Black natto brunch


Tororo on my bowl of natto


A nagaimo, a long yamaimo or Japanese yam. Naga means long. We often buy only a cut, but the root is 60 cm long or more.


Grated. Tororo tuto.


Like an apple or an avocado, grated yamaimo tends to oxidate and darken in color. Or not, and that’s not previsible. But that was the case with this one so I’ve added juice of sudachi lime to keep it relatively creamy in color. That’s also a nice flavor addition.


Black natto (fermented soy beans). It’s often paired with grated wasabi.


Natto with rice is a regular breakfast item in Japan. So just that with tororo and green tea. A nice simple brunch.



Black lights

Rule 1 : don’t take a photo with insufficient light
Rule 2 : don’t use artificial light

Rule 3 : only natural colors, vivid colors
Rule 4 : make square photos to fit main portals

Commercial break :
The menu… there is tofu with l.o. of mango blueberry salsa. Soba noodles with black natto and wasabi. Mesclun (baby salas mix) with pink okras. 100 year eggs with shichimi-togarashi 7 spice mix, young ginger and sesame oil. Broth (from boiling soba) with wakame seaweed and sesame.

Rule 5 : show only consensual food that would please a fussy teenager
Rule 6 : get rid of all those shadows, reflect the light blah blah

Rule 7 : no close-ups
Rule 8 : buy a SLR camera, gadzillion gadgets, photo softwares

Rule 9 : show expensive tableware (only once per item) on 8/9th of the photo. 1/9th for the food is perfectly enough
Rule 10 : spend 4 hours arranging your food like an ikebana, 4 hours taking one perfect photo

Rule 11 : text-image balance. Only one photo of the food. And a Martha Stewardess format recipe, even if it’s your 20th recipe of instant oats soaked in cold water.
Rule 12 : get pro training, take an agent, build your brand like a celeb

Rule 13 : serve all your meals in your stylish castle, at 7 a.m. (best light) so you can enjoy dinner at 11 a.m.
Rule 14 : follow the standard strictly otherwise blog police will arrest you.

Don’t look for philosophy in it. Just the feeling that those guideline push everybody into the same cookie cutter. Also I think that either it’s a job or a hobby. Surely, one can learn a little more technique. Or a learn everything in my case. Or it’s possible to fight the race to get more and more readers. But there is no point in it for small bloggers.
For me, it’s a little hobby. A daily relaxation. Like taking 5 minutes to arrange my meal. Just the fun to take 5 minutes per meal to shoot photos -no longer otherwise the food goes bad.
And frankly the perfect mood of my meal is reflected by this bad photo :

Mega-Brunch in Japanese style (via Gourmande in Osaka)

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Mega-Brunch in Japanese style I was so hungry that I gulped down : -2 servings of brown rice -2 serving of soup (fish broth, sake-kasu, white miso, kiku-imo potato, broccoli, mushroom, carrot) -black natto, wasabi, egg -tofu steak (home-made "momen-dofu" cotton-style, cooked like a steak), with shichimi togarashi 7 spice mix -sencha green tea Cal 751.2 F20.2g C117.3g P41.4g pour les Francophones : Grosse faim apres une grasse matinee, j'ai avale : -2 bols de riz brun -2 bols … Read More

via Gourmande in Osaka