Friday, July 11, 2008

exotics

My mom came over with a whole, fresh, steamed abalone chunk. This is how we ended up eating it.

abalone and kabocha squash corn soup
I sliced the abalone thin, and put it in the bottom of the bowl with the cooked squash. The corn soup was essentially onions, garlic, saffron and corn cooked in shrimp broth and then pureed and strained. The whole thing was rather sweet as a whole, but I think the flavors actually worked well together.
[abalone, kabocha squash, corn, onions, garlic, shrimp stock, salt, pepper, saffron]

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

japanese comfort food

This is one of my favorites, it's so simple and tasty.

salmon and hamachi ochazuke
We had some leftover sashimi that I was nervous about eating raw, so I thought ochazuke would be just the thing. It's essentially rice with green tea, lots of little crunchies (arare) and nori. I added the cooked salmon and hamachi pieces (which is probably way more than you would get in a traditional Japanese meal), as well as some of the leftover cucumber and avocado.
[rice, green tea, nori, arare, salmon, hamachi, avocado, cucumber]

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