Tonight we had Japanese curry カレーライス, made with pork. But what made it special was that this recipe is a favorite of Mariko’s friend, and includes plenty of fresh puréed apples. The sweetness tasted great, but I had to add a Serrano pepper (not pictured) from the garden to my curry to bring up the heat level to my liking. 🌶️ 🔥 😄
Now that the weather is changing, it’s time for our favorite Japanese cool-weather foods: curry, oden, and nabé. Those are good anytime, but especially welcome in the colder months.
Mariko and I went to Komé Sushi Kitchen for a saké pairing dinner. I don’t know much about saké except that I enjoy it (Mariko makes fun of me because I usually just say, “This is good. I like it.”) but I though this would be a good opportunity to get some education. I admit that I might not have learned much (my fault, not Komé’s that’s for sure), but I sure enjoyed the food that was paired with the saké. The sushi was fantastic. ❤️ 🍣
For the record, I enjoyed the Kuroushi saké the most. 🍶 😊
Mariko recently bought some matsutake mushrooms and we enjoyed them in a yummy rice dish. Matsutake mushrooms are pretty expensive, but Mariko got a great deal on them and the quality (I’m not the best judge on that) seemed pretty good. I mean, I thought the rice was delicious, so hey, it was at least “good-enough” quality, right? 😊
Mariko also grilled saba (mackerel), shishito peppers, and prepared a simple salad. A perfect Japanese home-style meal to have with the mushroom rice.
Mariko had to work tonight, but she left some oyakodon half prepped for Koa and I on the stove. All I had to do was to add three mildly beaten eggs to the already cooked chicken in broth and cook to the desired done-ness before putting it over a bowl of rice, which was in the cooker and timed to be finished at 6:30 pm. Yay! By the way, oyakodon is my favorite food. It’s just a simple comfort food, but I just love it. Oyakodon and okonomiyaki are probably tied for the top spot… I could live off of these two dishes for the rest of my life. (and sushi, curry, burgers, pizza, burritos, ramen, Jamaican patties. etc… 😆)