All recipes are for 2 servings unless noted. Oil is canola oil and salt is kosher salt.


Horenso no shami-ae / spinach with dried shrimp dressing

A light spinach side dish with a Chinese twist. Make sure to soak shami -- little salted dried shrimp -- long enough in water to get maximum flavor for the dressing.

1/2 of recipe: 25 calories; 2.4 g protein; 0.9 g fat; 2.4 g carbohydrate; 0.4 g net carbs; 75 mg sodium (with 50% reduced-sodium soy sauce); 8 mg cholesterol; 2.0 g fiber


Shimeji to shantoreru no momiji-oroshi-ae / grilled shimeji and chanterelle mushrooms dressed with citrus-flavored soy sauce, grated turnip and carrot

A dish featuring the colors of autumn and mushrooms in season. Fresh and sweet kabu turnip and carrot are grated to create an orange blanket for the mushrooms, which are grilled to intensify their taste and aroma. This mild dish is a great companion with something heavy or strong-flavored dishes.

1/2 of recipe: 22 calories; 1.9 g protein; 0.2 g fat; 4.9 g carbohydrate; 2.4 g net carbs; 43 mg sodium (with homemade ponzujoyu using 50% reduced-sodium soy sauce); 77 mg with regular soy sauce); 0 mg cholesterol; 2.2 g fiber


Shinjo no shiso-hasami-yaki / fried fishcake in perilla leaves

Shinjo or fluffy fishcakes sandwiched by perilla leaves are fried for a crispy outer crust and creamy inside texture.  Both shiso perilla and egoma perilla leaves work great.

1/2 of recipe:  137 calories; 10.0 g protein; 4.3 g fat; 12.1 g carbohydrate; 11.1 g net carbs; 232 mg sodium; 31 mg cholesterol; 0.7 g fiber


Hakkuruberii no taruto / huckleberry tart

Here is another delicious tart packed with little huckleberries! Paired with the ubiquitous crème d'amonde or almond cream, it's a foolproof recipe featuring an easy okara soybean pulp & almond flour crust. The tart tastes somewhat fluffy on Day 1, and becomes subtly moist on Day 2 forward.

Whole tart:
1,072 calories; 20.6 g protein; 82.1 g fat; 68.7 g carbohydrate; 52.3 g net carbs; 78 mg sodium; 260 mg cholesterol; 10.9 g fiber

1/8 slice:
134 calories; 2.6 g protein; 10.3 g fat; 8.6 g carbohydrate; 6.5 g net carbs; 10 mg sodium; 32.5 mg cholesterol; 1.4 g fiber


Hakkuruberii no makaron taruto / huckleberry macaron tart

A light tart filled with in-season huckleberries and topped with macaron -- meringue with almond flour. The macaron is crunchy on the surface on Day 1, and turns to the texture of sponge cake from the next day.

Whole tart:
850 calories; 24.2 g protein; 52.2 g fat; 79.8 g carbohydrate; 61.6 g net carbs; 121 mg sodium; 19 mg cholesterol; 12.7 g fiber

1/8 slice:
106 calories; 3.0 g protein; 6.5 g fat; 10.0 g carbohydrate; 7.7 g net carbs; 15 mg sodium; 2 mg cholesterol; 1.6 g fiber


Kabugohan / steamed rice with Japanese turnip

This is a simple steamed rice, but it reminds me of the warming and soothing rice porridge you would eat when not feeling well -- meaning, it offers that much tenderness. Kabu turnip is grated, and the pooled juice is used as part of cooking liquid in order to make the most of the vegetable's sweet taste. Very pleasant.

1/3 of recipe: 199 calories; 3.8 g protein; 0.5 g fat; 42.1 g carbohydrate; 40.7 g net carbs; 75 mg sodium; 0 mg cholesterol; 1.4 g fiber

1/2 of recipe: 298 calories; 5.7 g protein; 0.8 g fat; 63.2 g carbohydrate; 61.1 g net carbs; 113 mg sodium; 0 mg cholesterol; 2.1 g fiber


Dinner, October 8, 2016

Our town recently held its 15th annual Crab (and Seafood) Festival, and we decided to have our own crab dinner with leftovers from temakizushi hand-rolled sushi from the day before.

  • Kani-dashi no mukago gohan / steamed rice with mountain yam bulbs, cooked with crab shell broth
  • Kani shinjo no osuimono / clear soup with fish & crab dumplings, with Japanese turnip stems and chrysanthemum-cut carrot
  • Kani to yurine, ninjin no happa no kakiage, hanaho no tenpura / mixed tempura of crabmeat, lily bulb and carrot leaf, and green perilla flower spike tempura
  • Kani to kyuri, kikka no shoga amazu-ae / crabmeat, cucumber and chrysanthemum in ginger-flavored sweetened vinegar
  • Kanimiso-iri gomadofu / sesame tofu with crab "butter" (innards)
  • Yaki-shimeji no momiji-oroshi-ae / grilled shimeji mushrooms dressed with grated carrot & Japanese turnip and citrus soy sauce

A whole or half crab served with kanizu vinegar comes to mind when I hear "crab feast," but we had already shelled the crab the day before and used one-third in sushi. We had a bit more than a handful of crabmeat, lots of crab shell, and kanimiso crab butter, plus several other ingredients from the garden waiting their turn at our table.