Category Archives: Side Dishes

Karl’s Japanese Lightly Marinated Cucumbers

I had marinated the vegetables for the potato salad that I made to go with my Japanese curry wings. This left a half cup of slightly used pickle marinade that I did not want to waste. I decided to slice some cucumber and lightly marinate it for a second side dish.

Karl’s Japanese Lightly Marinated Cucumbers

Karl’s Japanese Lightly Marinated Cucumbers

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Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad with Indian Influences

A classic of modern Japanese cuisine is Japanese curry. I decided to deconstruct this dish into barbecued wings, but this left me with all of the other ingredients of the dish—potatoes and carrots, apples, etc. I decided that turning them into a potato salad would be a good side dish for my barbecue.

Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad with Indian Influences

Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad with Indian Influences

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Karl’s Arugula, Spinach, and Orange Salad

The Provincial fish soup I was making for Sunday’s dinner had fairly few vegetables. I decided that I needed a green salad to go with it. I had recently made orange infused sugar—which always leaves me with three navel oranges to use up. I decided to add the orange segments to my greens. The coconut garnish was a last minute inspiration.

Karl’s Arugula, Spinach, and Orange Salad

Karl’s Arugula, Spinach, and Orange Salad

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Karl’s Japanese Sunday Dinner

Japanese is one of my “go to” cuisines when I am planning a meal. A typical Japanese meal usually includes a selection of different small side dishes—with a variety of textures, colors, and flavors. For this dinner, I have some dishes developed to just the way I like them, some I have made so often that I had never posted any version—doesn’t everyone know how to make norimaki? Finally, there are the dishes I am still experimenting with.

Karl’s Japanese Sunday Dinner

Karl’s Japanese Sunday Dinner

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Karl’s Tekkamaki

I have been making sushi since I was 20 years old. My father was stationed in Japan during the Korean War and returned with a love of all things Japanese. My father brought back the recipes, my mother learned to cook them, and I learned them from her. I grew up eating Japanese food long before it became a fashionable cuisine in the U.S.

Karl’s Tekkamaki

Karl’s Tekkamaki

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Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad without Onions II

I am doing a Japanese dinner for our Sunday meal. While there may be a main dish of meat and rice or noodles, Japanese meals usually include many small side dishes with a variety of textures, colors and tastes. The aesthetic— moritsuke—is that it is food for the soul as well as the stomach. I am making chicken teriyaki and this is one of the side dishes I decided should go with it.

Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad without Onions II

Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad
without Onions II

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Karl’s Miso Sugar Snap Peas

I am doing a Japanese dinner for our Sunday meal. While there may be a main dish of meat and rice or noodles, Japanese meals usually include many small side dishes with a variety of textures, colors and tastes. The aesthetic— moritsuke—is that it is food for the soul as well as the stomach. I am making chicken teriyaki and this is one of the side dishes I decided should go with it.

Karl’s Miso Sugar Snap Peas

Karl’s Miso Sugar Snap Peas

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Karl’s Coleslaw with Apple and Pine Nuts

This is a weekday meal of simple hamburgers, but I wanted a salad—rather than fries—to go with them. Jan really likes coleslaw. To make it interesting and different, I decided to add apples.

Karl’s Coleslaw with Apple and Pine Nuts

Karl’s Coleslaw with Apple and Pine Nuts

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Karl’s Traditional Soda Bread

As a family activity, we sometimes lure daughter Eilene out of her room—away from playing her online games—to watch a show together. She introduced us to The Great British Baking Show. While she like the competition of the regular show, we prefer the more educational GBBS: Masterclass (sic)—where you learn more about how to make the actual recipes.

Karl’s Traditional Soda Bread

Karl’s Traditional Soda Bread

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Karl’s Sichuan Dry Fried Green Beans II

I am making Sichuan pepper tri-tip and I wanted a vegetable dish to go with it. It has been a while since I made dry fried green beans. I did not look at the recipe I posted four years ago, I just did what felt right.

Karl’s Sichuan Dry Fried Green Beans II

Karl’s Sichuan Dry Fried Green Beans II

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