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A Dashi of This and a Dashi of That

A Dashi of This and a Dashi of That

Dashi is the stock most used in Japanese cooking. The ingredients are simple, seaweed and shavings from a block of the dried fish known as bonito, and the method could not be simpler. Much of Japanese food is approachable like this and it’s a shame that so many people think that you need some sort of superskills in order to prepare Japanese food. Oh yes, there are Japanese masters! But there are also students who … Read entire article »

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Easy Onigiri: Japanese rice cakes

Easy Onigiri: Japanese rice cakes

What I loved when we lived in Japan was that on the days I didn’t feel like making my lunch, I could stop by the local コンビニ, “conbini”, or convenience store, on the way to work for much nicer food than we’d find in our own equivalent shops. I’d park my bike out front in the bike park and then walk in to hear a loud “いらっしゃいませ!” or “Irasshaimase!” (Welcome, we are happy to serve … Read entire article »

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Oden: Japanese stew

Oden: Japanese stew

Something funny is going on in New Zealand. Last week I had a craving for Florentines and bought all the stuff to make them. And then this week, I bought ingredients to make potato and leek soup. I opened up my friend Mel  in Wellington’s blog and what do I see? She has been making Florentines and potato soup! The truth of the matter is that it is darn cold in New Zealand right now and … Read entire article »

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Furikake: Japanese rice seasoning

Furikake: Japanese rice seasoning

Furikake ふりかけ is Japan’s answer to zaatar or dukkah. Whereas those middle eastern condiments are mainly associated with bread, furikake is associated with, you’ve guessed it, rice.  Although some types of furikake are delicious on salads or vegetables, you’ll most often come across this savoury mixture on top of a bowl of steaming rice, or in onigiri. The flavourings vary with ingredients such as bonito (a type of fish shavings), nori, sesame seeds, dried egg, salmon … Read entire article »

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