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I got my first order of bamboo shoots from Penryn Farms. Last year, I wrote a story about their bamboo shoots in Zester Daily (here is the link). This year's shoots are particularly tender and delicious. I got so excited, I contacted Penryn Farms' Laurence Hauben and asked her if she would be interested in hosting a soba workshop, using Penryn's spring produce like this bamboo. She loved the idea. We are doing the workshop at Laurence's house on April 27 from 11-2pm. Here are the details. (https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/laurence/1454e395f7434d23" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Market Forways). Penryn farms is up in the foothill of the Sierras. It is a small farm, about 5 acres - but he has a treasure full of citrus trees, pears, persimmons and a bamboo forest. I have never been there but their persimmons and bamboo shoots are superb. Penryn's bamboo makes me think of my girlhood days in Kamakura - spring bamboo digging with my grandmother.
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Freshness is delicious. Japanese cooking is about sourcing fresh ingredients and not fussing with them too much. Because Japanese foods are largely saucless, spiceless, and oil-less, the ingredients themselves must be beaituful, flavorful, and fresh. This usually means foods in season. Kabocha squash and pumpkins must feel heavy. Eggplants mush be shinny and unbruised. Fish fresh from the market don't need the disguise of a heavy sauce. Visit the farmers markets and the Asian markets frequently. Talk to farmers. Do grow your own vegetables. Don't hesistate to improvise with non-Japanase foods like chard, artichokes, and zuchinni.
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I am in San Francisco doing several food events. One that we just finished on May 28 is a dinner at Tartine, themed around Koji - fermented rice. We "kojiied" so many foods - we used it to marinate beef, veggies, fish, even the daikon garnish of my soba.
I made 120 servings of soba - a record. I had Lori, one of the bakers from Bar Tartine, help me knead the dough so I managed to produce stable noodles. Pretty happy with the result and it was a sell out night. Several reviews came out of SF Chronicle. Here is the first one.
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When it comes to tempura, everyone loves it but some people don't want to bother making it at home because it looks too complicated. But it really isn't it. I wrote a story for the Los Angeles Times Food Section today that will give you further insight into the art of making Tempura. Enjoy! (here is the link to the LA Times story and recipes)
Shishito peppers have pockets full of seeds. Make a slit and
remove the seeds before frying to keep them from popping
in the oil and creating unpleasant oil spills.
Asparagus is a good vegetable to practice making tempura.
For more, please read my story in the LA Times.
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Eggplant, Age and Mitsuba Miso Soup
3 1/2 cups Dashi or Vegan Dashi or Sardine Dashi
3 Tbls or more of Miso to taste
2 eggplant, peeled and sliced vertically into 1/2 inch pieces
1 age tofu, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces, crosswise
4 mitsuba leaves, chopped
Bring the Dashi to a boil in a medium saucepan, and add the eggplant.
Cook for three minutes over medium heat, then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer.
Put the age and cook for another minute. In a small bowl, dissolve 3 1/2 tablespoons of the miso paste in a few tablespoons of the warm Dashi. Add the mixture to the saucepan. Taste and add more miso paste, Dashi or water, depending on how strong the soup tastes. Turn off heat.
Pour the soup into individual bowls. Ganish with mitsuba leaves.
Serve immerdiately. Do not boil the soup.
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If I get to choose one vegetable to have in the fridge to munch on, it is not a carrot or celery but kabocha squash. I cook the cut pieces of Kabocha in a light syrup, just long enough to give them a hint of sweetness. The syrup is drained so the kabocha is never sugary sweet or mushy. I often serve this dish with soba to supplement the Vitamin A. Soba offers the rest of the good stuff.
1/4 of small to medium size Kabocha squash
2 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
Cut the kabocha squash in bite size pieces. Bevel the corners.
Bring the water and sugar in a medium size saucepan. Add the Kabocha
and bring to a boil over medium heat. Then lower heat and simmer for 12-15 minutes until the meat is cooked. Test with toothpick.
Drain the syrup. Serve in a bowl.
Keeps for a week in the fridge.
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1 cup dried hijiki, hydrated
3 -4 dried shiitake mushrooms, hydrated
1 large or 2 small pieces Age (deep fried tofu pouches) optional
2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced into matchsticks, 1/8 thick
1 tsp peeled and thinly sliced ginger
2 tbls roasted sesame oil or vegetable oil
2 tbs mirin
1 tbs sake
1 tsp sugar or honey (optional)
1/4 cup soy sauce, or to taste
Salt if needed
Garnish: 1 tsp roasted sesame seeds (optional)
Soak hijiki in cold water to cover for at least one hour. Drain. Rinse a couple more times to remove impurities.
Hydrate shitakes in cold water to cover, about 20 minutes. Slice shitakes into 1/8 inch pieces. Reserve soaking liquid for the stock if you like.
Put oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Stir fry the carrots, age, mushrooms and ginger first for 2-3 mintues.
Add the hydrated and drained hijiki. Stir a couple times; add the stock or shiitake soaking liquid, mirin, sake, sugar and soy sauce. Stir, turn heat to simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes until most of the liquid is evaporated. Mixture should not be soupy or dry. Taste, and make adjustments with soy sauce, sugar and salt, if needed.
Serve as a salad or appetizer, about 1/3 cup servings per person. Garnish with roasted sesame seeds.
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