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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Sesame and sesame ramen

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A warm ramen lunch to fight the chilly weather.Nothing goes better with pork broth than the nuttiness of toasted sesame.

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I bought the noddles and the soup (tonkotsu pork broth).

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The reheat noddles and toppings. Sliced ginger and kujo negi leeks. Toasted sesame and kiku chrysanthemum. And on top of that, a little mix of miso, toasted sesame and garlic, pasted together.

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A very filling side dish : veggies in gochujang Korean sauce. There are okra, kuromame black soy beans, ninniku no me garlic stalks…

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…slices of ukon turmeric.

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Okomeyaki, brown rice okonomiyaki

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Mid-way between yaki-onigiri and okonomiyaki, a tasty and healthy lunch. That’s really interesting to enjoy together the crusty flavor of grilled rice and the cabbage soft feel of okonomiyaki.

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A triple base : cooked brown rice (leftovers), dry mushrooms and cabbage.

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For the batter : 1/3 cup of cooked rice, 1/2 rice flour, the soaking water of mushrooms, salt. In the blender 1 minute.
For the filling : cabbage, ninnniku no me (garlic stalks), minced fresh ginger, 2/3 cup of cooked rice.
Mix, cook one side in an oiled pan.

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Flip, add sesame oil, flip again…

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With sauce (here Bulldog Worcester style sauce). Then aonori seaweed flakes and chili flakes :

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Tofu lasagna and farm fruits

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Not the Italian lasagne. 豆腐ラザニア tofu rasaniya It’s a Japanese comfort dish. Not an homonym, it’s really inspired by the pasta dish but without the pasta. You are left with very soft tofu in Italian style sauces. Warm and tender. It’s usually served with rice.

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Fruits like those you pick in the backyard. I went to the countryside. I have some from a farm, others from farmer’s market. They are the fruits you can see in local woods right now, kaki persimmons, mikan oranges, yuzu citrus. You can see two types of kaki, some rounds and some ogive ones. The latter may be shibui (tart) and the farm lady said we should guess… A bit of branch is left and if they are tart, we can do that.

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That’s a quickly thrown casual meal. I had tomato sauce, silky tofu and these blanched veggies : bell peppers and ninniku no me (garlic stalks).

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For the cheezy sauce as usual sake kasu, miso and this time the oil was sesame oil. I have added grated ukon (turmeric).

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Alternate and bake. I topped with toasted bread crumbs.

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Genmai, brown rice. I was given good farm rice too.

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Serve very hot. Mmmm…

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Okara veggie patties

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I had okara as a by product from making tonyu (soy milk), this time from black soy milk. Okara is also sold in supermarkets or tofu shops here. It’s full of fibers.

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Okara, onion, kabocha pumpkin, sesame and parsley paste, ninniku no me (garlic stalks), grated ginger, potato starch, miso.

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Mixed. Then formed into patties and pan-fried.

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Lacquered yakitori balls and grilled kabocha

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Sauce tsukune.

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Sesame tsukune.
Two more variation of tsukune (meat balls) of yakitori (grilled chicken skewer bars). For simple “salt” version, see here.

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Yep, they are painted…

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The boiled balls (preparation here) are put on skewers, then painted several times with sauce, before, during and after being grilled under the broiler or on a brasero. I have not made my sauce, I’ve used the fruity Bulldog sauce (more here). Some yakitori shops use that, but most make their mix.
For the sesame ones, after 2 or 3 times, I stopped adding sauce but passed the skewer in a mix of white and black sesame seeds.

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As I used the oven-toaster, I also grilled thin slices of kabocha pumpkin. Just like that, no salt, no oil. It’s delicious.

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Vegetables (raw red onion, blanched and cooled okra and ninniku-no-me garlic stalks) and the leftover of creamy pesto dressing (preparation here). I mixed and let one hour.

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Then 2 appetizers, I kept them “nature” without adding salt :

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The seeds of kabocha, baked with the rest.

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Edamame.

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So I had a small casual dinner… well, that was a lunch.

other yakitori

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‘Not dog’ garden sandwich

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Weirds sausages in a green wrap. They are easy to make and really yummy.

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The basic ingredients. The beans are boiled of course. I mashed them together with a fork.

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Spices, lots of paprika powder, a little garlic (grated) and black miso. They have no case, just formed by hand. But they could used some support :

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Ninniku no me (garlic stalks). I passed them into, on the model of sausages formed around a bone.
Then baked the sausages (painted with oil) during about 20 minutes.

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Enjoy in a wrap of sanchu (Korean lettuce) with carrot, and some chunky mustard.

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