit and nice comment on my blog. That must be quiet the adjustment living in Austria now. I remember very well moving away from Germany to the “Wild West” in Colorado. We will be visiting NZ in the close future. Japan is also on the top of my list. Great blog you have going here. Hope you will try the Tacos from my blog, I promise, they are the best! Let’s visit soon. Tschuessi, Kirsten


Heather Rasley October 30, 2010 at 6:45 pm

I’m almost a member of the moving-more-times-than-you-are-years-old club, and can definitely identify with experiencing hangrrr. Maybe there’s some correlation between the two! In any case, good luck on your journey. Looks like you’ve found a nice way to stay grounded.


msvdelights November 3, 2010 at 5:10 pm

You are extremely funny and entertaining in your writings. Thanks! -Valerie


Jock's dad November 23, 2010 at 4:12 am

I love reading you when I am tired and hangry.
Any good dog biscuit recipes?
See you soon, can’t wait.


Sasa November 23, 2010 at 7:41 am

Dog biscuit recipes! Maybe dogs get hangry too – this is a whole new area of possibility opening up. I could do a survey and I know just the small black dog to ask to run it!


Catherine January 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Hi Sara,

Read about you in the Sunday Star Times – really enjoyed the item AND your site. I am looking forward to trying out some of your recipes also some of those on the other in the FOOD READ. It’s a lovely day here in Whangarei this morning after some very heavy rain (200m) courtest of Cyclone Wilma – Cheers, Catherine


Brian Marsh January 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Hi Sara,
It’s been a long time since Yr 12 Media Studies at Selwyn, but it’s great to catch a glimpse of you this way!
Spotted you in the Sunday papers with an expat story – sounds like an interesting existence for you – sustainable in the long term d’you think?
I left lovely Selwyn to go and work at teachers college in 2002. After an amalgamation with the U of A, I now work in the Faculty of Ed, mostly with students in the Grad Dip Secondary programme.
Kind regards and best wishes,
Brian Marsh


Marina January 30, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Hi Sasa!

Deine Müsliriegel sind echt erste Sahne und ich finde es sehr toll, dass die Inhaltsstoffe immer wieder etwas variieren. ;) Kann mir ein Leben ohne deine Müsliriegel an der FH momentan nicht vorstellen… vielen herzlichen Dank also!
Übrigens finde ich auch deine Seite und die YouTube-Videos super!!!
Wo finde ich das Rezept? Auf deiner Homepage? (obwohl ich wahrscheinlich eh zu faul bin, um selber welche zu machen)

Gaaanz liebe Grüße


Carola March 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Dear Sasa-sensei, ^_^
what a great website! I’ll definitely try out those recipes, as I’m a big fan of Asian cuisine!
It’s hard enough to get decent ingredients here, but we do have a few Asian-foodstuff-markets in Vorarlberg.
I’m looking forward to our next class!


Sasa March 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Have you tried the place in Hard? It has quite a lot of stuff – even Thai veges like green papaya! Maybe you want to check out the Japanese onomatopoeia, it has audio ^_^


J March 25, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Hi Sasa,
So glad to have come across your blog (via your interview with Clotilde/Chocolate & Zucchini)! Fresh and engaging.
I’ve gone back and forth with the professional vs. personal cooking for some time, having been exposed to both in the past few years. But I completely agree with you – for me, food is more than an end in itself, so I’m starting to eschew all “foodie” labeling.
(Also, like you and many, I get hangrr like no other. :D)


Sue@FiveCourseGarden May 19, 2011 at 9:10 am

Hello Sasa,
thanks so much for visiting FiveCourseGarden and enjoying the purple beans. I am interested in eating veges, but more interested in how beautiful they look. I’ll try and find some Styrian bean seeds for next year. Your blog is lovely — I particularly enjoyed the videos. I had no idea about how to make an omelette until now!


Sasa May 19, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I’d love to know how they grow, let me know if you find them.


Faith Saffioti August 24, 2011 at 9:16 am

Hi Sasa,
Just stumbled upon your website and found it really interesting.
(I was looking for a Tafelspitz recipe).
Will certainly visit again.


Christina November 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Hi Sasa. Nice to meet you :) Not sure what conference you are referring to..?



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