Category Archives: Side Dishes

Japanese Chicken Curry チキンカレー

Adapted from a Just One Cookbook recipe

Wife Jan is teaching the Anthropology of Food this semester. She had gotten to the English introducing curry to the Japanese and she thought “Japanese curry, yum!” The Japanese have made this dish their own—it is much milder and sweeter than an Indian curry.

Japanese Chicken Curry チキンカレー

Japanese Chicken Curry チキンカレー

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Karl’s Fukujinzuke

I’m making Japanese curry for dinner and, in reading Just One Cookbook’s recipe, I learned that fukujinzuke is commonly served on the side. Fukujinzuke is the Japanese version of a chutney to compliment the curry—a cooling, crunchy contrast to the soft and spicy main dish. While this dish may have four main ingredients—daikon, eggplant, lotus root and cucumber—it may also have up to seven in homage to the Seven Lucky Gods. I cannot eat eggplant, wife Jan does not like lotus root, and daughter Eilene does not like shiitake mushrooms—another common ingredient—I adapted the recipe and used what I had on hand.

Karl’s Fukujinzuke

Karl’s Fukujinzuke

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Karl’s Ramen Eggs

Adapted from a Just One Cookbook recipe

Wife Jan is teaching the Anthropology of Food this semester. She had gotten to the English introducing curry to the Japanese and she thought “Japanese curry, yum!” The Japanese have made this dish their own—it is much milder and sweeter than an Indian curry. I wanted to make an “authentic” version, so I adapted a Just One Cookbook recipe. Many Japanese top their curry with a boiled egg.

Karl’s Ramen Eggs

Karl’s Ramen Eggs

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Karl’s Colcannon without Garlic and Onions

Sunday was St. Patrick’s Day, and around here that means corned beef and colcannon. Daughter Miriam is off onions and garlic—although she has recently been OK with just a little green onion. For this meal, I made my regular colcannon for the rest of us and a smaller one adapted for my daughter.

Karl’s Colcannon without Garlic and Onions

Karl’s Colcannon without Garlic and Onions

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Karl’s Quick Pickled Cucumbers

I was making Hawaiian hamburgers and I did not think that a little green onion was enough vegetables for the meal. Pickled cucumbers seemed like a good side dish for these Asian-ish burgers. I had half an English cucumber and two hours before dinner—just enough time.

Karl’s Quick Pickled Cucumbers

Karl’s Quick Pickled Cucumbers

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Karl’s Hawaiian Hamburger

Wife Jan asked for Japanese teriyaki burger for dinner. In chatting with the teller in the market he asked if I was going to use pineapple in the dish. I responded that that would make it an Hawaiian burger. Jan said yes to the idea.

Karl’s Hawaiian Hamburger

Karl’s Hawaiian Hamburger

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Karl’s Curried Egg Salad

Wife Jan’s Ethno Breakfast has rolled around again. Usually, I will make deviled eggs for these events, but Jan said that someone else would be bringing bagels and she wanted a schmear to spread on them. She suggested that I make an egg salad. Since my curried eggs are always popular, I chopped it up to make my salad and added more of the vegetables.

Karl’s Curried Egg Salad

Karl’s Curried Egg Salad

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Karl’s Apple Wild Rice Pilaf

I’m making broiled salmon and steamed broccoli for a week night dinner. Looking for something different for a starch I thought about a wild rice pilaf. I happened to have a bruised apple on my counter—one that I was not going to put in someone’s lunch bag—that I needed to use up. Throwing it into the pot turned out to work very nicely.

Karl’s Apple Wild Rice Pilaf

Karl’s Apple Wild Rice Pilaf

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Karl’s Coca-Cola glazed Roasted Carrots

I was making a very meat heavy meal with Coca-cola pork and I wanted to work in more vegetables. I added shredded cabbage to my potato salad, but I wanted one more dish. While I am not fond of cooked carrots, my family loves them. Glazing the carrots with the pork’s cola sauce seemed a reasonable next step.

Karl’s Coca-Cola glazed Roasted Carrots

Karl’s Coca-Cola glazed Roasted Carrots

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Karl’s Potato Slaw Salad

I had decided to go with Coca-cola pork as my main dish. Daughter Miriam suggested that Coca-cola pork calls for rice. However, I was doing a more Southern version of Coca-cola pork and that calls for potato salad.

Karl’s Potato Slaw Salad

Karl’s Potato Slaw Salad

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