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Karl’s Poké Chirashi Sushi

Poké is an Hawaiian dish of seasoned raw fish. By itself it is not a full meal, it needs a starch and vegetable side dishes. Normally, I would set these each out in separate bowls, so my diners could take as much or as little as they wanted of each item. However this time I thought I would get a bit fancier. I decided to turn this meal into a Japanese-Hawaiian fusion as a poké chirashi sushi—scatter sushi. Chirashi sushi is sushi rice with various ingredients attractively scattered over and around it.

Karl’s Poké Chirashi Sushi

Karl’s Poké Chirashi Sushi

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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 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 Miso Teriyaki Barbecued Salmon

I was craving Japanese food this week, so I decided that that would be the theme for my Sunday dinner. In particular, I wanted barbecued teriyaki salmon. Today, I wondered what would happen if I mixed miso into my teriyaki sauce.

Karl’s Miso Teriyaki Barbecued Salmon

Karl’s Miso Teriyaki Barbecued Salmon

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Karl’s Teriyaki Grilled Green Onions

I am making miso teriyaki salmon for Sunday’s dinner. While I made several pickles I still wanted to have some onions. Daughter Miriam is off onions, so even dishes that I would normally have add onions to I had made them without. The last bag of green onions I had bought had had large white stems (⅜+ inches thick) with very little of the green tops—perfect for grilling.

Karl’s Teriyaki Grilled Green Onions

Karl’s Teriyaki Grilled Green Onions

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Karl’s Tofu and Wakami Miso Soup

I am making barbecued salmon for Sunday’s dinner. A traditional Japanese meal consists of a soup and three sides—the rice goes without saying—and this usually means miso soup. Miso soup can be as simple as dashi and miso, but frequently other ingredients are added to enrich this simple broth. Today, I am adding tofu—that I trimmed off my block of tofu for my salad—a few enoki mushrooms, and some wakami seaweed.

Karl’s Tofu and Wakami Miso Soup

Karl’s Tofu and Wakami Miso Soup

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Karl’s Vegetarian Futomaki 

I am making grilled salmon for Sunday’s Japanese feast. While I could have served just plain steamed rice to go with the salmon that is not my style. While I am making several pickles to go with dinner, I decided to make vegetable makizushi as well.

Karl’s Vegetarian Futomaki 

Karl’s Vegetarian Futomaki

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