Friday, October 09, 2015

peanut nishime

peanut nishime After trying peanut nishime in Tokoname, I wanted to re-create it.

My mom and aunties make nishime, mostly for special occasions (or whenever my Grandma wants to eat it) but I've never written down their recipe.

I've also never tried making it myself.

Apparently, adding peanuts to nishime is a southern Japan thing.

I looked online and there were many recipes to choose from.

I adapted this one a bit because the original recipe did not specify how much dashi to use.

Also, the original recipe had chicken in it and I wanted to leave it out.

I was happy that when I went to Kobe, I found raw peanuts at the halal store.

Peanut Nishime : adapted from the internet

handful of peanuts (raw)
4-inch piece of renkon, cut into 1-inch slices then cubed
1 carrot, cubed
1/2 konnyaku (devil's tongue jelly, about the size of your palm), use a spoon to make bite sized pieces
16-inch piece of gobo, cleaned and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups dashi (stock)
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons mirin (sweet rice wine)
3 tablespoons shoyu (soy sauce)
3 tablespoons sake (rice wine)
1 cup water

Put all ingredients into a pot and put in 1 cup of water.
Bring to a boil.
Then put an oshibuta (drop lid) on for 10 minutes, drop heat to medium
After 10 minutes, take the oshibuta off and add the dashi, sugar, mirin, shoyu & sake
Cook on medium for 20 minutes.

NOTES: I cooked this until the peanuts were half-cooked because I like that "crunch". Cook longer if you want the veggies and peanuts to be tender.

At first I used 4 cups of dashi but ended up with way too much "soup", so I would cut it back to 2 cups.

I have a little more peanuts and "soup" left, so I will definitely make this again (soon)!

Hope you have a nice weekend, we have a 3-day weekend here.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

cubi di legno

lunch with a friend♡thanks for today!  #cubidilegno #minoo #osaka Yesterday, Hiromi and I walked to Cubi di Legno, a new Italian restaurant near the Makiochi station.

They have counter seating as well as several tables.

I like how the place is brightened up with all the windows.

We both ordered the pasta lunch...1300 yen (tax included).

Lunch started off with a salad...this one had some kaki (persimmon) and roast chicken...loved this with their vinaigrette.

They also serve you house-made grissini and a cubed bread...fancy!

Hiromi chose their chicken pasta while I chose their sanma (pacific saury).

The pasta is also made in-house.

Everything is lightly seasoned, so good!

Lunch ended with coffee or espresso...Hiromi chose an iced coffee while I went with an espresso.

I wouldn't mind coming back here for dinner...I'll be back!

Cubi di Legno
1-2-7 Hyakurakuso #102
Minoo, Osaka
Phone: 072.734.8989
Closed Mondays
Lunch: 11:30-14:00, Dinner: 17:30-21:00

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

taste test

taste test This past summer, I received two different beef jerky chips.

One from Mich, which is made by Chyler's and sold at Side Street Inn (on the left).

And one from Jalna's cousin, V, which is made by Paradise Jerky (on the right).

Chyler's was crisp but "softer" than Paradise Jerky.

Flavor-wise both were good!

I won't say which was better than the other because they were both delicious and good in their own way.

Thanks for letting us try these Mich & V!

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

this and that

creative "foodie" flower arrangements at the dentist♡  #osaka #japan #flowerarrangement Sorry it has been quiet here.

For a couple of days now, I have been trying to view a blu-ray DVD that my friend gave me. At first, I thought I could use the public library's player...nope they only allow you to view DVDs that are at the library, you cannot bring in your!

Then, I rented a player from Tsutaya, a CD/DVD shop...after getting the player set up, I still couldn't view it!

I called the maker of the player as well as Tsutaya....turns out the disc was bad...something about it not being finalized...have spoken to my friend and she said I could watch the shows at her house...whoo!

Fast forward to today, I had an appointment to fix my crown (this has also been ongoing). Today was putting the crown on...took all of 10 minutes and I have to go back next week for cleaning...boy, do these dentists like to drag stuff out!

While sitting in the waiting room, I noticed their flower arrangements...kind of harvest-y, autumn-y, foodie.

the big rubber duck is back♡  #osaka #japan #rubberduck #nakanoshima #中之島 #大阪 #ラバーダック After my appointment, I walked over to Nakanoshima Park.

The rubber duck is back.

innards of the giveaway box:) Mona received the giveaway box, so now I can show you what was inside...a Uni-Qlo Star Wars T-shirt (this won an award or something), Kabuki Face Masks, a Hello Kitty Moleskine notebook, a musubi holder, green tea, Japanese-y post-its, colorful furikake, oil blotting paper, masking tapes, and some candies and cookies (not shown).

Another 3-day weekend coming up, hope your week is going well.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

foodie friday in kobe

spice haul...fenugreek seed, tamarind & curry leaves♡  #kobehalal #kitanogrocers #kobe #hyogo #神戸 #兵庫 Satoshi's went on a trip for work, so I have a couple of days to myself.

Thursday, it rained all day, so I stayed indoors, reading and just chilling out.

Yesterday, it was sunny, so I headed out to Kobe.

In the morning it was chilly, so I was wearing a long sleeve cotton shirt and a trench coat but by the time I reached Kobe it was blazing! I ended up carrying my coat around.

I had envisioned buying some baked goods at Ça Marche, but apparently they are closed this whole!

Bummed, I went a couple of doors down to Kitano Grocers to check out their spices. I picked up some seedless tamarind and fenugreek seed.

The lady at the check-out was surprised with my purchases and said, "most Japanese don't buy these items".

I mentioned to her that they were used in a curry recipe book I have, so I wanted to try the recipes with them.

She was very happy to hear this.

Then I went down the street to Kobe Halal to see what other spices they had. I picked up some curry leaves and raw peanuts (not shown).

Everything was super reasonably these shops!

beef stew omelette♡  #l'ami #kobe #hyogo #洋食 #ラミ #神戸 Since it was nearing eleven-ish, I headed down the hill to L'Ami for lunch.

This tiny shop only has a "U" shaped counter with about 15 seats.

When I got there half the seats were already filled, and everyone seated were female.

I ordered the beef stew omelette...864 yen (tax included).

The omelette is fluffy with lots of sliced onions in it. The beef in the stew was so tender. The demi glace sauce was a little sweet.

Lunch also came with a small salad, miso soup, rice, some tsukemono (pickles) and a slice of orange.

The food comes out pretty quick and the turnover quite fast.

There are some items that Satoshi would like on the menu, we'll be back!

1st time trying shakerato (iced espresso that is shaken like a martini)♡ @mr.frank_kosuke   #coffeestandfrank #shakerato #kobe #hyogo After such a big lunch, I wanted to walk around a bit, so I went in search of Coffee Stand Frank.

It was about 10 minutes away from L'Ami.

This is also a tiny shop, where you stand at the counter and drink your coffee.

Not knowing what it was, I ordered an iced shakerato...330 yen.

Turns out it is a espresso, that is shaken like a martini.

Apparently it is supposed to be shaken with some simple syrup, but when the barista asked if I wanted it sweetened, I told him I didn't.

Different but good! I'll be back.

Fun Foodie Friday...enjoy your weekend!

3-4-3 Sannomiya-machi
Chuo-ku, Kobe
Phone: 078.327.7225
Closed Mondays
Lunch: 11:00-14:45, Dinner: 17:00-21:30

Coffee Stand Frank
3-1-11 Sakaemachi-dori
Chuo-ku, Kobe
Phone: n/a
Mondays-Fridays: 7:00-20:00, Saturdays: 10:00-20:00, Sundays & Holidays: 10:00-19:00

Friday, October 02, 2015

things I'm liking (kinda disliking)

got to try a sneak peek of the new fruit crush tea, thanks starbucks☆english breakfast tea, dried fruits and some type of sweetener...not bad  #japan #fruitcrush #tea #starbucks It's been awhile since I did a "things I'm liking" post so here goes....Starbucks Fruit Crush Tea.

I had entered to win a free sample of their new Fruit Crush Tea which starts October 1st on their menu...and they sent me an e-ticket to try it before it went on their menu! whoo!

The base of this drink is an English Breakfast tea. There is a sweet (almost sickly) syrup and dried fruit bits.

Kind of reminded me of the sweet-tart flavor of hibiscus tea, but sweeter.

I think if they cut back on the amount of syrup, this would be nice.

I'm glad I got to try this.

single serving size is 2...maybe♡  #legoûter #japan #oreo #coffee Have you tried the Brownie Batter Oreos?

The aroma when you open the package smells just like brownies.

The cookie doesn't match the sweetness of the cream though.

Oh well, at least I got to try this one too.

shine muscat(left) has a different sweetness than the seedless pione(right) both are delicious!  #grapes #japan #葡萄 #ピオーネ #シャインマスカット During this time of year there are different grapes that are in season.

One is the pione (pee-oh-nay) (in the photo on the right). They are rather large orbs and this particular variety is seedless. Super sweet like grape candy. The skins of these grapes are tough and quite bitter, so we usually peel them while eating them.

The one on the left was new to me, it's called shine muscat. The skins of the grape are soft enough to be eaten. These were seedless also and a different sweetness than the pione.

I'm glad the fruit stand that I shop at had both of these on sale, it was nice trying them.

1st time trying Quinn popcorn♡ Love Quinn Popcorn.

I had seen this at a couple of food shops here in Japan...but guess what?!

They were selling it for 3 times the price that it is sold for in the U.S.

Actually for some reason, I had thought they weren't US made but European.

When I was in Hawaii, I found out they were being sold at Target (my fave place to shop!)

For a box they cost about $5 with two packets in it.

I guess that would be considered pricey, but, I thought it was worth it because they don't use all the "junk" ingredients that most microwave popcorns use.

Also, a good thing about this popcorn is that you can "nuke" it, or if you don't have a microwave oven, you can pop this on the stove!

So far, we've tried the Butter & Salt flavor...which was nice.

I also bought Vermont Maple & Salt and Parmesan & Rosemary...which we'll be working through this winter.

What have you been enjoying lately?

Thursday, October 01, 2015

garam masala pork and apples

I usually like crisp apples but since this one wasn't, I tried @familycirclemag garam masala pork & apples recipe...not bad needs tweaking...also made pumpkin soup   #dinner #soup #familycirclemag #garammasala #pork #apple #japan #pumpkin I don't know about you but I don't like soggy apples.

Whenever I run into one, I always try to bake with them.

Yesterday, gave me the perfect chance to try this recipe I copied from "Family Circle".

Garam Masala Pork and Apples : Serves 4
3 tablespoons canola oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cumin
2 sliced Honeycrisp apples
1 sliced red onion
1 can (15oz) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
2 teaspoons garam masala
4 bone-in pork chops (8oz each)

Combine canola oil, salt, pepper, ground ginger, and cumin. In prepared sheet pan, combine apples, onion and garbanzo beans.
Toss with 2 tbsp of the oil mixture.
Combine garam masala with remaining oil mixture and brush over pork chops.
Arrange chops over vegetables and roast at 450F (230C) for 18 minutes. Broil 2 minutes.

NOTES: I didn't have Honeycrisp apples, and used the soggy one that I did have. I also couldn't get bone-in pork chops and just used what I could find.

I would cover this with foil while roasting, since the onions were still on the raw side, then take the foil off to put everything under the broiler.

Flavorwise, I liked this...I'll try this again.