15.11.12

In which I have many bits on the side.....


Dinner is the favourite meal in the House of Worshipblues. I suppose you could say that our dinners frequently consist of a selection of side dishes and rice.

Here are a few bits on the side that have filled our bellies recently. 



\\エビマヨ - Prawn mayonnaise.
Our version of a Japanese favourite ebi-mayo. Made using edamame, fresh peas, garlic chives, fine beans and sugar snap peas.



\\里芋の煮物 - Simmered eddoes and fine beans.
Simmered dishes are a regular feature on Japanese dining tables. This version simmers hearty veg in a stock of sake, shoyu, mirin and dashi topped with bonito flakes and toasted black sesame.



\\しそつくね - Chicken meatballs in perilla.
Pan-fried, moist chicken meatballs made with spring onion and yukari then wrapped in perilla leaves. Perilla is often referred to as the Japanese basil. 





\\いんげんとひき肉のみそいため - Stir fried beans  and pork mince in miso.
We like a lot of ginger at this time of year, it is warming and good for us so a good deal of the stuff, finely chopped goes into this dish. Miso is another common feature on our table.

We try to have 2 or three side dishes each meal of varying textures and complimentary flavours. This doesn't always happen! The above dishes are quick and easy to make and they contain a lot of beans because our supermarket was doing a deal on them :)

>>> I wasn't sure if anyone would be interested in recipes for such humble home cooking. If you would like to see some. Let me know and I will add them to this post for you.

Oh and Hiro bought us a Japanese style rice cooker at Duty Free in Japan!!



I can't tell you how happy I am with it! I have wanted one for yonks and yonks but always held back as we would need to get a big ugly transformer thing due to the different voltage. However, this nifty bit of kit is made for UK voltages!! YIPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

The extra fabby fing about this so called "fuzzy" rice cooker is that it can be used to make other things such as cakes!

22 comments:

  1. Please can I have recipes? They look absolutely DELISH! Dinner at my home goes the same way too, rice + a few side dishes, usually 1 meat, 1 vege and 1 fish for example.

    Also, I have the EXACT same rice cooker!

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    1. Rice cookers are amazing! I will add the recipes very soon!

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  2. :-o recipes please!

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    1. Hello Stephanie! I will add the recipes very soon. Thanks for commenting x

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  3. YUM! Please post some recipes, the prawns and those chicken meatballs look especially tasty~

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    1. Hi Siglet! I love prawns at the mo! Recipes coming soon!

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  4. Everything looks so delicious and is making me hungry this morning. Yes, please, I would love to have recipes. I'm always on the lookout for delicious, easy and fast recipes as I truly do not like cooking.

    *Kat*

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    1. Quick recipes are the best right! Thanks for commenting dear x

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  5. Yes please - I'd love the recipes. The dishes look delicious!

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    1. Hello GreenPea! Thanks for visiting my blog! I add the recipes soon!

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  6. I adore Japanese home cooking; it is uniquely cosy even though it's not the default 'comfort food' I grew up with. The first dish is especially clever and I can't wait to see what rabbits you pull out of that ricecooker.

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  7. Yummy dishes! Can't wait to see what you can make with the new cooker. :]

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  8. I would be super interested in getting recipes for these dishes, they look simplisitic and healthy!

    A funny note about rice cookers, I learned in my marketing class that a large company once tried to sell boxed cake mixes (like the ones found here in the states) in China. As it turned out, few Chinese homes are equipped with ovens, so some genius at the company came up with an ad campaign that stated the cakes were to be made in rice cookers. Apparently, the cakes turned out fine but the rice cookers were ridiculously hard to clean out afterwards and the whole enterprise tanked. I'd be delighted to see if you manage to have better luck with cake in your rice cooker someday!

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    1. Hello Laura!

      Thank you for this brilliant tale! I love it so when people share things like this on my blog.
      I hope I have better luck with my cake making...I am a little nervous now but am even more curious!!

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  9. Hello, I just came across your charming blog! And yes, I'd love to try out those Japanese recipes, particularly the chicken meatball, the ebi-mayo, and the stir-fry pork miso. I also do nimono on occasion, kabocha squash is in season where I live, so I do a lot of that lately. Plus my son loves it (and he's not even Japanese :-D).

    Cheers,
    Claire

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    1. Hello Claire! I am so glad that you stopped by! Thank you. I LOVE KABOCHA!!! Oh you have made me crave this!!

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  10. it'd be awesome if you could post your recipes. being in school it's hard to find time to cook so if you could post some quick and yummy recipes that'd be great. these look really good :D thanks!

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    1. Awww Akai_chou! I certainly will!

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  11. this is so the kind of thing i want to eat, and wish i was eating right now. so what's the benefit of the cooker?

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    1. Rice cookers cook perfect Japanese rice everytime to I no longer need to mess about with timings. My life is much easier x

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  12. would appreciate the recipes very much. love to try these at home one day.

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  13. Yes, yes please on the recipes!!

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