Adapted from a Bon Appetit recipe
I’m making calzoni for son-in-law, Chris’s birthday. While I am putting vegetables in both kinds of calzone—1, 2—I still think the meal needs more vegetable matter. A Caesar salad seems culturally appropriate for an Italian meal.
Karl’s Caesar Salad without Garlic
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.
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
Sister Grace stopped by this Sunday. Of the several options I gave her for dinner was spicy chicken and pan fried noodles. While this dish is a lot of work, it is one of my family’s favorite meals.
Karl’s Chinese Smashed Cucumber Pickles
Followers of my blog may have noticed that I have not posted many recipes in the last month. It is not that I have stopped cooking—in fact, my desktop is covered with pictures of the dishes that I have made. However, as well as the business of cooking for the holidays, I have been suffering from a bit of writer’s block about what to say about the dishes. Many of my recent were simply slight variations of past posts. Other dishes were seat-of-the-pants recipes—what can you write about when you are grabbing ingredients as the spirit takes you?
Karl’s Mixed Roasties II
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
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
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
I am making a Sichuan flavored tri-tip for Sunday’s dinner. All that meat needs some vegetables to go with it. I saw some tiny baby Shanghai bok choi in the market and I thought that they would just fit the bill.
Karl’s Seared Baby Bok Choi with Oyster Sauce
Wife Jan is very fond of carrot salad. I am making barbecued chicken and Jan has requested a carrot salad to go with it. While the seasoning of the bird is “mostly” French cuisine, I decided to use a more Japanese dressing on the carrot salad. That’s called California Fusion.
Karl’s Pecan Carrot Salad