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  1. sartoric

    Tasting Japan

    When you have a relatively small land mass with 125 million people I guess it makes sense that there are SO many eating places. It particularly struck me that everywhere the food was so fresh, beautifully prepared and delicious. These hand cut thick noodles were slurpalicious in a tasty broth with vegetables. They’re a specialty of some region, unfortunately my shot of the menu is missing the all important first word. Mark had the spicy pork one in the top right hand corner. My kitchen shot missed the all important hand slicing board, sorry. Ordering was easy in this large restaurant, pictures and numbers, yay. Sushi time. Beer with tomato juice is a thing...not my thing, this is someone else’s thing.
  2. sartoric

    Tasting Japan

    We’re home now @kayb, but train station food was had, and bento boxes. All coming up soon.
  3. We love Japan ! I don’t know why it hasn’t been on my travel radar until recently. The people, the places, the culture and history, and especially the FOOD. There will be no Michelin stars in this report, nor will there be names of restaurants. We ate mainly at isakaya, (local restaurants where there were often only four or five seats), markets (including supermarkets) with a few larger restaurants for balance. There is food available anywhere and anytime if you know where to look. Rather than large meals we tended to snack our way through the day. Some of the best things we ate at “standing bars” no chairs provided. Karaage chicken with salad and miso was first up. The window displays are amazing, you can walk many city blocks underground through various shopping malls, handy when it rained our first day. At a local place. Chicken teriyaki, grilled peppers, potato salad, pickles. Charcoal hibachi. Grew to love sake.
  4. Don’t know how I missed this, especially given we’ve just returned from Japan and it would have been useful. Thanks for posting @chefmd.
  5. sartoric

    Dinner 2019

    Japan is brilliant. Here’s a few dinners...
  6. sartoric

    Dinner 2019

    Yakitori in Tokyo with potato salad, and there might have been some sake...
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    Dinner 2019

    Dinner last night was a “What’s left in the fridge” frittata. There was potato, onion, baby spinach, chopped up broccoli cheese, feta and cheddar, oh and eggs. Served with salad. Dinner tonight will be in Tokyo !!
  8. Just curious, is this a weeks worth of eggs, two, three ? They look yummy.
  9. sartoric

    Dinner 2019

    I will certainly take photos of whatever we eat, it’s a habit now, there’ll probably be words too
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    Dinner 2019

    The countdown is on, so it’s leftovers and using up whatever else is in the fridge. A few potatoes cooked with turmeric and curry leaves, leftover runny dal, leftover rice and freshly made chapattis. Served with mango and ginger chutney. One more sleep to Japan !
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    Dinner 2019

    I roasted some kipflers with swede, baby carrots and garlic, plus made a broccoli in cheese sauce. Served with a couple of chicken and sage snags, and a fat dollop of hot English mustard.
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    Dinner 2019

    Dinner last night was south Asian. Paneer cooked with tomato and onion, cabbage mallung, dal, rice and raita. Mallung is a Sri Lankan dish, served at nearly every meal. You can use basically any leafy green vegetable, the one below is cabbage and carrot tops. It’s so easy and very good for you with no oil. Chop an onion finely, throw in pan with washed and finely shredded leaves, a chopped green chilli or two, a spoon of ground Maldive fish flakes, salt, pepper and lemon juice then simmer with a lid on until the leaves are tender. Add desiccated coconut to absorb any remaining moisture.
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    Dinner 2019

    Hot roast chicken, asparagus and gravy rolls, flat chips and slightly wilted salad. Still in the country cottage with limited facilities, eating like kings
  14. sartoric

    Dinner 2019

    Down at the cottage for Easter with limited cooking capacity, and eating a la lap. I pan fried chicken, feta and tomato sausages, then served them with reheated potato bake/veg and roasted asparagus. Tomato sauce and hot English mustard on the side. Crumb catcher at the ready.
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    Dinner 2019

    A really simple spinach omelette with a piece of toast. Thanks for the basil ideas, I gave a bunch away and puréed the rest, then popped it into ice cube trays in the freezer.
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    Dinner 2019

    I was given a big bag of organic basil....pesto was my first thought. Served on a bowl of minestrone dragged from the freezer alongside some toasties made with a smear of tomato chilli jam and smoked havarti. There’s hardly a dent in the bag of basil - ideas ?
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    Dinner 2019

    I roasted a small chicken along with baby carrots and parsnips. Served it with a gravy from pan juices, creamy cheesy potato bake and garlic spinach. Hit the spot.
  18. sartoric

    Dinner 2019

    A favourite chicken curry with fenugreek, kale subzi (kale with besan crumbles) eggplant bharta, rice. Bharta means to smash or mash. These eggplants get roasted in the oven first, then skinned, chopped and sautéed with onions, garlic, ginger and various spices including fennel seeds.
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    Dinner 2019

    A different mushroom and spinach curry than I usually make, trust me there are mushrooms underneath that greenery. Served with rice, eggplant bharta and leftover potato samosa filling.
  20. sartoric

    Dinner 2019

    I had a meeting to attend last night, so dinner was early and snacky. Cheats samosas, filled with spicy potato and peas, served with a fresh spinach chutney.
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    Dinner 2019

    Keeping it simple on a Monday night - spinach omelette with a piece of toast.
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    Dinner 2019

    My easy veggie fritters, sort of pakora but not. I mix grated vegetables, in this case carrot, squeezed zucchini and shredded cabbage with spices, an egg and chickpea flour, then drop spoonfuls into a shimmering pan. Too easy. Served with a tomato and red onion raita, tomato chutney, lemon rice and okra.
  23. sartoric

    Dinner 2019

    @mm84321 what made it the greatest meal ever ? This is in Tokyo right ? Was it expensive ?
  24. Ah, @rarerollingobject, I stumbled on this delicious story three years ago and thought “one of these days...”. Now that day is only three weeks away ! Thanks for the photos, a reread has given me some great ideas
  25. sartoric

    Dinner 2019

    Cherry tomato, avocado and ricotta pasta bake. Served with torn sourdough and a fruity extra virgin olive oil.
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