?

Log in

Previous Entry

The FOOD journal

Spamming you guys with my cooks. We rotate our food between Asian and European/American every other week or so. I enjoy asian cooking in particular for it's simplicity but diversity in flavor and ingredients. We are also lucky and live in a predominantly Asian area of Southern California and so there is no shortage of Asian grocers or eateries nearby! I make it a habit to consistently pick out one or two new ingredients to try and cook every time.

So thought I'd share a few things I've cooked more recently pumpkin spice cupcakes with spiced creamcheese frosting
Homemade pumpkin spice cupcakes. Everything from scratch including the pumpkin which is made from a fresh sugar pumpkin that was oven roasted. Creamcheese frosting spiked with pumpkin spices is decadently unwholesome!



Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Discovered the joy of making sushi at home. Far more inexpensive and fun with the right company! I even endeavored to try my hand at a home made Lion King roll. It turned out good but I have ideas for next time. It was still such fun to make this, I would absolutely do it again..maybe soon x:. Thank you to thornwolf and bagheera for the adventure and making the yummies!
Beef gyudon with Okra
Beef Gyudon with Okra, simple cozy Japanese dish.
mui choy braised pork
I've always made this dish with young bamboo shoots but decided to try it with mui choy (I believe a kind of preserved mustard green). Very unique flavor but I think I prefer the crunch of the bamboo.
Beef gyudon with soy sauce egg and beni shoga
Beef Gyudon again, this time simpler and topped with beni shoga which contrasts the sweet sukiyaki broth the beef is cooked in

Comments

( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
dragonheadthing
Nov. 12th, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
Oooo! Email me one of those cupcakes please... they look professionally topped.
xxbalaaxx
Nov. 12th, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
I eated them all...I can email you the memoir of their short but fulfilling lives and the tragic but sweet ending they met with.

dragonheadthing
Nov. 12th, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
A monument will be built higher than the highest mountains... the memories will live on forever.
(Deleted comment)
xxbalaaxx
Nov. 13th, 2012 01:14 am (UTC)
http://makemysushi.com/ is the site we used to start but bounced around the web to find different recipes for the rice etc C:. It's a lot easier than you think..I'd say the hardest part is finding good ingredients. We didn't have the greatest luck with the tuna but the salmon was nom!
thornwolf
Nov. 12th, 2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
Oh goodness looking at these food pics again brought back all the phantom flavors IN MAH MOWF
xxbalaaxx
Nov. 13th, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
thank you for helping make da sushi...that definitely made it less intimidating and more fun. I woulda been a lot more jittery giving these a go on my lonesome <3! Next time I am up for a repeat of this and maybe some new roll recipes 8]~~~.
celestinaketzia
Nov. 13th, 2012 11:19 am (UTC)
Oooofdsrew

I might just have to play around with making my own sushi. Those look delicious, and there are literally no good sushi places in the city I just moved to.
xxbalaaxx
Nov. 13th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
If you have a 99 Ranch anywhere near you, they carry sushi grade fish and other sushi fixings. It's not with the other meats/fishes but usually separated into it's own fridge. I highly recommend trying and you can start with a cheap sushi rolling mat before getting a better one (I got a 1$ mat and it works just fine =D!)
lauragarabedian
Nov. 13th, 2012 06:23 pm (UTC)
They all look AMAZING! I've never made Beef Gyudon - do you have a recipe somewhere that you recommend?
xxbalaaxx
Nov. 13th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
It's super simple. I didn't have mirin so found a non-mirin recipe and it tastes great! I used this recipe: http://www.littlejapanmama.com/2011/11/yoshinoya-gyudon-recipe-beef.html but now that I have mirin will try a mirin based one =D. Very simple dish. If you can't get thinly sliced meat where you live you can slice it thin yourself by half freezing your meat and slicing it thin then.
lauragarabedian
Nov. 15th, 2012 06:20 pm (UTC)
Cool Thanks so much!
mehndix
Nov. 14th, 2012 02:28 am (UTC)
All of these look so tasty!
corvus_animus
Nov. 14th, 2012 06:43 am (UTC)
Do tell me about the boiled eggs I see. Are they soaked in something?

I've eaten eggs with a similar outside color at a ramen house and I loved the flavor of them. I've been trying to figure out how to replicate it!

xxbalaaxx
Nov. 14th, 2012 06:59 am (UTC)
These particular ones are soy sauce eggs but you may have also had tea boiled eggs. Both are easy to make and recipes abound. I have to add they are a lovely addition to many asian dishes C:.
henriekeg
Nov. 14th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, those cupcakes look soooooo gooooooood O__O
tacimur
Nov. 14th, 2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
Even your food looks artistic! ^^
nimirpard
Nov. 19th, 2012 02:41 am (UTC)
Oh, wow, those cupcakes look awesome.

Actually, all of it looks awesome, and I don't even like sushi. You did an amazing job with the preparation and presentation!
( 17 comments — Leave a comment )