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Karl’s Japanese Pickled Cabbage and Carrots II (Hakusai no Shiozuke)

Napa cabbage and carrot is one of the classic Japanese tsukemono. Even when I have made a dish before there is always room for a tweak or two. I was planning to make hakusai no shiozuke—preserved napa cabbage, in this case with carrots—so I let these vegetables pickle for four days.  this time, I made it with crushed Japanese chili and my orange infused sugar.

Karl’s Japanese Pickled Cabbage and Carrots II (Hakusai no Shiozuke)

Karl’s Japanese Pickled Cabbage and Carrots II
Hakusai no Shiozuke

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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 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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Karl’s Ratatouille without Alliums or Eggplant

I am making a barbecued chicken with French flavors and I wanted a vegetable side dish. Ratatouille came to mind, but a quick scan of common recipes turned up some problems for my family. Almost all of the recipes called for alliums—garlic, onions and leeks, etc.—which daughter Miriam is “off.” Most of the recipes for ratatouille also called for eggplant, which my entire family is unable to digest.

Karl’s Ratatouille without Alliums or Eggplant

Karl’s Ratatouille without Alliums or Eggplant

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Karl’s Caesar Salad without Garlic

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

Karl’s Caesar Salad without Garlic

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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 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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