(recipe follows) When you have trimmings of raw meat, or a lone chicken breast or thigh, or fish that has to be cooked or thrown out, use them: Puree them with cream and seasonings — add a reserved egg white or yolk when you have one on hand — and poach this new mixture called mousseline, forcemeat, quenelle. You can serve them in soup as I did here, or as a main dish with a sauce. The ratio is 2:1 meat:cream. The more cream, the lighter the product. I have stock I… Read More
Use banana juice to flavour desserts or add where you want banana flavour, but not banana texture.
(recipe follows) I don’t waste food. I keep the scraps and cuttings — those little bit of trim you might easily discard — and find a way to use them. Yesterday I made a lentil soup using pork bones to flavour the stock. After I strained the bones out from the soup, I pulled off the little meat that was left and along with the tips — not tops — of the carrot and celery, minced the whole fine and added a ladle of very thick béchamel and folded in a bit… Read More
Portobello mushrooms stuffed with cheese and spinach topped with (vegetarian-ized) bolongaise sauce, na no hana (I have no idea what its called in English, if you do, let me know) as a side dish. — This dish took only ten minutes to put together. By preparing the sauce the day before, I can have a healthy, light meal in the time it takes to steam the vegetables and cook the mushrooms.
Portobello mushrooms stuffed with cheese and spinach topped with (vegetarian-ized) bolongaise sauce, na no hana as a side dish. It’s surprising how much like meat the mushroom smells, tastes, feels. — Everything is homemade and this dish took only ten minutes to put together.
(For a tutorial and recipe for Kim Chi please click the link) I’ve made my own yogurts and buttermilk for a decade. Last summer I noticed the word “konbuchya” — which has a very different meaning in Japanese — coming up a lot online. The long and short is that I started thinking about fermentation in the home kitchen. I bought a few books, read the personal experiences from many, many bloggers and went shopping on Amazon.co.jp. By November I was ready. I prepared 3 litres of sauerkraut, 5 litres of… Read More