Showing posts with label vegetables. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vegetables. Show all posts

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Aiko in Scones!

Dried Tomato, Herb and Cheese Scones

See what I made with the home-grown and home-dried plum tomatoes! :D

In addition to the dried tomatoes, I added dried herb (thyme and oregano) and grated cheese.
They look nice, don't they? As for the taste...  Well, this was definitely a healthy recipe. But I'm going to try a different scone recipe next time.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dehydrating Aiko!

A Variety of Plum Tomato Named "Aiko"

"Aiko" is a girl's name in Japan, but I'm not dehydrating a girl, of course, so don't worry. ;)
I'm just going to dry these cute, oval-shaped tomatoes! Oh, they would be great with pasta and pizza!!
Originally, my plan was sun-drying them. It sounded like the best method both taste-wise and nutrition-wise. HOWEVER, when I tried it about a week ago, I had to learn in a hard way that:
a) it takes more than one day to dry these juicy tomatoes, and
b) the half-dried tomato halves rot VERY easily  :(

So this time, first I sun-dried them on the beach, then...

... tried to finish them up in the oven @ 130 degrees C for about an hour.

When came out of the oven, still they were not quite dry yet, but I didn't continue the attempt any longer, being worried about the power bill. I decided to sun-dry them again the next day, but I was again worried about what would happen to them during the hot and humid night.  So I stored them in the fridge overnight, which was ... probably one of the major mistakes I make often ...??? They looked terribly soggy in the bag this morning! :O

Would these ever dry up ???

So finally... I asked a friend of mine to let me use this modern convenience.
Now, four hours later...

Tada ~ !!

Now I have these fragrant dried tomatoes on hand. It would have cost a lot if I had bought them at the store! Some of them turned out quite dry and others a bit moister, and I cannot decide whether to store them simply in an empty air-tight jar or in olive oil... or maybe I should freeze them?

Anyway, I can't wait to use them. :) Stay tuned for my posts about pizza and pasta with home-grown herbs AND these dried tomatoes which went through all three drying methods: sun-, oven- and food-dryer drying!! YAY! :D

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Kolokithokeftedes - Zucchini Meatballs


Kolokithokeftedes? I don't have a slightest idea of how to pronounce it. LOL
As far as I know, it's a Greek dish and the name means "zucchini meatballs." Right?

Ever since I gave it a try for the first time in June, 2009, this is "the must" dish for me when I have some home-grown zucchini on hand. It is because I was so fascinated by the meat-like taste of the deep-fried zucchini patties.

Now, I didn't have a success with my zucchini this year.  A few weeks ago, I complained on my FB page that my zucchini fruits grew to thumb size and rot.Then I realized that only two zucchini plants were not enough to have male and female flowers bloom at the same time, and I needed to give them hand pollination to have a decent harvest.

So I gave it a try, and had this result...

... and today I made Kolokithokeftedes after four years break since the first attempt!

If you're interested in the recipe, it's here.  But to tell you the truth, I never follow this recipe as is. (Of course. We can't find Feta cheese around here in the first place.)
Today, I skipped the parsley, potato and carrot, and used only these.

Yeah, the patties were a little too runny.

I have no idea what gives this meat-like flavor... Zucchini? Cheese? Both? It's amazing!
Today, the result was satisfactory, though probably I should have browned them more.

BTW, I think I like making Kolokithokeftedes without adding grated potato... It may make them more like potato pancakes if you added too much.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

My Heartfelt Thank You to Someone Who Invented Jam

Does anyone remember a movie, "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes?"   

I always order a pack of tomatoes through Co-op, which usually contains about 3 to 4 of them in a plastic pack. And last week, one of my relatives gave us a bagful of home-grown tomatoes -- 5 or 6 of them in a plastic bag.

So I asked mom NOT to buy tomatoes any more. I asked her TWICE.

And a few days ago, when a fruit vendor truck came, OF COURSE mom bought a bagful, which contained 6 ripe -- very ripe tomatoes!

Help! Tomatoes! And More Tomatoes are Coming...

Now, we still have tomato sauce in our freezer from two years ago. There is absolutely no room for another large ziploc bag filled with tomato sauce. So ... you know what's left to do.
Yes. Another jam-making therapy session this afternoon.
When making tomato jam, I always add a secret ingredient.
Well, maybe this is not a "secret" ingredient any more... I guess these days many people know this idea of adding a little pepper to jam to give it a little kick. Right?
I always use black pepper -- whole black pepper seeds. There's plenty left in the bag, by the way, because tomato jam and cherry tomato pickles are the only things that I use the pepper for.

Anyway, as in the title of this post, I really would like to thank the person who invented jam in the first place. Last month I fought against the invasive plant, Itadori (Japanese Knotweed) by making its young shoots into jam. And this time, these tomatoes.

HaHaHa... So, listen to me, fruits or vegetables or certain edible wild plants of the season! I'm not afraid of you any more! Come to my -- actually mom's -- kitchen anytime, and I'll make you into jam! No more waste! No more pulling my hair out saying, "AHHHHH What can I do with all these. They'll go bad soon!" HaHahaha....

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Food Photos from This Summer - August 2013 -

There was a local culinary event on the 5th of August and the majority of the photos on this post are from that day. To be perfectly honest, I didn't feel like that kind of event at all then. But I was asked to be a designated photographer that day and it was so obvious that everyone else was too busy for that role. Hence, these photos here. Don't they look gorgeous?
Wish I felt like tasting any of them that day, which I didn't.
From the Culinary Event @ New Sunpalace Muroto - August 5th

Fried Green Tomatoes -- My Fave Food with the Memories of Mississippi, U.S.A.

Don't worry.
Now it's September. And I'm pretty much recovered from that terrible experience. Actually, like everything else which I end up being involved with, there were many funny aspects involved in that incident, too. Maybe I would be able to laugh about them in a few years.
But for now, I'm just going to let the time pass, doing the things I can do/need to do and being as sincere as I can be. Oh, and also being open to the gifts that life can offer. That's all I can do now.

Food Photos from This Summer - July 2013 -

The photo at the bottom on this post was taken on the 13th of July. And it was the 14th when I caused a terrible car accident and my blogging had to come to a halt. Not just blogging... I thought I'd never be able to enjoy anything in life, at least for a while, since I caused two people to get injured in the accident. But thank goodness. The fact that you can see the August post of this series means that things moved forward. I'm writing this on Sep. 5th and the compensation for the broken properties and the injured persons is being taken care of, one by one. And I've started to enjoy life again... at least, once in a while...

Made Tomato Sauce and Sun-dried Tamatoes

Kamasu (Small Barracuda?) Sushi

Bullet Mackerel Confit and Lemon Pasta @ "Tonno" in Nahari Town

Egg Sandwich @ "Maze"

... hopefully as a bit more mature person. 


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