Couscous originated from North Africa where it is usually served with a meat or vegetable stew. Like pasta, it is made of semolina flour but instead of mixing the flour with water and egg to form a dough, it is simply moistened and rubbed between hands to form tiny spherical granules. As you can imagine, [...]
I am so glad it is Friday and the weekend is just round the corner. The weather is supposed to be warmer next week and that makes me smile. I have to admit that the last two years of “milder” winters have caused my blood to “thin out” and so the cold seems a little [...]
Turkeys are huge birds. The ones found at the grocery stores usually weigh anything from sixteen to twenty five pounds. Smaller birds are few and far in between. Since there are only four of us eating the Thanksgiving turkey this year, I went early to the store and was fortunate enough to find a ten [...]
Smoked eel fillets are a delicacy easily found in Dutch delicatessens and supermarkets. They are even sold at the airport. Whenever Ro-Ri San stops over Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, he will buy a pack together with my favorite Gouda cheese to bring home. Smoked eel is usually eaten on buttered toast and is offered as [...]
Siblings can be so similar and yet so different. This is true also of maki (sushi rolls). You have met Futomaki, the fat younger brother. Today, you will get to meet the thinner elder brother, Hosomaki. They both have the same nori (seaweed) wrapping on the outside and a layer of vinegared rice on the [...]
In the last decade, sushi has successfully penetrated American food culture. It has appeared in potlucks, picnics, buffets, and all manner of social gatherings. It has also taken its place in the deli section of many grocery stores in providing a gluten-free and healthy option. In short, sushi has come of age in America.
And so the fried rice saga continues… As I have mentioned in a recent post, Ro-Taro will be moving out to campus soon. One of his favorite dishes is fried rice and I am trying to provide him with a gamut of recipes to cook at the dorm kitchen. The challenge is to find suitable [...]