Veggie kurokke with walnut kabosu creamy pesto

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Let’s make crispy kurokke (Japanese croquettes) of kabocha and green veggies, with a creamy pesto dip. That’s quick, easy, healthy, yummy.

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Green : I mashed steamed favas (broad beans) with a fork, added diced steamed broccoli stalks, salt, pepper, a little kabosu lime zest.
Orange : I mashed the flesh of steamed kabocha pumpkin with salt and paper. Added boiled black edamame beans.

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I’ve toasted bread crumbs, added black pepper and a few chili flakes. Rolled the balls in it.
NB : you can sprinkle oil on the crumbs before toasting for a more fried taste.

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They can be eaten cold, in a bento lunch box. Or reheated.

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In the blender : basil, salt, garlic, walnut, a little grated zest of kabosu lime, a little juice. Then I’ve added silky tofu to get the creamy texture.

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Serve the sauce as a dip for the kurokke.

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February main topics


Edamame avocado breakfast croquettes

Here is a quick browsing of last month, but you can see the whole in a photo board here.

Chinese New Year

Compilation of Chinese recipes
Chinese breakfast fried bread
Sesame balls

Crêpes de la Chandeleur (French crepe day)

colorful veggie
fruity crepe soufflee
crepe compilation

Black bean kuromame

kuromame black bean compilation
black bean tofu
black bean shiso empanadas

Seafood : oysters and watarigani crab

Tartare d’huitres au yuzu (oyster)
Fried watarigani crab
Red curry crab
Oyster omelet

Okara carrot cupcakes

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.

Avocado edamame breakfast croquettes, my simple recipe

Avocado + edamame !
These green croquettes are really addictive and so easy to make. That’s the 3rd time I make them already.

I have seen them on ads for a chain of fast-food. Apparently they were not the first to make them. The version they propose is deep-fried, served in a bun, with shredded cabbage, a sweet red sauce, a big slice of bacon…in a menu with fries and soda. No, thanks. I’m not a breakfast person and seeing that super-size menu in the morning would make me feel really bad.

That’s what you need. Edamame are green soy beans. In this season I got them frozen, so I defrost and cooked them 3 minutes in the micro-wave. 1/2 avocado, a little lemon juice, jalapeno sauce, salt.

I used a mortar, but a plate and a fork can do the trick. Keep aside 1/4th of the beans, mash the rest. Add seasoning, mash in the avocado. Add the whole beans and form croquettes.

I rolled them in toasted bread crumbs.

In Summer, they’d be nice cool, but it’s a bit chilly. Just reheated them before serving.

Green and creamy inside. Perfect taste ! With a salad and green tea. That’s my brunch.


Creamy ginger okara patties

Pan-fried patties that are very creamy inside but that’s not cream at all.

When I made tofu, I had squeezed ground tofu beans in a cloth and inside I had those grounds called okara :

Mixed with a little potato starch (that serves as a binder), a little miso, grated carrot, minced onion, a few sesame seeds.

I added minced pickled ginger,like the one serve with sushi. And used some more as a topping. You never have too much ginger to fight those Winter viruses and colds.