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Inari Sushi

Inari sushi
いなり寿司
Seasoned Japanese rice with @clearspringuk sushi seasoning then filled pockets of aburaage topped with :
1:Hijiki and furikake
2:Cucumber and pickled ginger
3:Clearspring Umeboshi
4:Black sesame seeds and sliced shiitake
5:Avocado and ginger

Some edamame on the side.

I picked the little fox up at the Inari shrine in Kyoto .

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Ginger Cookies (Gluten Free)

Gluten free
Organic
Rice malt syrup
Ginger cookies .
The @clearspringuk Rice malt syrup has a butterscotch caramel flavour and is great to use in baking . They use traditional malting methods to make this and the rice malt contains complex sugar that contains nutrients and minerals and enters the bloodstream slowly so doesn’t give you that sugar rush spike .
I also used fresh squeezed ginger juice and chopped crystallised ginger pieces .
So good with a warming tea or coffee.

Blog, Winter Food

Macrobiotic Hot Ginger Amazake

Warming up this morning with a macrobiotic hot ginger amazake . This drink is often served in shrines and temples in the winter months in Japan. Made with fermented rice and koji it is very nutritious containing vitamins and dietary fibre. A healthy drink rich in enzymes often associated with new year.
I used brown rice amazake about one cup then equaled that with water added fresh ginger juice and brought it to a simmer . Then I strained it ( you don’t have to ) but it gives a smoother drink. I then topped it with a little yuzu peel.

With my amazake I had something called Ogura Toast as I had some sweet red azuki beans left from yesterday’s Zenzai . This is a breakfast speciality in Nagoya cafes.
This gave me a satisfying Japanese style breakfast this morning

Blog, Summer Food

Soboro Don

Soboro Don (Or three colour minced bowl ) ビーガン三色そぼろ丼
ランナー豆と豆腐と大豆ミンチボウル

Don ( 丼 ) meaning a rice bowl dish or Doburi  this can be any meal that consists of rice in a bowl with a topping .

This Japanese dish is normally made with ground minced chicken and Egg on rice
I made  this dish vegan by using @clearspring organic soya mince marinated in ginger juice with tamari and mirin. I used a tofu scramble for the egg and topped it on Japanese rice. This dish often has another colour like peas or onion and you often find it as a popular bento . I decided to use some runner beans .
First thing is to wash and cook your Japanese rice then leave on warm in a rice cooker or pan with the lid on.

Next is to make all your separate things so you can put them all together .

Using Clearspring mince just use about half a cup full and cover with hot water and leave for ten mins to soak . Using a ginger grater extract about teaspoon of fresh ginger juice and add this to your mince, then add a teaspoon of tamari and a teaspoon of mirin. Add a little oil to a pan and sautéed this until slightly browned ( set aside )

To make your tofu just simply mash half a block of firm tofu with a quarter teaspoon of turmeric ( set  aside)

next steam some green beans .

Warm through your mince and tofu ( you can do this in the microwave if you wish ) take a bowl and half fill with rice then add your tofu,mince and green beans.  Finally add a sprinkle of sesame seeds and some chopped green onion and maybe some hijiki to garnish .

This dish can just as well be eaten cold in a bento for lunch .

 

Blog, Summer Food

Sushi Jar

Not got time to make sushi ?
Stick the contents in a jar .
This is my sushi jar perfect to take out to lunch .
Seasoned sushi rice and gomashio with :
Edamame,hijiki,peppers,avocado,pickled ginger,carrot,cucumber,radish and nori .

A really healthy simple meal for on the go .

simply make your sushi rice and layer in your chosen sushi accompaniments
瓶の寿司

Blog, Summer Food

Sushi Donuts

Apparently sushi donuts are the in thing at the moment .
Not sure about in Japan though.
Has anyone in Japan seen sushi donuts ?
寿司ドーナッツを見た人はいますか?
Anyway instead of onigiri why not make these instead?
I like to take sections with my chopsticks and put bite size pieces into these delicious organic toasted nori crispies by @clearspringuk .
Great for bento ?
ビーガン寿司ドーナツ

They are super easy to make if you have a donut pan

just cut some plastic wrap and and place it over one of your donut shapes start to fill it with rice and press down making your donut shape turn out and you have a perfect donut ready for decoration .

top avocado,sushi ginger,sesame seeds,chives and cucumber .

these are also nice with nori you can hold them with the nori like you would an onigiri .