Archive for category HomeCooking

Making mini taco shells from scratch

One of the projects that I’ve been intrigued about since its appearance was the Matsuhisa/Nobu mini tacos.  While it’s pretty obvious how to fill them based on the Nobu’s Vegetarian Cookbook (pgs 86, 87, 165),  what I really needed to do was to figure out how to make the fried(baked?) mini taco shells formed from […]

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Scaling Shari (Sushi Rice For Nigiri)

I’d recently figured out that my family liked sushi rice made with 2 teaspoons of sushi vinegar per rice bowl of rice. As I began thinking about the holiday meal later this year, I began thinking about Matsuhisa-sama’s rice course – 5 pieces of nigiri as the last savory omakase course offering. Nobu: The Sushi […]

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A quick note on hazelnuts

So I recently had dinner@Legal Seafood Chestnut Hill.  A side dish accompanying my arctic char caught my interest – string beans with Wisconsin soft goat cheese and hazelnuts.  What got my attention was how well the hazelnuts paired with the string beans.  Now of course, there’s the classic string beans almondine; so I figured this […]

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Stretched ‘Grilled’ Shrimp (nobashi ebi yaki)

I’d been wondering for a long time about how shrimp is stretched for tempura, but in particular for grilling as done for the Nobu recipes. Tsuji discusses the topic on p.237,238 of Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art about making a series of horizontal cuts across the shrimp belly and then tapping the back with the back […]

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On Soba Broths/Dipping Sauces

Recently, my wife asked about making a soba soup for lunch one day.  On thinking about the problem, I thought about the times I had nabeyaki udon at restaurants.  If memory serves (with respect to Chairman Kaga), it seems that the versions of nabeyaki udon that I preferred were savory and not sweet.  This occurred […]

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Eric Ripert’s Lemon Confit

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2015/11/14/a-couple-of-passing-cooking-thoughts/ * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/trying-to-recreate-a-top-chef-dish-from-chef-ripert/ So I thought I would take another crack at remaking Chef Ripert’s dish of Poached White Fish With Lemon Confit Miso And Mushroom Consomme.  But to do that, I first needed to learn how to make his lemon confit. For Chef Ripert’s lemon confit, I found his […]

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Revisiting a sherry vinegar recipe

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/mackerel-shioyaki-and-vegetable-salad-from-nobu-west/ While watching a recent episode of ATK’s called New England Classics, a taste test of sherry vinegars was featured: https://www.americastestkitchen.com/taste_tests/1674-sherry-vinegar I was intrigued since I’d made a Nobu West dish Mackerel ‘Shio-yaki’ And Vegetable Salad a while back and wondered how it would taste given a reviewed sherry vinegar. […]

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