Random soup

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A soup made of all the leftovers :
-purple sweet potato
-cod fish
-jelly fish (preserved in salt, soaked)
-chick peas
-capers
-onion
-red wine
Simmer, then add Kintoki red carrot and turmeric.

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And it’s… delicious indeed.

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Steamed kabocha with sesame oil and sesame seeds.

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Steamed okra and sudachi lime.

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A yummy Winter lunch.

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Grilled fish, simply

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An old fashion Japanese dinner.

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Steamed daikon radish greens, with a little chrysanthemum.

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That’s konnyaku flavored with aonori seaweed. It’s from the farmer market, it looks less processed than the one from the supermarket.

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The sauce is very easy : sake kasu (sake lees) and umeboshi flesh, plus a little broth. The umeboshi is very salty, the sake kasu not at all, the mix is well balanced.

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Grilled salted hokke fish.

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Genmai brown rice.

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Miso soup with lots of tofu.

Sashimi lunch

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A classic Japanese meal around a dish of sashimi. I prepared the sides.

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Steamed kabocha pumpkin and ninniku no me garlic stalks. With soy sauce.

**I simply place the veggies in a steaming basket on top of a boiling water pot, or in the steaming mode of the microwave. Thin kabocha slices take 8 to 10 minutes. Garlic stalks only need 3 o 4 minutes to be at my taste. I add sesame seeds and soy sauce when I serve them.

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The sashimi : ika (calamari), buri (yellow tail) and ama ebi (nordic shrimps).

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An umeboshi (salted plum).

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Tofu with oboro kombu (seaweed), seasoned with the soy sauce left after the sashimi dipping.

**How to choose or make tofu.

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The miso soup with hijiki seaweed, shimeji mushrooms and kintoki red carrots.

Making miso soup

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Add rice. That’s a complete Japanese menu.

**Cooking Japanese rice

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Fish, pumpkin and cornichon soup

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A colorful fish soup that makes a whole meal. Freely inspired by Slavic gherkin soups. It’s quick and easy.

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Suguna kabocha pumpkin. I boiled the pieces in water till soft.

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The head of tai (sea bream). Fish head is cheap, flavorful and there is plenty to eat. It’s ideal for a soup.

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Cornichons à l’estragon.
Gherkins with tarragon. I made when ? Last May :


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I thinly sliced them.

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Put the fish in the pot, add half of the gherkins, the kabocha and cooking broth. Simmer 20 minutes.

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Near the end, take out 1/2 cup of broth, add cream, salt, pepper, fresh thyme, the rest of pickles. On the table, mix into the soup, put back the lid and wait a few minutes.

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Serve with croutons.

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Open and enjoy while it’s hot.

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Fall salmon pot pie

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A salmon and mushroom pie hidden in a pumpkin. That’s Halloween on the plate.

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This month :

Hannah of Rise and Shine was our October 2013 Daring Bakers’ hostess and she challenged us to bake our own double crusted savory pot pies. Using any from-scratch crust and filling we choose, we were allowed to get completely creative with our recipe, showing off the savory flavors and fillings from our own home or region.

So let’s go for Japanese season produce and even tofu for a dairy free pie :

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Autumn/Fall is the season of kabocha pumpkin, salmon, mushrooms (shiitake).

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Kabocha pumpkin crust : 1/3 boiled kabocha flesh, 1/3 flour, 1/3 whole wheat flour. Plus a little baling powder, salt, chili flakes and enough of the squash cooking water to for a dough.

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The fresh ingredients.

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Gravy : I stir-fried onion, garlic, the feet of the shiitake with salt and black pepper. Then added the shiitake hats, the peas. To cream it, passed in the blender : 1/2 block of silky tofu, 1 glass of white wine, a tbs of potato starch. I’ve added the fish and parsley raw.
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Baked 45 minutes.

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The crust is perfectly cooked. The inside is a little curded (I should have added the wine to the onions to avoid it), but it looks nice.

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Cress and parsley pesto on the plate.

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Rei-kishimen, fresh noodles for a tropical lunch

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We are now having a nice Summer weather, as during official Summer, we were inside a sauna. So it’s ideal to lunch with rei men (chilled noodles) and enjoy hot weather fruits.
You don’t see the noodles ? It’s because they are hidden under.

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They are kishimen, a type of flat udon particularly popular in Aichi, the region of Nagoya. (read more)
Served cold, they remind some white Chinese noddles they serve in Pekin’s streets.

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Salmon slices ready for sashimi (it has to be frozen, don’t forget if the fishmonger didn’t do it).

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Ceviche : I just covered with kabosu citrus juice cut at 50% with water, kabosu zest, a little sea salt. Let only a few minutes. The more you wait, the more your fish will be cooked.

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My grandma’s technique to cut parsley thinly (yep, with scissors).

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4 layers :
-a bed of grated cucumbers and minced parsley, slightly salted and later pressed to get out excess water
kishimen noodles, boiled, refreshed in iced water
-onion slices (salted, let, rinsed) and kikuna chrysanthemum greens
-salmon kabosu ceviche

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Mix and you have a very fresh salad meal.

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Dragon fruit and litchis for dessert. Natto-wasabi as a side :

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Putting wine in my ratatouille…

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OK, not really what the title says. That’s a fish and veggie lunch.

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I did have some ratatouille veggies as a base : aubergine, bell pepper, onion.

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I had some lesser cuts of mackerel, what is left with the spine after they take the sushi blocks. There is still something to eat on the frame. I put them in a pan with a cut onion, 3 glasses of red wine, a little soy sauce and kurozato (black sugar). Let reduce.
Added steamed aubergine and cut bell pepper. Simmered a few minutes :

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Done !

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Served. It’s very juice, so that goes well with potatoes.

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Boiled, then mashed, flavored with salt, pepper, chili and olive oil.

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