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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Fish day : Steamed salmon with seaweed tartare sauce

Fish and seaweeds on the plate today.
Are there still Catholics that follow the tradition of eating fish on Fridays ? That was like a law when I was a kid and even at school they’d put fish on the menu that day. Well, they had not their concept of food industry fish. It’s a square or rectangle animal that lives in icebergs and is covered by a fur of fried bread crumbs. Nothing like that here. I’ve bought a back of Hokkaido salmon and I’ve cut it in rectangles myself, not to imitate, but I had enough for a dozen of servings. I froze some.

It’s not an Halloween sushi, but…

The sauce is only tartare by the name. It is made by mixing in a blender, blanched favas (broad beans) with rice vinegar, water, salt, pepper. Then I’ve added a big spoon of aonori seaweed flakes to bring even more marine breeze to the palate.

Wakame seaweed as a salad.

It’s a cold plate because the weather is still hellish hot here. The fish is steamed and chilled.

The tomato garlic rice (germinated hatsuga genmai) in its edible container. The green bits are favas.

A table !

There is less to wash when you eat the vessel.

Tropical cream beet soup

A healthy reinvention of the Mitteleuropa pink delight. It’s full of Asian Summer veggies and the sour cream is replaced by coconut and lemon.

Shopping surprise : those 2 Nagano grown beets for 100 yen. It’s extremely cheap for Japan as I usually say tiny beets for 500 yen a piece. And is it not a Winter plant ? Well, I’m not a gardener. I only know beets from feeding the pigs. I guess the season is long and they can be store months, which is why I had the image of a cold weather food.

But there is no reason to shun them, even in extreme heat. Raw and chilled, they are very refreshing.

Garnish : cucumber, Kintoki red beans, nagaimo yam, enoki mushrooms.
The beans are cooked of course. The rest is raw.

Soup : beet root, creamy coconut milk, lemon juice, ginger, garlic, salt, pepper, ice cubes.
Just throw into the blender.

One more spoon of coconut cream (solidified in the fridge).
Mmmm… it’s deliciously sweet, nearly a dessert. And it’s fun to discover the crunchy bits.

Not your average rice salad, super cooling with neba-neba power

A green rice salad particularly refreshing. It’s loaded with gumbo (okra).

Neba neba, that’s the effect of the cut okra. A sort of strong jelly gets out of it and makes threads… It’s very hydrating. This food is recommended for hot weather.

I’ve mixed grains. 2/3 of genmai brown rice, a little mochi awa foxtail millet (small balls) and hato mugi Job’s Tears(big balls). They all cooked together in the rice cooker, but with 10% more water than usual. Of course no salt.

Okra, the rice mix. Tomato paste, negi leeks. Indian spice mix powder plus fennel seeds.

Some day try to jellifyyour salad sauce. It’s very surprising.
酢醤油寒天 sushoyu kanten : Agar jellified dressing. It’s a mix of soy sauce, cane sugar and rice vinegar, into agar agar.

Fork crumbled. Serve it very cold.

The jelly dressing on top is really pleasant.

It’s very easy to eat. No filling of heavy stomach like after a big dish of starch. The sourness of the jelly and the fennel seeds combine in an original flavor.

Tomato with silky stuffing


An original super-refreshing salad meal. It’s very easy to prepare. The filling is tofu based but full of strong flavors, lemony, herbal and nutty.

Just mix. The only “work” is to roast and mill the sesame. It really taste better than the bought pre-roast and pre-milled.

Let a while, maybe 15 minutes, as the liquid goes out. Fill the tomato.

The tomato is stuffed, but it’s better to put it one hour in the fridge at that point. It will be fresher, and the herb flavor will have developped. Also refresh the leftover of filling.

It can be served on its own with nutty toppings : roast sesame, and broken peanuts.
I’ve let a few peanuts whole in their underwear. That red skin is full of nutrient, I’ve read and we are still to discard it. Me ? I have always eaten the skins, that’s my favorite part.

That makes a second dish.

Kabocha and chana dal chilled soup

Chana dal yellow split peas, soaked overnight, cooked in the rice cooker. Cooled.

Covered with a soup of boiled kabocha pumpkin flesh with just a little sesame seeds, salt and turmeric. Passed in the blender, cooled.

That’s all. And that’s very tasty because the kabocha has a great flavor in this season. You can drizzle a little of you favorite oil on top.

Serve with a few crackers. You have a healthy complete meal.

L.O. cauliflower vichyssoise

Cooking leftovers. I had used the “flower” part of the cauliflower for another recipe. The boiled stalks and leaves gave 2 big bowl of soup. Chilled and served with parsley, simply, that makes a tasty vichyssoise-like soup.

It’s very thick. The taste is well balance, it’s very refreshing.

A garden cucumber. I has not the standard shape like in the shop, but it tastes much better.

With yogurt.

Let’s eat yellow. Some parika.

Natto, double yellow : mustard and turmeric.

A yell’ side.