Saturday relaxing day…..steamed turnips with misonuts

nice a Saturday without stress, without planning without appointments. Today was a relaxing day. Kaya was at grandma her house and I was alone with Yvi, so slept for  3 hours in the midday enjoyed some music, made some fresh bread. looked into a new cooking book got as a present from grandma. A book with nice recipes, great to try when it’s my birthday…
But last I tried something out of a Japanese cooking book (one week ago), I got it from the library, good way to get used to some Japanese food, and as I promised I would make some more Japanese food. so here you are…I used instead of parmesan, the vegan version, the noble yeast flakes

Steamed turnips with misonuts (4 persons) kabu no furohuki*
8-12 little turnips
1 litre of dashi (bouillon/stock made from kombu)**
2 teaspoons of soy sauce
250 gram of spinach (I used carrots and some leaves of bok choy)
3 tablespoons of brown or white miso
1 tablespoon of mirin
1 1/2 tablespoon of sake
50 grams of unsalted mixed nuts  (I used only almonds)
1 tablespoon of noble yeast flakes

Kitchentools
a knife
a cooking pan
a saucepan
a colander(for steaming bok choy)
a mortar or food processor to grind the nuts in little pieces
a plate
grill

Lets begin……
Make sure you make the dashi first.
Wash the turnips and get the peel of (I let the peel on at some turnips because they are organic and washed very well). Get of the tops (and put them on a plate, it will be later the lid of the turnips) make a hole in the turnips to put in the nut mixture later, I did this with a sharp knife and cut out a whole because with a spoon it was too difficult, turnips are very hard of structure.
Get a cooking pan and poor in the dashi, turnips and soy sauce and bring it to a boil. Lower down the heat and  boil them till they are glassy.Get them out of the pan and put on a plate, be sure you will keep them warm (maybe put them under a cloth)

In the pan with the dashi you can cook the carrots for 10 minutes (till they are soft) and steam the bok choy for a short time (till they are softer, like 4 minutes ) I always to this with a colander on top of the cooking pan and on top of the colander a lid.(if they are ready before you are ready with the mixture keep it warm till serve)

In the meanwhile you can make the nut mixture, get a sauce pan and poor in the mirin and sake bring it to a boil and put the heat of and stir in the miso till it’s smooth. I did the miso at last, because they told me the vitamins and minerals will be destroyed if you cook miso.

Time to put in the last ingredients into the saucepan, stir in the nuts and noble yeast flakes.
Lets get the turnips and fill them with this mixture, put the filled turnips under a preheated grill till the filling is bubbling. (I didn’t had a grill I put them short into the preheated oven)
Now the finishing touch, get the carrots and bok choy, decorate your plate on a nice way and put the turnips also on the plate with the tops of the turnips as lids to give the meal a nice look.

Enjoy/楽しむ

*recipe from Yasuko Fukuoka from the book fresh Japanese

 

**for the dashi stock
Dashi stock for 3 cups

3,5 cups of water
kombu kelp, 10 by 5 centimetres


Make the dashi stock, it will take one hour! Get three pieces of kombu (kelp), wash it with a damp cloth, soak them after for one hour with 3,5 cups of water in a bowl! Bring the stock to a boil and get out the kombu, now it is ready to use

queen becomes king…..and okonomiyaki

Happy queens-day, the Netherlands celebrate today their last queens-day, free market, party and…..the throne change. Our queen gave the throne to her son, so next year it’s going to be a kings-day. Amsterdam will be very crowded today, I didn’t want to come in the city centre, but here in north of Amsterdam, my friend and I bought already too much on the free market, a tractor for the kids, a jacket for me, kitchentools for the kids, clothes for the kids a brownie for my friend and so on.
So pancakes was really fitting in todays program, but of course no normal Dutch pancake, but a Japanese pancake okonomiyaki, a vegetable pancake.
Again thanks to Hema, I must say you need a lot of ingredients but it isn’t hard to make keep your head at what you are doing.

Ingredients for the okonomiyaki, or the vegetable pancakes for 2 persons (she said for 4 persons)*
for the dashi stock
Dashi stock for 3 cups
3,5 cups of water
kombu kelp, 10 by 5 centimetres
for the pancakes
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1 cup of dashi stock
2 teaspoons of white miso
1 tablespoon of mirin
1 tablespoon of sake
2 cups of Chinese cabbage finally shredded
4 frsh shiitake mushrooms, finely sliced
4 scallions finally sliced
2 tablespoons of pickled ginger cut in pieces
salt to taste
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
sunflower oil for frying
1 sheet nori seaweed, toasted and cut into fine strips (hold the sheet over the gas of the stove until it crisps (do not touch the flame otherwise the sheet will burn)

for the sauce1/2 cup of dashi stock
1/2 teaspoon potato strach
4 tablespoon of tomato ketchup
1/4 teaspoon of mustard
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon of grated garlic
1/2 teaspoon of grated ginger
2 tablespoons of rice syrup (she said castor sugar)
1 tablespoon of rice vinegar
1 tablespoon of mirin

for the tofu mayonnaise
200 gram of silken tofu
4 tablespoons of vegetable oil
4 tablespoons of white miso
1 tablespoon of white sesame seeds, roasted
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of rice vinegar
1/4 teaspoon of ground white pepper
1 teaspoon of Celtic seasalt

kitchentools
a food processor
a frying pan
a bowl to make the stock
a spoon
a knife
a sauce pan
two bowls for mixing

Looks difficult but it isn’t…lets start..
so first make the dashi stock, it will take one hour! Get three pieces of kombu (kelp), wash it with a damp cloth, soak them after for one hour with 3,5 cups of water in a bowl!

In the meanwhile you can prepare the ingredients for the pancakes, cut every vegetable, mushroom, ginger and so on, set aside.
Mix in a bowl the all-purpose flour together with the baking powder and set aside.

Let’s make the tofu mayonnaise,roast the sesame seeds in the frying pan without oil, and now put all the ingredients (silken tofu, mirin,oil,lemon juice, pepper, salt , miso and sesame seeds) in the food processor blend until smooth. Put them in a aircontainer in the fridge  so it’s ready for use (you can store it for 3-4 days)

Time to prepare the sauce, put every ingredient in a small sauce pan (the starch, tomato ketchup,mustard,soy sauce, garlic, ginger, syrup, mirin and vinegar) set aside the stock you will poor in it when it’s ready!

Ok the stock will be ready now! Lets make the vegetable pancakes! Get a bowl and combine the mirin, sake, miso and dashi stock.Add the flour/baking powder together with the bowl you just made. Mix well! Stir in the cabbage, shiitake, scallions and pickled ginger. Season with salt and pepper. now you will have a dough!
Get a frying pan and heat with some oil, now it’s time to make the pancakes. She made four pancakes out of this dough, so take 1/4th of the dough put in the frying pan and make a thick pancake from this dough, bake om both sides for 3-4 minutes at each side. They must be golden brown. Finish the dough and put the pancakes on one plate.

Let’s make the sauce, get the saucepan poor in the dashi stock and bring to a boil simmer for 4 minutes and you will see the sauce is getting thicker!

Now let’s make the 4 plates!
Get a pancake, take a tablespoon of sauce spread this on the pancake with a brush, garnish with some roasted nori and some mayonnaise

enjoy/ボナペティ
Day 4 complete!

*recipe from Hema Parekh (the Asian vegan kitchen)