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Karl’s Oi Bokkeum

I am doing a barbecued bulgogi tri-tip for our Sunday meal. To go with the Korean main dish, I decided to make a potato salad with napa cabbage kimchi as my starchy dish. I decided I needed another vegetable dish and I found a recipe for oi bokkeum—stir fried cucumbers. I first had fried cucumbers in China, so I thought I would create my own Korean stir fry sauce.

Karl’s Oi Bokkeum

Karl’s Oi Bokkeum

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Karl’s Japanese Pickled Turnip Greens

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, the green tops were wilted and not really appealing. This time they were fresh and green and not to be wasted. I decided to make Nozawana tsukemono—pickled turnip greens.

Karl’s Japanese Pickled Turnip Greens

Karl’s Japanese Pickled Turnip Greens

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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 Burning Man Food II

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—just add water—for her group, the Sage Camp.

If your are unimaginative you go to REI and buy a bunch of dried food packets for $5-10 per person per meal. My wife is in a group of “poor but honest scholars”—貧窮而誠實的學者—so that is not an option. I have created a selection of gourmet box-meals to sustain them in the harsh conditions of the Black Rock Playa. Continue reading

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Karl’s Pistachio Tabbouleh 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. Bulgur—the main ingredient in tabbouleh—is wheat that has been steamed and then dehydrated, so it does not need to be cooked a second time.

Karl’s Mint Pistachio Tabbouleh for Burning Man

Karl’s Mint Pistachio Tabbouleh
for Burning Man

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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 International Six Chile Chili Powder for Burning Man

Wife Jan is headed for Burning Man again. Last year I sent some of my four chile chili powder. This year, I thought to make a unique blend for the event. Over time, I have collected several chile powders from around the world. Balancing the heat and flavors I ended up with a six chile blend.

Karl’s International Six Chile Chili Powder for Burning Man

Karl’s International Six Chile Chili Powder for Burning Man

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