Shimeji asparagus risotto and tofu caprese

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Italian lunch all plant-based, with local season ingredients. It’s Summer !

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Shimeji mushrooms and green asparagus (only the stalks as I used the tips before) are the guests of this risotto.

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I make it stove-top in my rice-cooker bowl, so I can then use the RC keep hot function. Garlic, leek and a chili pepper in olive oil to flavor the rice. I used sakekasu (sake lees) and water as broth to get a cheese-like creamy flavor.

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It’s not as creamy as usual. The reason is I used hatsuga mai, polished germinated rice. That’s nice too to have a lighter texture in Summer.

Other risotti (click here).

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That’s very simple. A good tomato. Sliced. A good tofu. Sliced. Fresh basil. A pinch of salt over the tomatoes. A drizzle of olive oil, one of balsamico vinegar.

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Too hot to cook ? Too hot to eat ? Cooling full course

We’re in the heat of the hot days. I don’t even feel like eating, but that wouldn’t be a good idea. Let’s make something to enjoy till the last bit !
So here is the menu :

3 brown antipasti
tofu Caprese
kurozato kanten with grapes

Lots of hot weather recommended ingredients :
Kanten (agar) and konnyaku are jellies that help digestion.
Everything plant based, lots of raw.
Different colors and vitamins.
Sour vinegar, strong wasabi.

I know that looks… special. You have raw shiitake mushrooms, sliced, marinated in a little lemon juice.

Konnyaku sticks, with negi leeks. That has no calories or nearly. That’s for the fresh texture of the konnyaku and the pungency of the leek.

Today’s natto with black sesame and wasabi.

Now about the main dish…
capr’inspiration

Too lazy to prepare a sauce, I bring the olive oil, balsamico, salt and pepper on the table.

This time, it’s made with silky tofu and negi as the herb. Silkilicious…

The hardest ! The agar agar has to be cooked 2 minutes ! What a hell. But that’s all.

Just add the flavoring : kurozato, Okinawan black cane sugar. It has a taste of ginger bread, so just that is enough.
The hardened block cut in cubes, served chilled with grapes and toothpicks :