Fishcake and Scallions; Long Beans, Pork and Shrimp; Mapo Beef on Puréed Yam; and Salmon with Salmon Roe Pasta (August 13, 2017)

I recently had a memorable pasta dish at Juniper and Ivy called Ling-Uni and Pork Belly.  I don’t normally order, let alone eat much pasta, but Juniper and Ivy’s “linguini” was made with uni (sea urchin).  The dish was balanced, delicious, and quite memorable.  As such, I decided to 1) learn to make pasta from scratch and 2) insert flavors in the pasta.  So I used a basic pasta recipe and infused salmon roe and sesame oil.  Moreover, I wanted to use long beans in my lunch this week and stir-fried them with dried shrimp and pork feet meat.  The mapo beef serves as the “gravy” for the pureed yam.  Lastly, Korean style fishcake and kimchi scallions round out my lunch.

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Rice with Mushrooms and Black Garlic; Hamachi; Eggplant in Miso; and Curry Chicken (August 6, 2017)

I saw a show on NHK where miso was mixed with garlic and mirin and used to stir fry vegetables.  This led me to consider using that similar mix with eggplant.  The rest of the meal was built around what would be a strongly umami dish where two lighter components balanced two stronger components.  The two lighter components are the rice with black garlic and hamachi cured in orange and soy.  The two stronger components are the curry chicken and the miso eggplant.

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Curried Cauliflower; Salmon and Radish with Pickles; Ginger Pork with Shittake and Leek; and Stuffed Tofu, Filipino Sausage, Jicama (July 30, 2017)

I tend to normally have something in mind going into my usual shopping.  That something is usually inspired by something in the week.  This past week was a little busy and I let my mind wander and combine while I was shopping.  I noticed I often went to thoughts that started with “It’s been a while since…”  As such, it’s been a while since I combined pork and ginger.  It’s been a while since I used leeks and jicama.  And so came to being this week’s lunch.

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Rice and Kohlrabi; Beef Tendon and Mushroom Curry; Miso Salmon; and Sunomono, Tamago, and Octopus 

I traveled for work this week and went to a little sushi place near my hotel (Sushi Tri in Novato).  The sunomono was nice with a dollop of kani (crab) among the other dishes.  As such, I thought to make my own sunomono but with cucumber and turnip.  Salmon seems to be a consistent fish […]

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Black Rice and Beet; Salmon Belly in Red Curry; Stir Fried On Choy; Stewed Pork Belly

I spotted salmon belly at the grocery and wanted to have some pork belly, thus decided to build lunch around these two proteins.  The on choy (water spinach) looked good and garlic scapes (stems and flower bulbs) were available serving as my vegetables.  Having had a well balanced, tasty curry for dinner last week, I thought to use a red curry soup base for the salmon.  

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Stewed Pork with Eggplant and Mushroom; Salmon and Spaghette Squash; Shrimp and Shiso; Rice (July 9, 2017)

The large shrimp and salmon at the market caught my eye this week.  In addition, I thought spaghetti squash would go well with the salmon.  Of course, eggplant and pork generally go well together and became the stewed dish.  Rice with umeboshi or pickled plum rounds out this week’s lunch.

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