Deconstructed inari soba and 4 treasure mozuku soup

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Inari-zushi are sushi in little pockets like this (click). I wanted to make a variation , inari soba, with soba noodles instead of rice but I made a technical mistake, so the taste is here, delicious, but the shape, not at all… The second dish is a seaweed and veggie soup.

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Abura-age (fried tofu) simmered in a broth of soy sauce, paprika, with a little chili and garlic.
MY MISTAKE : I forgot to open the pockets before simmering. And later, that was… impossible without tearing all apart.

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I’ve salted slightly and mixed with fresh soba buckwheat noodles (boiled 1 minute, then cooled in iced water, drained).

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So I’ve placed the noodles on top of the pockets. The project was to fill them.

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Fresh edamame from kuromame (black soy beans)

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You need to cook them. It’s possible to rub the pods with salt and boil them that way, or to open as I did.

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Inspired from a Chinese soup. I’ve cooked green and black edamame, dices of kabocha pumpkin and slices of okra. I’ve added sea salt and mozuku seaweed to the cooled broth. A few slices of sudachi lime bring fruity acidity.

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Mixed baby leaves, plus mitsuba and cherry tomatoes.

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My lunch !

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My yogurt is green… but it’s pink.

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Yogurt is the topic of this month’s Daring Cook’s challenge.

The lovely Cher of The Not So Exciting Adventures of a Dabbler was our July Daring Cooks’ hostess and she asked us to create homemade yogurt in our own kitchens! No incubators needed, no expensive equipment or ingredients, just a few items and we had delicious yogurt for a fraction of the cost and a whole lot healthier than what you buy in the stores!

Well, everything is relative. Fresh cow milk costs the same or more than yogurts. Those they sell are not different than home-made (using the same yogurts as ferment, my only option). Then, I don’t know in other countries but yogurt makers, electric and thermos can be found at bargain price, and my oven can do “incubator”. So the equipment is less an issue than the ingredients.

I had already made a lot of dairy yogurts and a few experiments in dairy free ones (about my dairy free adventures). So I tried a new variations with black soy beans.

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Previous yogurt dishes :
Osaka yogurt cakeKeftas in yogurt sauce
Coconut yogurt lassiSoy yogurt choco cakeSoy-yo carrot cake

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I have used black soy beans to make :

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And this milk (recipe here) gave this :

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Oh surprise ! It’s pink. I simply enjoyed it with berry jam.

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Okara veggie patties

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I had okara as a by product from making tonyu (soy milk), this time from black soy milk. Okara is also sold in supermarkets or tofu shops here. It’s full of fibers.

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Okara, onion, kabocha pumpkin, sesame and parsley paste, ninniku no me (garlic stalks), grated ginger, potato starch, miso.

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Mixed. Then formed into patties and pan-fried.

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Black soy milk iced matcha latte (from beans)

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That’s not a fast-food drink. Count 12 hours or more to get your refreshment. Well, it’s not really labor intensive.

Kuromame, black soy beans. Compil’ here.

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After overnight soaking. I don’t know why they burst. That doesn’t matter.

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Squeezed in cotton gauze. More details about soy milk making here.

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That gives soy milk. The grounds are okara:

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This okara will be used in next post.

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You can drink the milk.

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Or make a matcha latte. I foamed 1/3 of chilled milk with matcha green tea powder and poured on top. You can see a gradation.

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White chocolate apple cinnamon cake


It’s not a mistake. I’ve used white chocolate not black. Well, it has melted in. The cake seem very sweet and decadent and that’s just an impression.

The main ingredient is okara, the grounds obtained when I made the black tofu. The black bean skin has turned golden brown when it was baked.

Apple, cinnamon and chips of white couverture chocolate.

Recipe :
A Mix in the blender :
1 cup of black bean okara + 1/2 cup water (cooked 1 minute in the microwave)
1/2 apple cut in small bits
2 tbs of potato starch
1 to 3 tbs honey (to taste)
1/2 ts baking powder

B Add :
2/3 diced apple
a handful of white chocolate bits or chips
1/2 tbs of cinnamon

Bake slowly.

After baking 1 hour, the top is very dry.

But under, it’s very gooey.

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.

Kuro-natto, shira-ae. Black beans and white harmony.

Black and white menu. Two Japanese classics.

Natto is cooked soy beans, that are then fermented (originally they were wrapped in rice straw and getting ferment from it, not it’s cultivated like yogurt). Natto is usually brown. This one is make with black soy beans. It’s less strong in taste, more flavorful.

With wasabi. Grated fresh wasabi root.

I put the hot rice on the natto.

Shira-ae, white harmony… White dressing if you prefer. It’s a common type of side-dish.
Basically, it’s silky tofu, mashed, with ground sesame, a little soy sauce, a little sugar. And any kind of veggies you like in it.
You can “dry” the tofu by boiling/nuking it and squeezing in a towel or kitchen paper… or add dashi stock to make it more liquid.
Today, I have powdered a little white sesame in the mortar, added the tofu, a little neri-goma (tahini), very little sugar, soy sauce. And black rice vinegar.
Grated raw carrots, ginger (hidden) and broccoli. Broccoli take and keep the cute color if you plunge them a few seconds in boiling water, then refresh in iced water.