Back from our October break. Last month, Soraj and I went to Thailand / Japan and Cindy and her family went to New York. You can read more about our Japan trip here. So because of the traveling we took a small break from our Thursday dinners. But we are back and excited to regularly share photos.
Pictured here are Momofuku’s Ginger Scallion Noodles served with a simple roast and pureed Kimchi. For dessert a Berry Crumble. The crumble was excellent and made us go back for seconds and thirds. The recipe is from our friend Linda’s food blog.
We just came back from a quick four day trip to Japan. We’ve been talking about going for a while and finally made it. We love Ramen and Sushi and were eating three full meals each day – all delicious. We had a guide name Junko on our first day and she showed us around Tokyo – from Tokyo station to Shibuya, Omotesando, Harajuku, the Meiji Shrine, the Emperial Palace Gate and Ginza, which was a lot of walking but it was great to see everything. On our own we made it to Kamakura, the Fish Market and did some shopping. We spent time at the Uniqlo, Muji, Daimaru and a few independent shops in the Shimokitazawa neighborhood. Not everyone speaks English when we ask for directions, but people were so kind and willing to help. The lovely couple in the last photo below walked us four blocks in the rain to show us to the Kinokuniya bookstore in Shinjuku. Can’t wait to go back.
Lanterns found (in Tokyo)
Prayers, written on wood and tied to a sacred tree
Our guide Junko
The Imperial Palace
Purifying water (at a Shinto Shrine)
Ramen and Foresta Dounuts
Autumn in Japan
Shops (in Shimokitazawa)
The kindness of strangers. These two walked us four blocks in the rain to make sure we found the Kinokuniya bookstore.
Simple and deliciously satisfying. Meatball is a great dish for large parties because you can make most of it ahead of time. Then as your guest arrive you can start slathering on your pre made sauce and into the oven they go.
We used the Meatball Shop’s Classic Meatball recipe. Plus lots and lots of minced garlic. We used nearly a hand full. Oh, and a little bit more salt too. Acme Bread was served on the side.
For dessert, an apple pie was made from Fuji apples. It turned out perfectly to my delight. All thanks to Pim’s One Pie Dough recipe.
There is enough seats for 8 on Thursdays around Cindy’s white marble table. Among us family and friends, we love Meyer lemon desserts and stew. So this weeks choice was an easy pick. Lemon Cream Tart from the Tartine cookbook and Slow-Cooker Beef Stew recipe from Real Simple Magazine over Polenta.
Every Thursdays Cindy and I get together and cook a meal. For the full story…
We decided to make something different this week, something I had not made before. We made Lasagna from scratch. I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out but when we pulled it out of the oven it smelled amazing and made everyone hungry. We’re very proud that most of us wanted to go for a second serving.
For the bottom layer, you lay out the pasta, then the Italian sausage and the Béchamel sauce. Repeat this 2 more times and top it off with pasta and a some Parmesan cheese. Bake it in the over at 375 degree for about 30 – 45 minutes. It should be bubbling around the edges and brown on top.
We served it with a simple arugula and avocado salad.
Ingredients for the filling:
1/2 pound of natural ground pork
1/2 pound of shrimp
1 TBS of grated ginger
3 TBS soy sauce
a bit of sherry wine, sugar, sesame oil and white pepper.
Everything goes in the food processor. Pulse until combined. When done you can fry up a small piece to make sure the flavor is right. At this point you can adjust.
Fill the wontons one by one. Bring water to a boil and add the wontons. Let boil for about 8 minutes. They should all float to the top when they’re done.