Sunday, August 19, 2012


I took this from an recipe and changed it a little to taste.
Simmered beef is served on top of steamed rice. It's one of the most popular rice bowl dishes (donburi) in Japan.
Yield: 4 servings
4 cups steamed Japanese rice
1 lb thinly sliced beef loin, cut into 2 inch lengths
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 1/3 cup dashi soup
1 cup water
4 Tbsp soy sauce
1Tbsp fresh ginger juice (grate and filter by wringing the mush through a paper towel)
1 crushed garlic clove
3 Tbsp mirin
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp sake (optional)
benishoga (pickled red ginger) for topping *optional
Put dashi, soy sauce, sugar, mirin, and sake in a large pan and bring to a boil on medium heat. Add onion slices and simmer for a few minutes or until softened. Add beef in the pan and simmer for a few minutes. Serve hot steamed rice into individual deep rice bowls. Put simmered beef on top of the rice. Top with some benishoga if you would like.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Fresh Peach Salsa

2 TB fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper
2 peaches (or nectarines)
2 medium tomatoes
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 TBS  Extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. white balsamic vinegar

Chop cilantro and place in medium bowl. Cut jalapeno pepper in half (remove seeds); chop pepper finely and add to cilantro.  Cut peaches into small pieces, add to peppers. Cut tomatoes into small pieces; add to peaches. Add onions; gently stir in vinegar and oil.

* I added mango
* Left out jalapeno

Recipe comes from grocery store, they serve it with a pork tenderloin, we have had is with fish and skirt steak so far. It tastes great and adds a nice color to the plate.