Kurogoma purin. Silver flan. (made from seeds)

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Don’t let the metallic aspect deter you, it’s very cream, sweet and the taste is naturally nutty.
黒ゴマプリン, kurogoma purin, literally “black sesame pudding” is now a classic Japanese sweet with countless version.Here is mine.

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That’s the occasion to talk about “goma cream“. This kind of spread is so addictive that I avoid buying it.

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The basic ingredient is black sesame, kuro goma. They usually sell it roasted.

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This my quick home-made neri goma (paste).I put some in my electric mill, and paste it. The mill heats a lot, so I do it in 5 or 6 time, letting it cool in between, while I do something else.
It is not as smooth as the “pro version”. I can tell you how theirs is done : just after the sesame is toasted, it is pounded in a mortar, then passed through a thieve. You can do that. Just not every morning in 5 minutes…

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Making goma cream :
Then with the neri goma the paste, I make the silky spread. I add 1/2 ts of neutral oil and 1 ts of syrup or honey, and I mill a little more.

Both the paste and the cream can be stored a while in a jar, pour a small layer of oil on top, keep at room temperature.

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Recipe for 2 servings :

A.Take 1/2 cup of sesame seeds. Paste them. With half of the paste, make goma cream.
B.In a bowl, whisk the rest of paste, with 1/2 cup of water, 1 ts of potato starch, 1 ts of sugar.
C.In a pan, mix 1/2 cup of water and 1/3 ts of agar, bring to a boil. Add the B mixture while whisking, and 2 tbs of coconut cream (from a can), reheat on low heat, stir till it starts taking texture.
D. Pour in molds. Let cool at least 1 hour.

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Serve chilled, with a generous goma cream on top.

Wagashi Saga : Japanese sweet posts and tutorials.

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Risotto style sekihan (red rice)

A creamier version of the Japanese classic, ideal for chilly weather.

o-seki-han, Japanese red sticky rice.
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I had that velvety broth from boiling azuki red beans.
So I have added it to the rice cooker with brown rice. Roughly, I’ve doubled the amount of liquid and cooked on Chinese okayu (congee) rice porridge mode. I’ve added a few beans too of course.

This amount of sauce was left when I opened.

Oishiso ! I want to eat it like that.

Flavoring are natural sea salt and freshly roasted sesame seeds.

Sesame for Kurisumasu

I went to a large group cooking class to eat… to make a Kurisumasu menu. That was fun and delicious.
Kurimasu is Japanese’s Christmas, an imported celebration, adapted too. The biggest part of it is the food.

That was organized by this company in the south of Osaka, they are specialized in sesame products : Omuraya.

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neri goma, it’s roasted pasted sesame.

iri goma
iri goma, roasted sesame.

Sesame seeds exist in 3 colors, white, golden and black.
There have also many variations of dressings and other using sesame. I knew the brand as I’ve bought it many time. We found it in local supermakets.
(I’m not paid to make their PR).

So what’s on the menu for Kurisumasu ? Chicken !!!
Yep, the marketing has sold chicken as the Xmas food, so there will be some, 2 types :
marmalade and sesame wings
chicken slices with wine sesame sauce
Sides were :
Sesame broccoli soup
Sesame macaroni salad, and decorative potato sarada.

You can see the model and what, we, the students made.

Spicy fruit cake with sesame additions…