Gyudon (Japanese Beef Rice Bowl)

Gyudon (Japanese Beef Rice Bowl)

On my trips to Japan i fell in love with this tasty dish. I had it for lunch quite a lot, and back home, I quickly tried to recreate it. Its basically thin sliced beef braised in typical japanese flavors (almost the same as the famous teriyaki sauce) In this version i also included mushrooms, that I really like together with the beef (purist can leave them out!). Finally this dish also provided an excuse to use the bowl and carp-chopstick holder I bought while visiting.

Recipe

  • Steamed rice
  • Thinly sliced beef
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Pickled ginger
  • Mirin (sweet sake)
  • Soy sauce
  • Sugar
  • Dashi powder

Slice the beef as thinly as posible, cut the onion and mushrooms into slices.

Combine mirin, soy, sugar and dashi in a pan. Add the onion, mushrooms and simmer for a couple of minutes. Add the beef and let it simmer for another couple of minutes.

Add the rice to a bowl and put the beef mixture on top. Garnish with pickled ginger.

ENJOY !

 

"Quer durch die Küche" Potato Salad

“Quer durch die Küche” – Pesto Potato Salad

This one goes out to my Mother. She has a talent to cook up amazing dishes, only using what she has lying around. She calls this “Quer durch die Küche” (straight through the kitchen). I had some small potatoes, so I made a potato salad with a parsley-hazelnut pesto, avocado and parma ham.

Recipe

  • Small potatoes
  • parsley
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Hazelnuts
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Chili
  • Garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Avocado
  • Parma ham
  • Radishes

Cook the potatoes in salted water for about 10-15 min.
Toast the hazelnuts in another pan.
Combine parsley, chili, garlic, hazelnuts and parmesan in a pestle & mortar and pound… Add olive oil until you have a fine paste. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice
Drain the potatoes and combine with the pesto. Chop the radishes, cut the parma ham and avocado into strips and add everything to the dish.

ENJOY !

 

Chorizo Penne

Chorizo penne

I’m quite fond of fast and easy pasta dishes. The sauce can be made in the time the pasta takes to cook, so there is no excuse for a hot supper 🙂  I was going for spanish inspired flavors, as I had some chorizo lying around. To balance the salty flavor I included capers and sweet red pepper, for color some baby spinach.

Recipe

  • Pasta Penne
  • Chorizo
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Baby spinach
  • Chopped red bell pepper
  • Capers
  • Vinegar
  • Tomato ketchup

Start cooking the Pasta..
Dice and fry the chorizo, chop the onion, garlic and bell peper and fry in the same pan.
Add capers, a splash of tomato ketchup and vinegar. Add some of the pasta cooking water
Rinse the spinach and add to the pan.
Season with salt&pepper
Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce .

ENJOY !

 

Creamy spinach & bacon penne

Creamy spinach & bacon penne

Another quick, everyday pasta dish. The simple ingredients combine to give a tasty and filling meal.

Recipe

  • Pasta Penne
  • Bacon
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Spinach
  • Cream
  • Nutmeg

Start cooking the Pasta..
Fry the bacon, remove from the pan (including most of the bacon fat), place on kitchen paper to drain.
Chop the onion and garlic and fry in the same pan.
Rinse the spinach and add to the pan.
Add the cream, season with nutmeg, salt&pepper
Drain the pasta and combine it with the sauce and bacon.

ENJOY !