Tag Archives: Rare & Unusual Foods

Playing Swedes

It’s gravlax time of course!  This batch was highly praised by the memsahib, and the regulars at my local izakaya.  Raw salmon was bought at Costco.

Faggot time!

Highly economical, highly delicious English-recipe faggots.

I used a mixture of pork belly, liver and heart (no lungs were on sale at my local supermarket).  They still came out very delicious.

Helping keep hovercraft clean everywhere

Sign of spring!

For the Grinder…

Mazzafegati!  According to the R&P recipe (fresh, non-fermented, with pine nuts, wine and lots of orange rind)!

She Rises! (and a few other octopus-related photos)

The tako-ojisan makes an appearance (I’m wearing a mask because of a cough and I am preparing food for all the family, not because I am some germ-obsessed lunatic).  Here the octopus have been de-slimed (using Captain Yutaka’s secret method) and are ready for eating/cooking…

Somewhat inevitably, the takoyaki machine was wheeled out.

Dessert was takomeshi (one-pot octopus and rice) made conveniently in the rice cooker:

My memory after these dishes becomes a little patchy, but the octopus was delicious and it is all thanks to Captain Yutaka of Yutakamaru, sailing from Nakaminato Harbour, Ibaraki!

Jurassic breakfast

Courtesy of Mr. S., a gift from Hokkaido!

Happy (very belated) St. Leonard’s Day!

No eunuchs, Morris dancers or even bearded ladies appeared at my house, but I did want to upload some photos of cuttlefish cooking on the day.  First things first, on Captain Ohta’s recommendation I made a dish of cuttlefish legs braised in mashed cuttlefish livers, chilli oil and sake – a heady dish that brought gout to mind.

kimoni

After this there was a salad of raw cuttlefish, onions and peppers with Sicilian green dressing (finely chopped coriander leaf and capers, olive oil, vinegar) which perhaps offset the unhealthiness of the previous dish.

salad

The day’s proceedings were brought to an end by a stir-fry of cuttlefish and vegetables in XO and yellow bean jian.

stir fry

Of course breakfast next day was cuttlefish!  Mixed with natto and a raw egg and shiso leaves: death to some, Ambrosia to others…

ikanatto