Category Archives: Side Dishes

Karl’s Coconut Rice Pudding

I have dozens of pictures on my desktop of dishes I that have created and never gotten around to posting. Rice pudding is a comfort dessert in our house. When one of my girls has had a rough day they ask for rice pudding. Over the years, I have made many variations—1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. I had bought some shredded coconut for another dish, but when it came time to use it I was not able to find where I had put it away. Having found it I decided to use it in a rice pudding.

Karl’s Coconut Rice Pudding

Karl’s Coconut Rice Pudding

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Karl’s Barbecue Roasted Potatoes

I have dozens of pictures on my desktop of dishes I that have created and never gotten around to posting. I had decided to barbecue a meatloaf, because it was so hot I did not want to cook indoors. Potatoes  go well with meatloaf, but cooking them created the same problem. I decided to cook the potatoes on the barbecue as well. Large potatoes, like Russets, can take too long to cook, so I used small Dutch yellow potatoes.

Karl’s Barbecue Roasted Potatoes

Karl’s Barbecue Roasted Potatoes

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Karl’s Ginger White Peach Harcourt Verts

I have dozens of pictures on my desk top of dishes I have created and never gotten around to posting. I am constantly looking for new combinations to keep my meals interesting. I had made some white peach jam and thought that would go well with my green beans. Harcourt Verts—“beans green,” literally in French—are French green beans which are a bit thinner than the Blue Lake variety commonly used in America.

Karl’s Ginger White Peach Harcourt Verts

Karl’s Ginger White Peach Harcourt Verts

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Karl’s Tom Yum Kathi

Adapted from a RasaMalaysia recipe

I have decided to do Thai food for this week’s Sunday dinner. While I have had tom yum soup at Thai restaurants, I have never tried to make it myself. This Thai standard is a hot and sour soup usually made with shrimp—although there are many variations. Tom yam kathi (Thai: ต้มยำกะทิ) is basically Thai tom yum soup with coconut milk added to it.

Karl’s Tom Yum Kathi

Karl’s Tom Yum Kathi

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Karl’s Chinese Chive Stem and Sichuan Pickle Stir Fry

I tend to make some Chinese dish at least once a week for a week day meal—this comes from having spent several years in Asia. Wife Jan really likes mapo doufu and it makes frequent appearances on these nights. However, mapo dofu has little in the way of green vegetable matter—beyond some green onion—so I tend to make a vegetable stir fry as a second dish.

Karl’s Chinese Chive Stem and Sichuan Pickle Stir Fry

Karl’s Chinese Chive Stem and Sichuan Pickle Stir Fry

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Karl’s Teriyaki Grilled Green Onions

I am making miso teriyaki salmon for Sunday’s dinner. While I made several pickles I still wanted to have some onions. Daughter Miriam is off onions, so even dishes that I would normally have add onions to I had made them without. The last bag of green onions I had bought had had large white stems (⅜+ inches thick) with very little of the green tops—perfect for grilling.

Karl’s Teriyaki Grilled Green Onions

Karl’s Teriyaki Grilled Green Onions

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Karl’s Tofu and Wakami Miso Soup

I am making barbecued salmon for Sunday’s dinner. A traditional Japanese meal consists of a soup and three sides—the rice goes without saying—and this usually means miso soup. Miso soup can be as simple as dashi and miso, but frequently other ingredients are added to enrich this simple broth. Today, I am adding tofu—that I trimmed off my block of tofu for my salad—a few enoki mushrooms, and some wakami seaweed.

Karl’s Tofu and Wakami Miso Soup

Karl’s Tofu and Wakami Miso Soup

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Karl’s Vegetarian Futomaki 

I am making grilled salmon for Sunday’s Japanese feast. While I could have served just plain steamed rice to go with the salmon that is not my style. While I am making several pickles to go with dinner, I decided to make vegetable makizushi as well.

Karl’s Vegetarian Futomaki 

Karl’s Vegetarian Futomaki

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Karl’s Japanese Salt Pickled Turnips

As I was gathering ingredients for my Sunday Japanese feast, I spotted kabu (カブ)—Japanese turnips. I thought, “Umm, turnip pickles, those would be good.” While I have made these pickles before, I have apparently never posted them. Today, I chose to salt pickle (shiozuke; 塩漬け) my turnips.

Karl’s Japanese Salt Pickled Turnips

Karl’s Japanese Salt Pickled Turnips

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Karl’s Japanese Cucumbers Pickles with Green Seaweed

This Sunday I decided to go with a Japanese feast. A Japanese dinner is not complete without a selection of Japanese pickles. With a constant need to experiment, today I choose to add fujisawa aosako—dried green laver seaweed flakes—to my cucumber pickles.

Karl’s Japanese Cucumbers Pickles with Green Seaweed

Karl’s Japanese Cucumbers Pickles with Green Seaweed

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