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Perigueux Sauce, Morimoto-Style

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/ron-siegels-sanchosansho-pepper-reduction/ * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/fondant-potatoes/ So I was thinking about what to do with frozen duck breasts in my refridgerator.  After seeing Tiny Urban Kitchen’s Per Se report (http://www.tinyurbankitchen.com/per-se/), I thought ‘perfect! I bet I could make something like that!’.   So I decided I’d make roast duck breast with roasted baby […]

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Fondant Potatoes

So when I decided I’d make roast duck breast with roasted baby carrots, fondant potatoes with Morimoto Shiitake Perigueux Sauce. I realized I needed to teach myself how to cook this type of potato side dish.  After looking about the web, I finally decided what I needed was: 1 ~9oz yukon gold peeled 1.5” pastry […]

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Lotus Root/Renkon Chips

I have been wanting to make lotus root chips for a while since seeing this in Nobu Now (lotus root/renkon chips with tuna and white fish [p 24]) and Nishino’s Autumn Omakase (p 46). But I really wanted to avoid deep frying. So I chose to prepare this by: peeling and then mandolining renkon into […]

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On Dobinmushi

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2011/01/01/on-suimono/ It occurred to me that dobinmushi is about how you make the soup for the dish. It was clear to me that after examining Matsuhisa-sama’s Nobu Now (p 94), Iron Chef Morimoto’s The New Art Of Japanese Cooking (p. 89) and Nishino-san’s Autumn Omakase (p. 28-32) that the template […]

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On the importance of bone stocks

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/veal-stock/ * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/recreating-a-matsuhisa-omakase-dish/ …You can’t have a good sauce if you start with a bad stock. Too many take stocks for granted…Every step of the way, you remove impurities. Everything follows from this.                                                       […]

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Thinking about watercress

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/watercress-appetizer-soup/ * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2011/12/16/lobster-and-nobu-watercress-dressing/ * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/ron-siegels-salmon-on-shrimp-ravioli-watercress-puree-and-espelette-oil/ I recently caught an on-demand viewing of Iron Chef Gauntlet.  In the cook-off portion of the episode, one of the items presented was spanish mackerel with parsley/tarragon puree.  This made me run to my copy of The Flavor Bible.  Upon inspection, parsley wasn’t the only […]

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A note on salt and soy sauce salinity ‘equivalence’

My wife recently asked the question, “if I just wanted salt instead of soy sauce in the recent ‘Steamed’ Clams With Ginger And Garlic, how much salt would you have to use?”.   It seemed to me that was more of a question of salinity.  Looking up some information on the web suggested 1/4 t of […]

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