I LOVE gratin dish. It's one of my favorites since childhood. As I was wondering what to do with the leftover leek from last week, my fellow blogger Shannon from Living with Umami told me she was going to cook Potato-Leek Gratin. Shannon made the gratin and shared the recipe on her blog. On the same night I also cooked her yummy gratin! It was so good! If you enjoy the recipe please let Shannon know as well.
Japanese cuisines are usually pretty healthy, however we do have quite a bit of deep fried food. There are restaurants that specialize in tempura, kushiage (deep fried skewers), and tonkatsu (deep fried pork cutlets). Today I'll share my version of tonkatsu.
My mom is from Kansai area so even though I grew up in Kanto, we typically eat Sukiyaki Kansai style at home. Kansai style sukiyaki cooks the beef first then the rest of the ingredients as well as the broth is added. By cooking the beef on the cast iron pot, it caramelizes the meat and provides an extra dimension to the taste. Don't buy the ready made Sukiyaki sauce from supermarket since they tend to be too salty. Try making your own sukiyaki broth today.
Paella is one of my favorite dish when I go to Spanish tapas restaurants. There are many different varieties of paella and ways to prepare them. My recipe is probably not the most authentic but if you are craving for paella it's simple enough to make it yourself.
Japanese loves Italian food and you can find Italian restaurants everywhere all over Japan. Besides following the traditional recipes, sometimes Japanese add their own ingredients into traditional recipes to give the dish a Japanese twist. Try the creamy spaghetti recipe with soy sauce as the secret ingredient. Let me know what you think, to soy sauce or not to soy sauce.
Okonomiyaki (aka Japanese pizza) is a Japanese pancake dish including a variety of ingredients and usually associated with Osaka and Hiroshima areas (West) of Japan. Okonomi means "what you like" and Yaki means "grilled." Regardless of the region and style, the main ingredients is always cabbage. This particular recipe is from my friend who's originally from Hiroshima.
Inari sushi, vegetarian sushi with sushi rice wrapped in nori seaweed and shiso leaf. Garnish with ikura.
There is something irresistible about the smell of burnt cheese from the oven. One of my favorite open baked cheese dish is Meat Doria. What is Doria? In Japan we call rice gratins "Doria." Doria consists of sauteed ingredients in either white sauce or tomato sauce poured over cooked rice and then baked in oven or oven toaster.
Stew/Curry type of rice dish are very popular in Japan. These dish are usually very easy to prepare and can serve a large party of people. White stew makes great comfort food and you can always freeze the leftover for another rainy day. If you've tried white stew before without tuna, try it again with tuna next time.
A tasty mixture of fatty tuna and green onions seasoned with Mentsuyu and soy sauce over rice. Can be served either Donburi style or as Sushi rolls.
The literal translation of Oyakodon (Chicken and egg over rice) means "parent-and-child rice bowl." The typical ingredients include chicken (as in parent), egg (as in child), and onions. The ingredients are simmered together in a sauce then served on top of a large bowl of rice. It's a very common Donburi dish and served at most traditional Japanese "diners."
This is an authentic Indian Chicken Curry recipe from my Indian friend. I have added a lot more vegetable than the typical recipe because I want to make sure my children eat enough vegetable in their diet. The spice level is also not very spicy so feel free to increase the amount of chili powder if you love spicy food.