Friday, September 12, 2008

Miso Cheese Simmered Eggplant Witch

Hello! It rained yesterday and the high was 78F (26C). It was little cool outside, but going up to 86F (30C) from today for about a week again. High temp low humidity is bearable, you know!

Today, as I said before, I will translate my eggplant recipe. I'm ahead of the season but it's a great Halloween recipe idea ;)

Miso Cheese Simmered Eggplant Witch

Difficulty: Medium
Time: 30min
Number of servings: 4

4 eggplants (5-6 inches long)
50g (1.8oz.) cream cheese
* 1 tbsp. miso (preferably red miso)
* 1 tbsp. mirin (sweet sake)
* 1 tbsp. sugar
* 1 tbsp. sake
200cc dashi broth (using packaged dashi powder saves time)
4 star-shaped thick carrot slices

1. Cut cream cheese into small pieces.
2. Make "Chasen Nasu" and soak in water to remove the oxalic acid. The procedure for "Chasen Nasu" is HERE.
3. Microwave cream cheese on Medium 500 W (50-60%) for about 30 seconds until softened. Then add A and mix well.
4. Heat 3. in a pan and add dashi broth little by little. Keep stirring once every few times until dissolved.
5. Add Chasen Nasu and carrot slices, then cook on low heat for 20 minutes. Keep flipping eggplants once every few minutes until done and sauce thickens.
6. Pour the sauce on a dish, twist and press the eggplant by hand to form the witch shape.
5. Attach carrot slices with a toothpick (like a magic stick) and stick it on to the eggplant witch.

My original recipe in Japanese is here.

Actually, I was going to post this last night, but again I dozed off...
Monday is a holiday: Respect-for-the-Aged Day! On Wednesday, my boyfriend was busy and we couldn't go out for a dinner. Hope we could this weekend.

Have a good weekend :)

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  1. Ohayo Ochi,

    Your eggplant witches are so cute, perfect for Halloween. You sure are creative!

    How is your future mom-in-law is she doing ok!

  2. konnichiwa Ochi San.

    Wish i can do that...your the best!

  3. Hello jo!

    Thank you for your concern!
    Actually, my boyfriend is so busy that he hasn't talked to his dad since last week :( But I heard she is undergoing rehab! I need to ask my boyfreind to call his dad again!!! Hope she can speak now.

  4. Hi daba!

    Thanks for coming ;) Hope I can show you some more fun recipes!

  5. Hi Ochi

    Your recipes seem nice but a bit difficult for me,i think.I'm not a very creative people.

    I searched for Respect-for-the-Aged Day because i don't know what it mean.It was a respecting senior citizen day,right?

    Japan's citizens were so caring for the old one.I never thought that it can be a public holiday too.But it's really great to have such a holiday.

  6. Hi jose!

    I know it looks difficult, but if you try, you'll realize it's not! Anyway, I hope I gave you some kind of idea :)

    >Respect-for-the-Aged Day
    I sent a gift to my grandma! This is the only time I send her something, so I'm glad we have this holiday!


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