It was a tough week – cooking something light for Sunday dinner

The second Sunday night cooking after we came back from 2 weeks holiday in Germany. That week was so tough, as I was going through the laid off issue at work, too crazy and tired to deal with. Finally weekend, and I did feel a lot better! Craving for Japanese, and I wanted to cook this miso black cod for quite some time, why not doing it then?!

I was thinking to make the vegetable udon which is light and my husband loves it! So, miso black cod and vegetable udon for sure! Let’s see what else should I cook? The first place I go check out was that store right next door, selling Japanese imported food. I found what I needed for udon and black cod, I also found some Japanese green pepper which is hard to find in those regular super market. On top of that, I bought this chicken sausage  with chicken bone on it. Nice touch, but let’s see how does it taste.

First of all, we need to marinate the black cod. I was trying to follow the recipe of Nobu, but then I realised that I should marinate the black cod 3 days in advance!!! Errrrrr……… forget it! I am going to marinate that for 2 to 3 hours only, that’s the best I can do now, and see how that going to taste. I might try to make it 3 days in advance next time. I do not have mirin with me, so I just heat up some sake, let it burn and then add white miso paste and sugar. Cool down the mix when everything is fully dissolved, and put the black cod in the sauce and let it marinate for few hours in the fridge, of course the best would be 2 to 3 days. I am going to cook the fish with the sous vide, so place it in the vacuum bag and bathe in 50C hot water for 18 minutes. Then fry it with butter in a hot pan until both side turn brown, and I have to say it is really tasty!!! Next time I will try to marinate them for 2 to 3 days and see what is the difference.

Before eating the black cod with vegetable udon as main course, I cooked the Japanese mini green pepper and chicken sausages as our starter. I am not going to write about the udon, as I had this in one of my blog already. For the green peppers, it’s easy, instead of grill them, I fry them with hot pan, and simply season them with salt, pepper and some paprika. They are just so delicious, and we can just keep eating them if we have more! The chicken sausages are also quite tasty, I should come up with my own one next time. Keeping the bone and use the chicken meat to make my own sausage!

Go with cold sake, and what a nice Japanese dinner!!!

 

Celebrate our anniversary in a Spanish way – Tapas with Sangria

I am so busy lately, too much to do at work, could not put myself together to write anything. Too busy but would not stopped myself for cooking, especially on our anniversary. It’s just I do not have time or energy to write… So, after almost a week, I would like to share with you on the tapas I’ve put together for our anniversary dinner.

My inspiration of this dinner was from one of this cooking show on TV, the lady in the show, not sure about her name, was cooking these 2 simple dishes, mushroom and sausage, that inspired me to cook ourselves some tapas that night. Went to do grocery, and I am planning to put together 5 to 6 dishes of tapas. Tapas should not be too big in portion, should have more varieties than have one big portion. So, other than mushroom and sausage, I planned to cook also potatoes, cherry tomatoes with pancetta, shrimp and maybe something else. I started with the potatoes, chopped them into small cubes. Heat up the pan with some butter, fry the potatoes and season them with salt, pepper, red chili flakes and some oregano. Place them in the plate or bowl when they are done, and garnish them with some chopped basil. Next one I work on the mushrooms, once again heat up the pan with butter, this time also with some garlic and a bit of red chili. Fry the mushrooms until they turn soft and season them with a bit of salt, pour some red wine in the pan, let them cook and let those mushrooms soaked with red wine. Serve when they are ready and garnish with chopped basil as well. For the shrimps, heat up the pan with butter, and then put some minced garlic, red chili and chopped parsley into the pan. Simple and easy, just fry the shrimps until they are done without overcooking them, season them with a bit of salt and pepper.

Let’s get the ball rolling, next one is the cherry tomatoes with pancetta. Heat up the pan with olive oil, then put some garlic and red chili, fry the pancetta until it’s almost done. Then, put the cherry tomatoes in, and cook them together for a bit, no need to put salt, as the pancetta should be salty enough, put some chopped parsley before serving.

The one requires a bit more work is the sausage. First of all, we need to work on the minced pork. Put the minced pork in a bowl, add two chopped shallots or half red onion, minced garlic, salt, pepper and oregano. Watch out the portion of salt, do not add too much, as the prosciutto we are going to put later on will add the taste of savory to the meat. Finally add some breadcrumbs and then mix them well together, that will be the filling for the sausage. Now, lay one piece of prosciutto out, then place some filling on top, and then roll them into a little sausage. I didn’t get enough prosciutto, because that lady in the shop misunderstood me for 200 gms as 100 gms. Fry those sausages with oil when they are done. I have some leftover of the mined pork, so I tried to put together some meatballs after finishing the sausage. Unfortunately, I just found out that the tomato puree in the fringe is already finished. So, I just make the meatball in a different way, with some Parmesan cheese and garnish with some chopped basil. Serve all tapas with slices of baguette, of course a jar of Sangria is good to go with this Spanish night.

Happy Anniversary!