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Showing posts with label Zensai (Appetizer). Show all posts
Showing posts with label Zensai (Appetizer). Show all posts

Friday, December 11, 2015

Creamy Christmas Tree Salad - Video Recipe

A luxurious, sparkling Christmas avocado and potato salad with salmon, corn, and cream cheese.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVZtKKDzzkE

Avocado added to the potato brings out the richness and makes it an easy-to-eat salad! It's nice as a sandwich spread, too.



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Creamy Christmas Tree Salad

Difficulty: Very Easy
Time: 20min
Number of servings: about 10 (5cm/2inch) Bento cups

Ingredients:
250g (8.8oz.) potatoes
100g (3.5oz.) avocado
A
* 3 tbsp. whipping cream or milk
* 2 tbsp. mayonnaise
* salt and pepper to taste
30g (1oz.) smoked salmon
30g (1oz.) cream cheese
2 tbsp. drained canned whole corn kernels
1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
gold powder or whole corn kernels to top with

Directions:
1. Thinly cut the potatoes, put the slices in a microwavable dish, wrap with plastic wrap, and microwave at 500W for about 5 minutes until soft.
2. Mash the potatoes and avocado together while still hot (heating avocado will prevent it from changing color). Add A and mix well until creamy.
3. Add the finely chopped smoked salmon, cream cheese, sweet corn, and parsley flakes, then mix.
4. Put the mixture into a pastry bag and pipe out into Bento cups in cone shapes so they look like Christmas trees. Top with gold powder or a whole corn kernel.

レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2010/11/blog-post.html
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tamagoyaki (Sweet / Savory Japanese Rolled Omelette) - Video Recipe

How do you like your Tamagoyaki?! Sweet or Savory?!
I used to love savory one but now I like both. hehe
Both flavors can be a great side dish for Bento lunch box.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_gS2QjAmGM



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Tamagoyaki

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 15min
Number of servings: 2-3 (6 pieces)

Ingredients:
((Savory Dashi Flavor: store-bought seasoning))
3 eggs
2 tsp. Yamaki Kappo Shiro Dashi (White Dashi)
2 tbsp. water
((Savory Dashi Flavor: from scratch))
3 eggs
3 tbsp. Dashi broth (you can use Dashi powder to make it)
1/2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. sugar
a pinch of salt
((Sweet Flavor))
3 eggs
1 tbsp. soy milk/milk/plain yogurt
1 tbsp. sugar
1/3 tsp. salt

Directions:
1. Beat eggs in a bowl, add the seasonings and mix well.
2. Heat cooking oil in a Tamagoyaki Nabe (rectangular omelette pan), pour a thin layer of egg mixture in the pan and spread over the surface. Cook until half done, roll up the egg, and move it to one end. Pour in another thin layer of egg mixture and let it flow under the rolled egg also. Cook until half done and again roll up the egg. Repeat this until all the mixture is gone.
3. Wrap the rolled egg while hot in a bamboo sushi roll mat (or plastic wrap) to even out the shape. Allow it to cool and cut it into bite-sized pieces.

For both flavor, eat with a few drops of soy sauce if you like.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

DAISO Kawaii Animal Tofu Stamps - Video Recipe

This set of 4 cute tofu stamps is a very popular item sold at DAISO (100yen shop in Japan). It can get sold out quite soon, so if you happened to find it, just get it! You can use them to stamp cookie dough as well ;)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfQiWmFyaAk

A cute side dish in a second, even if you don't have time! hehe



What You Need:
Kinugoshi-Dofu (Silken Tofu is recommended)
soy sauce OR dark-colored dressing is OK

How to Use:
1. Press stamp onto a piece of Tofu.
2. Slowly and carefully remove the stamp from the edge.
3. Pour soy sauce onto the imprint.

FYI (soy sauce I used):
Matsuno Shoyu (in Kyoto) has practiced the traditional handmade method of making Japanese soy sauce for 200 years. Only the best ingredients are chosen because these decide the final aroma and taste of their soy sauce after fermentation in wooden barrels.
http://www.matsunoshouyu.co.jp/


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How to Make Vegetable Gyoza (Vegetarian Fried Dumplings) - Video Recipe

This video will show you how to make Vegetable Yaki Gyoza (fried dumplings)!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeUzBV6K8II

Very healthy idea, perfect for vegetarians and those who are on diet ;)



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Vegetable Gyoza

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 20min
Number of servings: 24 pieces

Ingredients:
200g (7oz.) cabbage
100g (3.5oz.) onion
80g (2.8oz.) carrot
1/2 long onion
salt
1 tbsp. potato or corn starch
A
* 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce
* 1 tbsp. sake
* 1/2 tbsp. oyster sauce (or vegetarian stir-fry sauce)
* 1/4 tsp. salt
* 1 tbsp. grated ginger
* cracked black pepper
24 gyoza wrappers
1 tbsp. sesame oil

Directions:
1. Wrap the cabbage with plastic wrap and microwave at 500W for 3 minutes until tender. Finely chop the cabbage then squeeze in paper towels to remove excess water.
2. Finely chop the onion, sprinkle with a bit of salt, then wash and drain well with paper towels. *in this way you can remove the bitter taste and bring up the sweetness of the onion.
3. Finely chop the carrot and the long onion.
4. Mix 1-3 in a bowl, then mix in starch to let it absorb the water.
5. Add A and mix well.
6. Place the gyoza wrapper in your palm and place a spoonful of filling in the center. Put water along the edge of the wrapper by fingers, fold into semi circle, gather the front side of the wrapper and seal.
7. Heat sesame oil in a frying pan, place gyoza, cook on high heat until the bottoms become brown.
8. Turn the heat down to medium, add 50ml water (or about 1/3 of their hight), cover and steam the gyoza on med-high heat until cooked. Uncover and cook on high heat until the water is gone and crisp.

This Gyoza is already seasoned but you can serve them with a mixture of vinegar, a little soy sauce, and a few drops of la-yu if you like.

レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2015/02/blog-post_25.html
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

How to Make Flower Pork Teriyaki Rolls - Video Recipe

I found the recipe on the net and thought it is an easy and perfect side dish for Bento box :)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHgsddmR9Dc

Perfect for Japanese New Year's food, too!
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4FA3DDE33084E166



Leftover carrot scraps can be used for NO MEAT Vegetarian Bolognese Sauce!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oPvRHeCYYA

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Flower Pork Teriyaki Rolls

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 20min
Number of servings: 8 pieces

Ingredients:
8 thinly sliced pork loin
8 1.3inch-long carrots
salt
A
* 2 tsp. Sake
* 2 tsp. Mirin (sweet Sake)
* 2 tsp. soy sauce
corn or potato starch
1 tsp. cooking oil

Directions:
1. Use a small (2cm=0.8inch) flower-shaped cookie cutter and cut out the carrots. In a boiling water, cook the carrots for 10 minutes, drain well, and cool.
2. Place pork slices, season with a bit of salt, place the cooked carrot on the end of the pork, then start rolling.
3. Heat cooking oil in a frying pan, place the rolls seam side down, you can cover and steam to cook them through for a couple of minutes, then make sure to flip the rolls so that all sides are cooked equally crisp and brown.
4. Add and coat with A, sprinkle with a few pinches of corn or potato starch, and stop the heat when the sauce thickens.
5. When they are cool enough to handle, cut one side to let show the beautiful flower shape. *You can eat the scraps to see how they taste ;)

レシピ(日本語)
http://www.s-direct.co.jp/shop/kids/recipe04.aspx
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/12/blog-post_30.html
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Friday, November 21, 2014

How to Make Microwave Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken) - Video Recipe

Karaage (also called Tatsutaage) is Japanese fried chicken. It is usually cooked for lunch, dinner, or bento. Also, it is the best party recipe favored by most people!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYavFxYmfBQ

I won this "Cookper Microwave Karaage Tray" at the sweepstakes, so I tried it out :)

Wavy tray catches excess oil, so the Karaage will turn out crisp.
The silicon paper will avoid Karaage from sticking.



I hope you can find it online or at a Japanese grocery store~ OR please get it when you come to Japan :)

Cookper Microwave Karaage Tray (クックパー レンジでから揚げトレー 6回分)

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Microwave Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken)

Difficulty: Super Easy
Time: 25min
Number of servings: 8 pieces

Ingredients:
250g (8.8oz.) chicken thigh or breast (w/o skin)
A
* 1.5 tbsp. soy sauce
* 2 tsp. Sake
* 1 tsp. grated ginger
2 tbsp. Katakuriko (potato starch) or flour
2 tsp. cooking oil

Directions:
1. Cut the chicken into 8 pieces. Season with A and marinate for 15 minutes. *This process will make the chicken tender.
2. Put Katakuriko (potato starch) or flour in a plastic bag. Remove excess seasonings from the chicken using paper towel (to make it crisp), then add into the plastic bag. Shake and coat the chicken with the starch.
3. Discard excess starch if any, add cooking oil, then coat until no longer powdery.
4. Place the wavy sheet on the tray and place the chicken pieces.
5. Place the tray on a microwavable dish. Microwave at 500w for 6 minutes (or 600w for 5 minutes).

- Cookper Microwave Karaage Tray comes with 6 wavy silicon sheets. Each sheet is one-time use.
- You can enjoy your favorite flavor by changing the seasonings!!!
- You can also use this product to reheat deep-fried food.

レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/11/blog-post_21.html
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Deep-fried versions here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bam1EE5NqhA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIYV-TceoGk

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

How to Make Yaki Edamame (Pan Roasted Edamame) - Video Recipe

Edamame (green soybeans) will get very tasty by roasting them in a frying pan! Sesame oil and salt will enhance your appetite!!! You must try this out ;)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UoIp1dj138

Perfect idea for an appetizer.



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Yaki Edamame (Pan Roasted Edamame)

Difficulty: Very Easy
Time: 15min
Number of servings: 4

Ingredients:
300g (10.6oz.) unshelled Edamame (green soybeans)
1 tbsp. sesame oil
A
* 1/2~1 tsp. salt *adjust the amount of salt according to your taste
* 50ml water

Directions:
1. Rub the Edamame bean pods with 2 tsp. of salt to remove the surface fuzz. Wash and cut off both ends of the pods with scissors (in this way salty taste will soak through them).
2. Heat sesame oil in a frying pan and cook Edamame on medium until golden brown.
3. Mix A and add into the pan, cover, and cook for 2~3 minutes.
4. Uncover and cook until water evaporates.

レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/08/blog-post_29.html
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Friday, August 15, 2014

How to Make Yakitori at home (Yakitori Sauce from Scratch) - Video Recipe

Yakitori is grilled skewered chicken. Very simple yet delicious.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu0_RSJdq_s

I received many requests for Yakitori sauce (Tare) recipe, so I decided to make this tutorial. Also, I will show you how to make salt (Shio) flavored Yakitori, too.



How to cook Yakitori on the grill is here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jtgDGMEDxk

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Yakitori (Tare and Shio Flavors)

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 30min
Number of servings: 12 sticks

Ingredients:
200g (7oz.) chicken thigh
200g (7oz.) chicken breast
2 white parts of long onion
((Tare - Yakitori sauce))
* 100ml soy sauce
* 100ml Mirin (sweet sake)
* 2 tbsp. sugar
((Shio - salt))
salt and pepper
lemon wedges if you like
Shichimi-togarashi (seven flavor chili pepper) if you like
Yuzukosho (Japanese chili pepper paste) if you like

Directions:
1. To make Tare (Yakitori sauce), place soy sauce, Mirin, and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil. Then turn down to low and simmer for 5 minutes. *You can store the leftover sauce in the fridge for a month and use it for other dishes like Teriyaki.
2. Remove the skin from the chicken if desired. Then cut into small bite-sized pieces. Cut the long onion into 2/3-inch pieces. Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper for Shio (salt) flavor.
3. For Tare (sauce) flavor, put long onion and chicken thigh alternately onto bamboo skewers. For Shio (salt) flavor, put seasoned chicken breast onto bamboo skewers.
4. First, cook the Shio (salt) flavor. Heat a thin layer of cooking oil in a frying pan, place Shio (salt) flavored Yakitori, and cook on high until golden brown on both sides. Then cover and cook on low for 3 minutes until done.
5. Next, cook the Tare (sauce) flavor. Heat a thin layer of cooking oil in a frying pan, place Yakitori with long onions, and cook on high until golden brown on both sides. Then drizzle with 3 tbsp. of Tare (Yakitori sauce), cover, and cook on low for 2 minutes. Then cook on high for 1 minute until the sauce thickens.
6. You can enjoy the Shio (salt) flavored Yakitori with lemon wedges, Shichimi-togarashi (seven flavor chili pepper), or Yuzukosho (Japanese chili pepper paste) if you like.

レシピ(日本語)
http://www.cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/08/blog-post_15.html
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

How to Make Parmesan Cheese Sablés (Savory Cheesy Crisp Cookies / Biscuits) - Video Recipe

This is the perfect recipe to use up grated parmesan cheese!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yedWOUUm_A

My favorite recipe from my childhood. I used to make this with my mom. Easy and addictive snack X)



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Parmesan Cheese Sablés

Difficulty: Very Easy
Time: 1hr
Number of servings: 24~30

Ingredients:
100g (3.5oz.) butter *room temperature
150g (5.3oz.) cake flour
50g (1.8oz.) grated parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. granulated sugar
beaten egg *if you like
grated parmesan cheese *if you like

Directions:
1. Cream the butter in a bowl. Add granulated sugar and mix well until white and fluffy.
2. Add grated parmesan cheese and mix well.
3. Sift in cake flour (you can add black pepper or any other spices if you like), then mix well with a spatula.
4. Roll out the dough between two pieces of plastic wrap to 5mm (0.2 inch) thick. Refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes to set and chill.
5. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). Cut the dough into sticks using a bench scraper or a knife. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
6. Brush the dough with beaten egg, and sprinkle with some grated parmesan cheese if you like.
7. Bake at 180C (350F) for about 15 minutes. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet or a wire rack.

レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/07/blog-post_18.html
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Saturday, July 5, 2014

6 Ways to Use Salted Preserved Lemons - Video Recipe

In this video, I will show you 6 ideas to use a jar of Salted Preserved Lemons!

Salted Preserved lemons are the lemons that have been pickled in salt for about a week. Please watch this video to learn how to make it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ3-0GTEgLk


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OmZKWbGIWk

You can use as a lemon wedge, use the liquid (juice), and/or use as salted lemon peel. ENJOY!



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#1 Salted Preserved Lemon Onigiri

Difficulty: Super Easy
Time: 3min
Number of Servings: N/A

Ingredients:
cooked Japanese rice (short-grain rice)
salted preserved lemon juice

Directions:
1. Instead of using water, wet your hands with a bit of salted preserved lemon juice so that the rice won't stick.
2. Place about 100g of rice on your hand. Form the rice into a triangle by pressing lightly with your palms.

#2 Salted Preserved Lemon Hiyayakko (Cold Tofu)

Difficulty: Super Easy
Time: 3min
Number of Servings: 2

Ingredients:
2 servings of Kinugoshidofu (silken Tofu)
2 tbsp. chopped long or green onions
A
* 1 tsp. salted preserved lemon juice
* 1 tsp. sesame oil
* 2 tsp. toasted white sesame seeds

Directions:
1. Mix the sauce (A) very well.
2. Drain and serve the Tofu on a dish.
3. Place chopped long or green onions and pour over the sauce.

#3 Salted Preserved Lemon Dressing (for salad)

Difficulty: Super Easy
Time: 3min
Number of Servings: 2

Ingredients:
2 servings of salad of your choice
A
* 1/2 tbsp. salted preserved lemon juice
* 1/2 tbsp. vinegar (rice or cereal)
* 1&1/2 tbsp. olive oil
* cracked black pepper

Directions:
1. Put A in a container or a jar with a lid and shake to mix.
2. Toss the salad of your choice with the dressing (1.).

#4 Salted Preserved Lemon Chirashizushi (Sushi)

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 15min
Number of Servings: 2

Ingredients:
360g (12.7oz.) cooked Japanese rice (short-grain rice)
A
* 1/2 tbsp. salted preserved lemon juice
* 1&1/2 vinegar (rice or cereal)
* 2 tsp. sugar
80g (2.8oz.) cooked shrimp
4 sliced Shiso leaves (green perilla leaves)
1 tbsp. toasted white sesame seeds
1/2 avocado
1 salted preserved lemon wedge
chopped salted preserved lemon *if you like

Directions:
1. Mix A very well.
2. Place cooked Japanese rice in a bowl. Add (1.) while the rice is hot and slice through rice using rice paddle to separate the grains.
3. Add cooked shrimp, sliced Shiso leaves, and toasted white sesame seeds, then mix well.
4. Slice avocado and coat with the salted preserved lemon juice squeezed out from the salted preserved lemon wedge. (chop the leftover peel)
5. Serve the sushi rice on a dish, place the sliced avocado, then garnish with chopped peel if you like.

#5 Salted Preserved Lemon Yakiniku (sauteed pork)

Difficulty: Super Easy
Time: 10min
Number of Servings: 2

Ingredients:
200g (7oz.) thinly sliced pork
A
* 1 tbsp. salted preserved lemon juice
* 2 tsp. sesame oil
* cracked black pepper

Directions:
1. Season the pork with A.
2. Stir-fry the pork in a frying pan until done.

#6 Salted Preserved Lemon Grilled Salmon

Difficulty: Super Easy
Time: 10min
Number of Servings: 2

Ingredients:
2 salmon fillets
A
* 1 tsp. salted preserved lemon juice
* cracked black pepper
1 tsp. olive oil
2 salted preserved lemon wedges

Directions:
1. Season the salmon fillets with A.
2. Heat olive oil in a frying pan. Then place the fillets, cover, and cook about 2 minutes on each side until golden brown.
3. Serve on a dish with a lemon wedge.

oven: 220C (428F) for about 15 min
toaster oven: 1000w for about 8 min
fish grill: low heat for 5 min on both sides

↓レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/07/6.html
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Friday, May 16, 2014

How to Make Shabu Shabu Salad with Umeboshi Olive Oil Wafu Dressing - Video Recipe

Umeboshi (pickled plum) and olive oil makes the dressing very tasty but refreshing.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8v76bt4zsk

Good for your skin and health ;)



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Shabu Shabu Salad with Umeboshi Olive Oil Wafu Dressing

Difficulty: VERY Easy
Time: 15min
Number of servings: 2

Ingredients:
100g (3.5oz.) thinly sliced pork (for shabu-shabu)
100g (3.5oz.) lettuce
1 tomato
A
* 2 tbsp. vinegar
* 2 tbsp. olive oil
* 1 tbsp. Kamada Dashi Shoyu or regular soy sauce
* 1 chopped Umeboshi (pickled plum)
* a pinch of sugar
toasted white sesame seeds

Directions:
1. Put A in a container or a jar with a lid and shake to mix.
2. Thinly slice lettuce. Cut tomato in half then slice.
3. In a boiling water, put the pork slices and cook until no longer pink. Then drain well with a strainer.
4. Place the tomatoes and lettuce in a dish, put the pork on top, pour the dressing (1.) over the pork, then sprinkle with toasted white sesame seeds to finish.

↓レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/05/blog-post_16.html
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Friday, January 24, 2014

How to Make Agedashi Tofu (Deep Fried Tofu with Dashi Based Sauce) - Video Recipe

Agedashi Tofu or Agedashi Dofu is a very popular traditional Japanese appetizer dish.

"Age" means "deep fried" and "Dashi" means "broth". Thus: deep fried Tofu steeped in Dashi-based sauce.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RYp-9MmGwI

I think most Japanese restaurants overseas have it on their menu, and it is the most ordered dish than in Japan! hehe



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Agedashi Tofu (Deep Fried Tofu with Dashi Based Sauce)

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 15min
Number of servings: 2-3

Ingredients:
1 (350g=12.5oz) Momen-Dōfu (cotton Tofu / firm Tofu)
Katakuriko (potato starch) *corn starch or regular flour is ok
vegetable oil for deep frying
Dashi Sauce
* 150ml Dashi broth (you can use Dashi powder to make it)
* 3 tbsp. soy sauce
* 3 tbsp. Mirin (sweet Sake)
Toppings
* Daikon Oroshi (grated Daikon radish)
* grated ginger
* chopped green onion

Directions:
1. Cut Tofu into 6 pieces. Drain on a strainer for 5 minutes. Then you can also remove excess water with paper towel if necessary.
2. Heat the vegetable oil for deep frying to 170-180C (340-350F).
3. Coat Tofu with Katakuriko (potato starch). Drop into the oil immediately after coating. Deep fry until puffed and lightly golden (about 2 min). Then drain well.
4. Bring Dashi Sauce to a boil.
5. Place the Tofu in a serving bowl, garnish with some toppings of your choice: Daikon Oroshi, chopped green onion, and grated ginger, then pour the Dashi Sauce over it.

You can of course use "Kinugoshidofu (silken Tofu)" but remember it is very soft and fragile.

↓レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/01/blog-post_24.html
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

How to Make Umaki (Japanese Eel Rolled Omelette) - Video Recipe

Umaki is broiled eel wrapped in Japanese rolled omelette (called Tamagoyaki, Dashimakitamago, or Atsuyakitamago). Egg is juicy and eel makes it very tasty. It tastes great even when it is cold, so it is a perfect side dish for bento lunch box!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QR9DFQ-Xg_0

I usually put Umaki in our Osechi-ryori (New Year's foods).
http://createeathappy.blogspot.jp/2014/01/happy-new-year-2014.html



FYI: Broiled eel on skewers is called "Unagi no Kabayaki".

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Umaki (Japanese Eel Omelette)

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 15min
Number of servings: 2

Ingredients:
1/2 Unagi no Kabayaki (broiled eel on skewers)
eel sauce if attached
4 eggs
A
* 50ml Dashi broth (you can use Dashi powder to make it)
* 1 tsp. soy sauce
* 1 tsp. sugar
* a pinch of salt
cooking oil
Daikon Oroshi (grated Daikon radish)
soy sauce

Directions:
1. Cook the eel as directed on its package. Cut into thin portions. Pour some eel sauce over the eel if available. (I found Hamanako Broiled Eels at a supermarket and it also tasted great! You can maybe get it online since it has a long expiry date!)
2. Beat eggs in a bowl, add A and mix well.
3. Coat a Tamagoyaki Nabe (rectangular omelette pan) with a bit of cooking oil - you can use folded paper towel but Takoyaki oil brush is very convenient to use! Put on medium, and pour a thin layer of egg mixture in the pan. Place the eel strips, cook the egg until half done, then roll the egg. Move the rolled egg to one side, coat the empty space with a bit of oil, pour a thin layer of egg mixture in the space and under the rolled egg. Cook it until half done and roll the egg again. Repeat this until the egg mixture is gone.
4. Wrap the rolled egg while hot in a bamboo sushi roll mat to even out the shape. Allow it to cool and cut it into bite-sized pieces.
5. Garnish with grated Daikon radish (grate the top part of Daikon because it is sweeter) and a few drops of soy sauce: this is called "Someoroshi" because the radish is dyed with soy sauce.

↓レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/01/blog-post_11.html
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Saturday, December 28, 2013

How to Make Kobumaki (Salmon and Pork Kelp Roll) - Video Recipe

Kobumaki is kelp roll, one of the Japanese new year's dishes.

It makes a play on words with "喜ぶ (Yorokobu)" which symbolizes pleasure or delight.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBizGfALnEU

Perfect dish that you want to add in your new year's menu.
Of course, it can be a regular bento side dish :)
It goes great with white rice!!!



For vegetarian people, you can substitute the filling with Gobo (burdock root), carrot, or/and other vegetables of your choice.

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Kobumaki (Salmon and Pork Kelp Roll)

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 2hrs
Number of servings: 25-30 pieces

Ingredients:
10 ten-inch-long (25cm) Hidaka Kombu (this type cooks quick and tender)
800ml water
150g (5.3oz.) salmon fillet
6 thinly sliced pork (I used thigh but any part is okay)
30g (1.0oz.) Kanpyō (dried gourd strips)
A
* 1 tbsp. Mirin (sweet Sake)
* 2 tbsp. Sake
* 3 tbsp. sugar
4 tbsp. soy sauce

Directions:
1. Clean each Kombu with moistened towel. Soak in 800ml water for 5 minutes. Save the water.
2. Wash Kanpyō, rub 1/2 tbsp. of salt on Kanpyō (to remove bad smell and cook tender), then wash and drain well.
3. Cut salmon into about 0.7-inch-wide strips.
4. Place a salmon strip on the end of the Kombu close to you and roll securely. Wrap a strip of Kanpyō round the Kombu roll for 2 times (not too tight but not too loose), make double knot, then trim off the uneven ends. You may want to tie up 2 or 3 places.
5. In a large pot, place the rolls without overlapping each other. Pour the reserved soaking water just until it barely covers the ingredients. Bring to a boil, then remove the foam if necessary.
6. Add A, turn the heat down to low, cover with Otoshibuta (drop lid), and cook for 30 minutes.
7. Add soy sauce, cook on low for another 30 minutes until the cooking liquid is almost absorbed.
8. Turn off the heat. Leave to cool in the pot. Cut into 2 or 3 pieces.

You can store in the fridge for a week :)

↓レシピ(日本語)
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

How to Make NO EGG Marmalade Meatballs - Video Recipe

Quick and easy last-minute party recipe :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpka0pIppu8

Perfect for Christmas, too!!!



I bought colorful food picks at DAISO (100yen shop).

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NO EGG Marmalade Meatballs

Difficulty: Super Easy
Time: 40min
Number of servings: about 20 meatballs

Ingredients:
A
* 400g (14.1oz.) lean ground pork (chicken or beef is good, too)
* 1/2 minced long onion (or onion)
* 2 tbsp. Katakuriko (potato starch) (or corn starch is ok)
* 2 tbsp. toasted white sesame seeds
* 2 tbsp. grated ginger
* 1/2 tsp. salt
* pepper
B
* 2 tbsp. marmalade
* 2 tbsp. soy sauce
* 2 tbsp. sake (or white wine)
* 2 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. cooking oil

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, put A and mix very well with hand until all ingredients are combined and sticky (this consistency will help make juicy and fluffy meatballs) .
2. Divide the mixture into 20 portions and roll each into a ball (you can adjust the sizes while rolling them).
3. Heat cooking oil in a frying pan. Place the meatballs and cook them gently on medium low heat, turning frequently, until golden-brown on all sides (about 10 minutes). Then add B, cover, and cook on medium, shaking the pan lightly from time to time, until the sauce gets thick.

You can put the meatballs in a freezer safe ziplock bag or a container and store in the freezer for up to 1 month.

↓レシピ(日本語)
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Saturday, December 7, 2013

How to Make Microwave Chicken Roll-Up - Video Recipe

Low-fat high-protein dish.
Perfect after exercise or while on a diet!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgMIFDuZJSA

If you follow my Facebook page, you know that I have been taking hula dancing class for almost 5 years at the gym (TIPNESS). My respectable beautiful teacher is "Arimi-sensei"!!! She also teaches many other exercise classes at the gym. In September, she published a dance exercise book called "Age Age Dance". She said she wants to let people know that the dance makes you happy, both mentally and physically. The book comes with a step-by-step DVD with 3 original songs which her husband wrote, and she sings. Actually, she was in an idol group called "ribbon" 20 years ago, if you know. No wonder she is good at singing and dancing ;) In the end of the book, she shares some of her recipes that helps build up your body.



Arimi Matsuno's Age Age Dance (DVD BOOK)
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Microwave Chicken Roll-Up

Difficulty: Very Easy
Time: 30min
Number of servings: 2

Ingredients:
1 (300g=10.5oz.) chicken breast
2 slices ham *bacon is ok
2 sliced cheese
6 frozen green beans *defrosted
2 tsp. whole-grain mustard
salt and pepper

Directions:
1. Remove the skin from the chicken if desired. Open out the meat from the center like a book. Lightly pound with the back of a knife to make it thin. Then season both sides with salt and pepper.
2. Place the chicken skin side down, spread whole-grain mustard, place ham, cheese, and green beans along one edge of chicken. Then roll up the chicken tightly.
3. Wrap with plastic wrap, then twist the ends like a candy to seal it securely.
4. Place it on a microwavable dish, microwave at 600w (medium) for about 7 minutes. Leave it in the microwave and cool down in the microwave for 10-20 minutes until you can touch it.
5. Slice the chicken into pieces.

you can also steam in a frying pan or cook in the oven (220C=428F), both for about 15 min. tie the roll-up with kitchen string or secure with toothpicks or wrap with aluminum foil when cooking.

↓レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2013/12/ageage-dance.html
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