Success!

The dinner experiment was successful! Yay! I would highly recommend Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’m going to purchase it. The level of detail in the instructions and descriptions is wonderful.

I was thrilled that my parents really seemed to enjoy the meal. Some of the flavours in Japanese food can be quite strange if you’re not used to them. I can’t think of anything that they would eat on a regular basis that’s anything like dashi or wakame, both of which were in the miso soup. But they enjoyed it enough that my mom even asked for the donburi recipe. We don’t have them over very often, so I’m glad it all went well.

I served the food in two courses. The first course was miso soup and an eggplant dengaku. Then I left Blair and my folks to chat and visit while I prepared the donburi and the vinegared cucumber. I can’t believe how quick and easy it was to make the donburi! I think donburi would be a wonderfully quick week night dinner. I think this will be in heavy rotation on the nights that I cook.

Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of everything before we began eating. I was hungry! I’m really not one for fussy food displays, so it wouldn’t have been much to look at anyway. The cookbook does have wonderful instructions on how to make pretty food arrangements though.

Published in: on January 15, 2008 at 9:37 pm  Comments (2)  
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Dinner Experiment

I’m going to conduct a bit of a dinner experiment today. My folks are joining us for dinner and I’m going to attempt to make some Japanese food. The menu will include miso soup, eggplant dengaku, vinegared cucumber and chicken donburi. Not sure about dessert yet. Perhaps just some vanilla yogurt with fruit, or a simple cake.

I’m using a book from the library. Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art by Shizuo Tsuji. The book is very detailed! There is a lot of information about dining in proper Japanese style, such as the order the dishes should be served in and the types of dishes to use. Loads of information about the ingredients and possible western substitutes. So far, I’d highly recommend the book for anyone interested in learning about Japanese cuisine. But perhaps I should reserve judgment until after the dinner!

I’ll likely post again tomorrow with some pictures of the food. Wish me luck!

Published in: on January 12, 2008 at 11:46 am  Leave a Comment  
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Too hot to handle

I was feeling a bit under the weather today, so I decided that I needed soup for supper. I made Moroccan Mixed Bean Soup with Pasta from Bonnie Stern’s Hearth Smart cook book. Unfortunately I’m a bit careless in measuring ingredients and accidentally doubled the amount of cayenne pepper called for in the recipe. I think it would be a lovely soup with just a bit of a bite to it, if the instructions were followed. Doubling the amount of cayenne pepper made the soup pretty much too hot to handle.

Note: A dollop of plain yogurt eased the heat to a reasonable level.

Moroccan Mixed Bean Soup

Published in: on November 17, 2007 at 10:58 pm  Leave a Comment  
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