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Karl’s Hijiki No Nimono (Hijiki and Carrot Salad)

I had decided to make a Japanese feast this Sunday. Miriam had requested that it be a vegetable forward and a low sugar meal.  Japanese dishes seem to have a lot of added sugar, but I could work with that. I found a site with a list of nine Japanese vegetables dishes to go with my main dish of chicken yakitori.

Karl’s Hijiki No Nimono (Hijiki and Carrot Salad)

Karl’s Hijiki No Nimono
Hijiki and Carrot Salad

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Karl’s Mizuna no Ohitashi

I made a Japanese feast for Sunday’s dinner. An ohitashi is basically a Japanese salad. A variety of green are parboiled, lightly dressed with a soy sauce based dressing and then served chilled. Using spinach seemed just too ordinary. I had planned to use komatsuna (Japanese mustard greens), but the greens at the store were yellowed and bug eaten. In the next bin was some fresh mizuna (also called Japanese mustard greens), so I decided to use that for my ohitashi.

Karl’s Mizuna no Ohitashi

Karl’s Mizuna no Ohitashi

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Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim)

A Korean Bapsang recipe

For my Korean Sunday dinner, in addition to my main dishes of japchae and bulgogi, I made several vegetable sides. I am new to Korean food, so I made this very closely to the original recipe. To quote the original recipe, “oi means cucumber, and muchim means mixed with seasonings.” I had not bought Korean cucumbers (aka Japanese or East Asian), but I had some Persian cucumbers meant for a meal that did not happen.

Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim)

Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim)

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Karl’s Mixed Salad with Chicken, Croutons, and Peanut Dressing

I had half a Moorish chicken left over from Sunday’s dinner and Jan had a desire for chicken salad. She also pointed out that she really likes the crunchiness of cabbage and my peanut dressing. To add starch—to make it a full meal—and to give the salad even more crunchiness, I decided to add fresh baked croutons.

Karl’s Mixed Salad with Chicken, Croutons, and Peanut Dressing

Karl’s Mixed Salad with Chicken, Croutons, and Peanut Dressing

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Karl’s Peanut Dressing

This dressing started out as a dipping sauce for Vietnamese summer rolls. Jan really likes it. It has become a standard  dressings for salads at our house.

Karl’s Peanut Dressing

Karl’s Peanut Dressing

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Karl’s Colorful Coleslaw with Kumquat Marmalade Sumac Dressing

For Labor Day it is tradition to have a barbecue. Just to be different this year, I decided to make koobideh hamburgers. Another typical dish for Labor Day is coleslaw, but how to make it more Middle Eastern to go with the meat? Adding sumac seemed the ticket. Sumac is a sour dried berry that is ground to a powder and used as a condiment and spice in Middle Eastern cooking.

Karl’s Colorful Coleslaw with Kumquat Marmalade Sumac Dressing

Karl’s Colorful Coleslaw with Kumquat Marmalade Sumac Dressing

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Karl’s Three Bean Salad Plus with Kumquat Marmalade Dressing

Eilene’s friends came over to binge watch the last two episodes of GoT. I really do not mind feeding them, as long as Eilene gives me more than a five minutes warning that the hungry hordes are descending. Eilene and her friends like to  be “spontaneous,” but this time they gave me 24 hours notice—one of them even requested three bean salad.

Karl’s Three Bean Salad Plus with Kumquat Marmalade Dressing

Karl’s Three Bean Salad Plus with Kumquat Marmalade Dressing

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Karl’s Colorful Coleslaw with Lemon Marmalade-Ginger Dressing

I had originally planned on a simple coleslaw with a vinegar based dressing for this Sunday’s dinner. However, the Stone Soup drive made me start adding ingredients—maybe some red cabbage and radishes, maybe some marmalade and ginger. This was a salad to go with my ham steak.

Karl’s Colorful Coleslaw with Lemon Marmalade-Ginger Dressing

Karl’s Colorful Coleslaw with Lemon Marmalade-Ginger Dressing

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Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Pickles

I found a book Izakaya: Japanese Bar food. A few weeks ago I made some pickled cucumbers for my Japanese bar meal. Because it was a last minute decision, I did not have the hours necessary to marinate the cucumbers and carrots. For my ramen meal, I took the time to make the bar style pickles more like the book’s recipe.

Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Pickles

Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Pickles

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Karl’s Japanese Coleslaw

Last week, I was being Papa’s Uber for Eilene—she was being paid to be a professional “pedestrian,” during an autonomous vehicle test. While I waited for her, I was pursuing the cookbooks at the library. One of the books was Everyday Harumi.

Karl’s Japanese Coleslaw

Karl’s Japanese Coleslaw

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