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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Thanksgiving Omakase At Home 2017

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/planning-thanksgiving-menu-2017/ …what’s a planned holiday meal without a few surprises….So when I arrived at the house, I got told that there was a preference for scallops instead of the nobashi ebiyaki and perhaps ginger ice cream instead of vanilla.  So quickly thinking, I decided on the Nobu Scallop/Corn ‘salad’ and swapping […]

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Seattle’s Nishino eCookbook is available on line again

One of my favoite cooking ebooks is now available on-line again: http://nishinorestaurant.com/autumn_omakase.pdf

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Planning Thanksgiving Menu 2017

Nobu Style Grilled Nobashi Shrimp Cocktail         Endive, Spicy Lemon Dressing Hamachi Usuzukuri        Yuzu kosho ponzu grated daikon, pink peppercorns Nobu Vegan Mini Tacos         Roasted Zucchini Cubes, Roasted Eggplant Cubes,         Grilled Tomato Salsa Sake Konbu Steamed Atlantic Cod         yuzu, olive oil, dry miso, baby bok choy Pan Roasted Duck Breast         […]

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Revisiting an old family grilled marinated chicken recipe

…long long ago, in another lifetime far far away… As I was growing my family, my uncle and aunt would periodically go up to Bear Mountain/Harriman State Park for an outing and we would do a BBQ at a picnic  site (Kanawauke?) where the parking lot led straight up to the site with a creek/brook […]

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Vegan Tacos, Nobu Style

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/making-mini-taco-shells-from-scratch/ A number of years ago, I saw the Nobu/Matsuhisa restaurants add tacos (!?!?) to the menu….and then Nobu’s Vegetarian Cookbook suggested a vegan approach to the taco’s (Ten Tacos, p 86, 87) in 2011. So now I wanted to take a crack at making the tacos, with an eye […]

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