Miso Vegetables and Rice with Black Sesame Dressing

Yotam Ottolenghi’s newest cookbook, “Plenty More,” arrived yesterday. I confess – I preordered – and was so excited when it arrived at my door! This dish looked perfect for a night in where I was feeling “comfort food” with an Asian angle. The key to this recipe is to prepare all the vegetables ahead of time, because they each braise quickly in a miso, vegetarian … Continue reading Miso Vegetables and Rice with Black Sesame Dressing

Steamed Eggplant with Miso-Tomato Sauce

I bought some adorable little asian eggplants, and there they lay, lingering in my fridge, waiting for me to make myself a dinner. I love asian varieties of eggplant, as they tend to be more tender, and less bitter than their larger, Italian cousins. With not much time or desire to put together a large meal for just myself, and even less desire to spend … Continue reading Steamed Eggplant with Miso-Tomato Sauce

Dinner Party Club – Japanese April

Longing for Spring, and overjoyed by the produce at Iovine’s, and inspired by the recent cherry-blossom festivals on the East Coast, I decided to go Japanese-style with this month’s Dinner Party Club meal. I started the meal off with these cute little “pocket” sushi – tofu puffs soaked and split and filled with saki rice, carrots, and black sesame seeds. The first spring rolls of … Continue reading Dinner Party Club – Japanese April

Adzuki bean, miso, and veggies soup

The only thing that I regret about this adzuki bean soup is that I didn’t soak the beans the night before. Already committed to the soup, I had to wait an impatient 2 hours until it was ready. Other than that – delicious. You can make it with canned beans, but slow cooked beans have a much firmer texture and a fuller flavor. I at … Continue reading Adzuki bean, miso, and veggies soup