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Apple favorites…TARTE TATIN |タルト・タタン

Not quite the season for apples, but apple desserts are my favorites as with my daughter. We were having a family gathering to celebrate our youngest grandson’s 2nd year old birthday, July 3rd; which I was envisioning a “TARTE TATIN” birthday cake. I thought about it and thought twice….the visual look, the color of “TARTE TATIN” may just be too grim for yet a boy celebrating his second birthday. Humm…..the cake was already in the refrigerator for the following day. 2歳の孫、S君の誕生日会のケーキ。家族全員、フルーツ好き。特にアップル系が大好きな娘のことを思い、よし!タルトタタンがいいわ!と力を入れて前日に作り始めました。しかし、制作途中、どうしてもビジュアル的に出来上がりが地味?と悩みながら、タルトタタンは既に出来上がり冷蔵庫で次の日を待つ事態になっていました。S君の誕生フォトアルバムには地味〜なケーキが一生残されるか、、と思い行きや、、これはあかんわ。結局ケーキは二つ。S君専用の誕生日ケーキも出来上がりました。 Since ‘apples’ are off-season, I have used a small imported apple from New Zealand called ‘JAZZ’ which I see often at markets in Tokyo. The price is probably half of our domestic apples and since I required at least 10 medium size apples, I ended up using 18 JAZZ apples which did the job perfectly. 紅玉が美味しいけど、、時期外れのリンゴは高い。都内では一つ150円近くもするので大量にリンゴを使いたい私としては試しにニュージーランド輸入のJAZZリンゴを使用してみました。小ぶりなリンゴなので紅玉の倍の量は必要です。半信半疑でしたがとても美味しいタルトタタンが出来上がりました。 また、このタルトタタンは今まで作ったもので一番簡単でした。リンゴを剥いて→キャラメルでsauté→リンゴをキャラメルソースで煮る→パイ生地を被せて30分焼成→一晩冷蔵庫で寝かせるというシンプルなプロセスです。失敗がないレシピなので是非リンゴlovers 試してみてください。レシピは⬇️ The process is quite simple – saute first and then stew the apples in caramel sugar and pop it in the oven with a pastry dough covering the apples. I would assume this recipe may be …

Authentic Japanese Cucumbers |神田四葉・相模半白きゅうり

As far as my memory goes, this year’s rainy season in Tokyo seem to go back to a norm cycle of raining since the start, early June to the present day. It has been wet, raining, drizzling, mizzle, downpour, cats and dog…name it, it has been raining a lot and still no signs of end proclamation yet from the weather bureau. So this is our view from our kitchen, most everyday. Rather grim looking, not much sunlight. 今年の東京は「ザ・梅雨」というほど長雨が続いています。梅雨宣言がされた6月の初旬から今日までここ数年でほぼ連日雨が降っています。我が家のキッチンから見える朝の風景は雨、雨、雨。通勤の方々や学生さん、びしょびしょ、びしょびしょとお疲れさまでございます。 This weekend, our family friend, who takes cares of a piece of farm land outside Tokyo has brought to us, an unusual cucumber which I personally have never seen. Cucumbers in Europe and/or the United States tend to be large in size, but Japanese cucumbers as like our nationality are dainty and small. Apparently these cucumbers are as large as ones encountered in Ireland and Los Angeles, to know it is called “Kanda Suyo Long Cucumber” and “Sagami Hanjiro Cucumber”. さて、週末に我が家の友人で埼玉の方に畑を管理している人から珍しい胡瓜をいただきました。神田四葉胡瓜 (かんだすうようきゅうり)、相模半白胡瓜 (さがみはんじろきゅうり)というそうでどちらも私には馴染みのない胡瓜でした。神田四葉胡瓜 は細長く、30cmほどの長さと存在感は外国の胡瓜を伺わせます。相模半白胡瓜はお尻のほうが黄色くなっていて、半分くらいが白いきゅうりです。どちらもイボイボがかなりゴジラ風でサラダには堪え難い力強さを感じました。 しかし、調べると「神田四葉胡瓜」は中国山東省から日本人に知られる。なんとなく硬い感じを受けますが、歯切れ良い食感と「やわらかさ」がある品種。 「相模半白胡瓜 」江戸以前に渡来した華南系。 どちらも一晩考えて食材として使用してみました。 “Kanda Suyo Long Cucumber“, it’s origin seems to from China’s …

Frying Pan baked Focaccia|フライパンで焼くフォカッチャ

Following my “Frying Pan baked English Muffin recipe“, this is a simple bread recipe using a similar method, frying pan to bake Foccacia. The focaccia can be adjusted (slightly) to the size of the frying pan and it can be a fun recipe for parties and outdoor events. Frying Pan Baked Foccacia Recipe 【Ingredients】Makes 1 large focaccia Bread Flour・・・・・・・300g Sugar ・・・・・・・・・1 Tbs Salt ・・・・・・・・・・3/4 Tsp Dry Yeast ・・・・・・・・1 Tsp Warm Water ・・・・・・・200ml Olive Oil ・・・・・・・・2 Tbs < MIX > Mix all the ingredients (except the olive oil) in a large bowl and mix until smooth. While mixing together with both you hands and weight, add the butter after 2~3 minutes of mixing. In total, mix for about 10 to 15 minutes occasionally smashing the dough into the bowl to stimulate the surface. When the dough feels like a earlobe texture, smooth and elastic, the it is ready for the next step.  < PRIMARY FERMENTATION > Lightly oil a container with a lid and ferment for approx. an hour at a normal temperature (28 ° C …

Citrus wrapped Roast Pork |美生柑 豚ロースト

‘Citrus grandis‘, a milder citrus fruit in between an orange and a grapefruit. This recipe made by a friend from Facebook looks awfully delicious, it is. She specializes in Italian cooking, often travels to local Italian (Toscana) towns to learn the (real) Italian cooking amongst local communities and friends. Nice, simple recipe. INGREDIENTS Pork shoulder (block) Citrus Grandis or an orange as a replacement Panchetta Salt, garlic and meat herbs of your choice (I used rosemary and Italian mixed herbs) Some white wine and olive oil Leave the pork shoulder at room temperature, cut an approximate 1 cm slit across the meat. Sprinkle salt, pepper, chopped garlic, and some meat herb. Cut the citrus in 8 pieces (or about 1 cm in thickness) and place it in between the meat. Tie the meat with a twine. Place the meat into a hot pot, sprinkle wine and olive oil and cover with foil. Roast for approx. 30 minutes @ 230 C 豚ロースのブロックに切り込みいれて、晩柑(美生柑)とパンチェッタをはさみ、紐で縛って香草とニンニクを適当に挟んだものです。オリーブオイルかけて230度のオーブンで白ワインと共に蒸し焼きにしました。

Moroccan String Beans Tempura|モロッコいんげんの天ぷら

This is a recipe which I tried from a Japanese distinguished magazine called ‘Kateigaho’. ‘Kateigaho’ is a magazine which introduces Japanese culture to the world from an authentic yet modern Japanese perspective, high-quality contents of beautiful visual contents. The recipe is by a Japanese Italian chef, a ‘fritto’ batter, the batter with the additives of paprika powder, making the tempura slightly orange, quite easy to handle and would come in handy for any type of vegetables which you may want to fry, tempura. I used the ‘Moroccan String Beans’ but any other vegetables such as the green beans family can be of a replacement, or even eggplant, zucchini, onions, etc. etc. [Servings for two] Moroccan String Beans  Flour Deep Fried Oil Orange (for garnish) Beignet (English fritter) [Flour 50 g / Baking powder 1g / Paprika powder 1.6 g / Salt 1 g] Olive Oil 16 g Egg White (1 egg white) 24g approx. Remove the streaks and clean up the Moroccan string beans. Make the Beignet dough, by blending all the dry ingredients in …

Bamboo cooking galore 2|筍料理の備忘録 II

Oops…spring seemed to have zapped and summer is on the way. Before I take a blink, ‘bamboo’ will be so outdated so here is my second post a continuation of bamboo cooking. BAMBOO RICE : Most popular and common menu using bamboo is the ‘Bamboo Rice’, quite simple to make! The bamboo is cut into small mouth size pieces, a pinch of salt, cooked together with rice in a rice cooker. Leftover rice can be made into a ‘onigiri (rice balls)’, to go or as a lunch pack. Tempura : Wild spring vegetables which we call, ‘sansai’, together with fresh bamboo are spring delicacies. Tempura is a common way of cooking the wild vegetable to extract ‘aku’ (bitterness and harshness). Extracting ‘aku’ is often heard in Japanese cooking, ‘aku’ sometimes being a boiling froth but interprets as the bitterness in the vegetable ingredient. Bamboos can be integrated in various way. The Chinese common menu, ‘pepper steak with bamboo and green peppers’, ‘bamboos stir-fried with doubanjiang (hot sauce) is another; but the Japanese washoku foods tend …

Bamboo cooking galore|筍料理の備忘録 I

Just after the cherry blossoms, at the end of March, the bamboo shoots start sprouting in April; first along the southern part of Japan, slowly trailing north chasing the signs of summer. I must be honest and admit… I am a bamboo fanatic, not just zest but more in close lines to be called ‘an addict’. The blog which will follow in a couple of series will be about ‘bamboo (shoot) cooking’ which I, personally would like to preserve in my own cooking and blog records, as to also refresh my memory come very vague and fuzzy come next season, one year from now. Fresh bamboo shoots are in season from April to May in Japan. For viewers who have not prepared fresh bamboo, the most common method of when preparing fresh bamboo is : Washed and peel the coarse outer skin In a large pan, boil for approximately 40~50 minutes adding ‘nuka’ – rice bran to remove the bitterness in the vegetable Let it simmer down to cool Next day….peel the outer skin and …

Frying Pan baked English Muffin Recipe – 「フライパン」で作るイングリッシュマフィン

May 1st, 2019. REIWA May 1st. This day is a historical day, dawns the new Japanese era ‘REIWA’ from the previous ‘HEISEI’, a Japanese era named for each emperor. If anyone is interested in the Japanese monarch system, it is a good period to many media will explain well of the past and present emperors of Japan. However….this Memorial Day has…..nothing to do with my post today. This is an ‘English Muffin’ post which I published a while ago through Instagram and received good review, comments, and recipe request. It is a simple easy to make ‘English Muffin’, NOT using an oven but a frying pan (with a lid). Once the dough ferments, it is a matter of rolling the dough to an English muffin shape and baking using a flat frying pan concealing the heat and moist which enables the bun to become moist, soft and very very yummy!!! Give it a try and let me know how it turns out. 『令和』の最初の投稿がこの『イングリッシュ・マフィン』になるとは思いませんでした。数日前にインスタグラムで投稿したら、かなりの評判で数々の方にやり方を教えてほしいというご要請。気がつくとちょうど『令和』のはじめの投稿になりました。『令和』、新元号になりました。引き続き、地道にパンやお菓子や家庭料理作りをしていこうと思っておりますのでどうそよろしくお願いします。 さて、このフライパンで作る『イングリッシュ・マフィン』レシピですが、、これが今まで自分が作りづづけてきた『イングリッシュ・マフィン』を味をはるかに超えるレシピとなりました。オーブンばかりでパンを作る自分としても意外な発見となりました。パン作りをしたことがない人もとても簡単に作れるレシピです。長時間をかけないと美味しいパンが作れないという固定観念も打ち砕くほど美味しく、魅力的なレシピです。 特にこのゴールデンウィーク、家族の集まりが多いときだと思います。新しいことを始めるのにはいい時かもしれませんよ。びっくりするくらい美味しい『イングリッシュ・マフィン』ができるので是非作ってみてください。 Frying Pan Baked English Muffin Recipe 【Ingredients】Makes 7 Muffins Bread …

70℃ Pork Roast

Making time for ‘slow cooking’ for a tender and juicy pork shoulder is quite worthwhile. The results are never disappointing, although people wonder what happens if the temperature goes beyond 70℃ ? ah…just let the heat escape or lower the heat. The idea is to ‘not let it boil’. There is no magic to this recipe, often can be applied to a lot of meat cooking for a tender juicy meat roast. Block of Pork Belly or Pork Shoulder Herbs and seasoning Salt and Pepper Marinate the pork belly with salt, herbs and pepper (as per your liking). Store in the fridge for one night.  Allow the pork belly to return to room temperature before browning the meat at high heat with a frying pan. Once the meat is browned on most all sides, double wrap the meat with a plastic wrap. Place the meat in a Ziploc so the meat will not be exposed to water. Boil the water in the hot pot, reducing the temperature to 70C; inserting the meat in the hot …

Irish Soda Bread, a multi-grain country bread

I grew up in Ireland and this ‘Irish Soda Bread’ is one of my (top 5) favorite breads amongst many of my bread families. Being a long time (bread) baker, the strong aroma of the (wild) multi-grains had been quite difficult to achieve among the flour, multi-grains available in Tokyo but this recipe had an astounding result, my personal view though. I have recipes with a multi-blend of flour and multi-grains but never close to what I remember as the true taste of ‘Irish Soda Bread’. This recipe was inspired by one of my reader’s recipe whom often visits my site. Tasty East – Tasty recipe from chef Ronit Penso’s kitchen posted a ‘multi-grain soda bread’ recipe and I closely followed the recipe replacing it items available in my baking kitchen. Thanks to her recipe, I think I’ve come to a recipe and taste which recalls my days in Cork, Ireland; the days of youth and the fresh country Irish bread, attainable anywhere in Ireland but only in Ireland. Irish Soda Bread Ingredients: 1 cup …