Genmai okayu, brown rice brunch soup

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Okayu, rice porridge. An many pickles. It’s simple, colorful, feeling and very tasty.
I had a cold, not much appetite. That was perfect.

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Umeboshi, salty plum, with the red shiso that comes together.

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Aka kabu, red Kyoto turnip tsukemono.

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Cornichons à l’estragon, with the onion from the same jar. Behind, a few capers.

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Toasted abrura-age (fried tofu) and 2 sesames.

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All the topping are ready.

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And the rice. Just good brown rice, longly simmered in water.

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Aka kabu tsukemono, red turnip

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A quick veggie side for Japanese meals.

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You already saw this red Kyoto turnip. I used one there. The other, I cleaned well, sliced the root, picked the leaves.

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In salted water. I keep it covered, in the fridge. Good from the next day, for a few days.

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After 3 days, the leaves.

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The root.

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Pot au feu or pot luck ? Seafood veggie red stew.

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A long time ago, a very cheerful lady asked if I liked French pot au feu and I said that was not my favorite dish. She was very disappointed as she had just discovered the dish in a “traditional French restaurant” here in Osaka, and she said : “Really I love everything spicy with tomato sauce, chick peas, seafood and hot dog sausages…”. It seems, she ate an original variation for sure that drifts far away from what most call pot au feu in France.
Well, I’ve made it today without the knackies. I don’t know if that has a name. Maybe the Spanish “cocido de pulpo con patatas”, but I don’t see it with sausages. Well, they are not here.
I have the pulpo (octopus) :

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Hokkaido octopus.

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Into a broth (onion with cloves, chick peas, bouquet garni, mushrooms).

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Boiled.

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Added potatoes. Later tomato sauce and a little red wine. a little hot chili.

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Kyoto red kabu turnip.

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I first added pieces of the root, then stalks, then at the end leaves.

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Put it in a pottery.

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Cover and announce “pot au feu” or whatever name…

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Tartare d’huitres au yuzu (French-Japanese oyster appetizer)

That looks so hip that you can’t guess what it is, like in those avant-garde restaurants that have done it for…ever. You have to pretend it’s new all the time. Well it’s marinated oysters with fresh veggies, and it’s yummy.

Japanese ingredients : small oysters and (blanched cooked) edamame beans.

Also white kabu (raw). And okra (gombo, blanched).

A fragrant yuzu lemon. I simply juiced the yuzu and added all the other ingredients diced. Mixed. Let a while in the fridge.

Serve in small amount as an appetizer, or with a toast or hot rice… well, that was a hot boiled potato.

Soupe du jour : lumaca pace…

It cooks at the slow speed of a snail…
Because we have a weather to eat soup. As you can see, it contains pasta and many items but no lumaca (snail), only lumaca pasta (the package claims that, it should be “lumaconi” maybe).

Kabu (turnip).

Kyo-imo (kyoto potato) also called ebi-imo (shrimp potato), a kind of taro.

Kuromame black beans.

Small bits of fat pork, onion, tomato passata, garlic, chili, olive oil… then I added the pasta, some cabbage.

The creaminess comes from the addition of ground sesame.

Tanuki soba and big kabu turnips


A hot Japanese soup. Soba are buckwheat noodles. The tanuki is a Japanese raccoon dog.

tanuki ezo-tanuki, Northern white tanuki (image source, a blog with nice animal photos)

I’ve not been hunting. This dish is nearly vegan (you can use vegan broth). In Osaka, tanuki soba means a soba soup garnished with a slice of abura-age. In other places in Japan, they may give it a wrong appellation. Maybe it evokes the color of the fur of a tanuki. Or it’s because it’s tanukis’ favorite dish when they dine out in town…

Thin abura-age, it’s fried tofu slices. I bought them. Before adding them to the soup, I wipe away the excess of oil and slightly toast them.

Kabu are Japanese turnip. They can be pearly white, either small or huge. And more rarely red skinned.

Slices of the red kabu, kabu greens, cabbage, carrot, onion… All that is covered with dashi stock.
Classic dashi
kombu seaweed dashi (vegan)
DIY soba noodles
other soba recipes

wrapping fresh veggies


A quick lunch. It’s cold but I was craving for raw freshness, vegetables, not fruits. So let’s go…

Home-made tortillas, just flour and olive oil, a little salt and lots of black pepper this time.

Kabu, Japanese turnips are delicious raw or in pickles. Here, just cut.

Shungiku, chrysanthemum leaves, the long type.

More green.

Yep, commercial sweet chili sauce. I’m lazy.

Just wrap. Oh, I made hot green tea. I felt good eating a pair of these.