Bochan kabocha cocotte eggs and Autumn turmeric side

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Oeufs cocotte are French baked eggs. They are baked in a dish that is called in French, guess what ? A ramequin, a bol, etc. It’s never called a cocotte. Because a cocotte, it’s hen, it’s a woman sometimes, well in the kitchen, it’s a big stew pot. So baking eggs in that over-sized pot, that’s like quail eggs inside a pumpkin. Well, today exceptionally we’ll do that.

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Botchan kabocha (little boy pumpkin) is the smaller Japanese pumpkin. It’s perfect to make individual stuffed pumpkin dishes. For instance :

okowa sticky rice kabocha

Thai steamed custard

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Open and empty the kabocha, steam it till the flesh is soft. Fill with quail eggs and a mix of soy milk, argan oil, salt and pepper. Bake till the egg whites are stuck and the yolks still soft.

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Served with toasted home-made whole-wheat bread.

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Turmeric. In Japan, they cultivate a few types. Autumn turmeric is the most common. Spring turmeric (in English “wild turmeric” ) is the second most common. This plant is believed to have great medicinal properties.
This one is only a little bitter, perfect for cooking.

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Stir-fried gently a few slices of turmeric and of dry apricot. On low heat, added in daikon radish leaves, stirring till they get wilted. Added salt, walnuts and chrysanthemum flower.

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A nice Autumn brunch.

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Sesame fresh cabbage wraps (lunch pack ready)

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A simple refreshing plant-based lunch. It’s really crunchy and nutty. That’s popular in kombini (convenience stores) these days, but home-made is so much better.

First make some wraps with wheat flour, olive oil and water (recipe here).

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After making, I’ve spritzed water on my tortillas and rolled them with cooking paper. The goal is to keep them flexible and easy to roll without breaking. They can be kept a few days in the fridge.

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Grated cabbage.

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A few other veggies. For the sauce tofunaise + freshly ground toasted sesame + a few chili flakes.

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In the paper, they are ready to go. Serve with hot tea and a fruit :

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Yakisoba with eringii and abura-age

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Today, yakisoba, the Japanese version of Chinese fried noodles. Well, that’s my version of it… well, one of them. See others at the end of this post.

Yakisoba is fast-food normally. It’s often sold cheaply on street stalls, at festivals and the teppanyaki (hot plate) shops propose it too. The basic version is made mostly with :

-chuka soba (fresh Chinese noodles that are sold fresh and cooked, they look like thick spaghetti and if you have none, cooked thick spaghetti can be used)
-oil

That’s why we said it’s fried noodles, no mystery. And low amounts of :

-cabbage (cut in big squares)
-additional veggies (cut in thin slices), few and cheap ones (bean sprouts, onion, carrot, some kind of leeks…)
-a little raw meat (thin slices of pork), or cheap seafood, or ham…
-sauce (specific sauce or thickened Worcester sauce or a mix of Worcester + ketchup…), plus additional ketchup or mayo if you want
-pickled ginger, toppings…

My version uses what I have in my fridge, and it’s usually healthier.

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So, I had abura age (fried tofu) as meat.

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A few Eringi mushrooms as meat too.


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I first toasted the abura-age (fried tofu pockets), set aside. Then with a little garlic and ginger : onion, eringi mushrooms, green papaya, cabbage and shishito green peppers. To the veggies, I’ve added fresh Chinese noodles (chuka soba), sauce (Bulldog).

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I’ve added the abura-age to the rest. I have about half of veggies, less than one third of noodles. That’s how I like it.

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On top, a little more sauce, shichimi togarashi (7 spice mix) and cut green negi leeks.

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casual

mizuna

healthy

shahan (Chinese)

lettuce

buckwheat soba

Curried greens

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Another lunch full of veggies. I have big ones to finish :

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Suguna kabocha.

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Romanesco.

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Okinawa’s lime.

Edamame for the proteins.

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In green Thai curry, with coconut milk.

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With rice and a fruit.

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Provence fragrances escaping from the oven

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A South French Sunday lunch. Think about a dinner, enjoyed slowly between noon and 5 p.m., talking and eating food cooked by the grandma.

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The roast : A chicken baked inside a salty crust, with lots of perfumed herbs.

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It gets very tender.

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The zucchini that believed they were bananas.

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Colorful Mediterranean Summer vegetables. They must be full of vitamins.

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Layered, then baked. Tian is also the name of the pottery in which this dish is baked.

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Teaser about the dessert (to be posted soon) :

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Tarte automne-été aux trois fruits (Summer-Fall triple pie).

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Cilantro marinated cucumber, served 2 ways

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Two version for a fresh veggie side. Lunch and dinner.

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There were leftovers to use or lose. I’ve mixed these 3 and added a little Jalapeno Tabasco sauce. Let marinate in the fridge for the next day.

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That’s fresh, hot and flavorful.

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At lunch, I’ve added cherry tomatoes and…

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…chips made with a broken tortilla, that I’ve toasted in a frying pan.

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At night : added natto fermented soy beans and tenkasu (crumbs of tempura)

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Salmon Summer tacos (home-made masa tortilla)

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A fresh Mexican style lunch today…

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The market’s findings…

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Yeah ! Cilantro, coriander.

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Masa tortillas. Well, it’s work in progress for the shape, but they taste great. It’s too simple, just add water, mix, knead, wait, spread… Just train. But I can’t buy masa harina easily, so I won’t have many opportunities for training.

If you don’t have masa harina , you can make :
wheat tortilla
corn tortilla (with grits, polenta, they are not gluten free)

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Salmon and green peppers are grilled…

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Before filling the shells…

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… on top of the veggies. I’ve added some minced hot chili that does not appear on photos (it’s red), and a few drops of Jalapeno Tabasco sauce.

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Now let’s devour that…

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