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Japanese Chicken Curry チキンカレー

Adapted from a Just One Cookbook recipe

Wife Jan is teaching the Anthropology of Food this semester. She had gotten to the English introducing curry to the Japanese and she thought “Japanese curry, yum!” The Japanese have made this dish their own—it is much milder and sweeter than an Indian curry.

Japanese Chicken Curry チキンカレー

Japanese Chicken Curry チキンカレー

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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 Ramen Eggs

Adapted from a Just One Cookbook recipe

Wife Jan is teaching the Anthropology of Food this semester. She had gotten to the English introducing curry to the Japanese and she thought “Japanese curry, yum!” The Japanese have made this dish their own—it is much milder and sweeter than an Indian curry. I wanted to make an “authentic” version, so I adapted a Just One Cookbook recipe. Many Japanese top their curry with a boiled egg.

Karl’s Ramen Eggs

Karl’s Ramen Eggs

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Karl’s Ahi, Avocado, and Green Onion Futomaki 

My wife Jan has her college friends staying over the weekend. Her friends come with a long list of food restrictions—no wheat, rye, barley, tomatoes, citrus, or lactose—so it is quite the challenge. Japanese cuisine tends to have few of the ingredients I needed to avoid. I decided I would make miso soup, sushi, and a selection of Japanese pickles—cabbage and mixed vegetables.

Karl’s Ahi, Avocado, and Green Onion Futomaki 

Karl’s Ahi, Avocado, and Green Onion Futomaki

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Karl’s Tofu Miso Soup

My wife Jan has her college friends staying over the weekend. Her friends come with a long list of food restrictions—no wheat, rye, barley, tomatoes, citrus, or lactose—so it is quite the challenge. Japanese cuisine tends to have few of the ingredients I needed to avoid. I decided I would make miso soup, sushi, and a selection of Japanese pickles—cabbage and mixed vegetables.

Karl’s Tofu Miso Soup

Karl’s Tofu Miso Soup

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Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Mixed Pickles

My wife Jan has her college friends staying over the weekend. Her friends come with a long list of food restrictions—no wheat, rye, barley, tomatoes, citrus, or lactose—so it is quite the challenge. Japanese cuisine tends to have few of the ingredients I needed to avoid. I decided I would make miso soup, sushi, and a selection of Japanese pickles.

Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Mixed Pickles

Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Mixed Pickles

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Karl’s Curry Powder for Japanese Curry

I am making a twist on Japanese curry this Sunday. I did not want to use the commercial curry cubes that most recipes for Japanese curry call for. Looking on-line at some recipes for Japanese curry spice blends, I created my own blend.

Karl’s Curry Powder for Japanese Curry

Karl’s Curry Powder for Japanese Curry

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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 Japanese Sunday Dinner

Japanese is one of my “go to” cuisines when I am planning a meal. A typical Japanese meal usually includes a selection of different small side dishes—with a variety of textures, colors, and flavors. For this dinner, I have some dishes developed to just the way I like them, some I have made so often that I had never posted any version—doesn’t everyone know how to make norimaki? Finally, there are the dishes I am still experimenting with.

Karl’s Japanese Sunday Dinner

Karl’s Japanese Sunday Dinner

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Karl’s Tekkamaki

I have been making sushi since I was 20 years old. My father was stationed in Japan during the Korean War and returned with a love of all things Japanese. My father brought back the recipes, my mother learned to cook them, and I learned them from her. I grew up eating Japanese food long before it became a fashionable cuisine in the U.S.

Karl’s Tekkamaki

Karl’s Tekkamaki

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