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Seasonal Foods

Post by gonbechan » Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:13 pm

Now that the weather is slowly getting cooler I find my appetite returning.
Summer is never a time when I feel the need to eat more than cool salads and light foods.
But now, the primitive appetite has returned, hungering for more rib-sticking food.

So far we have made a few cold weather favourites;
feijoada (while neither Senor Gonbe or I are Brazilian, we really enjoy this bean and pork dish)
THoup. Yes, thoup, not soup. Made with whatever is at hand veg and meat wise and partaken with garlic baguette.
Cauliflower Cheese. A quick and easy addition to a western style meal.

On Sunday we made a slow roast pork with cauliflower cheese, baked potatoes and roast brussel sprouts.

When it gets even colder, it will be time to crack out the nabe.
I think nabemono has to be one of my favourite winter foods, closely followed by home made oden.

What are your favourites?

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Re: Seasonal Foods

Post by Lazi » Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:28 pm

We unpacked the cassette gas and teppan and had okonomiyaki at the weekend, too bloody hot in the summer to have that thing blazing away in the living room

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Post by Zasso Nouka » Wed Oct 14, 2015 8:33 am

Down on the farm we are just starting on our squash harvest, so far we've started on the Roron squash and Butternut but the one we are really looking forward to is the Giant Butternut. Here is a picture with 'The Puller for scale.
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As you can see they are on the large side but taste wonderful, at their best roasted but also make really tasty soup to keep you warm as the temperatures drop. Later on once it gets frosty we'll be harvesting horseradish, can't wait to be honest.

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Re: Seasonal Foods

Post by akikana » Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:46 am

gonbechan wrote:...roast brussel sprouts.
I roast a lot of vegetables. Roasting sprouts (a recent revelation courtesy of seeing five minutes of a Martha Stewart TV programme) is a fine way to get people to eat sprouts if previously they've only had them boiled.

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Re: Seasonal Foods

Post by Lazi » Wed Oct 14, 2015 7:21 pm

Sprouts ? Is it that time of year already ? I remember them in school dinners, horrible over boiled mushy little cabbages, I fled the UK to get away from them. However once they are roasted it completely changes them into something absolutely delicious, they are pretty good stir fried as well. You have to wonder why everything was boiled to death in school canteens.

You know autumn is on the way when you stroll into your local Seven Eleven to be greeted by the aroma of oden bubbling away at the counter :lol:

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Re: Seasonal Foods

Post by Makichan » Thu Oct 15, 2015 11:17 am

For me nabe and oden are my real winter comfort food. There is nothing quite like gathering around the table at dinner time and having a lovely hot nabe bubbling away in the middle. How do you make your own oden Gonbechan ?

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Re: Seasonal Foods

Post by Eric in Japan » Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:02 am

Speaking of seasonal foods....

I filleted them, salted, and let them sit for a night under a weight, now they are soaking in fresh water to get some of the salt back out.
Ok, now what do I do with them?
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"... so, the cucumbers said to the cabbage, `Lettuce Go.`"

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Post by Zasso Nouka » Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:41 am

I'm quite partial to grilled salmon, how do you like them best Eric ?

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Re: Seasonal Foods

Post by gonbechan » Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:57 am

Grilled with some lemon is always very tasty.

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Re: Seasonal Foods

Post by Eric in Japan » Tue Oct 20, 2015 10:33 am

After cooking up a few pieces, I realized. I need to soak them some more and get some more salt out. I think I may have high blood pressure now.

The next two will be smoked I think.
"... so, the cucumbers said to the cabbage, `Lettuce Go.`"

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