Nikumiso is simple and satisfying Isakaya dish of ground meat and miso that I discovered in Kagoshima. It is fast to prepare and great as a dip for raw vegetables or on top of cold or hot noodles. Continue reading Nikumiso
Super simple, fast and absolutely wonderful. Miceleaine made this as staff food for the last Essen ohne Grenzen (although we never really got round to eat it, because things got too busy, as always…) Continue reading Miceleaine’s Filipino Chicken Hotpot
Classic Italian flavours and a beautifully simple preparation.
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
150 ml extra virgin olive oil
3 plum tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tb flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/4 tsp dried chilli flakes
half a small green capsicum, finely chopped
1 x 1 kg whole John Dory, cleaned
Heat garlic in the oil in a large non-stick pan until it starts to sizzle. Add tomatoes and break them up. Add salt, chilli, capsicum and parsley and simmer 2o mins.
Add fish to the pan, turning over to coat with the sauce, cover and cook on low heat for around 12 minutes and just done. Baste with the sauce several times and turn half-way through.
This works as well with fillets, of other firm white fish, and a shorter cooking time. Take the pan to the table and serve onto everyone’s plates.
Source: Rick Stein’s Seafood Odyssey
Dashi is one of the most essential ingredients in Japanese cuisine for all kinds of soups, sauces and simmering liquids. Instant dashi-powder is an absolute no-go because it is full of artificial stuff and does not taste remotely as good as your own easy to make stock. Continue reading stock science part 1: dashi
I have a permanent dispute with my wife over how to cook rice. This method from The Guardian collates the best advice.
Take 450 g basmati rice, rinse briefly and soak in cold water for 30 minutes, drain well.
Place in a wide pot over medium heat with 585 ml cold water and a large pinch of salt. Bring to the boil, stir, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 25 minutes.
Remove from heat, stand 5 minutes.
The amount of water is likely different for Jasmine (Thai) rice. I will update the post when I’ve worked that out.
An usually hearty and spicy Japanese tsukemono (pickle).
500 g thin long eggplants
2 tsp / 10 grs salt
100 ml water
1 tbsp hot english mustard (Colemans’s)
1,5 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp mirin
1 tsp sugar
Cut eggplant into irregular bite-sized pieces wioth the rangiri technique. Mix with salt, add water and weigh down with a plate and weights. Let stand for 4-5 hours until a lot of liquid has been released. Drain and squeeze out moisture. Blend mustard and the rest of the ingredients. Add to the drained eggplant and mix. Serve topped with chopped shiso, shiso seeds or some yukari powder.
From: Tsukemono – Ikuko Hisamatsu
For this dish, the meat is sliced very finely and briefly marinated, this works superbly well with lower grade cuts of pork and beef. A fast and satisfying dish. Continue reading yakiniku pan-fry