Kiku, chrysanthemum garden toast

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My garden lunch…
That’s the season for chrysanthemums, on the table too. These small ones are often seen with sashimi. They look good with any food.

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Ful, broad bean hummus.

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Basil pesto (basil, garlic, sesame, salt, olive oil).

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Kiku, chrysanthemum.

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A toast, bean paste, pesto and flowers.

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Kimchi with yamaimo (Japanese yam) and okra, two sluggish veggies.

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With coffee and a mikan orange.

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Asari shellfish and tagliatelle

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A colorful pasta, veggie, seafood one-dish meal.

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Tagliatelle made with durum semolina plus a little matcha green tea powder.

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Asari shellfish.

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Cooked with garlic, chili, white wine, tomato paste…

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…konnyaku, capers, favas (broad beans)

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… stalks on mitsuba. The leaves decorate the serving plate.

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Pesto and chirimen-jako

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Pesto spaghetti with a Japanese twist.

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A base of spaghetti in a basil sesame pesto I had as a leftover of the day before.

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ちりめんじゃこ chirimen-jako are fish bait of the anchovy and sardine family. They are dried under the sun and can be kept a few days. That’s salty and tasting of fish of course.

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The other topping : boiled and skinned favas (broad beans). And a few ribbons of basil leaves.

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Side dish : ginger cukes.
A quick tsukemono : Sliced, cut, rinsed white cucumber. Added sea salt and minced ginger. Mixed well. Let one hour in the fridge.

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Fava mitsuba green dip

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A quickie ! Fresh green and healthy, a Summer hummous based on broad beans (favas).

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Pound or blend together : boiled broad beans (fresh or frozen), a bunch of mitsuba leaves with stalks, a little bit of garlic, salt. Add a little olive oil. Let chill. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and chili flakes.

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Sticks of raw veggies to dip in that.

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Ninja onigiri

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I simply wrapped the nori (sheet of seaweed) around onigiri (rice balls) like the scarf of ninjas. That’s not really a recipe. I’ve just thrown a fresh Summer lunch with lots of refreshing produce.

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Molokheya leaves stir-fried with miso. That gives a nice salty condiment, ideal for filling an onigiri.

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Brown rice (genmai) + sticky rice (mochigome) and sesame. I filled the balls and wrapped in a sheet of nori seaweed.

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Daikon radish, goya bitter squash and mashed favas to make a green salad (with salt, black pepper, minced green hot chili and rice vinegar).

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A Summer kabocha pumpkin. I steamed a wedge. The mashed flesh is the base for the second salad :

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Garnished with minced onion, diced white cucumber. With black pepper, rice vinegar and salt.

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A refreshing soup : chilled green tea + molokheya leaves in the blender.

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Suika (water melon) is the dessert.

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The 2 salads.

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Mountain of veggies green curry

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Yeah, all those veggies inside a curry trying to recreate the mountain green curry of the mountain people in the North of Thailand and South of China. It’s very sour, very bitter, very green… and the combination is refreshing. Well, that’s my arranged version with what I had in stock, as they surely never get favas and okras, but they have many local produce I can’t get.
I think the sansho (lemony, bitter), the goya (bitter), the ginger (hot) bring the good balance.

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Green sansho peppercorns (frozen), onions, ginger, bay leaves.

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Goya bitter cucumber, broad beans, okras, carrots.

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I used green curry paste, brown sugar, citrus juice for the broth.

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Ready.

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Served with jasmine rice.

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A side-dish totally fusion : white sashimi konnyaku, yellow bell pepper and balsamic reduction sauce.

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Moonlight fish and sky bean rice : shio-yaki saba and sora-mame gohan

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The moon is announcing rain ?
Let’s grill moon colored fish…
Soramame (sky bean) is the Japanese name of broad beans (favas).

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In the rice cooker : soaked rice, a 1 tbs of mirin and the skins of the beans. So the rice is nicely flavored. Then I take away the skins and replaces with the green inside, add a pinch of salt, and let a few minutes in the steam.
My rice looks… dirty ? Well, it’s not white, it’s polished germinated rice, a healthier version of white rice.

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The flavor + the color !

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Shio-yaki is so simple : salt and grill. It’s saba (mackerel) and its precious healthy omega.

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Of course, 2 items for a Japanese dinner, that would be too sad.
The rest of the menu is in next post.

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