Adapted from a Maangchi recipe
In addition to my main dishes of japchae and bulgogi, I made several Korean vegetable sides. I am new to Korean food, but I made some changes to the original recipe. I had bought some garlic chive stem (aka scapes) for a dinner that didn’t happen and I thought to uses them for my Korean dinner.
Karl’s Garlic Chive Stem Kimchi
This dressing started out as a dipping sauce for Vietnamese summer rolls. Jan really likes it. It has become a standard dressings for salads at our house.
Karl’s Peanut Dressing
Last week, Jan really liked the za’atar corn I made and as I was thinking about a weekday meal I suggested that I could add that spice blend to my seafood chowder. She said that if I did, I should also used yogurt—instead if cream—in the dish. So I did.
Karl’s Middle Eastern Seafood Chowder
When I made mitsubi for Eilene, I had leftover sushi rice. While onigiri are usually made with plain, unseasoned rice, I decided to turn the remaining rice into small rice balls. Onigiri usually have some kind of filling, with what I had on hand I chose to use Ebi Fume Furikake.
Karl’s Furikake Onigiri
Jan’s favorite dish, when we go to a Japanese restaurant is kitsune udon. Udon is a thick wheat noodle that is a standard for a large variety of Japanese soups—both hot and cold. While kitsune refers to a fox, the distinguishing ingredient in this dish fried tofu—apparently the favorite food of the magical, Japanese, shape-shifting foxes.
Karl’s Kitsune Udon
The usual quandary of what will I make for dinner tonight? I have been looking at several Japanese cookbooks and I started craving udon soup. Thinking about what ingredients I had in my kitchen, I decided on a seafood udon soup.
Karl’s Shrimp and Scallop Udon Soup
I made this poke as a filling for my onigiri, but it could easily be served just as it is with maybe some steamed rice.
It is a weekday meal and I wanted something simple and quick. I decided on broiled salmon, but how to make it special? I make a lot of marmalades—most of which I give away—but I usually have a few flavors in my kitchen. Today, I chose the lemon and dill goes nicely with lemon.
Karl’s Broiled Salmon with Lemon Marmalade and Dill
Jan and I are on our own this weekend as Eilene has gone to a CON in L.A. I did not feel like left over chili, but I am unused to cooking for only two. Jan has been complaining about red meat and starch heavy meals, so I finally settled on salad and salmon patties.
Many recipes for salmon patties call for using canned salmon—including my mother’s. For this meal, I decided I wanted to use fresh fish and my new favorite ingredient Japanese mayonnaise. Glancing at a few other recipes, I settled on my ingredients list and off I went.
Karl’s Fresh Salmon Patties
This week, I am doing Sunday brunch for Mother’s Day and Miriam’s birthday. Miriam and mom agreed that something with salmon would be good. I decided on salmon toast points with dill sauce.
Karl’s Salmon Toasts Points with Dill Sauce