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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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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Mouth refreshing “pickles”

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They are not really pickles… but how to say ? Small bits siding a dish.

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Eringi tsukemono.

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Spicy tomato agar.

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スダチ sudachi is a small green citrus from the area of Tokushima. It is thought to have lots of medicinal properties to fight diabetes and allergies. And it’s fragrant, fresh, delicious too.

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Eringi mushroom.

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Eringi tsukemono :
I’ve used only the stalks for this recipe. I sliced them thinly, mixed with the juice of a sudachi, its cut peel and a pinch of sea salt. Cover. Let 1 or 2 days in the fridge, mixing twice a day.

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Tomato juice, salt, powdered jalapeno chili and agar. I have not used enough agar for a solid result (you have to follow the proportions on the package). It’s still good and refreshing, but I need a spoon to eat it. Ideally, you want to make cubes that can be grabbed with chopsticks or a fork.

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Greens for the heat

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We are having a dry or a late rainy season. It’s getting hot. We have to get used to it. Adapting the menu is very important.

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This natto is from a village called Tamba, famous for its soy bean. It’s a little more hand-made than the ordinary one.

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I’ve added negi leeks, nira garlic chives and green sansho peppercorns that are now in season, with dashi broth and a little soy sauce, mixed and let a few hours.

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Very large long beans. I’ve just cut them in 2 and blanched.

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Blanched ninniku no me (garlic stalks) and boiled tokk (Korean mochi rice cakes)

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The beans, stalks and tokk reheated in tomato sauce with lots of cut fresh oregano.

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To add a little sourness : tarragon pickles (made here).

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Green asparagus. Pickle sauce beans.

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This is food for hot days. Green asparagus with cheezinaise. Pickles and tomato sauce white beans. It’s spicy, refreshing, plant-based and easy to digest.

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Beans in tomato sauce are usually something to warm you up in Winter, but adding the tartness and sourness of pickles totally refreshes the dish.

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Boiled daifuku mame white beans, reheated in tomato sauce. I have then added capers, home-made tarragon pickles, some steamed stalks of green asparagus…

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… a minced small red onion. I’ve let that 3 hours at room temperature, so flavors mixed well.

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Served with mizuna leaves.

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Cheezinaise
It’s similar to this one. Sakekasu brings a cheesy flavor. It is made of miso, sakekasu (sake lees), chili pepper and turmeric. After pasting and adding water, I cooked it a few minutes and let cool, and later completed with olive oil.

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I’ve boiled very briefly the thin green asparagus spears and refreshed them in iced water. I’ve eaten them with the sauce.

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Pickling cukes : kimchi + cornichons à l’estragon

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Two ways of quickly pickling small cucumbers.

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I really had a big bag that I was not going to eat before they go bad. I don’t need pickles for Winter, just some that prolongates the cukes for a week.

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Lazy kimchi : breaking the cucumbers in dices and mixing with kimchi from the store. Mix and close. The lacto-fermentation of kimchi will extend to the added vegetables.
They will be ready in one or two days.

Note : kimchi is nor vegetarian usually, but some versions without animal products can be made.

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Cornichons is the French name for finger sized cucumbers, and for their pickled version. Estragon is tarragon. I’ve also added a small onion.

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1/4 of vinegar heated with water. A few grains of black pepper. And there is salt. Let cool. Close.
They will be ready next week.

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Sakura okowa. Blossom rice.

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A delicious and simple way to savor the season. Yes, they are arriving. Most are like this :

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But a few are opened…

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Mochigome (sticky rice).

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御強 okowa, steamed stick rice.
How to ? It’s explained in the tutorial.

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I have added rinsed pickled cherry after 30 minutes.

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The rice is firm, glossy and sticky. It’s easy to form balls.

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I’ve put them on pickled sakura leaves.

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