Grilled Aubergine with Miso Glaze (Nasu Dengaku なす田楽)

I must have seen this dish dozens or maybe hundreds of times in the past years but never tried making it. I haven’t had any occasion to taste it during my trips to Japan either, so I had no idea what to expect from it. I worried about the slight sweetness of the miso glaze,…Continue Reading “Grilled Aubergine with Miso Glaze (Nasu Dengaku なす田楽)”

Garlic Pickled in Miso (にんにくのみそ漬け)  

On Sunday, a week ago, I felt an urgent need to preserve something and since it was too early to pickle my staple yearly batch of peppers, chillies or tomatoes, I decided to do something new with the fresh tender garlic I had bought at the market. Leafing through the pickling book I bought last year in Japan…Continue Reading “Garlic Pickled in Miso (にんにくのみそ漬け)  ”

Chicken Legs in Doenjang (Korean Soybean Paste) and Gochujang

It was a total improvisation and I still cannot believe it gave such a marvellous result. Even though I have just come back from a short trip to Rome, which was a marvellous culinary experience, the dinner I dreamt of was fiery and Asian (yes, I am addicted…). I was tired by a long car…Continue Reading “Chicken Legs in Doenjang (Korean Soybean Paste) and Gochujang”

Mackerel Simmered in Miso (Saba no miso ni サバの味噌に)

Mackerel is in season. At least this is what I assumed seeing several luscious looking mackerel dishes on my favourite blogs. I was right: my fishmonger had plenty of surprisingly fresh mackerels and apparently the season stretches through whole summer (though I see mackerel at practically any time of the year). As soon as I…Continue Reading “Mackerel Simmered in Miso (Saba no miso ni サバの味噌に)”

Miso Vinaigrette

I never get bored with dressed green salads. After years of having it regularly, both as a side-dish and a starter, I am always excited at the discovery of a new dressing, especially when warm spring days arrive and salad leaves are bought with higher frequency. This miso vinaigrette is simple, but original in its…Continue Reading “Miso Vinaigrette”

Chicken and Aubergine in Garlic Miso Sauce

Miso has made me fall in love with the aubergine. For long years I used to associate the aubergine with, certainly good, but fat dripping and soaked in oil dishes. Then I started to explore the Japanese cuisine, discovering miso /see below/ and pairing it with the aubergine. The first time I tasted this combination,…Continue Reading “Chicken and Aubergine in Garlic Miso Sauce”

Chicken and Potatoes in Miso Stew

As I have recently mentioned, I start getting bored with Winter vegetables. On the other hand, as much as I enjoy cucumber kimchi or refreshing citrus drinks, they will never feed me or keep me warm as much as a hearty, thick, potato and carrot soup. A couple of days ago I had some leftover…Continue Reading “Chicken and Potatoes in Miso Stew”

Stir Fried Aubergine, Mushroom, Chicken and Cashew Nuts

Stir fried meat or seafood with vegetables is probably my most frequent dish category, but since ingredients change every time I cook (depending on what I find in the fridge), I hardly ever post about it. However, my first combination of aubergine, mushroom, chicken and cashew nuts proved so good, I decided to put down…Continue Reading “Stir Fried Aubergine, Mushroom, Chicken and Cashew Nuts”