Thursday, 2 February 2012

Unohana 卯の花


After Gina said "you need a healthier lifestyle. Get a soy milk maker," I did. Fussing with her always ends up being a waste of time, because I can never win the argument. So I just do whatever she tells me (most of the time). All you do is add soy beans and water to the machine, let it blend and heat for 20 minutes and voila! It smells and tastes really good, too. Usually I drink everything together, but today I filtered out the bits of soy beans (okara) from the soy milk, and then made that into u-no-hana, a Japanese side dish.


What was my recipe?
I kind of just threw everything together. I think traditionally, you use carrots, burdock, shiitake, scallions, mirin, sugar, soy sauce, but I just "whatever-ed it." Today I infused shiitake with cooking oil, tossed in carrots, 木耳, stirred it around a bit, put the lid on the pan and turned off the heat. Once what was in the pan was pretty much cooked, I turned the heat back on, added spinach (already blanched) and okara (豆渣) to basically heat it back up (spinach and okara are already cooked anyway). Then I added hondashi (katsuo broth powder) with a little bit of water, salt and sesame oil to season. A bit of mirin would have been nice, but I don't have any. Today's endeavor turned out a bit dry, but not too bad for a first try, if I say so myself!

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