A green year of savor’hits

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A random selections of favorite 2013 savory posts… Most are plant-based, all were yummy ! Thanks for visiting. I hope to see you again in 2014

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Romanesco and cauliflower green quiche

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My experiments in plant based milks and yogurts


Simple nori okaki. Make your own Japanese rice crackers.

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Sesame sweet and sour tofu


Mehari sushi, the leafy snack

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Gifu squash and fondue-pa’


Avocado edamame breakfast croquettes, my simple recipe

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Green gnocchi in yellow curry soup

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Salade de crudités updated : veggie nori-maki

vegan ramen burger
black bean ramen burger

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The grapes of waves. Okinawa’s green caviar.
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Summer veggie couscous and pattzukis

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Another simple plant-based lunch…

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Cooked couscous, with turmeric, ras-el-hanout spice mix, carrot chips and sweet corn. Cherry tomatoes. Rape blossoms.

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Pattzukis (azuki bean patties) and goya (bitter squash).

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Add a little harissa.

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2 plates for a lunch ready in 10 minutes.

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Peanut red bean burgers, with fruity sauce

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I really like peanuts, I often eat them just like that. Today, I’ve included them in some spicy bean patties to bring nuttiness and crunchiness.

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I broke the peanuts in the mortar. I keep the red skin, it’s full of nutrient. Added in : Taisho kintoki red beans (boiled), onion, ginger, garlic and stalks of nira. It’s flavored with an Indian spice mix containing mango powder. A little potato starch for binding. Pan-fried.

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The fruity sauce is made by blending carrot, 1/2 konatsu pomelo, a piece of onion, chili pepper and a pinch of salt.

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Sides : salad with goya (bitter squash) and yamaimo simply diced.

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March wrap up

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Veggie creamy cheesy broccoli delight

The memo about last month’s delicacies…
Of course, the season is tenderly green and full of eggs.

Tsubomina, bud veggie is a star, present in several posts.

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Brioche pascale. Baking my nest for Easter.

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The delicious black bean burger and its ‘Ramen burger

Also hot topics :

Steamed rice (okowa)

The dairy free : Soy milk – Sesame milk – Soy yogurt – Coconut yogurt…

Sprouty rolled cabbage

Okono-minute, the quickest ‘yaki’

Tofaye, the ultimate potato pot

For tea, season Japanese sweets :

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pink and white sakura mochisakura baked donutsakura waffle black sesame purin’ strawberry daifuku little eggs sakura an cream

More wagashi tea sweets.

And for desserts, Easter flying bells diffuse a scent of chocolate in the air. Some cakes that are healthy… well, not too over the top :

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Coffee sunglassesGâteau truffe aux kumquatsWhite chocolate cinnamon apple cake Raspeberry choco-carob cakeWhite chocolate Kirschtorte (no bake ‘n healthy) (bottom photo)

More chocolate sweets.

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Spicy crazy ramen burger (black bean burger part 2)

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Ramen burger ! Yeah, and it’s probably addictive. At least, my version is. You should really try.
If you wonder who came with this crazy idea, here is a little historic explanation. Everybody knows Fukushima, the region is famous for its… atomically good ramen. Well that’s a true.
喜多方ラーメン (Kitakata ramen) from the town of Kitakata are said to be one of the 3 best in Japan.
ramen source “tourist info”
They are ramen, topped with chashu (pork roast), a slice of surimi, menma bamboo shoots, negi… Then one shop had the idea to make to round patties of broth flavored noodles and serve the toppings inside :
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source “the restaurant that started the ra’burger”
They have then been copied all by many others.

So, I have not followed their recipe at all. I’ve used a home-made black bean burger and improvised my fried noodles :
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Here are toppings. My sauce : neri goma (pasted sesame, tahini), rice vinegar, miso, a little sugar, paprika, chili pepper and turmeric.

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The construction : a round of pan-fried ramen, a layer of greens, a bean burger, a good amount of sauce, pickled ginger, a second round of ramen, cut coriander leaves.

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That’s a complete Spring spicy ramen burger. And it’s really delicious.

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I tried to eat it with the hands, and I got greasy fingers, that I had to lick after… A sort of burger case would be convenient. I should get some printed at my name.

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Cooking black bean burger for Spring (1st part)

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I could eat beef burgers but I now prefer bean burgers. If you think I’m weird, you should try these. They are soft, juicy, crunchy, flavorful. And easy to make.

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Basic ingredients that you can make from scratch but I had them ready to start. Yakisoba (fresh ramen for hot plate) and cooked black beans (here kuromame). You can use other types of noddles/pasta.

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Mix, shape and cook. OK, I mash the beans with a fork, I mince the greens, onion, ginger, I roughly break the walnuts. That’s not precise be make them to taste, you can sample the ingredients as you mix in. With 1 cup of beans, I made 2 burgers. I cook them briefly in a frying pan.
With 1 pack, I made 4 rounds of yakisoba. I stir-fried them with a little sauce and spices, then shaped and cooked next to the burgers.

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You wonder why I made these yaki-soba “patties” ? Oh, I had space in the frying pan. You’ll see that in next post.

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Here is the burger !

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Kuromame bean is the new black

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This is a compilation about ideas to cook kuromame (black soy beans). First, you need to boil them, go to the end of this post for instructions.

SIDE DISH

As a side dish for :
kare raisu (Japanese curry)
Korean wind lunch
Rum vanilla apple black beans, in fragrant tortilla

WITH RICE

Rice and beans.

Black rice
Same recipe as seki-han, red rice (red rice), but with kuromame

Salade de riz Méditerranée

BEAN BALLS

A variation to burger or croquette.


Tama (green lemon big bean ball)

Swedish bean balls
Dark green curry with bean balls

OTHERS :

Marron berry chunky terrine (France)

Feijoada with pig trotter (Brazil)

Enfrijoladas frescas (Mexico)

kuromame shiso empanadas

also in :
Japanese garden creamy Winter soup
four bean gumbo
‘lumaca’ soup

SWEET :

Recooked in a syrup of sugar and grated fresh ginger.

Sweetened with syrup of kurozato (black sugar). They are floating with black sesame on top a bowl of sweet potato okayu

PREPARATION OF DRIED BEANS :

Cooking them is quite long, that can take 3 or 4 hours, after soaking them 24 hours. The time is hard to “predict” as it depends on the size of beans and their age (this year’s crop, or older…).

Process :
-Anyway, rinse them and soak them. You can add baking soda or not (I don’t but Japanese water is not harsh).
-Bring them to boil, you use the soaking water or change. In the first case, color will be more vivid. Boil them at least 10 minutes and take away the foam on surface (the toxic substance of beans).
-Continue on low heat, in a crock pot if you want. Beans are cooked when they are soft.
I cook a batch of 250g without any flavoring, and I freeze most in cups (silicone cupcake molds) for further use.

Tip (that I don’t use) : to keep the color, you can add some nails or other iron objects that are rusted.

Japan’s most common recipe is to cook them with sugar (same weight as the beans) added from the soaking water, or from the low heat simmering… or like I do later. The sweet black beans are one item of the New Year good luck dishes. For savory recipes, you can add a piece of kombu seaweed in the water.