Tuesday, April 1, 2014
My in-laws were visiting us from Germany and we have been quite busy. They spoiled us and played so nicely with our son everyday. During their stay, they watched our son to let us go for a date nights and let me go have hair cut and a day in Manhattan.
It was really nice to have a day in Manhattan all by myself. I went to book off and got some books for myself and for my son. Then, went to have lunch by myself at a restaurant which I wanted to try for sometime.
The restaurant is called "Osteria Morini" and it is owned by a well-know chef named Michael White. He owns many restaurants here in NY. I actually didn't know about him until I went to this one event in the end of 2013. It was a dinner event which 7 famous chefs prepare each course. One of the chef was Michael Symon which is a iron chef and I took picture with him :-) But the best dish of the night was a dish from Michael White and I wanted to visit his restaurant since then.
He has one restaurant near central park but this one is quite fancy and I found out that he has this another restaurant in Soho which is more casual and affordable.
Since my hair dresser was close to soho, I thought this is the perfect opportunity to try his restaurant.
He is famous for his pasta dishes so I ordered pasta. It was truffle ricotta ravioli with butter sauce. It was sooooooo good!!! It taste rich but light at the same time. The portion was quite small but I was not super hungry so it was just perfect. I am sure my husband would love this dish so maybe I would like to visit this restaurant with my husband sometimes again. Next time, I will try something else even though this one was really good.
There are many dishes I wanted to try. I might have to go more than once ;-)
Anyways, it was wonderful and as much as I LOVE my son so much, it is also nice to have a day off for myself. I really appreciate my in-laws gave me this opportunity. They even let me sleep in. This is like unheard of in Japan. I mean, I think Japanese daughter-in-law will never sleep in even when your parents in-laws tell you that it is OK. They just don't. But I know that they mean it and I took the opportunity and it was great. I know I am a very lucky daughter in-law.
Now, I have my rest and have my energy back so I can cook more! I got this vegetable cook book from the library the other day and excited to try some stuff from this book. My in-laws have very healthy life style and they eat lots of fruit and vegetables. I inspired me to eat more fruit and vegetables so this book will help me to cook with more vegetables.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Croquette is a very popular dish in Japan and I think you can find them in many different countries in the world. I love them but since it is quite time consuming to make it and fry it, I don't make it too often. In Japan, you can find already fried croquette in a supermarket or you can also find frozen one so you can just fry them at home.
Since I had 1lb of ground beef and lots of potatoes at home, I decided to make this dish the other day.
I made a lot of them and froze half of them. Next time I want to eat croquette, I can just take them out from the freezer and fry them.
Normally in Japan, we eat this with Tonkatsu sauce which is something like a ticker Worcestershire sauce. I always have this on hand but if you don't have it, you can either use regular worcestershire sauce, ketchup, hot sauce or even without any sauce. If you season them well during cooking, you don't really need any sauce.
If you want to but it, you can buy them from Amazon. This is a very popular brand of tonkatsu sauce in Japan. Bull dog Tonkatsu Sauce.
Here is the recipe.
Potato and Beef Croquette
Yields about 14 large croquette
Potato 4 large
Ground Beef 1lb
Onion 3 medium
Nutmeg 2 teaspoons (Optional)
Salt 1 tablespoons
Pepper 1~2 teaspoon
Flour about 1/2 cup
Panko (Bread Crumbs) about 1 cup
Vegetable Oil for frying plus 1 tablespoon
1. Peel and cut potatoes into small pieces and boil them until fork tender.
2. While cooking potatoes, chop onion and carrot into small pieces.
3. In a Frying pan, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Then add onion and carrot to saute.
4. When onion and carrot are cooked, add ground beef and saute until meat is cooked. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper.
5. When potatoes are boiled, drain and mush in a large bowl.
6. Add meat mixture into potato and mix.
7. Let the potato/meat mixture cool.
8. When it is cooled, prepare flour, egg and panko(bread crumbs) stations.
9. Shape potato/meat mixture into a oval shape and dust with flour.
10. Then into egg then to panko.
11. Heat vegetable oil in a pan and fry them until golden brown. Since inside is already cooked, you don't have to worry about inside being uncooked.
12. Serve and eat while it is hot.
Kids love this potato croquette. I would recommend making a bunch of them and keep some of them in the freezer for later.
Monday, January 20, 2014
I love Kimchi Fried Rice. It is so easy to make and it always taste good. The bad part about it is I eat too much when I make this fried rice.
I like having Kimchi in my fridge all the time so when I don't have anything and if I don't want to go to the grocery store, I can take out bacon from the freezer and cook rice and make this fried rice.
This time, I added some left over vegetables which I had in the fridge but this is totally optional and you can add any kind of vegetables you have in hand (or you don't have to add any vegetables if you prefer)
Kimchi Fried Rice
Cooked Rice 3~4 cups
Kimchi 10.6oz (300g)
Bacon or thin sliced pork 1/4~1/2 lb
Green Onion 5~6
Daikon Radish 1/2 cup (optional)
Lotus root 1/2 cup (optional)
vegetable oil 1 table spoon
Butter 1 table spoon
Salt & Pepper to taste
1. First, cut bacon (or pork) and all the vegetables into small pieces. Mince garlic and ginger.
2. Also, chop kimchi into small pieces.
I used this kimchi from Trader Joe's
3. In a flying pan or wok, add 1 table spoon of vegetable oil and heat. Then add garlic and ginger. Wait till fragrant then add meat and vegetable. Sprinkle salt and pepper.
4. When the meat is cooked and vegetables are little soft, add chopped green onion.
6. Add Kimchi then butter and fry them a little bit. Then add rice.
7. When it is all mixed, taste and add salt and pepper if necessary then serve.
Super easy and yummy Kimchi Fried rice!
I think depends on what kimchi you use and how much rice you add but this particular one I made was not too spicy (I think it was because I added lots of vegetables and rice) so my son was able to eat it also. He said it is spicy but he kept eating :-)
I love making fried rice so I can clean out my fridge. It is super easy. The only tedious part is to chop all the vegetables into small pieces but after that it is so fast!
If you like Kimchi, you definitely will like Kimchi Fried Rice! Please give it a try.