August was hot. Light, cool, and quick Japanese recipes were on the menu, as were some surprises…
Teriyaki Chicken and Asparagus Rolls
These were so good, I made them twice!
We had some lovely tomatoes from the garden.
Another agar-agar experiment: these were good,
though I was hoping for a savory dish
and the corn made it very sweet.
Spicy Stir-Fried Fennel and Carrot
but cooked in a Japanese way. Interesting.
I served this with a very convenient make-ahead recipe that is
perfect for summer: Tori Nambon Zuke
My favorite recipe of the month!
Love the sauce, love the versatility,
could eat it everyday, in every way!!l
Tofu Omelette with Colorful Vegetables
This is one of the “surprise recipes;” I did not expect to like it,
but it is very nice, light and satisfying.
Chilled Eggplant and Tomato Salad
Steaming eggplant is a great way to cook it. I made another recipe, similar to this and found it’s unnecessary to peel Japanese eggplants.
This was the beginning of the deer eating our garden.
They don’t seem to like tomatoes, but they knock them off before they are ripe.
More fun with agar-agar.
These were very pretty and fun to eat.
Yakitori: Sasami no Ume-shiso
Delicious chicken, but fussy preparation—there has to be an easier way to roll these. I tried a different way last night, but it was still labor intensive. The shiso and ume are a wonderful combination,
so I’ll try again!
A Nice Surprise: When I Was Three
Surprised by memories!
It’s hard to believe
that I’d never eaten this
before this summer!
How could it have been a secret for so long?
Black Sesame Dressing
This is a classic Japanese sauce for lightly cooked vegetables.
My picture does not do justice:
The black color is very striking and dramatic.
If you like the flavor of sesame, you’ll love this!
A Variation of Miso Marinated Steak
PLUS Some Really Wonderful Simple Stir-Fried Rice!
Miso marinated steak is delicious, but so is pork loin.
That was a surprise, but the shiso stir-fried rice is still
a very pleasant food memory.
Conveying Sushi Wow!
I’ve read about conveyor belt sushi in Japan,
but it’s truly a surprise to find such a restaurant in Ann Arbor!
When did you first eat instant ramen?
Stir-Fried Freeze-Dried Tofu
YES YOU CAN
make a Japanese meal with pantry stable ingredients!
will surprise you!
Well, it surprised me—I did not expect to like it, but it was GOOD!
I’ll be adding this recipe to the “Basic Recipes” page.
otherwise known as California style sushi
Some success, some failure, some advice…
take a look!
Mitsumame: A Japanese Summertime Treat
I’d put off trying this recipe based on a sugar-flavored agar-agar with syrup and fruit and sweet “red peas.” Ms. Shimbo’s recipe is a delicious surprise. Ice cream, “ice cubes” that don’t melt, fresh ripe fruit—what is not to like!
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