Japanese Ochazuke with Furikake

Japanese Ochazuke with Furikake

 

Japanese Ochazuke with Furikake

Japanese tea ceremonies are famous. In this dish, rice is submerged in green tea, hot or cold, and becomes wonderfully juicy and refreshing. Of course, we have a non-tea option as well. Ochazuke is a light one-bowl dish that offers a diverse selection of toppings. With fish, chicken, or eggs it turns into a complete dinner. Alternatively, use the Furikake seasoning on any dish where you want to add an Asian flavor note.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 lb salmon
  • 5 oz spinach or kale leaves
  • 4 green onions finely chopped
  • 8 cups steamed or cooked rice
  • 8 cups matcha or other green tea
  • soy sauce or tamari
  • oil

Furikake Culinary Spice Kit

  • Toasted sesame seed, white & black, roasted seaweed

Optional Toppings

  • wasabi paste
  • pickled ginger
  • chives chopped
  • Japanese crackers crushed in a plastic bag

Instructions
 

Prepare

  • In a PAN or OVEN (350°F), roast salmon on both sides until it's cooked through.
  • Add only a little oil if necessary.
  • Break the salmon flesh with a fork into bite-size flakes.
  • In a PAN, fry spinach in 2 tbsp oil over medium heat until just soft.

Serve

  • Serve rice, fish, tea, and toppings in separate BOWLS.

Assemble

  • Fill one cup of rice into a small BOWL.
  • Add salmon and spinach on top.
  • Fill BOWL up to 3/4 of the rice with hot or cold tea.
  • Sprinkle to taste with green onions, soy sauce, Furikake spices, and optional toppings. Enjoy!

Notes

▪ Substitute tea with a broth of your choice.
▪ Substitute salmon with a fish of your choice, egg omelet (cut into strips), poached eggs, or cooked shredded chicken.
Keyword seaweed roasted, sesame toasted
Peruvian Anticuchos

Peruvian Anticuchos

 

Peruvian Anticuchos

“Anti-cucho” translates most likely to 'cuts from the Andes region'. Anticuchos have a long history dating back to the pre-Columbian era of the Incas. Initially, they were made with llama meat. The Spaniards changed the meat, added new spices, and put the meat on skewers. Today, anticuchos are preferably made of beef heart, chicken, or steak and most popular during National Holidays and at summer barbecues.
Hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Peruvian
Servings 3 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb beef tenderloin or sirloin cut into thin 1-inch squares
  • 1 lb potatoes cooked or baked
  • 2-4 corn ears
  • 12 skewers*)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 cup parsley and/ or cilantro packed
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed
  • vinegar
  • oil
  • salt & pepper
  • !Culinary Spice Kit
  • Roasted garlic, Peruvian aji amarillo pepper, salt, cumin, black pepper, annatto

Notes

▪ Substitute beef with chicken breast or boneless pork chops, or with beef heart, the most popular version.
▪ Add to or substitute corn with onions, mushrooms, green asparagus, or bell peppers.
▪ Substitute corn ears with 3 cups frozen corn kernels and quickly fry them with the garlic in the PAN after the skewers are done.
▪ Add some fresh mint to the sauce.
*) Soak wooden skewers for 30 minutes in water before using them.
Keyword aji amarillo, annatto
Summer Aloo Gobi Matar

Indian Summer Aloo Gobi Matar

 

Summer Aloo Gobi Matar

Indian Summer Aloo Gobi Matar

Aloo Gobi Matar is a popular Indian curry with potato ("aloo"), cauliflower ("gobi"), and peas ("matar").  It's easy to make and quickly on your dinner table. We put our take on it with an ayurvedic spice blend that brings a touch of freshness to the dish, just right for the summertime. Alternatively, the spice blend makes an exotic rub for grilling.
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large potatoes cut into 1/2 inch dices
  • 1/2 head cauliflower cut into 1 inch florets
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1/2 inch ginger grated
  • oil
  • salt

Culinary Spice Kit

  • Fennel cumin, turmeric, coriander, cardamom

Optional

  • 1/2 lb chicken cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 can garbanzo beans rinsed

Suggested Sides

  • cooked Basmati rice
  • Indian flatbread

Instructions
 

  • In a large POT, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Add onions and cook until translucent.
  • Add garlic, ginger, Summer Aloo Gobi Matar spices, and tomatoes.
  • Cover and cook over low heat 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the potatoes and cauliflower.
  • Optionally, add chicken or garbanzo beans.
  • Add 1 cup of water and salt to taste.
  • Cover. Bring to a boil.
  • Turn heat to low and cook for 15 to 25 minutes until all ingredients are almost tender.
  • Check in between if it needs a bit more water.
  • Add peas. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Serve Summer Aloo Gobi Matar over rice and/ or with flatbread. Enjoy!

Alternative Grill Recipe

  • Rub Summer Aloo Gobi Matar spices and salt to taste into 1 lb chicken pieces, fish fillet, or steak.
  • Grill until browned and cooked through.
  • Let rest for 5 minutes. Enjoy!

Notes

▪ Substitute water with coconut milk, heavy cream, or
yogurt.
▪ Alternative, rub Summer Aloo Gobi Matar spices and salt to taste into 1 lb chicken pieces, fish fillet, or steak.
Fry over high heat until brown and cooked through.
Greek Souvlaki

Greek Souvlaki

 

Greek Souvlaki

Greek Souvlaki

Souvlaki is one of many national Greek dishes. Marinated meat is grilled on a stick and eaten straight off the skewer. The origins of souvlaki date back to ancient Greece where pieces of meat were grilled on a spit. During the Medieval era, Greek street vendors sold souvlaki in bread. However, in Turkey, it's believed that the Turkish shish kebab found its way to Greece and became the Greek souvlaki.
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb pork tenderloin or lamb shank cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 English cucumber grated
  • 1-2 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic or more to taste, grated
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 4-12 skewers

Culinary Spice Kit

  • Oregano, garlic, dill weed, ground dill seeds, cinnamon, mint, chili, nutmeg

Optional Vegetable Addition for Skewers

  • 1-2 zucchini or bell pepper cut into 1/2-inch pieces or slices
  • 1 medium onion quartered

Suggested Sides

  • flatbread pita
  • French fries
  • baked potatoes wedges
  • cooked rice

Instructions
 

Prepare

  • In a CONTAINER, add 1/8 cup lemon juice, 1/8 cup olive oil, and Souvlaki spices. Mix well.
  • Add meat and salt to taste. Mix well.
  • Let marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Thread meat onto skewers.
  • Optionally, add vegetables in between.

Tzatziki

  • In a BOWL, add cucumber, garlic to taste, yogurt, and 2 tbsp olive oil. Mix well.
  • Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Grill

  • Grill or fry the skewers until cooked and browned on all sides.

Serve

  • Sprinkle 1-2 tbsp lemon juice over the meat.
  • Serve Souvlaki with Tzatziki and preferred sides.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

▪ Substitute pork with chicken breast or thighs, beef tenderloin, or 8 oz halloumi cheese.
Keyword dill, mint, nutmeg, oregano

Spice Up Your Drinks

Spice Up Your Drinks

with Cardamom

Indian Mango Lassi

Indian Mango Lassi

Ingredients

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 mango

Optional

  • honey to taste
  • 1 tsp pistachios

Culinary Spice Kit

  • cardamom seeds

Instructions

    1. In a BLENDER, mix yogurt and ¼ tsp pure cardamom seeds or more to taste until the seeds are “gone”.
    2. Add the flesh of the mango.
    3. Blend until smooth.
    4. Optionally, season with honey to taste.
    5. Fill in a glass.
    6. Optionally, sprinkle with ground pistachios or ground cardamom.

    Enjoy!


    Indian Mango Lassi Honey

Cardamom Coffee

Cardamom Coffee

Ingredients

  • coffee beans or ground coffee

Culinary Spice Kit

  • cardamom seeds

Instructions


Option 1

  1. Place 1/4 tsp whole cardamom seeds into a coffee filter.
  2. Fill ground coffee for 1 cup of fresh coffee into the filter.
  3. Place the filter on a coffee cup.
  4. Pour boiling water over the coffee until the cup is filled.

Option 2

  1. Place 1/4 tsp whole cardamom seeds and coffee beans for 1 cup of fresh coffee into a coffee grinder.
  2. Fill ground coffee-cardamom blend into a coffee filter.
  3. Place the filter on a coffee cup.
  4. Pour boiling water over the coffee until the cup is filled.

Enjoy!


Notes

It works with espresso as well.

Indian Mango Lassi Honey

Indian Mango Lassi

Indian Mango Lassi Honey

Indian Mango Lassi

Cuisine Indian
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 mango

Optional

  • honey to taste
  • 1 tsp pistachios

Culinary Spice Kit

  • cardamom seeds

Instructions
 

  • In a BLENDER, mix yogurt and ¼ tsp pure cardamom seeds or more to taste until the seeds are “gone”.
  • Add the flesh of the mango.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Optionally, season with honey to taste.
  • Fill in a glass. Optionally, sprinkle with ground pistachios or ground cardamom. Enjoy!
    Indian Mango Lassi
Keyword cardamom seeds