Green papaya Spring rolls

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Fresh fruity salad Spring rolls.

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A green papaya from… the North. It’s produced in Aichi prefecture. Well, with these long hot Summers, they can easily grow tropical fruits.

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As you can see, the fruit “sweats” a milky liquid. I was surprised to find so few grains in it.

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Cress greens, cucumber sticks, the grated papaya (mixed with kabosu lime juice). The powder is sesame, goji berries and a little salt.

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Wrapped in rice paper.

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Served with sweet chili sauce.

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As a side : abura age (fried tofu pockets) filled with kurigohan (chestnut rice), then toasted.

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Fresh wasabi Spring rolls

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Heat wave lunch ! The weather is cooking us. Wasabi is a refreshing spice, ideal for the season.

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A root of wasabi.

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Dices of wasabi.

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Chirimen-jako (small dried fish).

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Mixed in with natto and tsuyu sauce.

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Inside full veggie Spring rolls.

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Served with tomato juice.

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Masala fresh rolls

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Today’s Spring rolls.

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Here are all the ingredients. As you can see a garam masala Indian spice mix…

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Mushrooms and avocado sprinkled with lemon juice. Onion and goya bitter squash are sliced, salted and later rinsed. Grated red cabbage and bell pepper.

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Steamed bean sprouts.

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Natto.

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On rice paper. Roll and serve fresh.

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Kabocha nems

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A free variation of nems (Vietnamese fried Spring rolls) to empty my fridge and rejoice my tastebuds.

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I had green soy beans (read more here) to use.

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Steamed kabocha, boiled green soy beans, onion… plus a good amount of turmeric and curry spices.

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Rolled in rice-paper, painted with oil all over.

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Grilled in the oven toaster, served with parsley.

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A dip of black rice vinegar, chili pepper, a little soy sauce.

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Mitsuba and Spring roll du jour

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Hot weather is back and Spring roll addiction too. They are never exactly the same. Is there a more convenient way to eat a large variety of raw vegetables ?

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三つ葉 mitsuba means “3 leaves” in Japanese. It’s a very common herb here. I’d say it’s Japanese coriander. It is not so strong, it’s different but if you ate some you’d think about coriander or cilantro.
It is not great to cook it, so it’s added to salads, to garnish a soup.

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The base is grated Japanese turnip, with some leaves. I’ve let it a while and squeezed excess water.

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Gochujang (Korean spicy miso) + natto.

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Cucumbers.

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Blue veggie Spring rolls with lemon balm pesto

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Today’s Spring roll are blue, leafy and full of crunchy veggies. I dip them in delicately creamy lemon balm pesto sauce.

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The blue color comes from takana (Japanese mustard leaves).

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I’ve used 3 layers of rice paper. First 1 layer of RP, 1 of leaves, 1 of RP, the other veggies.

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I’ve rolled that and wrapped around 1 more RP. So the blue takana leaves are visible, and some green parts too. They don’t reveal the filling.

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Inside : grated carrot, broad beans (blanched), young onion, powdered roasted sesame seeds and a little curry powder blend.

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Pesto : lemon balm, a few leaves of beet greens, garlic, olive oil, salt. Plus some water to make it a sauce.

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Quick rolls for hanami

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Mission : you have 10 minutes to throw a hanami (cherry blossom viewing) lunch.

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Pick stuff in the fridge. Clean and cut if needed.

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A cheezy sauce : miso, sakekasu, rice vinegar.
There were still crumbs of sesame in the mixer.

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Wrap everything in rice paper. I usually keep the sauce out and I let one side open, but this style is more convenient to transport.

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Pack with leaves of spinach. And a thermos of tea.
Go to the blossoms…

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Find a comfy tree trunk and enjoy lunch.

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