Are you still with me in the preparation of Osechi Ryori? Hope that you are not put off with too much superstitious ideas. Kazunoko is a salt-cured herring roe consists of hundreds of tiny eggs grouped together in one piece, encased in a very thin membrane. The size of dried herring roe is about 5 inches long. We hydrate it and marinate it in the mixture of shoyu and mirin overnight. Kazunoko symbolizes family prosperity...Read More
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Kelp, which is an indispensable ingredient in Japanese cooking, plays an important role to bring longevity and good luck to the people who consume it at the beginning of the New Year. Kobumaki is a dish in which hydrated dried herring is wrapped and rolled in a piece of hydrated kelp sheet, and simmered tender. Here is the old post of the dish where you find the recipe. Since dried herring is not available here, I use smoked fish...Read More
How to make wealth with baby fish? Tazukuri is a dish in which tiny dried baby sardines are roasted in a skillet until crispy and fragrant (I mean fish fragrant), and flavored with sugar, shoyu and sake (rice wine). The direct translation of Tazukuri is to build nutritious and healthy soil. In the past baby sardines were used as a fertilizer in the rice paddies and vegetable fields...Read More
Every Japanese citizen starts a New Year with auspicious Osechi Ryori meal. Osechi Ryori is a celebration meal like the one enjoyed at Thanksgiving dinner. There is a whole set of rule of what to be served for the celebration. Osechi Ryori has many dishes in the meal. Each ingredient used is related to something which bring us luck, prosperity, health and happiness in the New Year.
I have begun making Osechi Ryori dish preparation on December 27th...Read More
Continuation from Fish Quick Lesson: My filleted fish stays in the refrigerator for up to 6 days fresh. But, I sometimes freeze them for later time consumption.
After defrosting such a fish this is a dish which I make from time to time. Kara-age fish. (Not Kara-age chicken). Kara-age is a cooking technique, in which an item is marinated in the mixture of shoyu and mirin, coated with potato starch and fried crisp.
The Kara-age fish recipe is from my The Sushi Experience. If you want to learn how ...Read More
This is what I often do with my very fresh fish. It requires just 10 minutes of cooking/working time. Salt the fish (with skin) and cook it in the oiled skillet, skin side down, until the skin is crisp and the fish is cooked about 60 percent. Turn the fish over and cook until it is cooked through, but not over-cooked...Read More
After filleting fish I always lightly salt the fillet and leave it for 20 minutes or so. This removes a bit of excess water from the fish, thus, firms up the muscle meat. This makes easy for us to cook the fish.
After 20 minutes I wipe the fish with paper towel, sprinkle additional salt (for flavor) and cook it in the skillet or broiler. The fish, which is very fresh, does not need any or much sauce to accompany. Sauce anyway masks the natural flavor of the very fresh fish.
If I am not using...Read More
Meal kit delivery service market is going to generate $1.5 billion in sales this year. I am not yet or never be converted to that camp. Going to the food store and farmers market and being exposed to seasonally changing produce and fish, selecting and purchasing them for the meals is so important part of my life that no excuse gets into my way not doing it.
Especially, fish quality matters me a lot, so I hav...Read More
Here are my recent meals enjoyed in my Japanese kitchen. shiso juice (recipe – http://hirokoskitchen.com/2014/06/sexy-delicious/, shiso condiment, summer vegetable pizza! (baked in cast iron skillet – the best result/ no need to own a pizza baking stone), cold zucchini and pea miso soup, corn rice, cold pork shabu shabu with summer vegetables served with sesame-shoyu sauce.
There are many reasons why I like to cook my meals at home...Read More
Dashi does magic. I enjoy cooking tender spring greens such as ramps, broccoli rabe and mustard greens from the farmers market with dashi, shoyu and butter. They are the golden team. I parboil the firmer stem of these greens in salt added boiling water first. In order to do this I hold the greens upright so that the top leaf part is not submerged into the water. When the stem is partially tender, remove the greens from the pot and transfer them to the olive-oiled skillet...Read More