Okra green curry

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For hot weather, a dish from a hot country : Thai green curry. I’ve loaded it with okras, the hydrating greens that help fight the heat.

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Today’s basket is very juicy : okra, green sweet chili peppers, tomatoes, enoki mushrooms

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First : carrots, onion, coriander roots, lemon grass, sansho peppercorns…
Then : Thai green curry paste, coconut milk, chicken legs…
Finally : the veggies, a few laurel leaves, and at the end, bits of peeled lemon…

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That gives a big volume !

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And steamed potatoes. Yes, that should be rice, but I wanted tatoes for their potassium… and well, I wanted to eat them with whatever.

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Bouille bouille bouillabaisse

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The humble soup dish. This version is really frugal, made with fish leftovers that some people would discard and cheap veggies. The meal is still gorgeous. That’s the magic of the kitchen.

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With fish heads and bits they don’t use for sashimi. Keep away the cuts with meats on them.

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The first step is to make a soup by simmering the unusable parts with onion, garlic, herbs, tomato, salt, a little olive oil. Then passing gives a light broth. Blending, then passing gives a thick fish soup.

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2 batches of fish soup to stock in the fridge.

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Reheat soup with potatoes, more veggies, herbs, garlic…I’ve added paprika, red bell pepper, saffron.

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Add the fish at the end.

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It cooks quickly.

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Fish and veggies make the main dish. And the first dish is this scarlet soup :

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Rouelle de porc braisée au vinaigre balsamique (Balsamico soft pork roast)

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An old fashioned cast-iron slow cooked roast, with its sauce and season steamed veggies. The balsamico vinegar brings the char color and some sourness that lights it up.

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That’s a meal that takes 5 minutes to throw… and 2 days to cook, but you don’t care as you have nothing to do.
The cut is called sune in Japanese, I think it corresponds to rouelle in French, a round cut in the pork leg. It’s just ideal for this type of recipes.
A grated carrot, a grated onion, 2 chunks of garlic, a handful of oregano, 1/2 of balsamico vinegar, some water.
2 hours low heat. The next day, again, 2 hours.

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The meat is easy to cut, with a pleasant soft texture.

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The sauce : everything in the pot except the meat, passed in the mixer. I’ve added, paprika powder for the color, salt, pepper, reheated.

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Steamed romanesco.

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Steamed new potatoes.

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And a little plate of stalks of spinach and mustard leaves, stir-fried with spices.

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Maquereau au four – baked mackerel.

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Spring is a bit this year. Let’s enjoy baked fish.

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Okinawan yellow skin potatoes. New.

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A bed of baked potatoes with a fragrance of white wine.

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Tarragon brings an interesting flavor.

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Cover with the mackerel (maquereau).

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With a quick ciabatta.

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Tofaye, the ultimate potato pot

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Tofailles, tofaie, tofaye… whatever the name is the solid treat from the Lorraine Vosges mountain area. Ideal for cold or chilly days, so it was served year round in farms. They all made their own bacon surely.

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It’s potatoes. Bacon. Onion. White wine. Some add this or that… And the main ingredient is time. Forget it hours on the wood (or induction) stove :

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It’s so soft and nicely caramelized under.

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A camelia bud, still Winter but blossom season is arriving…

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Veggie creamy cheesy broccoli delight

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Yummy veggies ! Another plant-based meal full of broccoli and potatoes.

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Miso and sakekasu (sake lees) bring the cheese-type flavor.

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Wash well the potatoes, grate them. Grate an equal amount of broccoli stalk. Steam the 2 for 5~10 minutes (till it’s al dente).
Mix in the miso, sakekasu, grated garlic and half a block of tofu. Flavor with coriander seed, black pepper and nutmeg.
Add in some “flowers” of broccoli, and cut Italian parsley.

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Form big balls, pat them with potato starch. Cook in a little oil.

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Ready !

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More steamed broccoli.

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A little Japanese style kimchi as a side.

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It’s really very creamy, and mmm… mmm…

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Veg’ grill


A simple Winter baked dinner.

The potatoes are twice baked. Sliced yaki-tofu (grilled tofu, it’s firmer). Some green sweet pepper.

I’ve added sake kasu on top and painted with olive oil. Then when that was grilled a little layer of salsa.