Sanshok bento Part 2

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Hi, guys!

Today’s bento is sanshoku bento of which toppings are Korean carrot pickles, Korean spinach salad and stir fried beef.

This is obviously, are remaining from the last night.

Hope you all enjoy lovely spring sunshine today!

Cheerful Salad With Sun-dried Tomato and Ponzu Dressing

Ideas for bento, Side dish, Starter, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Hello!!

First I would like to thank you all who read my last article: What is Ponzu? The reason I wrote that article was that it would be much easier for me (and of course, you too!) to say ponzu in a list of ingredients because I use ponzu in many dishes!  By doing so you will understand why each seasoning is important. For example, if i just listed the ingredients like following,

  • 3 tbs of soya sauce
  • 3 tbs of vinegar
  • a few drops of lemon juice

it would be difficult for you to imagine what types of flavour we are seeking for. Instead, from now, I will say

  • 6 tbs of ponzu

Then it will be much more efficient to illustrate the taste we are looking for.

Anyway, as you have guessed already (as it is indicated in the title) ponzu will the key seasoning for this salad. But do not be afraid. Even if you are not familiar to the term “pomzu” there is absolutely nothing to worry about. All you need to make ponzu is soya sauce, vinegar (any vinegar is fine. However, I prefer to use apple vinegar) and lemon juice! If you do not have lemon juice it maybe a bit too vinegary, then drop a bit of honey. A nit of honey make your ponzu less sharp.

This salad is quite fulfilling so that it will be useful in the night in which you come home late from school or work and do not want to cook. You can put any veggie in the salad, but make sure that it will be well-balanced. So here is the recipe.

[Ingredients] as a side 8 serving/ main 2 serving

  • 30g of sun-dried tomato
  • 6 tbs of ponzu
  • 2 big potatoes (if small, several)
  • A handful green beans
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2-3 tomato
  • A handful beans sprout
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of blackpepper

[Instruction]

  1. Cut veggies into the size you like.
  2. Cook potatoes and green beans in boiled water.
  3. Slice red onion thinly.
  4. Cut tomatoes into 2cm cubes.
  5. Chop sun-dried tomato into small pieces.
  6. Mix all ingredients with ponzu.
  7. Leave it in the fridge for an hour and serve!

What is Ponzu?

Sauce & Dressing

Hello!!

Have you ever heard “ponzu” dressing? Ponzu is very traditional dressing which Japanese people absolutely love for centuries. Sometimes we use it as seasoning, but sometimes as dipping source and sometimes as dressing. There are unlimited way to use ponzu. For example, ponzu goes very well with boiled gyoza.

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But what is ponzu? The answer is quite simple: a mixture of soya sauce, vinegar and a squeeze of lemon juice. The ratio of each ingredients really depends on you. I prefer

 

Soya sauce : vinegar : lemon juice = 5 : 5 : 1.

 

However, some people prefer to put more lemon juice and instead use less vinegar and so on. But at least it is clear that ponzu is ridiculously easy to make.

The reason that Japanese people love Ponzu so much is, (although I had never though about it until I decided to write about ponzu) that Japanese people are reluctant to use oil to their dishes. Unlike any other countries in the world, traditional Japanese foods do not need so much oil to be made. It is very recent that extra virgin olive oil, which used to be described “posh” ingredient, was featured in Japan and it is now common for ordinary people to make dressing with it (it actually is very very nice!). However, majority of Japanese people still choose ponzu rather than oily dressing because it sounds healthy.

Recently, you can buy a bottle of ponzu in many places even outside of Japan. And most of Japanese people have stopped making it by themselves. If you search Japanese recipes on the Internet, there is nothing to worry about when you see ponzu in a list of ingredients. (I know how desperate you feel when you find an unfamiliar ingredient in the recipe you really try to make and end up with giving up!)

And if you have trouble with some authentic ingredients, please let me know either in the comment or a contact form (no need to enter your email address). If you purely enjoy Japanese home cooking, remember that I ma always there to help you!

If you are interested in recipes using ponzu, you may find them useful.

Jobisai of this week!

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If you have no idea what jobisai is you can start this page explaining about tips to keep up your bento life.

What I made this week is Sardine nambanzuke which are cooked sardines marinated in vinegary sauce.

I had the sardines for this lunch and it was such a perfection! I immediately decided to share the recipe with you!

I hope I can share this amazing recipe with you soon! ❤️

Amakara chicken wings and mooli

Ideas for bento

Hello

Thank you all of you for giving me a lot of likes for my bento today. The main of this bento was Amakara chicken wings and mooli.

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Amakara is a Japanese word which means “sweet and salty”, although the taste is not that simple. When Japanese people use this word, they can imagine how it is going to taste because Amakara dish needs soya sauce and mirin (a kind of alcohol to make dish sweeter and shiny). If you do not have mirin, use mix of a shot of sweet white wine and a drop of honey.

Mooli is a huge white radish which is very common in Japan. If you can not find mooli st the nearest supermarket from where you live, just use turnip. As long as you have all seasoning this dish costs only a few pounds. Being healthy, easy and economical, I highly recommend you to give it a go!

[Ingredients] for 1 serving

  • 2-3 chicken wings
  • 2-3 slices/ pieces of mooli/ turnip
  • a tbs of plain flour
  • a tbs of sugar
  • a tbs of sake/ white wine
  • 1.5 tbs of soya sauce
  • 1.5 tbs of mirin or mix of white wine and honey
  • a teaspoon of vinegar
  • a drop of sesame oil
  • a pinch of sesame seeds
  • 100g of water or vegetable/chicken stock.

[The night before prep] 5 min

  1. Defrost chicken wings of they are frozen
  2. Cut mooli/ turnip into bite-sized pieces and soak them in water in a tub.
  3. Mix sugar, sake, soya sauce, mirin, vinegar and sesame oil in a small tub.

[In the morning] 12 min

  1. Toss chicken wings into plain flour in a bowl. Make sure chicken wings are covered with the flour.
  2. Pour vegetable oil into the frying pan and warm the frying pan up.
  3. Fry chicken wings and mooli/turnip until the surface becomes crispy.
  4. Pour the water/stock and mixed seasoning into the frying pan.
  5. Turn off the cooker when all the moisture has gone and the outside of chicken wings and mooli become shiny and sticky.
  6. Drizzle a pinch of sesame seeds.

Chicken Teriyaki for bento

Ideas for bento

Please guess how long I spend to make bento every morning.

Many people tell me that they can see I spend at least an hour in the kitchen every morning. However the reality is…

Less than 20 minutes!

The important key is how much you prepare the night before. In this “ideas for bento” category, I pick up one menu with tips which make your bento life more efficient.

So today I will introduce an easy way of making Chicken Teriyaki for bento. The recipe of teriyaki sauce is completely same as usual and you can have a look here(Teriyaki Chicken) as well. The differece between normal recipe and bento version is the size and time. By following my tips, you can easily copy my bento. So, let’s have a look!

 

[Ingredients] for 1 person

  • a half chicken thigh -a bone removed, cut into 5-6 pieces
  • a teaspoon of soyasauce
  • a teaspoon of mirin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sake/white wine
  • a pinch of sugar

 

[Introduction] prep 5 min + cook 10 min

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a small tub or a plastic bag the night before.
  2. the next morning, pan fry marinated chicken for 8 minutes.img_5055

POINT!

 

  1.  Cut chicken into small pieces so that they will be cooked quickly.
  2.  Use a small tub or a plastic bag to marinate a whole surface of chicken.

 

 

When you try my recipes, please give me feedback. There is no need informing your email address to leave messages so if you are not happy to give me your personal information just skip that question. (I can not remove that question due to the worldpress system.) You can also contact me both on my Contact Page and Instagram, in which you can also share your attempts with #jhomerecipes.

I hope you find this information useful for your happy healthy life!

 

 

Japanese flavoured pesto and tuna salad spaghetti

Main, Noodles, Sauce & Dressing, Seafood, Summer

Hi, guys!

I received the result of IELTS (International English Test System) I recently took and it was fantastic(L7.0, R6.5, W6.0, S8.0). Of course, I need even more effort to get the desired score, but I am pretty relieved that my English has definitely improved! (As I didn’t think my writing score was right, I had requested EOR on my writing test.)

Anyway, how are you all doing in these extremely scorching days ?

I have completely lost appetite and prefer to eat less hot foods, for instance, salad. If this is the same case as yours, the recipe I am going to share with you in this page is the solution. This sauce is absolutely gorgeous!! Please try once!

[Ingredients] 2 servings

*** For pesto ***

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • A few pinches of black pepper
  • A pinch of salt
  • 10-15 basil leaves
  • 1.5 tbs of soya sauce
  • A tbs of cider vinegar
  • A squeeze of lemon juice
  • 3 tbs of extra virgin olive oil

*** For tuna salad spaghetti ***

  • Spagetti for two (about 220g)
  • 50g of tinned tuna
  • A avocado – cut into cubes
  • A tomato – cut into cubes
  • A quarter of red onion – thinly sliced
  • A piece of  cucumber – shredded

[Instruction]

  1. Smash all the ingredients for the pesto sauce in a mortar until it becomes smooth.
  2. Cool spaghetti with cold water immediately after cooking spaghetti.
  3. Mix spaghetti with tuna, vegetables and sauce in a big bowl.

 

 

When you try my recipes, please leave comments and give me feedback. There is no need informing your email address to leave messages so if you are not happy to give me your personal information just skip that question. (I can not remove that question due to the worldpress system.) You can also contact me on my Contact Page or you can also share your attempts on Instagram with #jhomerecipes.

I hope you find this information useful for your happy healthy life!

Chickpeas and Barley Broth *(v) possible

Chicken, Main, Soup, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Hi guys!

I suppose that many of you are planning summer parties this or next weekend! So today, I would like to share a wonderful recipe, Chickpeas and Barley Broth, which is useful to fulfil your guests. For vegetarian or began guests, ignore chicken and swap chicken stock with veg stock.

The key to make lovely broth is making stock by yourself whichever chicken or vegetarian stock you use. I have tried several types of stock cubes for the broth and they definitely worked, but they could never beat my homemade stock which were made from various vegetables including carrots, potatoes, onions, leaks, mushrooms and chicken wings etc. I will not put the recipe of stock as we all know that there is not a certain way to make nice stock and I don’t think mine is the best either. Use what you have in your cupboard, and add a bit of salt, black pepper and white wine. But if you don’t have enough time, then don’t worry and use cubes.

This is not “Aisan-Asian” broth. My English husband actually loves it so do not worry to serve non-Japanese food fan! I hope you guys will find this recipe helpful!

 

[Ingredients] 4 – 5 servings

  • 3 tbs of olive oil
  • 1/2 onion – diced
  • 3 garlic cloves – chopped
  • 1/2 red chilli – chopped
  • 2 chicken thighs – chopped, with the skin removed
  • 1/2 red pepper – cut into 2cm²
  • 1/2 yellow pepper – cut into 2cm²
  • 2 tomatoes – sliced roughly
  • 5-8 chestnut mushrooms – cut into half
  • 50ml of white wine
  • 300-400g of chickpeas tinned
  • 1300ml of chicken or veg stock
  • 100g of barley – washed
  • 50g of quinoa – washed
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • A bunch of coriander – chopped

[Instruction]

  1. Pour olive oil into a hot large sauce pan and stir fry onion, garlic and red chilli. Add salt and black pepper.
  2. Add chicken thighs into the pan and panfry them.
  3. Add all other vegetables and cook them, stirring for 5 minutes.
  4. Pour white wine into the pan and reduce the juice for a minutes.
  5. After adding chickpeas and mix them well, pour the stock into the pan. Leave the pan with the lid on for 20 minutes.
  6. Add barley and quinoa into the pan and simmer 30 more minutes. Add seasoning if necessary.
  7. To serve, put coriander on the top of broth.

 

 

When you try my recipes, please leave the comment and give me feedback. There is no need entering your email address to leave messages so if you are not happy to give me your personal information just skip that question. (I can not remove that question due to the worldpress system.) You can also contact me on my Contact Page or you can also share your attempts on Instagram with #jhomerecipes.

I hope you find this information useful for your happy healthy life!

A summer berry cake

Dessert, Summer

Hi, guys!!

Do you have a sweet tooth? I usually do not eat sweets but sometimes I really can’t help having some, you know, this is a kind of the female matter!!hehe

Yesterday I baked a berry cake which was very easy and also satisfied my husband who has an extremely sweet tooth. Since I got married to him, I have been trying to help him to fix his sweet addiction, which a majority of English people are suffered from without awareness. I am not criticising the English diet, and I believe that having sweets by itself is not that bad. What I concern about my husband is he is taking too much chemicals from fizzy drinks or cakes he intakes almost everyday.

This is why I sometimes make homemade cake or lemonade for him. I have been pretty busy these days so I don’t bake cake that often. To be fair I am not that good at baking so I often struggle to find easy baking recipes. This recipe I am going to share with you today is, however, quite simple so I can confidently recommend all of you, especially if you are too busy to make a lot of effort to cut down your chemical intake.

Hope you will enjoy my recipe!xx

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[Ingredients] -20cm round baking tin

  • 240g of plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon of salt
  • 150g of unsalted butter
  • 190g of granulated sugar
  • 200ml of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 200g of berries
  • some unsalted butter to cover the baking tin

[Intructions]

  1. Mix plain flour, baking powder, salt and butter in a large bowl. crumbling with hands. Take 150g of this mix away. You will put them on top of cake just before baking.img_4778
  2. Break eggs and separate them into yolk and white. Mix yolk and milk and pour the milk into the remained mix of step1. Use spatula and mix them gently.
  3. Whip  the white of step2. until it gets hard.
  4. Add the whipped white to the mix of step2. and mix well gently.
  5. Pour the mix into buttered baking tin.
  6. Drop about 80% of berries on the mix in the tin.
  7. Cover the top of mix in the tin with the crumbled mix which was taken away in step1.
  8. Sprinkle the remained berries on top of the mix in the tin.
  9. Bake the cake in a preheated (170 degrees) oven for 45 minutes.
  10. Cool it down for at least a few hours before you serve.

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When you try my recipes, please leave the comment and give me feedback. There is no need entering your email address to leave messages so if you are not happy to give me your personal information just skip that question. (I can not remove that question due to the worldpress system.) You can also contact me on my Contact Page or you can also share your attempts on Instagram with #jhomerecipes.

I hope you find this information useful for your happy healthy life!