Posts tagged ‘Vegetarian’

May 14, 2012

Japanese Earthen Mortar (Suri-bachi)

by KK

Hi this is KK, Sushi Artist / Healthy Muffin Maker / Mum 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog.


Today, I want to write about some tools I find useful when cooking Japanese food.

When we relocated to Sydney last year, I had gone through a tearful phase of choosing what to take and what to leave behind from my kitchen.

20120514-161943.jpg Unfortunately, space was limited, and I was only allowed to take 3 medium-size boxes of kitchen utensils. If you love to cook, of have the experience of moving, you know how difficult that is.

3 boxes!

That is like nothing!!

First went in the two Le Creuset, with my other earthen pots to cook soups and rice. Some special dishes and Japanese style lunch boxes went in next, and of course, one of my favorite,” Suri-bachi”!

This is an earthen mortar that I use to grind, mix, and serve things in.

It is made in Kyushu, and the style of pottery is called “Onta-yaki”. It is one of important intangible cultural heritage in Japan, and just looking at it makes me happy. A wedding gift from my friend in Japan, and I have treasured it and used it in so many different ways.

We use a lot of sesame in Japanese cooking, and although you can grind them in machines, it just tastes different when I use this mortar. The pestle is made from “Japanese pepper” tree, “Sansho”.  The Sansho Tree is known for its distinct aroma, and it also works to prevent food poisoning. Well, that’s what my grandmother used to teach me. She is originally from Kyushu, where this pottery was made, so she was please with the fact that I was cooking with these tools.

Tonight, I think I will be making some crown daisy in sesame dressing using this, and plate it up! Hope you enjoy the meal recipe too!

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April 4, 2012

Greens! With sweet&sour sauce

by KK

Hi this is KK, Sushi Artist / Healthy Muffin Maker / Mum 🙂

Thank you for visiting  my blog.

As I mentioned before, we are supposed to eat 350g of vegetables a day. When you weigh this, it’s quite a lot, and eating this as a salad can be quite difficult, unless you really love fresh veggies. Also, if you are on a diet, salad is not the best option for 2 reasons. One, the dressing can be high in calories, so you have to eat it with salt & pepper & lemon juice, which can be boring after some time. The second reason is fresh vegetables tend to “cool” your body, and if you want to lose weight, you should be “warm”ing your body, so rather than eat raw vegetables, it is recommended to eat cooked (steamed or grilled without oil) vegetables.

So, my saga continues to eat yummy cooked vegetables, and here is a new flavor that you can try.

You can use any vegetables with this sauce, I made the sauce in double batch, and used it the day after with red capsicum, mushroom, onion and tofu! It was also yum,yum, my daughter ate all the tofu,,, Hope you can find your best combination!

Ingredients for 2

-1 Onion

-1 Green Capsicum

-1 Bak choy

-1 bunch Garlic chive

-2 Free range Eggs

-Sesame oil for cooking

Sauce

-200ml Water

-2 Tablespoon Soy sauce

-3 Tablespoon Mirin

-1 Tablespoon Oyster sauce

– Ginger(about 1/2 your thumb size)

-1/2 Tablespoon vinegar

-1 Tablespoon potato starch mixed with 1 Tablespoon water

Method

Step 1: Chop all your vegetable into strips, garlic chives can be cut into 5cm lengths; beat eggs in a bowl

Step 2: Heat sesame oil in a frying pan, cook eggs until they are half cooked, take them out on a plate and cook vegetables in the same pan; in a different saucepan cook the ingredients of sauce EXCEPT ginger, vinegar and potato starch (this is to be added at the end)

Step 3: When the sauce comes to boil and the veggies are cooked, add ginger, vinegar and potato starch to the sauce, make it thick; add eggs to veggies, finally mix the sauce with veggies and serve

All this process is done in less than 10min, so be quick :-)! You can make the sauce separately beforehand and mix it with any veggies that you like. There are so many combinations to choose from, just take what’s left in your fridge!

March 30, 2012

Sushi Art for Birthdays!

by KK

Hi this is KK, Sushi Artist / Healthy Muffin Maker / Mum 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Its about time I start writing about Sushi Art, since I do teach it and it does seem to fancy people, but I just didn’t know where to start! I’ll start with a picture, a Birthday gift to my sister-in-law.

 

It was here 18th birthday, and she was having 25 friends over for dinner!

My mother-in-law gave me a call to ask if I can help with the cooking. Usually I make a birthday cake of their choice (Strawberry tarts and Pies and things) , but on this day, we needed “Food” more than anything, so I went ahead and made “Sushi Cake”!

18 candles with flowers and smiley faces and everything to make it festive. I did manage to make more than 50 pieces so not bad? It was actually fun making this, so I am waiting for a next birthday occasion to do something similar!

I taught how to make the Four-Sea Roll in March Sushi Art classes, and we would be making Flowers in May, so if you are interested, give me a shout 🙂

Hope you like the photos!

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