Honey and Pepper Sesame Chicken

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honey pepper sesame chicken ingredients
This marinade for chicken, made with a traditional Japanese combination of sesame and soy sauce, is accented with the sparkling sweetness of honey and spiced with black pepper and garlic. You can slice the chicken into thin cutlets to fry; you can bake boneless thighs or breasts with the marinade then slice them. You can serve the chicken hot or cold, over rice or noodles or even on a green salad.

Shabu Shabu Gift

aroma-induction-cktp_0747Oh winter cold, winter dark, winter comforts so dearly embraced: it’s when friendly time beside the fire and good food is most satisfying.

A nabemono is a warm and convivial way of sharing meal. A pot of water or broth simmers in the center of the table, surrounded by plates of meat, fish, tofu, fruits, and vegetables. With chopsticks (or fondu forks) diners slide morsels of food into the simmering stock to cook, then lift them out to a plate.

This Christmas, my sister and my daughter surprised me with an induction cooktop and prepared a lovely Christmas Eve shabu shabu!

Spicy Sesame Noodles for Lunch


I thought sesame noodles would be a great lunch for my friend and her daughter.

 
Ever since they cat-sat for us last summer, the young lady has been eager for us to leave town again so she could play with the kitties. Spring break was a good time to invite them for a visit. Gracie, Mikey, and Sula were happy to wake up for the special attention, petting, and playing with strings.

 
All went well until, as my daughter once said, “My mom doesn’t have any children so she doesn’t know what kids like!”

(Japanese) Pan-Fried Chicken, Part 3

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A delicious dinner calls for an encore! This chicken, marinated in a traditional Japapanese combination of sesame and soy has a sweet and spicy spark of honey and pepper. As inspiring as the flavors of this dish are, it also proves to be a recipe which allows for much diversity: no one wants to eat the same meal day after day!
Use the chicken to make sandwiches or to top a crisp summer salad. Even better: make sesame noodles topped with chicken, sweet red pepper, and green sugar snap peas.

Japanese Pan-Fried Chicken, Part 2

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Honey and pepper, sweet and spice, sparks the traditional combination of soy and sesame in a marinade for chicken. As inspiring as the flavors of this dish are, it also proves to be a recipe which allows for much diversity.
This recipe can be passively prepared by baking the chicken in its marinade.
Stir-frying is quicker than baking because the chicken is cut into small pieces.
This recipe is delicious served on its bed of blanched greens, but it would be wonderful to eat in a sandwich or as a topping for a fresh summer salad.
And, my most favorite way, the chicken and its cooked marinade is amazing on noodles!

Japanese (Pan-Fried) Chicken, Part 1

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Honey and pepper, sweet and spice, sparks the traditional combination of soy and sesame in a marinade for chicken. As inspiring as the flavors of this dish are, it also proves to be a recipe which allows for much diversity. It’s an easy recipe, and what a good thing that turned out to be: life does not happen according to plan.
Sometimes it turns out better than one could expect…

Spicy Creamy Sesame Sauce on Ramen

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Hiyashi chukasoba mushidori to gomadare: these cold summer noodles are dressed with a lovely creamy sesame sauce. The heat builds up as you eat, but is not overwhelming. Top with seasonal vegetables: tomatoes, cucumbers, bean sprouts, summer squash, chard, snow peas, okra, and so on. Even corn! The recipe includes a nice way to cook chicken so it remains juicy. But you can use tofu, ham, meatballs, hard boiled eggs, shrimp, …

Sesame Noodle Sauce

Ginger-Sesame Sauce for NoodlesI’m making an effort to cook for just myself, rather than noshing or skipping meals. Here is a simplified version the seseame sauce for noodles I’ve made in the past: I made a smaller recipe so I won’t be eating it for days and days, and I didn’t grind my own sesame seeds, added some spiciness because I was feeling hot (it was 85°F !!! —last week I had to scrape ice off the windsheild), and garnished the noodles with asparagus so this dish would be a complete meal and not a snack.

Somen, what to do when it’s hot

Japanese Noodle Salad with Sesame DressingWhen the weather is so humid that you need gills to breathe, no one wants to cook. It’s a riddle. It’s hard to be cool as a cucumber when you’re one hot tomato, especially when you enter Hades’ kitchen intent on finding something to eat. Don’t be crabby; maintain your sangfroid! Throw some spaghetti on the wall, and “open sesame“—there’s your menu! And, “Nori a bad word said.”

Cold Shabu Shabu with Creamy Sesame Dressing

Cold Beef Shabu ShabuThis is a beautiful summer meal. Shabu Shabu is a Japanese dish in which very thin slices of meat are cooked in simmering water at the dinner table by the diners. In winter it’s comforting to sit near a pot of boiling water, warming the hand holding your chopsticks to swish and cook your food. Not so fun when it’s hot and humid. This recipe is served chilled with peppers, papaya, beef and sesame sauce.

Spicy Sesame Sauce on Chukasoba

Spicy Sesame Sauce on RamenThis is another Japanese sesame sauce for noodles—spiced up with toban jiang and served on ramen noodles it’s perfect for a hot summer day. The toppings can include whatever vegetables that are in season: tomatoes, cucumbers, bean sprouts, summer squash, chard, and so on. You can use chicken, tofu, ham, meatballs, hard boiled eggs… The recipe here includes a nice way to poach chicken breasts that won’t overheat your kitchen, nor will it strain your powers of concentration.