A delicious fresh dessert for all the lovers of sour sweetness.
Why zu zu zu ?
Zu or su, is sourness. Many acidic ingredients have this sound in Japanese. Today : Anzu : Apricot. Yuzu : yuzu citrus. Kuzu : kudzu is a root resembling arrow-root and similarly used as a jelly starch.
About 1 volume of dry apricot for two of oat meal in the blender, then just a little water. Put in the mold, dried in the oven.
Yuzu. I’ve really discovered something here : yuzu and apricot are one of those rare matches made in even. Paired they become something else, a richer fruit flavor.
Kudzu as it is sold. It is 本葛 Honkuzu, pure kuzu. There exist others (explanation here).
Like an apple or an avocado, grated yamaimo tends to oxidate and darken in color. Or not, and that’s not previsible. But that was the case with this one so I’ve added juice of sudachi lime to keep it relatively creamy in color. That’s also a nice flavor addition.
Black natto (fermented soy beans). It’s often paired with grated wasabi.
Natto with rice is a regular breakfast item in Japan. So just that with tororo and green tea. A nice simple brunch.
つけ麺 tsukemen, that’s noodles unseasoned (often chilled) served with a tsuyu (dipping soup). As that’s much lighter than noodles served in the soup, it’s a common Summer dish.
Chuka soba or ramen (Chinese noodles). I buy them fresh and cooked, but they need a refreshing. I pass them 1 minute in boiling water, then refresh in ice water. And serve. That changes totally the texture.
Fresh traditional style miso. I’ve used it for the onion miso tsuyu
It’s very simple. I cut 1/2 onion, grated 1/4, added very little water and cooked till onions changed of color, added the miso and iced water to refresh.
Garnishing items : goya (sliced bitter squash), mitsuba leaves, cut negi leeks and abura-age (fried tofu). It’s Kyoto style abura-age, delicious just like that.
A yummy snack, so easy. Er… there is a way to fail.
Mix sake kasu (sake lees), miso, a little water, cook in microwave. Let cool.
Shred carrots, mix them with a little salt and good garam masala Indian spice mix.
Slice bread. Spread half of the sauce on it, add the rest to carrots.
Garnish the bread with carrot.
On a board, cut perfect bars of sandwich.
Yes, they are “dirty” too. Bah, they were still delicious. I’ll do them differently next time, surely I’ll cut the bread first.