Archive for category Fundamentals

Thought Of The Day

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa on complex dishes: …I ask, “How long do you think it’ll take you to make an order of fifteen at a time?”…                                                              […]

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Romesco de L’Olive

My wife wanted something a little different for our supper last weekend. Since I was making pa amb tomaquet, I thought I would do a simple grilled chicken to go with it.  But how to give the dish that Catalan approach?  Fortunately, I found a Salbixada recipe in Miramar Torres’ The Catalan Country Kitchen (p […]

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Pa amb tomàquet

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/approaching-homemade-bread/ Many years ago, I had the great fortune to visit Barcelona just before the start of 25th Olympic Games.  I was there, ostensibly, to study the works of Antonio Gaudi.  While there, I got the opportunity to have dinner at Restaurant L’Olivé (there’s a picture of the pa amb […]

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Approaching homemade bread

…if you give a man a fish he is hungry again in an hour. If you teach him to catch a fish you do him a good turn…                                                                                           Mrs. Dymond –Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie Recently, my wife and I noticed that we were having some difficulty finishing a loaf of commerically bought bread during […]

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Kung Pao

During the Qing Dynasty, Beijing’s finest kitchens were peopled with chefs from various parts of China. So, while this is a Sichuan recipe, it was developed in the home of a Mandarin noble, Ting Kung-Po. The chicken is stir-fried quickly, the mixed with crispy groundnuts (peanuts) and a spicy sauce for contrast.   –The Chinese Gourmet […]

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Sake Kawa Yaki (Crispy Salmon Skin)

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/tori-kawa-yaki-grilled-crispy-chicken-skin/ Sometimes when we get a nice piece of salmon fillet, before I portion it (if the recipe calls for a skinless fillet), *I* will take the skin off and reserve it for making crispy salmon skin.  Usually, I use it for making onigiri.  Additionally, the Nobu cookbooks have a […]

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Ramen Eggs (Ajitsuke Tamago), Morimoto-Style

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2016/08/20/red-braised-pork-belly-morimoto-kakuni-his-faster-version/ * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/a-note-on-softhard-cookedboiled-eggs/ * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2011/04/08/morimotos-chicken-noodle-soup/ My wife and I recently made another batch of Iron Chef Morimoto’s Chicken (Ramen) Noodle Soup for dinner the other night and were discussing the marinated eggs we nornally find in ramen restaurant offerings.  The question then came up, could we make those eggs ourselves […]

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