Masala cookies

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My version of masala cookies, spicy savory Indian biscuits. I drifted away from the original recipe of the Daring Baker Challenge. I didn’t have all the ingredients.

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Mix. Chill. Spread. Chill. Cut. Bake.

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Keep a few for the photo…

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Choucroute en croûte

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Choucroute en croûte. Sauerkraut in a crust. Hey, why not ? That’s a really nice on a chilly night, with hot spices and it’s quite light actually.

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Yes, that’s this month’s Daring Cook’s challenge.

Our lovely Monkey Queen of Don’t Make Me Call My Flying Monkeys, was our May Daring Cooks’ hostess and she challenged us to dive into the world of en Croute! We were encouraged to make Beef Wellington, Stuffed Mushroom en Croute and to bring our kids into the challenge by encouraging them to create their own en Croute recipes!

I didn’t have the courage for a Welly. I didn’t even took the time to make a classic pie pastry. No, I couldn’t use some bought pastry as I am stubbornly against the principle of buying it. OK, I could make exceptions easily in France as they sell quality doughs, usually too expensive for what it is, but good in taste. The *products* they sell in Japan are really very bad. The last time I tried to buy some, I have not eaten it. So I’ve taken shortcuts :

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Sauerkraut rinsed and reheated in red wine. I’ve added to it onion cooked in a little oil, pepper, nutmeg, spice mix and potato starch to absorb excess liquid. Let cool.
The dough is flour with spices (turmeric, ajowan, salt) and hot water.

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To make it flaky, there are 2 layers of dough. I oiled all around with a brush.

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Locked with cloves. Then baked till it sounds hollow and gets a nice color.

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Serve hot. Break the piñata…

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Spicy chick peas and water morning glory sprouts

Another delicious and simple plant based lunch with hot spices.

I stir-fried this mirepoix with ajowan and mustard seeds.

I’ve added these soaked and boiled chick peas. And powdered curry spices.

Then on top some salt, chili powder and garam masala spice mix.

Kushinsai, water morning glory. Here, it’s the sprouted version.

Steamed only one minute.

The plate ! Mmmm…

Rum vanilla apple black beans, in fragrant tortilla



Yeah, another easy vegan lunch.

Spicy tortillas.

The beans are simmered with togarashi (fresh Japanese chili) and some rum vanilla marinated apples. Yes, these apples for the pie :

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I had really so many. I added olive oil, onion, garlic and salt. Forgot a long time on the stove. That’s yummy !

Add some greens and pickles. And wrap-lunch…


Saffranic kare-udon (Japanese noodles in curry)

Triple knot ? That’s the mark of the evil saffron…

Today kare-udon. It’s a popular Japanese casual dish.
kare for curry, usually Japanese curry. And udon are those thick white pasta, that exists in several size (click here for udon post).

Udon noodles. I buy them fresh. I boil them 2 minutes in boiling water.

My special yellow curry. It’s Thai yellow curry paste, thick coconut milk, a few more spices (turmeric, ajowan, fennel, black pepper…). Safran ? No, that would be lost in this. That’s the Asian safran, turmeric. Some broad beans and a red sweet chili for proteins and color.

And we mix that…

Curried udon !