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Autumn Food, Blog

Kabocha & Chestnut Loaf

Its definitely getting to that time of year again when the leaves start to turn and the weather is chilly. I especially like this time of year for pumpkin and squash  season . My favourites being kabocha and kuri . These both have a lovely texture and nutty flavour and are so versatile they can be roasted or steamed and have many health benefits being  high in beta-carotene and vitamin A . These are prized in Japan and are a staple food come autumn. I’m sure cooking with these will become a firm favourite if you haven’t already.

In this recipe I decided to steam half a kabocha pumpkin and scoop out the soft flesh to combine it with ingredients to make a chestnut and pumpkin loaf .

So steam your pumpkin first and cook up a cup of short grain brown rice ready to add later.

Finely chop half an onion,a small carrot,a stick of celery, a large shiitake mushroom or a few small ones and around six already cooked and peeled roast chestnuts. I buy mine already done . In the U.K. They are by a company called Merchant Gourmet.

Add to a pan some coconut butter and sauté these ingredients. Then add a tablespoon of tamari,Worcestershire sauce,miso and tomato purée and mix in then add your mashed steamed pumpkin and finally some chopped kale or you could use spinach and a cup of cooked rice.

Add a cup of gluten free oat flour to a bowl and add to this your kabocha ingredients and give it a good mix .

Line a loaf tin with parchment paper and spoon in your ingredients.

Bake in a moderate oven until cooked through around 30-45 mins.

Turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely before cutting in to slices.

I think this could also be a good mixture for kabocha burgers instead of adding the mixture to a baking tin just make into individual burger patties and bake or fry them .

The slices can be a nice alternative for maybe a thanksgiving or Christmas dinner and could also be nice cold in a wrap for instance.

I decided to make a comforting dinner with creamy mashed potatoes and shiitake miso gravy.

Autumn Food, Blog

Kabocha & Miso Risotto

Autumn is a favourite time of mine. I love the colours and the delicious seasonal  food .

It really is beginning to feel like Autumn is on its way here in the U.K. already. The nights are drawing in and the weather is chilly in the mornings . The leaves are already turning, so I felt like I wanted to make something with my favourite pumpkin Japanese kabocha. It has such a lovely nutty flavour and is really comforting.

I decided to make this risotto

You will first need to roast half a medium size kabocha you can keep the skin on but remove the seeds.

Then in a pan add one cup of short grain brown rice and to that around 800ml of vegetable stock. Place you rice on a medium heat and simmer adding a little more water until almost done if needed.

Then add a cup of pumpkin to your rice ( just scoop out the flesh but discard the skin. Also add one heaped tablespoon of white miso and stir well. I then added a heaped tablespoon of nutritional yeast for extra flavour .

Spoon in to a bowl . I added some roast king mushrooms and broccoli to mine with some fresh black  pepper but you could add anything you like.

This makes a really hearty meal ( nice with some warm bread to scoop up the risotto too.)

 

Blog, Summer Food

Macrobiotic Nourishment Bowl

This is a wonderful way to get a balanced meal. Called a macro bowl because you hit all the nutrients carbs,protein and fat with plenty of vitamins and minerals. There are many things you can add to your bowl if you just follow a simple guideline .

You need some kind of grain this could be brown rice,quinoa,millet,amaranth,buckwheat etc.

Then you need carbs think sweet potato but carbs can also cross over into your grains.

What about protein ha ha . Well we all know there no shortage of that ! Tofu or tempeh are my favourites, but again beans are a great source of protein so it’s good to add some beans in there as well like kidney,Lima,black beans etc.

Add some good fats with avocado,olives,nuts or hemp hearts.

Plenty of veggies and salads ( Go wild ) there are so many to choose from. Spinach,kale,sprouts,carrot,bell peppers,cucumber,watercress,broccoli the list goes on.

Why not add some probiotics in the form of sauerkraut or kimchi?

Dont forget sea veg also as it’s a wonderful source of iodine and good for the thyroid wakame,hijiki,kombu and nori.

Lastly it’s always nice to make a dressing maybe a simple miso dressing with miso paste mixed with mirin,brown rice syrup and little lemon.

I think it’s a good idea to have cooked brown rice ready in your fridge especially if your heading into a busy week . Just throw some rice in a bowl add some beans veggies and tofu and you have a meal in under 10 mins.

Hope you now have inspiration to make  some macro bowls for yourself.

Blog, Summer Food

Shiitake Brown Rice & Miso Burgers

I have been experimenting making burgers for a while but now I have a favourite recipe I want to share with you using some Japanese ingredients.

This recipe make three or four good size burgers and they freeze well so they are good to have on stand by when you don’t want to cook.

First cook one cup of brown rice until al dente . I cook brown rice like pasta.

Next in a food processor add one cup of drained chick peas to this add one heaped tablespoon of brown rice miso, 1/4 cup of finely grated carrot,1tablespoon of tamari or soy sauce,1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast,1tablespoon of brown rice vinegar and some fresh black pepper. And blend.

Next finely chop 1/4 cup of red bell pepper and 1/4 of red onion,1cup of shiitake mushrooms  finely chopped and add this to a pan and sauté in a little toasted sesame oil until soft. Add this to the already processed ingredients and blend again.

Tip the ingredients into a bowl and add your cooked brown rice and some chopped parsley and mix together.

I find the easiest way to shape the burgers is with plastic wrap. Take a sheet and add about three heaped tablespoon of your ingredients and shape into a ball then press down to form a burger shape . Place your burger shapes on parchment paper and brush with a little tamari and sprinkle on some shichimi pepper for extra spice. If you don’t have any you could use cayenne pepper.

Bake in the oven until golden .

I have served my burgers in pitta breads or even made Japanese Moss burger type rice buns.

Serve with what ever relish you like here I served some with butternut squash fries and Japanese vegan kewpie Mayo which were delicious.

Autumn Food, Blog

Macrobiotic Soup With Miso Buckwheat & Lima Beans

In the U.K. Where the weather is very changeable we very rarely get much in the way of hot summers,so it’s a good idea to make meals with a macrobiotic approach. Not only eating what’s in season but eating for the temperature. So when the summer weather is more like mid Autumn why not make a nourishing warming soup. This is a good one as we head off in to Autumn and you can change the vegetables you use accordingly.

To make the stock for the soup I used kombu good for the thyroid as its high in iodine, you just add a piece of dried kombu to water and gently heat for ten minutes then take out the kombu ( this can be chopped and used in salads if you wish)

I also used miso in this soup a good source of iron,calcium,potassium and B vitamins and beneficial bacteria and enzymes. Miso helps to stimulate the digestion and energise. No wonder people in Japan start the day with it. Make sure your miso is GMO free and organic and unpasteurised.

I added a grain to this soup you could use things like brown rice, quinoa,millet,amaranth or barley . In this one I’m choosing to use buckwheat. Buckwheat is a rich source of protein a very nutritious grain which is also gluten free.

Adding a bean of some kind really gives it extra sustenance  and also adds to it being macrobiotic. You can choose what ever you wish in this soup I’m using butter beans also known as Lima beans rich in protein,fiber and B vitamins.

Lots of veggies like carrot,potato,burdock,kale,shiitake and daikon and butternut squash when in season kabocha pumpkin would be wonderful also.

Maybe top with some fresh chopped herbs and a few pieces of tofu if you like.

Just what you need to curl up with on the sofa as the nights start to draw in.

Blog, Summer Food

Chocolate Chip Cookies With Miso

I love using miso in my cooking soups,stews,dressings sauces.

However I have never thought of using it in baking. I was inspired by a friend on Instagram to make these cookies.
These are so soft inside and because I added chocolate chips it goes together with the salty miso just perfect along with some nutty tahini.
This is my recipe for chocolate chip miso cookies

Turn on your oven to warm and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a bowl add 2 cups of gram flour (sometimes called garbanzo or chickpea flour)
Add to this 2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 cup of coconut palm sugar
And give it a mix. Then add 1 cup of vegan chocolate chips and mix again.
In a separate bowl add
1 heaped teaspoon of white miso and 1 heaped teaspoon of tahini and cream them together.
Add to this 1/3 cup of melted coconut oil and 1/2 cup of soy milk (or almond milk)
Mix it all well and add this to your dry flour mixture
When it’s all well mixed it should be a dough consistency if it’s too dry add a little more milk if to wet add a little more flour.
I then find it easy to take heaped tablespoons of the mixture and put it into plastic wrap make into a ball then turn each ball out onto your parchment lined baking sheet and flatten them out into cookie shapes.
I made 6 large cookies or you can make 12 small ones.
When you have all your cookies place them in the oven until golden (about 10 mins)
Leave your cookies to cool down (I know it’s difficult) if you don’t  they will crumble apart .
For extra freshness keep in an air tight container or freeze them .

perfect with a nice matcha latte.

Enjoy !

Autumn Food, Blog

Creamy Miso Mushroom Stroganoff

This wonderfully creamy mushroom stroganoff is made with out cream or alcohol but that doesn’t mean it’s not tasty it’s so good and you could add it to the top of rice or why not stir it into pasta or noodles it makes a great sauce.

Start by getting a selection of mushrooms I used oyster,maitake,eryngii and shiitake . Slice bigger mushrooms and leave some smaller ones whole add them to a pan and sauté in a little coconut butter with some finely diced onion.

In a jug add a heaped  teaspoon of white miso paste and add a cup of not quite boiled water and dissolve the miso.  Then pour this into your pan of sautéed mushrooms . Next make a kuzu slurry of 1/2 teaspoon of kuzu with the same water and put this into your sauce mixture. Finally add one heaped teaspoon of vegan cream cheese. Stir this until the sauce becomes thick and the cheese has melted. Add a bit more water if your sauce is to thick . For extra flavour you can add a dash of each of vegan Worcestershire sauce and tamari. When your ready to add to your desired topping chop some parsley and mix in just before serving.

This time I made it extra healthy by having this with zucchini and butternut squash noodles.

What will you have with yours ? Maybe pie and mash ?

 

Blog, Summer Food

Goya Chanpuru

The fruit known as bitter melon or Goya in Okinawa or Nigauri in the rest of Japan looks a bit like a cucumber but with lots of bumps. It has many medicinal properties used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 3,000 years helping to maintain blood sugar,lower cholesterol and helping fight viruses and bacteria it helps in strengthening immunity it is also high in vitamins B,C,E and K .This fruit is very popular in Okinawa the southern most prefecture of japan and one of the worlds five blue zones ( where people live the longest) It must be an important fruit over there as they even have a day spent honouring it. People seam to use it in Japan to fight off summer heat fatigue and build up immunity for Autumn.  Goya is a very aquired taste it  didnt get its name bitter melon for nothing. After slicing it in half and scooping out the seeds and slicing some people soak the Goya in salted water or steam it. I have found it most palatable when soaked in hot water with a little mirin . So this is what I do to prepare it.

I wanted to make a classic favourite summer  Okinawan dish called Chanpuru a stirfry that normally contains egg,tofu,Goya and pork or spam. Chanpuru means mixed . You could use a vegan meat substitute for this but after considering this I went for the whole vegetable option as most contain wheat .

I made an easy tofu scramble with mashed tofu and a little turmeric and nutritional yeast and set to one side. I used about 1/4 block then used the rest cut up into cubes and baked them in the oven ( you could stirfry these on fry them if you like but I wanted a healthy option.

I then sliced some oyster mushrooms and stir fried these in a little toasted sesame oil ( this was to be my pork substitute). Then I threw in my tofu scramble and drained sliced Goya but I didn’t rinse off the mirin as it adds a little sweetness I think. Stirfry this and then add your baked tofu.

Then add a teaspoon of miso paste to a bowl with a cup of kombu dashi stock and dissolve then pour this over your stirfry. Mix and your done. I served mine with simple Japanese rice.

An alternative recipe to this would be to make my tofu omelette recipe and cut into strips and use this as your egg substitute maybe with vegan bacon.

 

 

Blog, Summer Food

Nasu Dengaku

A popular summer dish in Japan is Nasu-dengaku eggplant with a miso glaze. Eggplant dishes in summer are popular all round . Traditionally using Hatcho miso from Nagoya it’s a very simple dish to make.

You can either slice your egg plant whole in half length ways or just slice thick circles which is what I have done here this time.

First score the cut flesh and then bake in the oven.

While they are baking make a miso glaze . Add miso, sugar and mirin about a tablespoon of each to a pan and heat until combined and thick. The sugar and mirin balances out the salty miso.

Spread this on your cooked eggplant and add a sprinkle of sesame seeds  then place under a warm grill when done add and some chopped green onion or chives.

I actually served mine on top of rice and it was delicious

Blog, Spring Food

Spring green soup


Spring greens soup
An easy filling soup using spring green vegetables miso and soy milk

Ingredients
A selection of green vegetables equal amounts .
I used broccoli, courgette ( zucchini ) edamame
Komatsuna Japanese mustard spinach ( you could use cabbage napa cabbage bok choy ( pak choi ) or spinach as an alternative), asparagus tips and watercress .
And two small peeled potatoes chopped into quarters this helps to thicken your soup .
One tablespoon of white miso
Salt and pepper to taste
Soy milk

First steam your vegetables until tender and bright green and your potatoes are cooked ( I used frozen edamame so I dropped a handful into the water to cook a few mins under the steaming vegetables .)
When ready put your vegetables into a food processor add your miso and blend with a little of your hot water used for steaming .
When blended add equal parts soy milk and hot cooking water until you reach your desired consistency.
Add a little salt and pepper to taste maybe a swirl of soy cream and a few sprigs of water cress for decoration.
Wonderful as a side dish or as a healthy lunch with a warm piece of bread.

Blog, Spring Food

Mochi Cheese On Toast

To night is no cheese on toast (mochi cheese) placed under the grill . I had this with left over vegetable tofu miso soup from yesterday, rice,pickles and salad with a miso dressing . Grapes and strawberry. Hope everyone has a great day/evening . 餅ビーガンチーズとトースト 野菜と豆腐と味噌汁 ごはん サラダと味噌ドレッシング 漬物 イチゴとブドウ

want to make mochi cheese ? 

Add one mochi rice cake ( dried mochi block ) to a shallow bowl and almost cover with soy milk  

microwave for 30 seconds ( take out and mash with a fork )

add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric 

put back in the microwave for another 30 seconds the mochi with rice and go gooey and sticky . Keep mashing with a fork .

then add a teaspoon of nutritional yeast and a teaspoon of white miso ( this will give you your cheese  flavour .

add a touch more milk if needed and microwave again for 15 sec 

now it’s ready for your toast then place under the grill to brown .

this can also be used for lots of things like pizza for instance 

 

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Udon Hot Pot

A lovely udon hot pot to night in a miso broth with vegetables and tofu . Also a few onigiri with hijiki.

うどんと野菜と豆腐と味噌汁鍋物.
おにぎりとひじき

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Miso Soup & My Bento

Oh my goodness I nearly got blown away this morning the wind is quite scary .
Warming up with a miso soup and my bento .
I made onigiri and I had some of those sweet potato okara balls from last nights dinner left over so put in a few of those along with a grilled shiitake and mochi cheese,salad and fruit.
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