Friday, April 09, 2010

"green" dinner

It is Spring here and I've been seeing a lot of green veggies at the markets.

Here are some new recipes that I tried recently...

Snap endou (sugar snap peas) with grapefruit salad adapted from "3 minute cooking"

18 sugar snap peas, washed and cleaned
1/2 grapefruit (1/4 juiced, 1/4 cleaned)
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
pepper

Cook the sugar snap peas for about 5 minutes in boiling water.
Cool in cold water.
Add the grapefruit pieces, juice, oil and pepper.
Mix well.

NOTES:The original recipe had chicken in it. Actually I was reading something where you only need to stick the peas in boiling water for a minute or two, next time I will try it this way. I loved the refreshing taste of the grapefruit and crunch from the peas, though next time I will add a little salt.

Kat's Japanese Potato Salad

3 small new potatoes, cleaned, leaving skins on
1/2 cucumber, sliced
2 or 3 tablespoons leftover sesame seed dressing
1 teaspoon black sesame seed
leaves of lettuce

Boil potatoes until soft, drain and cut into bite sized pieces
Add cucumber, dressing
Mix well and top with sesame seeds
Serve on lettuce

NOTES: Yum! the creamy dressing matches nicely with the creaminess from the potatoes. I'm making this one again.

The other dishes on my dinner tray: roasted asparagus, fragrant tuna & chick pea salad, spring cabbage tuna salad.

What are you having for dinner?

Here is a video I shot from the train near the Shonai station. Near the station they have a row of cherry trees and when it is in full bloom it is beautiful.

15 comments:

KirkK said...

Love the potato salad Kat! I think I'll try that next time.

Alesa Warcan said...

Snap peas and grapefruit. I'll try this. Not a combination that would have occurred to me, but the more i think about the more it appeals to me.

Tamara Marnell said...

Why haven't I thought of Japanese potato salad? I love soy and mirin, but I've never thought of applying it outside of stir fries and noodle dishes. And the potatoes are my favorite part of nikujaga, so I know the flavors would go well together.

K and S said...

Thanks Kirk, I hope you like it :)

Thanks Alesa, the flavors are quite subtle, so I would suggest a little salt.

Thanks Tamara, I hope you enjoy this as well.

Take care everyone!
Kat

Linny said...

Yum, both of those salads sound great!

K and S said...

Thanks Linny, I hope you get to try these when you get back to the States :)

Take care.
Kat

Rick said...

yummm looks good. i gotta get my garden planted before "spring" season is over in Hawaii. Hahah.

as if your wonderful photos weren't enough, now you're putting up videos too!! i am realy going nuts here not having been able to visit japan in almost 4 years!!!

=)

Rowena... said...

Ono-looking greens, and I like the idea of grapefruit. Your vid was like a wakeup call (so cool to travel "live" like that) as it's been months since I've gone into Milan. Hmmm..choices, choices...

K and S said...

you've been eating well though Rick :) Hope you can come to Japan next Spring!

I think your garden will take first priority, then you can go holo-holo Rowena ;)

Take care you two.
Kat

Debinhawaii said...

Looks very green and very good! I like the idea of the snap peas with the grapefruit. ;-)

K and S said...

Thanks Debinhawaii, the flavors are quite natural, I would definitely add some salt ;)

Take care.
Kat

Rowena... said...

Hey that's Happy Bunny on the cover image in the video!

K and S said...

I think it is an ad for a doctor or dentist Rowena :)

Take care.
Kat

chandlerguera said...

We had such a simple dinner of rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, with tortillas, onions, sour cream and lettuce.

Thanks for sharing the pictures of the cherry blossom trees. Beautiful!

K and S said...

Simple is nice Chandlerguera :)

Take care.
Kat