The Lakanto monkfruit sweetener is here!

Time to try it out on sushi vinegar and Nobu’s Saikyo-style miso! Advertisements

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Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener

Recently, I came across a surprise comment from Matsuhisa-sama regarding his use of sugar: http://www.businessinsider.com/nobu-matsuhisa-sushi-secret-ingredient-makes-healthier-sugar-taste-restaurant-hotel-2017-12   : Nobu Matsuhisa: Sushi rice is — make the steamed rice, put the rice vinegars, and the salt, and … used to be I use the sugar, but we don’t use the sugars anymore…Most sushi rice uses sugar, rice vinegar, […]

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Darphin Potatoes

So as I was thinking about the holidays meals for 2018, I was reminded of the various constraints on my menu planning. In contemplating things like meat-and-potatoes,  it had occurred to me that I maybe I could do something like darphin potatoes.  Joel Robuchon’s (The Complete Robuchon, p. 627) darphin potatoes were basically 2 lbs […]

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Roast Turkey Thighs

One of my young relatives has been after me about making some kind of roast turkey dish for the holiday season.  On arriving home after the holiday trip, my wife and I just happened to get two nice big turkey thighs to make for dinner.  I was surprised how inexpensive the ingredient was:  $.49/lb@Whole Foods […]

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Christmas Omakase At Home 2017

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2017/06/20/nobu-wests-dublin-bay-prawnlangoustine-cocktail/ * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/a-weekend-supper-of-tomato-salad-and-roasted-cornish-game-hen/ * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2014/10/04/nobu-sea-bass-dashi-ponzu/ * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/ming-tsais-aromatic-pressure-cooked-shortribs-with-root-vegetables/ * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/muratas-fruit-jelly-dessert/ So as I had observed earlier, I had to take a more realistic view of what I could accomplish since I didn’t have a lot of lead time to prepare.   As expected, the nobashi ebi yaki ‘cocktail’, tomato ‘salad’ and roast […]

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A few notes on making nigiri

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/making-nigiri-an-appreciation/ I was recently asked about wetting the hands for making nigiri. matsuhisa-sama mentions the water to vinegar ratio is 3:1 (Nobu West, p 196) . He admonishes that more than a light coating on the hands will prevent the shari from properly sticking together.  Interestingly, Shizuo Tsuji (Japanese Cooking: […]

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Planning Christmas Menu 2017

It’s been a whirlwind two months since I started  at my new job.  So unlike previous years where I’ve had a bit more time to prepare the Christmas meal, I’ve had to take a more realistic view of what I could accomplish…. • Nobashi ebiyaki ‘cocktail’         endive, spicy lemon dressing • Siegel tomato ‘sashimi’ […]

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