Misadventures with Miso

Misadventures with Miso

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fall Pasta last night


Last night went from this...

to this!


Squash, onions, roma tomatoes, mushrooms and spices with a bit of cheese top Hello Kitty pasta. Hey, it's good pasta. I don't know where I got this recipe but have been making it for a few years. Squashes are in season and this is a great way to fill up when the weather starts getting cooler.

I'm thinking of entering this into the Presto Pasta Round-Up for the first time.
Presto Pasta Nights
Here's a link to the blog hosting this week's event
The Presto Pasta post should be up Friday!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Bento challenge

bento yay

I decided to do a bento challenge. It was for Breast Cancer Awareness so had to have pink in it. I haven't made a bento in a while and I don't have a lot of foods at home but I thought I would see what I could do with what I have. Also wanted to have it be a bit more natural and less processed food.

So top tier has romaine with home-made thousand island dressing made with light mayo. Bottom is rice with miso wild alaskan salmon and bits of pickled radish. I have to say it turned out more tasty than I thought and am so happy I got a few decent photos too!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

From the land of insomnia

Okay, attempted a cooking challenge last night even though I was dead tired. Haven't slept much in a week but did a little better last night. So the challenge was to cook at least two vinegar based things from the Washoku cookbook by Elizabeth Andon. Now I love this cookbook because after having experienced a few authentic Japanese meals I realized there is something more to real Japanese cooking. While I discovered on my own the use of fresh local foods is important, I didn't know the full story. Ms. Andon's book explained it to me, the concept of Washoku, balance in a meal. There is the idea of cooking each dish in a different way, having different colors of food, and having different tastes to each dish served.

It's a challenging but fun way to cook. This isn't the first time I've cooked something from this book but it's the first time I've attempted a challenge. The food turned out quite well. What the dishes were for the challenge are Tangy Seared Chicken Wings and Tart Miso-Mustard Sauce which we ate on romaine lettuce. I paired this with rice and a few sauteed vegetables. I would have had a fifth dish but being so tired I decided this was enough. I could have added pickles but with the vinegar in the dressing and with the chicken it would have been overwhelming. As it was, as good as all the dishes were, pairing two dishes which have vinegar as a component was a bit too much. I would have rather had a ginger dressing on the salad with this chicken or perhaps fish with the salad I made.

My other challenge was to get a decent photos. Well, it's not the best, I need to work on lighting since I don't like the way flash looks on food photos. But at least the meal turned out well and was quite enjoyed!

Tangy Seared Chicken Wings

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Full Moon Viewing Udon (Tsukimi Udon)


Sadly didn't get to eat this during the full moon, but I still had to try it. Not as easy as it looks, but the egg adds a richness to the soup that is so tasty!