Black natto brunch

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Tororo on my bowl of natto

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A nagaimo, a long yamaimo or Japanese yam. Naga means long. We often buy only a cut, but the root is 60 cm long or more.

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Grated. Tororo tuto.

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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.

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Black natto (fermented soy beans). It’s often paired with grated wasabi.

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Natto with rice is a regular breakfast item in Japan. So just that with tororo and green tea. A nice simple brunch.

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Momo mitsu-nyu, a plant based tres leches with peach

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Freshly invented, this is the Japanese tres leches. Momo, the peach. Mitsu-nyu, 3 milks. It is vegan, gluten free, and oishii !

More about “tres leches” cake and basic recipe.

This is okara, the fiber left after you squeeze out soy milk. I often make cakes with it.

I’ve made a very simple vanilla okara cake, very simple :
1 cup of okara, 2 tbs of potato starch, 2 tbs of cane sugar, 1 tbs of dry coconut, vanilla powder, enough water to get a sticky dough. Baked on low heat in 2 round molds.

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Next day, I’ve soaked the dried cooled cakes.
Syrup : coconut milk + coconut cream + 1 small chunk of kurozako black sugar.
I consider soy creaminess from the okara makes the 3rd milk.

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That’s the texture you obtain.

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A few hours later, I’ve piled the 2 rounds and garnished.
Cream : coconut cream, powder sugar and green kinako (a grilled soy powder). I’ve completed with slices of peach.

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A fresh creamy cake that will live long enough to take and photo and then disappear into the paradise of great food memories…

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New ginger carrot okara cookies

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I made these savory cookies to use leftovers. They ended up like heath store cookies, full of fibers and good nutrients.

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Carrot lees, what is left from juicing.

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Okara, the leftover from making tofu and soy milk.

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New ginger, still pink like a little baby. It’s available in Summer. Ginger pickles are made with it.

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Carrot + okara + minced ginger. I’ve added miso and powdered sesame for flavor, potato starch for binding.

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Spread on cooking paper, with more sesame seeds.

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After baking, they are still soft. The next day, they hardened and flavors have combined.

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My yogurt is green… but it’s pink.

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Yogurt is the topic of this month’s Daring Cook’s challenge.

The lovely Cher of The Not So Exciting Adventures of a Dabbler was our July Daring Cooks’ hostess and she asked us to create homemade yogurt in our own kitchens! No incubators needed, no expensive equipment or ingredients, just a few items and we had delicious yogurt for a fraction of the cost and a whole lot healthier than what you buy in the stores!

Well, everything is relative. Fresh cow milk costs the same or more than yogurts. Those they sell are not different than home-made (using the same yogurts as ferment, my only option). Then, I don’t know in other countries but yogurt makers, electric and thermos can be found at bargain price, and my oven can do “incubator”. So the equipment is less an issue than the ingredients.

I had already made a lot of dairy yogurts and a few experiments in dairy free ones (about my dairy free adventures). So I tried a new variations with black soy beans.

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Previous yogurt dishes :
Osaka yogurt cakeKeftas in yogurt sauce
Coconut yogurt lassiSoy yogurt choco cakeSoy-yo carrot cake

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I have used black soy beans to make :

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And this milk (recipe here) gave this :

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Oh surprise ! It’s pink. I simply enjoyed it with berry jam.

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Summer inari-zushi

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Inari is the type of sushi contained in a sweetly soaked pouch of fried tofu. The pronunciation is Zushi in this word, inarizushi.
With season produce, they make a pleasant plant-based lunch.

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I told you that so far the rainy season was a dry one, but that’s changing as we are reaching the end : It rains seriously !

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I bought this. 油揚げ, abura age. They are slices of tofu, deep-fried.

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Cut and they become little bags to contain your sushi.

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My rice is a mix of mochigome (sticky rice) and genmai (brown rice) . Flavored with kurosu (black rice vinegar), very little salt and grated carrot.

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I rinsed the abura age pouches with hot water to eliminate the excess of oil, then simmered them in a little sweet broth (shoyu soy sauce, kurozato black sugar, chili pepper and laurel). I don’t want mine too sweet.
Toppings : edamame fresh soy beans, fresh sweet corn, sweet green chili, carrot.

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Served with kaiware daikon sprouts.

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Spicy kinako bread with creamed edamame

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Triple power snack : edamame (green soy beans), kinako and sesame.
That’s an interesting very bread-like quick bread, and it happens to be gluten-free.

Kinako is made by roasting dry soy beans, then making them into a flour. It’s a common ingredient of Japanese sweets.

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Mix : 1/2 cup kinako, 1/2 cup oatmeal, 2 tbs yellow and black sesame (half ground, half whole), 1/2 cup onion (half ground, half thinly cut), 1 dry chili pepper (without seeds, thinly cut), black pepper, salt, 1/4 ts of baking powder. Wet with water
Spread and level between 2 sheets of baking paper. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
Bake 15 minutes at 120 degrees Celsius, then cut and bake 15 more minutes at 180 degrees.

Warning : the chili pepper’s hotness will develop, so skip it if you are sensitive to it.

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The result is a soft and compact dark bread. Let it cool overnight so flavors can develop fully.

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For the cream, pass in the blender freshly boiled edamame, a little cold water, lemon juice, a small piece of fresh onion, salt. Let cool in the fridge at least 2 hours.

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My exps in plant based milks and yogurts

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Here is a post to make the point about my adventure in the plant-based milk and yogurt world…
That doesn’t go much out of the beaten paths, but for me there were novelties. Also these food are very different so I made my tasting files for each.
If you want wider information about dairy-free cooking, there is a compilation post about it (here).

MILKS :

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+Tastes good cold or hot.
++Useful to make tofu, yuba, yogurt, etc.
++ Very cheap ingredients.
-A bit long and complicated to make.

DSC04322Almond milk (tutorial)

+ Tastes great cold.
+ Useful to make blanc-manger.
– Raw almond are very expensive here.
++ The most convenient and quickest to make.

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+ Tastes fresh and original cold.
+ Quick and easy to make.
– Seasonal ingredient, no so cheap (I think frozen corn is pre-cooked, I didn’t try)

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+ Tastes great warmed.
+ Convenient and easy to make.
+ Cheap ingredient.

Recipes :
kurogoma tonyu (black sesame paste in soy milk)
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+ Very tasty
+ Super easy to make
– or + It stays liquid
– A little fat (has to be drunk in small amounts)

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+ Tasty
+ Great texture
+ Cheap ingredient
– Some prep needed to thicken it

Recipes :
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