Cumin lamb chop and kujo negi, Chinese style

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Another way to serve a lamb chop. A fun quick lunch.

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Pan-fried with sesame oil and cumin seeds.

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I had a few fresh Kujo negi, Kyoto leeks.

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The tender part of greens.

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The white part is cut into angel’s hair.

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The sauce : Chinese black miso, a little gochujang and powdered cumin.

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I didn’t make them. I bought ready to use Chinese Spring roll wraps, warmed them in the steamer.

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That’s served : Take a crepe, put veggies, meat and sauce on it, roll and eat immediately.

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A fresh lunch tray

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Today’s lunch. No fuss.
Hot days are arriving… and going back… and back. Chaotic weather, so the food looks random too.

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Spring roll du jour : lots of raw veggies and herbs.

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Sesame, natto…

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Rolled !

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Dessert waffles : batter is flour, baking powder, sugar and vanilla. Garnished with grated apple, almond slices, cocoa chips.

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Cooked !

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Chicken liver, onion, paprika and balsamico sauce leftover (from here).

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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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First Spring roll of the year, in pastel tones…

Easy lunch to maintain the Spring mood… in mid-Winter.

Rice paper garnished with red cabbage, bean sprouts, Spring onion and shrimps.

Fold.

Roll and enjoy !

Dip into Thai sweet chili sauce and sesame.

Sestubun : Oni hunt is opened. Don’t count your daizu before they are hatched. (via GiO)

Be prepared. It’s a busy week for foodies in Osaka. Tomorrow crepe days. And the day after Setsubun Japanese Spring Day. This year, Setsubun (the bean nd giant maki day) is February 3rd, and Rishun the rise of Spring is February 4th.

These ugly oni invaded this blog (and all Japan)…let’s fight them with BEANS !

Read more about Setsubun beans

And horoscope sushi :

Read more about Setsubun makizushi

Spring roll du jour : dash’ chicken

Simply good. No sauce, all the seasoning comes from the dashi…’t.

slightly bitter Obanazawa no dashi

Rice paper, boiled chicken, boiled soybean sprouts.
Roll and enjoy !

Pakuchi maki

You love or you hate this fragrant herb.
Coriander has a name in Japanese it’s : coriander. Well, yes, it has foreign loan names only. I has a writing in Chinese characters, so I would think it is “ko-sai”, but most people seem to know it under the Thai name approximated in pakuchi .
I had a big bag of it. So I could made lots of …

Spring… no Summer rolls !

Inside the rice paper, shrimps, daikon, mungo bean sprouts and… pakuchi.

With sweet chili sauce. And a glass of tomato juice topped with a little parmesan cheese.

Another day : bean sprouts, natto and… coriander.

Other Gourmande Spring rolls (click)