Archive for category Fundamentals

On citrus juice acidity

So I thought it might be nice to have a quick at-a-glance reference of the citrus items I tend use when making cooking decisions; I will update as I come across more information over time – Citrus PH # Reference kumquat 3.95 https://science-investigation.weebly.com/the-research.html tangerine 3.9 https://science-investigation.weebly.com/the-research.html orange 3.41 https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/f793/ea0f76da5afa39cd2935e96176ece0b34434.pdf grapefruit 3 https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/f793/ea0f76da5afa39cd2935e96176ece0b34434.pdf sudachi 2.6-2.9 https://waimports.com/product/sudachi-juice-marugoto-shibori-750ml/ […]

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A note on agar products

While I was visiting my parent’s home, I wanted to make Morimoto’s Tofu Cheesecake for my family.  So I couldn’t find the agar product that I used when making the dessert here in Boston – So I went and bought the following at Mitsuwa, Edgewater (the old standby I used in making the Almond Tofu […]

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A note on Yaki Onigiri

Previously, on tastingenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/category/omakase-menus/kamakura-boston/ * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2019/10/19/planning-the-christmas-2019-menu/ On recent visit to Kamakura for dinner, our last course was Onigiri yaki ikura, kizame nori, wasabi dashi Since I was planning to on doing a version of this as my last savory course for 2019 Christmas meal, I needed to learn the technique for  crisping onigiri […]

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Considering mashed potatoes/puree de pommes de terre

I recently had the experience of helping out to cook a dinner serving 22+ diners for a charity shelter. The dish I chose to do with the volunteers was Gordon Ramsay’s Shepherds Pie. The difficult step in making this dish was turning 15 lbs of yukon gold potatoes into a mashed  potato topping. For years […]

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No Bake Cheesecake: Mechanics

Not being gifted in making desserts, I’d been meditating on how I would approach making Iron Chef Morimoto’s ‘Tofu’ Cheesecake (The New Art Of Japanese Cooking, p.236-238).  I was first intrigued by that dish from the Iron Chef Tofu [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp8ImnpXobY at time index 30:46 ] and Iron Chef America Tofu battles.  While I did […]

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World Of Nobu: Salmon Hummus, Nobu Mexico City

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2011/07/05/steamed-lobster-with-nobu-sauces/ In looking for a new recipe to try I came across: Salmon Hummus in World Of Nobu (p. 300-301).  In reading through the recipe, I realized I would be making hummus on my own for the first time, So the hummus ingredient list from the recipe  combined with the […]

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Nobu West Dashimaki/Tamagoyaki Unagi/White Truffle Egg Roll – Technical Notes

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2019/09/28/boiled-anago-sawara-nobu-style/ * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/omakase-at-home-thanksgiving-style/ Last weekend, when I was trying to use some of the leftover sawara that I prepared like anago for a breakfast, I decided to repurpose it using the Freshwater Eel And White Truffle Egg ‘Roll’ recipe in Nobu West (p. 200-201).  Reading through the recipe, I thought […]

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