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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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Karl’s Chinese Smashed Cucumber Pickles

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

Karl’s Chinese Smashed Cucumber Pickles

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Karl’s Mixed Roasties II

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 Baby Potatoes

Karl’s Mixed Roasties II
Baby Potatoes

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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 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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