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Dubu Jorim (Korean braised tofu)

When my roommate was living with me she often made this for me, and the other night I had a craving for it. So I decided to attempt it myself. I went a little red pepper happy but other than that it was perfect. I made it with what I had on hand and that was spinach. My friend made it with spinach and bok choy before. I believe usually it’s made with green onions or scallions on top.

To make this I first bought firm (もめん)tofu. Then I put it in a strainer that was sitting on top of a bowl so the liquid can drain out. To help that along I put paper towels then two heavy bowls on top to press the water out.

Next is to slice the tofu and set the pieces on paper towels. In a pan I put some oil and let it get hot and pan seared the tofu on both sides for about 4min each. Then I removed the tofu onto a plate. TIP: the more water left in the tofu the longer it will take to get a good sear on it.

I sautéed some spinach then added a few spoonfuls of sauce for flavor. (I’ll write the recipe for the sauce at the bottom.) Then I removed these onto a plate.

Once you have cooked the spinach and removed it. Add the tofu back in and dump in the sauce. Let it simmer and soak in all the flavorings. If the sauce reduces all the better.

To plate it up I just put the rice first, then spinach, then the tofu and TADA! A simple yummy meal.

 

Sauce recipe

3 tbs of water

3 tbs of soy sauce

1 tbs of sesame oil

2-3 tsp of brown sugar

2-3 tsp of red pepper flakes

1 tbs of sesame seeds

minced garlic (i love garlic so i added way more than 2 cloves)

 

I like to double the recipe because I’m one of those people who love sauce.

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Tarty Triple Berry Smoothie

The other I day I had the fortune to go to Costco! I know those of you in the states its like so what, but here its a big deal. I try to never go on the weekend because it’s as packed as Disney World on the 4th of July! I work in public schools so my weekdays are busy. I’m on summer vacation now so I’m free for 6 weeks. so getting back to Costco….

I was really excited because I was looking to get my hands on some blueberries! I think you remember from my previous post, blueberries, even frozen ones, are freaking expensive! So I get to Costco and i get really excited because i found a triple berry mix! I was so excited I bought 2 bags only to realize that when i got home i would have to shove them in my tiny freezer. (side note: i did manage it don’t ask me how, i still don’t know 😉

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Due to space demands I decided to mix up a berry smoothie… Here’s how it turned out.

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Tarty Triple Berry Smoothie

1/4c milk

1/4c plain yogurt

1tbs honey (to taste)

about 1 cup of mixed berries

blend together with liquids at the bottom and berries on top.

*I added a lot of berries because I wanted a thicker smoothie. Feel free to tweak!

 

 

Smoothie Kick!

I have been wanting a blender for the longest time. Last summer was the hottest recorded summer in Japan and I was dying. I couldn’t help but think smoothies would be the perfect cure to a hot day. Unfortunately, I was going through financial issues last year. I was only working part time and looking for another job but jobs in Japan like schools over here start in April! I was looking in July… So anyway I couldn’t afford a blender last year 😦

Back to the good stuff! I bought a blender a couple days ago. Now, they only sell blenders with glass pitchers over here. I was irritated because I was going to have to carry it. After using this blender though… I have to say glass pitchers are awesome and I’m glad I dragged the thing home. ( I found out the reason for the glass, apparently years ago there was a scare with plastic. It was leaking some kind of toxic something, so that is why blenders are primarily glass in Japan now).

So, now that I had my blender I went to the grocery store that sells bulk foods designed for restaurants. I figured I’d get more bang for my buck when buying frozen food. I picked up frozen strawberries and mango, fresh spinach, milk, and yogurt. I also bought various canned fruits to experiment with. I did not go anywhere near the blueberries!! 600円 ($7.66) for one small frozen pack of blueberries?!? i don’t think so! So with my heavy glass blender in hand and my heavy grocery bag full of goodies I headed home. Side note: I lost some weight recently and all my protective fat in my shoulder area is gone. I was really feeling the weight of my grocery bag… ouch!

I get home and the first smoothie I whip up was for me and a friend. I added coconut milk, strawberries and mango. It was delish!

The next day I decided to do something a bit healthier. I decided to make a matcha strawberry honey and spinach smoothie. This mix may sound weird but man oh man is it delicious! I promise you, you can’t taste the spinach but it adds a really healthy element to your smoothie! I have a low iron count so this is a good way to get my dark leafy greens into my diet. Also matcha is green tea so it’s a good way to intigrate those anti-oxidents we keep hearing about!

Day three of my smoothie making and I made my matcha strawberry smoothie but i added some frozen mango. BINGO! This is the final product! Keep in mind I just eyeballed everything but here is the recipe if I had to add measurements. These are not exact, so tweak it yourself!

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MATCHA STRAWBERRY-MANGO SPINACH SMOOTHIE

1/4 cup of milk

3 spoonfuls of plain yogurt

1/2 cup of frozen strawberries

1/4 cup of frozen mangos

2 tablespoons of sweetened matcha powder

1 tablespoon of honey (to taste)

1/4-1/2 cup of spinach leaves/ no stems! ( i just did a handful)

In a blender, add in order of ingredients! Start with liquids, milk, yogurt, strawberries, mangos, matcha, honey and spinach at the top. Always add fresh ingredients at the top. Always add liquids at the bottom, this will help your blender process everything!

Make sure you don’t over-blend, this can affect the quality of your smoothie!

** If you want something to hold you over better like from breakfast to lunch, use a banana that has been sliced and frozen. You can also add 10 almonds!!**

Let me know what you think! The good, the bad, ugly! I want to know!

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Curry Rice

Curry rice- I must say that my curry rice is awesome. It’s my mother’s recipe and i’m nice enough to share the secret to all who happen across this post. Because everyone should experience curry this good. I know, I know… it looks like your average curry but the secret is…

Secret step number 1: in a pot you add sliced garlic and tougarashi (i think in english its just called chili pepper, make sure its dried not fresh) to cold oil and heat. Then you follow your regular curry recipe adding in meat, onion, carrot and potato. Secret step number 2: when you add the water, let the mix boil and as the foam and brown floaties come to the top scoop them out. THIS IS IMPORTANT! secret step number 3: just before serving add a pad of butter and a sprinkling of sugar.

With these 3 secret steps, you will be amazed at how much your simple curry recipe can be elevated to awesomeness. AND it’s soooo easy! Let me know how you like it if you give it a go!

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