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Leek and mushroom pasta

Leek mushroom pasta

Here is another example of わふう パスタ (wafuu pasta)—that is, Japanese-style pasta. The possibilities are endless: see some examples here from Just Hungry. (Or Google it.)

 

To make this particular version:

Lightly saute sliced leeks, chopped mushrooms (portobello here, but could be shiitake), and canned tuna with:

  • salt (tiny bit)
  • pepper
  • garlic
  • olive oil

Boil spaghetti in water with a bit of dashi and salt.

After the pasta is *mostly* cooked, add it to the skillet in which the leeks and mushrooms have been sauteing, along with some of the dashi-flavoured water from the pasta.

Cook everything a bit more and that’s it!

 

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Tomato risotto

Drat, I seem to have lost my notes for this dish. It was a lovely Japanese-style risotto with tomatoes, leeks, and cabbage. Given the ingredients, I suspect that it was designed to target symptoms of a winter cold… It was most certainly delicious.

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Leeks and mushrooms

Sautéed leeks and mushrooms. Yup.

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Wafuu potage

Miso taste in a leek potage

わふう (wafuu) means Japanese-style. So here is a wafuu potage!

Yusuke began by sauteing chopped leeks, carrots, and 3 tbsp of uncooked rice in a bit a of vegetable oil. When the rice started to become transparent, he added water and dashi (stock). He let the pot simmer until the vegetables were soft. He then transferred everything to a blender and, well, blended it with 3 tbsp miso until it all made a lovely thick soup.

The dashi and miso, obviously, created the Japanese flavour, which was very tasty indeed.

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Tom yum soup

This fantastic spicy soup had the nice side effect of helping with one of my migraine—perhaps sinus-clearing spice or improvement of my blood flow?

The adventure began with the chef sauteeing finely chopped leeks and cuttlefish with minced garlic and ginger. Next, he added 880 mL of water and brought it to a boil.

Next, he added a store-bought tom yum soup paste. To quote today’s Wikipedia article, “The basic broth is made of stock and fresh ingredients such as lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lime juice, fish sauce and crushed chili peppers.”

The recipe on the package recommended adding chicken broth, but we added vegetable bouillon instead. Next, lime juice was added, along with 1 tsp of nam pla (Thai fish sauce).

Finally, sliced mushrooms and carrots were added to the simmering broth.

A bit more lime juice was added when served.

Fantastic spice! Yusuke thought he had boiled it a bit too much, because the red spots of spice weren’t visible, but I thought that it was great.

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Nifty soba

This was an unusual soba dish that I can only describe as nifty.

The original recipe focused on a ゆず / こしょう sauce (citrus/black pepper) and included bacon. Fortunately, Yusuke made modifications.

The soba (buckwheat noodles) was boiled as usual. The toppings were:

  • sweet potatoes: cubed and steamed in the microwave
  • beet greens: chopped and boiled
  • leeks: shredded and raw

The sauce was assembled as follows:
Fresh minced garlic was sauteed with sesame oil until aromatic. Next came chopped tomatoes, cooked until heated. The liquid portion of the soba sauce was:

  • dashi
  • soy sauce
  • mirin
  • sake
  • lime juice (as a substitute for yuzu)
  • black pepper (こしょう)

N.B. Soba must be slurped, loudly. I am slowly developing the technique.

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Garlicky lettuce wrap

Neglected blogs are sad. Fortunately, food chez nous is happy.

The original recipe that inspired this dish was for pasta sauce, but Yusuke modified it quite dramatically!

The goal of this dish was to use up leftover fresh garlic, so preparations began with 4 cloves: minced. He also minced white onions and sautéed them with pork and a tiny bit of oil.

Next, he added smashed tofu to the pan. (He used Soyarie brand silken tofu which is firmer than Japanese.) He let it simmer until the water content was reduced, at which he point he added a load of leeks.

The seasoning was added next: 1-2 tbsp of soy sauce, salt, and black pepper.

The mixture was transferred to fresh lettuce and wrapped up neatly. Yum!

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