Ginger potato salad

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Here is a simple refreshing Summer salad, a good base for a full meal.

2013-08-20

I boiled potatoes, let them overnight in the fridge. Added ribbons of sweet red chili and young ginger. Dressing : argan oil, rice vinegar, salt, ground coriander seeds.

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Served with more ground coriander. Here are the other dishes :

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tofu and wasabi okra tororo

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eringi tsukemono and tomato agar

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Green chili polenta

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Today polenta, and as usual, a variety of season produce.

2013-08-19

I cooked the polenta grain. Added minced and salted sweet green chili, small bits of hot chili (red). Pepper, nutmeg. Let chill overnight in a mold. Then put on a dish, paint with olive oil and pass a few minutes under the grill. Pour a little tomato juice around in the dish. Serve hot.

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Frozen cotton tofu (momendofu). I froze the whole block in its water. Thawed. Press to push out the water, cut in cubes. As you can see, it has a bread like texture now.

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Stir-fried frozen tofu with eringi mushroom, garlic, olive oil.

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Na no hana no ohitashi (rape blossoms). They are blanched and refreshed. With tomato juice agar jelly.

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Edamame pesto salad. Boiled edamame, onion, yellow pepper, the broken leaves of na no hana. I mixed in a leftover of sesame basil pesto. Let a few hours in the fridge.

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Nashi. Japanese pear.

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Mouth refreshing “pickles”

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They are not really pickles… but how to say ? Small bits siding a dish.

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Eringi tsukemono.

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Spicy tomato agar.

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スダチ sudachi is a small green citrus from the area of Tokushima. It is thought to have lots of medicinal properties to fight diabetes and allergies. And it’s fragrant, fresh, delicious too.

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Eringi mushroom.

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Eringi tsukemono :
I’ve used only the stalks for this recipe. I sliced them thinly, mixed with the juice of a sudachi, its cut peel and a pinch of sea salt. Cover. Let 1 or 2 days in the fridge, mixing twice a day.

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Tomato juice, salt, powdered jalapeno chili and agar. I have not used enough agar for a solid result (you have to follow the proportions on the package). It’s still good and refreshing, but I need a spoon to eat it. Ideally, you want to make cubes that can be grabbed with chopsticks or a fork.

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Vanilla panna cotta (plant based)

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A fresh vanilla panna cotta that you won’t regret eating on a hot day. Well, for me, the classic is a little heavy on the stomach, so a dairy free version is better. The agar also favors digestion. Oh let’s stop with those mechanical details. It’s a decadently delicious dessert !

I’ve used quite a lot of this powder to make it very vanilla.

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Coconut milk, cane sugar and vanilla powder. I used powdered agar.

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The vanilla fell in the bottom and is now on top. Served chilled with raspberry jam.

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Sour coconut on coffee jelly

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A refreshing delight with no added sugar. The contrast is interesting, tartness of the coconut sauce, bitterness of coffee.

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I made a coffee jelly with instant coffee, instant coffee and gelatin (agar agar can also be used). Let chill overnight.

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I also had home-made coconut yogurt.

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Crush some jelly.

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Garnish with yogurt, and coconut flakes.

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Dolling up, the simplest sweet for Hina doll festival

Hinamatsuri is arriving soon. Japan is full of cute girly treats and retro dolls.
Maybe my little stars belong to another festival, and I have not the best colors of cups, but that doesn’t matter. I’m giving you an easy recipe, then you decorate as you like.

You need boiled azuki beans (or other beans if you want), sugar/honey, powdered agar agar, a little brandy.
For boiling the beans, click here.

Take a cup of beans, put them in a bowl with their broth, add sugar to taste, a tbs of brandy. Heat 30 seconds in micro-wave. Let one hour.
Reheat 1 minute in micro-wave. When it’s very hot, stir in 1 tbs of agar. Reheat 30 seconds. Pour in little cups. Decorate.
Let cool.

Other wagashi tea sweet recipes (click here).

Coco-hearts and Winter fruits


A simple colorful dessert. It’s a delicious and fresh way to take you fix of vitamin C.

It’s haupia, the Hawaiian coconut pudding, with a bit of agar in it. It took the shape perfectly.

Juicy grapefruits and mandarin oranges.

Dry coconut and powdered goji berry.