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Cooking Challenge #1 and #2

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Here is my first and second cooking challenge which was a Japanese meal for John and I. I had to make two miso soups, one with noodles for John and one with tofu for me since I don't do carbs as well and John doesn't do as well with unfermented soy products. Both had spinach added.

As you can see, my sushi rolls need work to tighten up, but we thoroughly enjoyed the meal and John is looking forward to more sushi as well as other Japanese dishes. I made 1 1/2 c of shushi rice, but that was too much for us and we were too full, so next time I'll only cook up one cup of the rice. Also I find most Japanese cookbooks too sweet, so I left out the sugar (and salt of course). Since Mirin is a sweetened rice wine and my Japanese sources tell me that the Western replacement is one tsp sugar added to one Tbl sherry, I just used sherry the way it was so our shushi was definitely made to our taste and we both enjoyed it. I will probably be cutting the sugar (and salt and NOT be using MSG) on any recipes.

I didn't show the extra wasabi or pickled ginger, but we did enjoy both. Our kids began eating Japanese food at a very young age (as Koo was still alive for many years when they were growing up) and could live on both. The kids have fond memories of Koo jumping up on the counter to search for cookies for them that her son had hidden away from her sweet tooth. She was 95 and her son had a fit with her climbing around the kitchen counters searching for the forbidden cookies!
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