Spring is most definitely here. No complaints from me about the sudden increase in temperature. Spring fashion, food, BBQs, sunshine and swimming in the sunshine, those are amongst some of what I look forward to in the coming weeks. Only one thing which stands between me and my sunshine fun times is…..W.O.R.K.
Holidays are most definitely over when that word enters my mind. It’s looking like that time again to get planning for the kiddies at school and less time planning for what I want to eat next. Och well…
I have a fridge full of goodies and a lot of recipe ideas up my sleeve… So exciting 😀 Keep your eyes peeled for those.
On tonight’s menu we have;
Ginger & Mushroom Sticky Rice served with a colourful mixed salad of tofu, broccoli strawberries and umeboshi.
Ingredients (Ginger Rice)
- 30g Ginger
- 2 cups rice
- 400ml Konbu Dashi
- 100g mushrooms (I used shitake)
- 1tbsp light soy sauce
- 1tbsp Mirin
- 1tbsp Sake
- wash and drain your rice
- then simply add all the ingredients into the rice cooker and set to cook
- The rice should come out slightly sticky
- I garnished this dish with a wedge of lemon juice and nanohana (rape seed)
A few interesting facts about this edible flower, nanohana or rapeseed in English
菜の花 NANOHANA Rapeseeds, Canola
Rapeseeds are high in carotene, vitamin C, iron, potassium and calcium. Rapeseed is a well balanced nutritional vegetable. When you steam them, steam for only a short time, otherwise you will lose the vitamin C. It’s said that rapeseed is good for your immune system. It also helps reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The spicy component is allyl isothiocyanate which is known to help prevent and fight against cancer and blood clots.
You can boil or steam this vegetable to enjoy as a side dish or use it for tempura.
I intend to upload the images for this recipe later so please check back to see how it turned out. I will also write up the yummy salad recipe which I served along side it.
I am very much satisfied with this dish. I love its fresh flavours (ginger being one of my favourites), also its ease of preparation amongst other things. Find out for yourself and let me know how you get on.
For now I have to head off to study a little more Japanese.
Catch you later