Category Archives: Side Dishes

Karl’s Japanese Pickled Turnips

While you can make this recipe with any turnip, the Japanese turnip—kabu (カブ)—of choice for pickling is the small, white, round,  Hakurei. The last time I made Japanese pickled turnips, I used the salt pickling technique. This time, I both briefly salted the turnips and then pickled them with sweet and sour vinegar sauce.

Karl’s Japanese Pickled Turnips

Karl’s Japanese Pickled Turnips

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Karl’s Japanese Ginger Cucumber Pickles (Shōga Kyūri Namasu)

Japanese cucumbers are a common thing to pickle for a Japanese tsukemono—literally “pickled things.”  There are many ways that the Japanese pickle cucumbers and I am still trying out different techniques. This time I am using a lot of fresh ginger and marinating the cucumbers for a long time. The difference between a namasu and a sunomono is not in the ingredients, but in how long the vegetables are pickled for—days for the first and minutes/hours for the second.

Karl’s Japanese Ginger Cucumber Pickles (Shōga Kyūri Namasu)

Karl’s Japanese Ginger Cucumber Pickles
Shōga Kyūri Namasu

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Karl’s Japanese Wasabi Cucumber Pickles (Wasabi Kyūri Namasu)

Japanese cucumbers are a common thing to pickle for a Japanese tsukemono—literally “pickled things.”  There are many ways that the Japanese pickle cucumbers and I am still trying out different techniques. This time I am adding wasabi and marinating the cucumbers for a few days—namasu.

Karl’s Japanese Wasabi Cucumber Pickles (Wasabi Kyūri Namasu)

Karl’s Japanese Wasabi Cucumber Pickles
Wasabi Kyūri Namasu

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Karl’s Herb & Chive Mashed Potatoes For Burning Man

Wife Jan is going off to Burning Man again. Last year she broke her arm, I hope she comes back in one piece this year. As usual, I am making instant meals for her group. Last year, I made three camp meals—saag pilau, za’atar orzo, and pancakes. This year I added two more—mashed potatoes and tabbouleh. Dehydrated potatoes are pretty bland just on their own, but a few herbs, some chives, powdered cream and butter should work wonders.

Karl’s Herb & Chive Mashed Potatoes For Burning Man

Karl’s Herb & Chive Mashed Potatoes
for Burning Man

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Karl’s Za’atar Orzo with Pine Nuts for Burning Man

Wife Jan is going off to Burning Man again. Last year she broke her arm, I hope she comes back in one piece this year. As usual, I am making quick cooking camp meals for her group.

Karl’s Za’atar Orzo with Pine Nuts for Burning Man

Karl’s Za’atar Orzo with Pine Nuts
for Burning Man

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Karl’s Shiitake Green Beans

Broiled salmon with ginger peach glaze has become a standard weekday meal at my house. The question is what vegetable do I serve with it this meal. Frequently that choice is broccoli, but wife Jan has not been well and broccoli is a bit hard to digest. Jan decided that she could handle green beans, but plain steamed beans is a bit boring. Jan has already decided that she is having no difficulties with mushrooms, so off I went on a spur of the moment creation for two.

Karl’s Shiitake Green Beans

Karl’s Shiitake Green Beans

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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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