Fish, pumpkin and cornichon soup

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A colorful fish soup that makes a whole meal. Freely inspired by Slavic gherkin soups. It’s quick and easy.

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Suguna kabocha pumpkin. I boiled the pieces in water till soft.

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The head of tai (sea bream). Fish head is cheap, flavorful and there is plenty to eat. It’s ideal for a soup.

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Cornichons à l’estragon.
Gherkins with tarragon. I made when ? Last May :


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I thinly sliced them.

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Put the fish in the pot, add half of the gherkins, the kabocha and cooking broth. Simmer 20 minutes.

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Near the end, take out 1/2 cup of broth, add cream, salt, pepper, fresh thyme, the rest of pickles. On the table, mix into the soup, put back the lid and wait a few minutes.

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Serve with croutons.

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Open and enjoy while it’s hot.

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Soba no mi, buckwheat as rice

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Buckwheat groats (sometimes called buckwheat berries) are called 蕎麦の実 soba no mi in Japanese. Mi means fruit/nut, and maybe that’s not too far from the botanical reality as that’s not really a grain. They are often added to cook together with rice. And they can simply replace rice.

Raw.

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Cooked in the rice cooker on brown rice program.

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I’ve added a few drops of sesame oil and black sesame for even more nutty flavor. No salt because I add it with :

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Umeboshi natto.

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Satsuma imo (sweet potato) and mizu nasu.

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Platter of steamed veggies : suguna kabocha, satsuma imo, bok choi and chestnuts.

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Not a pretty dish… This type of aubergine mizu nasu is usually served raw. I’ve sliced (I did) and cut in ribbons (roughly) the flesh. Salted. Rinsed after 19 minutes and sprinkles shikwasa lime juice.

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A nice old fashioned meal.

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Easy steamed kabocha pumpkin flan

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かぼちゃプリン kabocha purin Japanese pumpkin flan.
Kabocha is the fruitiest veggie. Let’s use it for this very easy and delicious dessert.
I’ve used the blender and the rice cooker, so that’s really easy and hassle-free.

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I had suguna kabocha, but any type of sweek pumpkin or butternut squash does the trick.

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Recipe :
-Boil or steam the squash. Take a cup of orange flesh.
-In a blender, add 2 egg yolks, 4 tbs of condensed milk, a pinch of nutmeg, a ts of vanilla extract, a cup of water (or enough to get a creamy texture).
-Transfer in a mold. Put a saucer in the bottom of the rice cooker, add 2 cups of water. Place the mold on it, switch on. (you can use any type of steamer)
-Paint the cooked flan with condensed milk to avoid drying. Let cool. Chill in the fridge.

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Gifu squash and fondue-pa’

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A little early Autumn party around cheese fondue ! There is a special guest, here is :

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宿儺かぼちゃ suguna kabocha. , from Gifu Prefecture. This monster makes about 3 kg. Inside, it’s kabocha pumpkin, a potimarron and it does taste very chestnutty.

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We are far away from the fondue savoyarde with mountain cheeses. Today : pumpkin, red wine and… processed cheese.

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The result is incredibly yummy…

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Dip in bread. Or toasted bread.

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Or veggies.

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