Making Deep-Fried Gyoza

noritake_rosewood_antique_fried_gyoza_copyright_m-j_de_mestertonmaking_gyoza_jfc_wrappers__m-j_de_mesterton_2017This batch of gyoza was made with a filling consisting of finely chopped carrots, celery, ginger, parsley, dill, matcha (dry green tea), miso, turmeric, cooked brown rice and adzuki beans. I used gyoza skins from Japan Foods, Inc., and sealed them with an egg-wash~~M-Jgyoza_deep_frying_elegant_cook_m-jgyoza_noritake_bowls_m-j_de_mesterton
Below: a Salad of Beneficial Daikon Radish and Romaine Lettuce, Dressed with a Simple Vinaigrette @M-J de Mestertongyoza_with_daikon_salad_m-j_elegant_cook

M-J’s Shirataki-Miso Soup

Burdock Root or Gobo Slices, Broccoli, Adzuki Beans, Brown Rice and Shirataki Noodles in Miso Broth

©M-J de Mesterton 2014

Burdock root, known in Japan as gobo, is one of the best blood-purifiers. It has diuretic properties that help expel toxic products from the blood through urine. This root-vegetable is employed in the treatment of skin problems such as eczema (dermatitis) and psoriasis. Burdock is a remedy for liver and gall bladder complaints. Effusion of burdock seeds has been used for throat and chest ailments. Burdock is an appetite-stimulant and is used  for enhancing digestion and relieving dyspepsia. Dried burdock root is reconstituted by pouring boiling water over the bits and letting them stand until softened. It may also be used as a tea, or incorporated into brown rice, where it will soften as the rice and burdock mixture cooks. I use either fresh or dried burdock in stir-fried vegetables or kinpira-style braised vegetables.

©M-J de Mesterton 2014

Home-Grown Red Chiles in Sesame Oil

September 30th: Some of my many cayenne pepper plants finally have red fruit. The potted cayenne pepper plants are producing faster than those in my tiny vegetable garden. Only pure vegetal compost, from my year-round pile, was used to feed the pepper plants. This cayenne pepper plant was grown from seed, and has larger fruit than the one I featured here last year, which was a nice, big, shapely thing from the nursery that turned out to be several small plants. I was able to mimic it by planting several seeds in a large pot. Following is a health-promoting sauce that I made today with some of the harvest:

Red chiles, freshly-harvested, are put into a blender and crushed with refined sesame oil, sea salt, and a few drops of toasted sesame oil.
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M-J’s Sautéed Tofu

Extra-Firm Tofu is Marinated and Dusted with Soy Flour, before Being Sautéed in Safflower and Sesame Oils

Tofu was introduced in the United States by famous Japanese macrobiotic cook, author and painter Aveline Kushi.

Marinated in soy sauce or miso, dusted with soy flour, then fried in safflower and sesame oils, this tofu makes an elegant hors d’oeuvre or a health-promoting meal.

©M-J de Mesterton 2012

Elegant Pineapple Chunks

Pineapple Chunks are likely to make your stir-fried dishes and pizzas soggy, if used directly from a can. I soaked pineapple in soy sauce for a couple of minutes, drained and then baked it until the chunks had a caramel-colour. Now the pineapple chunks can be added to any dish and contribute rich flavour and texture.
©M-J de Mesterton 2010

Elegant Pineapple Chunks

Pineapple Chunks are likely to make your stir-fried dishes and pizzas soggy, if used directly from a can. I soaked pineapple in soy sauce for a couple of minutes, drained and then baked it until the chunks had a caramel-colour. Now the pineapple chunks can be added to any dish and contribute rich flavour and texture.
©M-J de Mesterton 2010

Elegant Pineapple Chunks

Pineapple Chunks are likely to make your stir-fried dishes and pizzas soggy, if used directly from a can. I soaked pineapple in soy sauce for a couple of minutes, drained and then baked it until the chunks had a caramel-colour. Now the pineapple chunks can be added to any dish and contribute rich flavour and texture.
©M-J de Mesterton 2010

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Pineapple Chunks are likely to make your stir-fried dishes and pizzas soggy, if used directly from a can. I soaked pineapple in soy sauce for a couple of minutes, drained and then baked it until the chunks had a caramel-colour. Now the pineapple chunks can be added to any dish and contribute rich flavour and texture.
©M-J de Mesterton 2010

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