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  1. Duvel

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Sunday night is pizza night - and today we were joined by a friend of my son and his parents, which extended “pizza night” to “whatever we have at home turned into some kind of tapas AND pizza night”. Roasted pumpkin with romesco sauce and pine nuts. Olives. Fuet (Catalan cured sausage). Tete de Moine. Guacamole. Truita de patatas. Postal crisps. Hummus. Pizza with mushrooms and peppered salami, Roman style ... Crumb-shot. A quite pleasant Chilean red, curtesy of our guests ... Full and happy 😋
  2. Duvel

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Well, some of the items might have been for sharing - "sharing is caring" - and truth to be told the free-flow of Sapporo draft was also not primarily geared towards him. But he got his chicken wings 😉
  3. Duvel

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Today is my son's name day or "saint", as per Catalan tradition. For my wife this equals his birthday, so we had presents, extra quality time and a nice dinner out ... Tonight thus "Gyu-Kaku", Japanese-Korean barbeque with plenty of choices, including my sons (current) favorite chicken wings. He was a happy camper (in a slightly awkward pose) and all of us enjoyed the fantastic view of HK islands skyline (and the food, of course) ...
  4. Duvel

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    I am a meat eater by heart, but if I could get all that imaginative food you dish out on a daily basis @shain, I doubt I would miss much ... Fantastic !
  5. Duvel

    Breakfast! 2018

    You know, @Anna N, it’s a courtesy to warn other members before posting hard core food porn. Especially when those members are slightly jet lagged and even more slightly hung over and would kill for a perfect poached egg right now ...
  6. Duvel

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Comfort food was in order after a 12h intercontinental flight, so my son requested “Papa’s pizza” and I happily complied 😊 Mushrooms & Fuet (a Catalan cured sausage), baked Roman-style as I was too lazy to dish out individual pies ...
  7. Duvel

    Popsicles

    Lovely! Which ratios did you use ?
  8. Well, MB is pretty much technique-oriented, so size really doesn’t matter here ...
  9. Duvel

    Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    Germans are creatures of habit ...
  10. Duvel

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    That looks great ... care to share your temperatures ?
  11. Duvel

    Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    I admire that as well @JoNorvelleWalker, very much so. And while I believe that freshly made dashi is far superior, I’d think that in Tsuyu the subtleties in flavour might get overpowered by the other ingredients. For me Tsuyu has very robust qualities, so instant dashi should do the trick. I’ll ask at work tomorrow, but I would assume most households use regularly one of the myriads of readily made and bottled versions of Tsuyu available here ...
  12. Duvel

    Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    It’s (sun-)dried fish (maybe mackerel, or smaller sea fish, even squid), ground to a fine powder. It has a very strong umami effect; think mushroom powder or - if the would exist - freeze-dried fish sauce ...
  13. Duvel

    Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    Surely that Bratwurst wouldn’t sustain me for long. So, upon returning to Tokyo station I headed down to the lower basement for Tokyo station’s Ramen Street, a collection of famous and semi-famous Ramen shops. I opted for Rokurinsha (of Chang’s “Mind of a chef” fame), arguably the best Tsukemen in Tokyo. Of course there was a queue... After 30 min or so I was placed and with the prepaid stamp purchased while waiting in line I got the classic Tsukemen. The noodles were thick, almost Udon-like, but with the typical Ramen bite and a slight yellowish hue. The broth was super concentrated, with Tamago, Menma and Chashu, as well a tiny square of nori with a heap full of fish powder for some extra Umami ... The leftover dipping sauce can be - upon request - augmented with extra fish broth and Yuzu salt, but I preferred just to drink it meat. Lovely second lunch - I might need to downsize my dinner plans 😋
  14. Duvel

    Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    Walking the main (shopping) street of Karuizawa I came across a shop selling DLG (German agricultural association)-awarded meat products. As a German I simply had to sample and ensure that quality standards have not eroded since 2006 ... They have not. It was a good Bratwurst, grilled perfectly to order and my poor balancing skills aside (which cause the sausage to roll over and smear the mustard everywhere) it was a quick and satisfying lunch ... As an interesting side note: They also sell Wasabi-flavoured Leberkäse ... should I give this a try at home 🤔 ?
  15. Duvel

    Breakfast! 2018

    A bit delayed as this was actually yesterday’s breakfast: Travelling by train in Japan means that you HAVE to buy (or bring) an “ekiben” or train lunch box. Large parts of Tokyo station are dedicated shops to provide you with any imaginable food, boxed neatly in any required portion size for taking to your trip. I opted for Tamagoyaki in 7 different flavours (classic, chestnut, chicken, chilli, seaweed, little fishes and something I already forgot). The classic one was rich and sweet and I found that the other flavours did not really stand a chance against the basic seasoning. That being said, they were tasty ... Out of curiousity I bought also the Green Curry Pan, which consisted of baked green tinted bread, filled with a thickened and very aromatic green Thai curry and topped with roasted shaved coconut. A heavenly cream mbination that I will try to replicate at home. Just before boarding the Shinkansen ‘‘tis would be the last chance to buy an ekiben, but as you could see I was already set ...
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