Butakimchi nabe, spicy Japanese steamboat

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A meaty nabe today. As previously, I only show the preparation for the night time hot pot. Buta is pork, and kimchi well, there is some in it :

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That spice pickle will flavor the broth. I add miso and raw ginger too. That will even be too spicy and salty, so some more neutral ingredients are necessary for balance.

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Konnyaku, made from some kind of root veggie. It has nearly no calories, and no flavor but the texture in the hot soup is very pleasant.

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Enoki are not full of flavor either. They soak the soup and bring some texture.

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Chrysanthemum greens, they have some sourness like aragula.

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The meat. It’s pork sliced very thinly. The amount seems important, but that’s only 100 grams.

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So everything is ready… curtain.

Post-scriptum : miam miam miam…

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Tiger stew

They are called toramame (tiger beans) for obvious reasons. I’ve used them to make a very simple cassoulet/baked bean dish.

They become a little darker when they cook. After soaking the bean overnight, I’ve refried cut onions, garlic, laurel leaves in olive oil, added the beans, water and let simmer on the stove till beans got tender.

Then I’ve passed the broth and a few beans in the blender, added salt and pepper. Covered the beans and baked till it formed a crust.

Ginger pickle, cabbage, turnip and dill salad as a side.

On top, cut parlsey, coarse salt, olive oil.

Yummy !

Peanut, shiitake and black bean ‘pâté de campagne’

It is a chunky pâté with a woody flavor of nuts and fungi.

It looks like the meaty pâté de campagne.

classic pâtés

It’s not a faux. It’s a different one, with these ingredients :

Onion, garlic, black beans (kuromame), mashed black beans, soaked dry shiitake mushroom slices…

Crunchy and flavored…

After baking.

Painted with sweet chili sauce.

It has a spreadable texture. Well, it’s pâté. Perfect with buckwheat yuzu bread and a salad.

Dill veg’ burger

A quickie : azuki patties with dill gomadare sauce. It’s delicious.
Herbs are expensive in Winter, but when they have too much at the end of the day, the stores discount : at the condition that you take 4 packs of dill, you pay like 1/2 a pack. Oh, I’ll find something to do with it. I’ll just put some in everything.

Azuki beans. Well, you have to soak and boil them first.

The burger is made of half-mashed boiled azuki beans, onion and ginger cubes, powdered sesame, minced dill stalks, ninniku no me (garlic stalks).
It is flavored with salt and wuxi (Chinese 5 spices).

The sauce gomadare (sesame sauce) is pasted sesame seed, white miso and rice vinegar in equal amount. Plus a pinch of sugar. I’ve added dill in it and some water to make it liquid.

Enjoy the burger with the sauce. And some freshly baked bread to clean the plate.

February main topics


Edamame avocado breakfast croquettes

Here is a quick browsing of last month, but you can see the whole in a photo board here.

Chinese New Year

Compilation of Chinese recipes
Chinese breakfast fried bread
Sesame balls

Crêpes de la Chandeleur (French crepe day)

colorful veggie
fruity crepe soufflee
crepe compilation

Black bean kuromame

kuromame black bean compilation
black bean tofu
black bean shiso empanadas

Seafood : oysters and watarigani crab

Tartare d’huitres au yuzu (oyster)
Fried watarigani crab
Red curry crab
Oyster omelet

Okara carrot cupcakes

Warm kintoki red bean terrine, with creamy yellow sauce

Today a red veggieful terrine served warm with a creamy sunny sauce that sparkles on the tongue. For a contrast of texture, I ate it with crunchy boiled renkon (lotus root) and a fresh quick tsukemono (grated cabbage, turnip, onion, salt, combined 30 minutes before).
You’ve seen bean terrines before on this blog and you’ll see more because they are very convenient. I can prepare several different ones, bake them together and I have a little stock.

Today’s bean, already boiled of course :

Taisho kintoki mame

This terrine is made of : mashed beans with onion, garlic, miso, paprika and oats for the binding mass.
Inside : whole beans, dices of red and yellow bell pepper, minced onions.

Then, it’s baked and let cool 48 hours before cutting thick slices. They can be reheated in a steamer or the micro-wave.

The sauce is extremely easy to prepare and surpringly refined :
Mix : 1/2 coconut cream, 1/2 coconut milk, a little potato starch, a pinch of curry spice mix (powdered), a good amount of powdered turmeric, 1/4 cup of cut yellow paprika.
Heat 2 minutes in the micro-wave.
Add very strong fine mustard to taste.

Pratie oaten and quick beans


Pratie oaten are very simple Irish pancakes that have a nice flavor of potato. Add beans and you have a solid Winter breakfast. A brunch for me.

Taisho kintoki mame. OK, you need time to boil them. Let’s say, you make big batches in advance like me. So you have boiled beans. And let’s say you’ve put potatoes to boil the night before. Well, that was with the stove’s timer so you won’t find a burned kitchen but boiled potatoes when you wake up.

The patties are quickly made. Mash a boiled potato, mix in oatmeal, add in a little melted lard, season with salt and pepper. Of course, you can use butter or a plant-based fat instead.

Cook on the griddle (in a pan) with the same fat.

Quick too. Mix ingredients, reheat the time you make the pratie oaten. The miso has already a “longly simmered taste”.

Add in greens (negi leeks) and serve as a thick bean soup.

Brunch is ready !