Wife Jan has started research for her next book and is interviewing the denizens of Silicon Valley again. She cannot afford to pay the people who talk to her, but she wanted to show her appreciation for taking up their time. She asked me to whip up some jam to give them. It is stone fruit season, so white peach jam seemed appropriate.
Category Archives: Vegan
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.
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.
Adapted from a Food and Wine recipe
Daughter Miriam asked for Spanish tri-tip for her birthday dinner. Looking for side dishes to go with the beef, gazpacho would be an obvious choice, but Miriam has been “off” garlic and onions lately—and gazpacho is really just salsa (tomatoes, onions, chilies, cilantro, and garlic) that has been blended into a cold soup. Searching the internet, I found a recipe for “white gazpacho“—made with apples, grapes, almonds and cucumber. A little tinkering and it would meet Miriam’s dietary needs.
Note: I mentioned these treats in an earlier post and I felt I could not mention them without giving the recipe.
While I am sure that my mother was not the inventor of this dish—wife Jan insisted that her mother’s name be added to the title—it was a common holiday treat in our house growing up. Sweet Medjool dates stuffed with crunchy peanut butter and dusted with powdered sugar says “Christmas” in my house. These are easy to make, but they do not last long—even when there are no children around.
I make my parsley potatoes almost exactly like my mother—with the exception of almost everything. My mother would use White Rose potatoes that she would cut into small pieces. I use small Dutch yellow potatoes cut into larger chunks. My mother would use one clove of garlic, one green onion and one tablespoon of parsley. I triple all of these ingredients. Today, I had some leek left over from making my meatloaf and I decided to add that as well.
I’m making a simple broiled salmon—with just a little lemon juice and salt—for a weeknight meal, but I wanted something more than plain rice to go with it. I had some left over rice in the refrigerator, so I thought that fried rice would be nice. Tonight I decided to try to make it like Chinese restaurant rice with the finely diced vegetables.
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.