Thursday, August 31, 2017
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
|no idea what kind of kniffe this is|
The Usuba knife, or usuba bocho, is the heavier, professional chef’s version of a nakiri knife. It is virtually the same as a nakiri except the edge of the blade is only ground on one side. For right-handed chefs, the grind – the sharpened end of the knife where the blade begins to narrow, should be on the right side, and for a left-handed chef it should be on the left side. This allows the chef to create thinner slices than with a nakiri knife, and with less ease than the nakiri knife offers.
“Usuba” literally means "thin blade" indicating its relative thinness compared to other knives, required for cutting through firm vegetables without cracking them.
Nakiri Japanese knife meant for slicing vegetables. It has a light, thin blade that is ideal for cutting delicate produce. This knife’s blade is straight so that long cuts can be made without having to move back and forth. The edge of the blade is not traditionaly "hallow ground" for easy sharpening but it does help to maintain a razor sharp edge. Nakiri knives in the style of Tokyo are rectangular, while Nakiri knives from Osaka have a curved blade.
|Both kinds of Nakiri blades|
|Granton edge for food release|
Monday, August 7, 2017
Forget the crust! It takes too much effort.
- Mushrooms saute' with vinegar and Tamari...
- Onions, Aubergine,
- Grated Parmesan cheese! And what every other cheese you want: Feta, sharp cheddar, etc etc
- Sliced Olives (they have these in a can so you don't have to work)
- Basil and Oregano and possibly coriander
- Garlic pressed
- Tomato sauce
Through it all in a pan, heat, melt the cheese. Eat mass quantities!
If you have real oven you can bake it till it is dryer than my stove top oven pan.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Any kind of fruit blended with fresh spearmint leaves and a little cold water. I used watermelon today. But grapes and peaches are the best. And don't expect peppermint to do the job it needs sugar. Spearmint is a milder flavor. Don't limit your self to only a few leaves, grab a large hand full!
On a very hot day that you need to keep drinking fluids, Cucumbers with a few grapes and spearmint, are even better than just fruit. Because too much fruit can give you too much sugar.
Peaches are the best.
Peaches are the best.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Peanut Stew every thing is to taste!
- coconut oil? (Or cooked shredded coconut?)
- onion sauteed (or onion soup broth) or any vegy broth?
- white beans cooked to very soft! (in place of starch!)
- garlic (pressed)
- fresh ginger minced
- Smoked paprika (or any hot pepper)
- Tomatoes (canned or fresh) ?
- Tomato paste
- Peanut butter (natural no sugar or oils added) make it w/home roasted ground Spanish peanut meal.
- Butternut Squash (optional)
- Bay leaves
- Rosemary/ thyme
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Not just for cold weather!
Blended or not just cook the carrots and onions separately.
I steam the carrots. And caramelize the onions in a fry pan. (slowly cook onions over an irritating period of time, 30 to 60 minutes. And don't stir them too often, or they won't brown, balsamic vinegar helps)
fresh) about 2tbsp
small package....(any carrots will do)
juice (that's one or the other)
(optional) up to ½ cup per 3 cups liquid?
sauce or Umi
or pink salt
Broth (optional, just enough to blend the cooked vegys in)
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Saturday, July 8, 2017
The high heat oil recommendations were wrong!!!
Oil high in omega-3 fatty acids – in particular, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Free radicals are actually what enable the polymerization. Flax seed oil has the lowest smoking temperature oil I have seen listed but it is highest in omega-3 fatty acids (57% ALA).
The polymerization process is initiated when something causes the release of free radicals in the oil. So the higher the free fatty acid content in the oil to begin with, the quicker it will break down and start polymerization. This is exactly what you want to season a pan.
I used synthetic steel wool made for polishing metal to remove the old seasoning. Then I used capsules fish oil because I refused to spend $15 for a pint of flax oil that would go rancid by the time I used it up.
The seasoned surface must be very smooth! Never put cold water in the hot pan, it may crack the plasticized oil surface.
- 1) Season the pan with a very thin layer of oil runny enough to fill the tiny voids while hot, wipe off as much as possible. Heat aluminum pans slower than steel. Then heat until it smokes for a few minutes. When it stops smoking so much let the pan cool down.
- 2) Take a coarse steel wool to it and basically remove the visible seasoning out of the pan face;
- 3) Clean the pan thoroughly of the gray steel/seasoning residue with hot water and towel only (no soap);
- 4) Re-season the pan for a second time; cool...
- 5) Use fine steel wool to smooth out the pan face; and
- 6) Clean thoroughly with hot water and no soap.
- 7) Apply several more layers of very thin oil, baking on each layer. It will be very smooth.
- 8) Then for ongoing care, never use soap or abrasives on the pan--just wipe it out with hot water and a towel--and if needed, use table salt or baking soda with a moist sponge as a scrubbing agent.
Use of Pan:
- Use a lid to help steam the egg, if the oil is smoking hot remove from flame.
- Soon as the white sets, begin to shake the egg loose
- A thin, slotted, stainless spatula would be best bet with a fried egg in a stainless pan.
- There's a reason short order cooks flip fried eggs by tossing them, instead of by spatula. If fried eggs are your life, it's a useful skill to learn ASAP. Practice on something easier, like old pancakes.
- Do not use margarine to cook eggs as it is normally 50 % water.
- Stainless steel won't season in the same way as carbon steel or cast iron. The same things that make it stainless are the things which prevent seasoning.
According to one article the trick to test the temperature is to drop a tiny bit of water in the pan, if it bubbles and glides along the pan the temperature is just right. If it instantly evaporates it is too hot. Add a little oil, If the oil smokes remove the pan from the heat before adding the eggs. Or medium low flame.
If you can't get the burnt on food off with a sponge after soaking, use salt or baking soda, and a tiny bit of water to scrub with. Do not ever use an abrasive scrubber and don't even think of using a dish washer!!!! Also soaking with borax and heating, will help loosen stuck on food, but that will take off a lot of the seasoning. Basically you have to re-season a pan every time you have to clean it!
I found naked aluminum pans for $15 with good handles (8 inch pan) but they need a seasoning just like the carbon steel pans (if you're going to cook eggs in them.) This also insulates the food from the aluminum.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Buckwheat (low carb non-wheat) toasted cooks faster and more evenly, but raw is cheaper to buy. Can be toasted in a wok.