Hokkaido red peas

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赤えんどう豆 aka endo mame. Red peas, from Hokkaido.
I’ve found these in a depachika. It’s the under-ground flour of a department store where there are many specialty shops of food, ready to eat, fresh and ingredients. I had never used these peas.

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After soaking a few hours.

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And boiling 45 minutes. I could then use them for 3 dishes.

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Japanese style : reheated on low heat, 15 minutes, with enough broth to cover, a piece of kombu seaweed, soy sauce and kurozato black sugar. Let cool. They can be kept about a week in the fridge and served as side dish for Japanese meals.

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Aka endo mame okayu (more here)

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Indian-Japanese fusion style : stir-fried with onion, garlic, ginger and chana dal massala powder. Plus a few shishito peppers.


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Served on reheated shirataki noodles.

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Aka endo-mame okayu, red pea rice porridge

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Here is an okayu, a congee, a rice porridge.

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Brown rice, soaked. Red peas boiled (Hokkaido aka endomame). A little salt. Lots of water. 3 hours simmering slowly in a rice cooker, a crockpot, or on a stove.

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Umeboshi with red shiso.

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To garnish : umeboshi flesh, cut shiso (from the umeboshi), stalks of mitsuba and black sesame.

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Frozen tofu.

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Refried briefly with Indian spice mix and turmeric.

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A quick brunch.

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Deconstructed inari soba and 4 treasure mozuku soup

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Inari-zushi are sushi in little pockets like this (click). I wanted to make a variation , inari soba, with soba noodles instead of rice but I made a technical mistake, so the taste is here, delicious, but the shape, not at all… The second dish is a seaweed and veggie soup.

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Abura-age (fried tofu) simmered in a broth of soy sauce, paprika, with a little chili and garlic.
MY MISTAKE : I forgot to open the pockets before simmering. And later, that was… impossible without tearing all apart.

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I’ve salted slightly and mixed with fresh soba buckwheat noodles (boiled 1 minute, then cooled in iced water, drained).

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So I’ve placed the noodles on top of the pockets. The project was to fill them.

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Fresh edamame from kuromame (black soy beans)

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You need to cook them. It’s possible to rub the pods with salt and boil them that way, or to open as I did.

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Inspired from a Chinese soup. I’ve cooked green and black edamame, dices of kabocha pumpkin and slices of okra. I’ve added sea salt and mozuku seaweed to the cooled broth. A few slices of sudachi lime bring fruity acidity.

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Mixed baby leaves, plus mitsuba and cherry tomatoes.

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My lunch !

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Purple hana mame, sweet giant beans


That’s the season for new dry beans. So here are the first hanamame (flower beans ) of the season.

They are that big. They need long soaking time in spite of freshness.

After 24 hours.

Boiled till they get tender.

Then I soaked them one night in a syrup (honey plus a litte mirin and soy sauce). And I get those delicious dessert beans.

Hijiki seaweed, kabocha…

A more Japanese meal today. Several small items compose it. There is nothing classic. I switched rice for fancy bread (but many Japanese do that) and it’s vegan, which is a rarity in this country.

Let’s start simple : kinudofu, creamy silky tofu with sweet chili peppers and green lemon.

I get these seaweed fresh, so I just need to rinse and cook. If you buy them dried (most Japanese grocers have them), you need to soak them about 20 minutes, use lukewarm water with a little honey or sugar for better result.

I fried cut red onion in a little oil, added the hijiki, stir-fried, then seasoned with a little shoyu soy sauce and sugar, simmered 2 minutes.
They can be served cold (like here) or hot.

Boiled kabocha pumpkin skins. That’s a leftover, I reheated and covered with sesame sauce gomadare.

When you mix, it get really yummy.

Taisho kintoki beans. I boiled a big batch recently as the 2012 crop of dry beans arrived. They are superb.

With tomato chili sauce, and parsley.

Red delight.

Something to clean the sauce : pumpkin bread.

Toasted.
Thankies gods and sacrified veggies.Itatakimasu !

Copycat of moonstone daifuku, cheese-cake wagashi

They are black sesame daifuku mochi, with lemony cream-cheese filling. It’s creamilicious, and that makes a slightly sweet treat, very refreshing.
I made them, but I copied a bought version.
It’s always a fun challenge to try to reproduce food you ate somewhere.

ORIGINAL from the shop :

I bought “kurogoma cream cheese daifuku mochi” from my nearby wagashi maker.

Some sort of biscuit (monaka wafer I think), with shiro-an white bean paste, mixed with cream cheese, flavored with lemon. Around it’s mochi with black sesame.

CLONES :

It’s Barbarella ! I have a field of moonstones :

No technical difficulty. I mixed sweet white bean paste with same amount of cream cheese, flavored with zest and juice of sudachi lemon.
Differences : I didn’t have the wafer, mine is less sweet, and I used more cheese.
Basic Recipes (click on text) :
Wagashi Saga : Japanese sweets

Yes, they were delicious !

Enjoy with ryokucha, simple green tea.

Green soy beans and snack domburi

These are green soy beans. On the second photo with the classical white ones.

Soaked overnight, then boiled.


In nympheas lunch.

As a domburi (bol of rice with toppings) : “pink rice” (cooked with azuki beans), sansho and kombu seaweed tsukudani and green soy.

Second half of June 2010 : Illustrated Menu

First half of June 2010 : Illustrated Menu