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Simplified Taiwanese Chimaki | 簡単にしました、台湾ちまき

I found this great site which showed how to wrap the ‘Taiwan Chimaki’ which is not exactly easy. I’ve posted a recipe earlier in August but I also tried to simplify the recipe so it is not so intricate and time consuming. This recipe is sort of a all-in-one combined recipe so the ingredients inside the sticky rice can by anything to each one’s taste and seasonal vegetable or food. 台湾ちまきを、、 もう少し手頃に、 もう少し簡単に、 そして巻き方もあまり失敗がないように、 と、改造をしたレシピです。 檀流クッキング(中央公論)という本をよんでいたら豚のモツをいれていたのでう〜ん、臭みがどうかなぁ?と悩みながらもちゃんと処理をしたらちまきには最高の味を出してくれました。 巻き方も簡単で具材は混ぜご飯みたいな状態にしてしまうのでちまきの最終味の調整もしやすく、手頃に作れるちまきにちょっと近づきました。はい。 これからはお客様の多い季節になります。早めに作っておき、冷凍しておくとお正月にも便利なアイテムです。是非お試しあ〜れ💓       Taiwanese Chimaki Recipe Version 2 『台湾ちまき』ver 2   Ingredients 1 – 600g Sticky Rice 80g Water 12 Large Dried Bamboo Leaves (Few extras) Dried Shrimp(s) soak in 80g Water before use   Ingredients 2 – 300g Barbecue Pork (*) 300g ~ 500g Pork Intestines (*) 6 Dried Shitake Mushrooms 24 Ginko 6 Quail Eggs (Hard boiled)   Barbecue Pork (*) – See post on August 25th, 2015 (Super Easy ‘Barbecue Pork’), using the rice cooker method. Add the shitake mushrooms.   Pork Intestines (*) – Pork intestines require pre-cooking to eliminate the strong scent …

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Japanese ceremony for new borns – “Okuisome” | お食い初め

This is a Japanese ceremony for new borns – “Okuisome” – a weaning ceremony; a Japanese tradition held out on the 100th day after birth. It is the ‘First Meal’ of a child in which the ritual is held in hope that the baby will have abundance of food for his/her entire life. 我家の初孫の『お食い初め』。 誕生して早くも100日がたとうとしています。 先月に遅れたお宮参りを済ませたと思ったら、、早速『お食い初め』。 外国育ちの私は知識でした知らなかった儀式ですが、日本の文化に触れる機会。『お食い初め』はじめて作ってみました。コレで良かったのかなぁ〜と思いながらもみんな喜んでくれたから良しとしよう〜と、、ちょっとその日が上機嫌でした。 Sekihan (Sticky rice with aduki beans) Osui-mono (Clear Soup) – a clam is used in hope that the child will meet a perfect partner, as like the shell being a perfect fit. Tai (Sea Bream) – shares the same homonym with Happy; Joyous; Auspicious and sea bream is also considered a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Hagatame no Ishi (Small stone). “Biting” a smooth stone is an act to ensure the growth of strong healthy teeth. The stone is to be borrowed (returned when finished) from the shrine in which the Omiyamairi ceremony took place. Nimono (Seasonal stewed food) – I used the bamboo in hope that our grandson will grow fast and without difficulty just like a …

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Wild edible plants ‘SANSAI’ | 山菜の季節

After a long cold winter comes spring and it’s fruit to loom. Flowers blossom and wild plants start to emerge from hibernation. SANSAI – edible wild plants are symbolic signs of spring for the Japanese, embedded deep in our DNA telling us ‘spring is here!’, a turnover to a new season. These natural grown – SANSAI are from my dearest small sister who lives in the countryside at the foot of the Japanese Southern Alps, gifted with wild plants around her garden – more so an enormous mountainous garden. 田舎で暮らす我妹からの春のお便りです。 東京より一ヶ月ばかり遅く、春の到来。 裏山で山菜や竹の子を収穫して頂きました。 毎年これが届くのを首を長くして待っていて、気がつくと一緒に掘ったのは『アッ!』という間に数年たっています。特に今年はまだ主人の療養期間なので山の斜面を長靴と桑でという分けにはいかず、、来年は是非是非行きたいなぁ〜と思うのです。 アルプスの麓で取れた山菜は綺麗な空気を大自然の恵み。 大切に丁寧にお料理をして食べます。 Bamboo shoots, shamrock like okogi, kogomi-the curled fern heads, warabi-the actual ferns and naturally grown shitake mushrooms. おこぎ こごみ(これは最近東京でも見かけますね) わらび(妹が丁寧に灰アク抜き、束ねておくってくれました) ワラビの穂先は『地元では目が悪くなる』と信じられていて、穂先の(カールした)芽を摘むのが風習だそうです。 Boiling the ‘Bamboo Shoots’ The NUKA(rice bran) is used to extract the froth from the ‘Bamboo Shoot’ when boiling. Peeling bamboo shoots are like peeling onions, never know where to stop….but I would peel off the coarse and hard skin and chop off the head before it goes into the boiling pan for over (less than) one hour. Without …

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Japanese side dishes series | おかず ①

I’ve been working on my new blog theme (zuki) for a couple of days and boy….it’s a lot of work trying to analyse what it will do and what I want to do. I truly must admit, the hours are more disappointing than rewarding.  I’m aiming to list all my recipes for easier search by viewers…but gee…it will probably take me days before it is up on my WASHOKU@KITCHEN site.  Patience…..patience…. (inner voice) Here are some Japanese side dishes which we simply and quickly make at home. Our Japanese food culture favors to serve small dishes rather than big one plates. Recipes are not up but I hope to familiarize you with some the side dishes we (I) make before I start racking up the recipes and how to makes. Kiriboshi Daiko with seaweeds, carrots and shitake mushrooms Kiriboshi Daikon is a sun-dried radish, combined with combu – seaweed and carrots and mushrooms. It is braised with a soy sauce broth. Ito-Konyaku with dried tofu Konyaku (wikipedia says it is sometimes called Elephant Foot) is …