Apart from making all sorts of warm lunches and one really basic dinner instructed by my mom I had never really tried cooking. But now I discovered a Japanese cooking channel on YouTube called Cooking With Dog(don't worry, it's just with a dog sitting next to the woman cooking, they don't teach you how to prepare one).
I was addicted instantly and saw most videos a bunch of times already. Immediately I started planning dinners and went to buy all the ingredients for all sorts of dishes.
First things I made were the Japanese sweets Tofu Dango with different toppings. This is the instruction video:
It is the most healthy Japanese candy and it was quite easy to make and tasted very good
I also thought it was time to properly make sushi, so I got sushi rice and even Dashi Kombu the seaweed they steam it with.
Here's my california roll and salmon filled onigiri.
Apart from that I also prepared a few side dishes. Japanese style spinach omelet and my absolute favorite: honey seasoned pumpkin! This is one of the best things I have ever tasted and it wasn't hard to make at all.
I slightly changed the instructions, because I didn't want to deep fry it. Here's the altered recipe.
- Kabocha, which is a pumpkin like these(it might be hard to slice, but it's worth it)
- Roasted black sesame seeds
- Vegetable oil
Cut the pumkin into pieces ( I made them about 1" by 2").
Put them in a plastic microwavable container along with some water.
Microwave for 4 minutes.
Take the skin of(it's easier to do so after it's boiled) and cut in half.
Put a bit of oil into a pan and bake till the become a bit golden brown on either side.
Pour a bit of honey over it and sprinkle with the sesame seeds, mix to evenly spread it. Do this according to taste.
So this was the entire menu of my very first dinner, not bad right? Do you recall what you first made?
Next up will probably be Udon and Mochi. Have you ever tried your hand at Japanese cuisine? I'd love to hear about it.