Saturday, September 26, 2020

Saturday Morning Crepe Breakfast

It's been a long long time since I last made this crepe, and it was a great morning not to miss it.
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
1/3 C Flour
1/3 C Lactose Free Milk
Beat eggs with fork.  Add vanilla and flour.  Mix well.  Add lactose free milk 1 Tbsp at a time.  Mix until lumps mixed in.

Heat the pan.  Coat the pan with avocado oil and a slight circling of butter.
At low heat.
Spread half of the mixture onto the pan.
Using the Crepe stick, spread the batter in circular motion.

Turning the heat a bit higher, holding the pan with mitten about 2 inches up, circle the pan to cook the edge of crepe a bit crisp.

Your preference maybe a tender crumb.  I like mine with crispy shell, so you might want to turn yours over as soon as the batter looks a bit dry.  Before turn it over, put two thin slivers of butter.

The crepe will momentarily swell up.  Turn off the heat and transfer to the serving plate.

Turn it over.
Fill the center with favorite fruits and whip cream.
Roll.  Decorate with whip cream or powder sugar.


Green Onion Pancake with Chicken Luncheon Meat

 I am getting really good at making this onion pancakes - crispy outer layer shell with tender layers inside with tasty home grown green onions.  This time, I added chopped chicken luncheon meat.
I was watching the Japanese noodle master mixing his dough in the YouTube.  What I noticed is his patience in mixing a small amount of water into flour and forming a shaggy dough.   Then, he put a bit more water and continue with flour hydration by massaging the shaggy dough.  The process is repeated over and over until  the dough begin to form into a ball.  Then, it is kneaded a bit and rested.
So I have been copy catting the process and mixing the dough by hand.
2 C Flour. 1/2 C of Hot Water.  Drizzle hot water into flour.  Mix to form shaggy dough with chop sticks or hands.  Mixing for 2 minutes and continue drizzling hot water in, and form shaggy dough.
Once it feels quite hydrated, knead and form into a ball.  Once it is smooth. Cover and rest in refrigerator overnight or rest at least 30 min.  
Crop, rinse, and dry green onions enough to make 2 cups.
Chop no-sulfite, no preservative Chicken luncheon meat.
Take out and divide into halves.  Roll out.  Spread 1 Tbsp Avocado oil and fold.
Set it aside and roll out the other.  Spread 1 Tbsp oil and fold.
Roll out and top with chopped green onion and chopped chicken luncheon meat.  Sprinkle with some salt to taste.  1 Tbsp of avocado oil.  Spread evenly. 
Roll up.  Drizzle some oil on top of the rolled dough.
Roll out to flatten intermittently flipping the dough as you roll.
Heat the skillet with about 5 Tbsp of oil.
Place the dough in the heated skillet. Turn it over once immediately.  Cover. Cook for 2 minutes.
Turn it over and Cover.  Cook for 2 minutes to cook till golden.

Slice and serve.



 It's fun to make something different for birthday.  I decided to make MITARASHI DANGO for birthday.

As before in previous posts for MITARASHI DANGO, I decided to test cooking the MITARE  a bit different.  I heated sugar and soy sauce together.  As the sugar started to melt, I added only 150 ml of water and cook to reduce.  About 8 to 10 minutes into cooking, I mixed the 20 g of potato starch with 30 ml water.   Stir.  The mixture thickens.  This methods seem to have jelled up much faster than the previous few tries. 
Prepare the MITARE syrup.
 MITARE (sweet sauce for the DANGO)
Sugar 100 g
Soy sauce 50 ml
MIRIN   30 ml   (Japanese cooking wine)
Water 180 ml   - separate 150 ml   and 30 ml to mix with potato starch
Potato starch  - KATAKURIKO 20 g    (*or more - test it - DO NOT use CORN starch; arrow root starch is okay.)


The syrup should be thick enough to coat the Mochi Dango completely and not slipping off.

The DANGO Ingredients:

250 g GLUTINOUS RICE FLOUR (green bag)
Add 180 ml of warm water, and have another 180 ml of warm water ready.  (You might not need all of second cup of 180 ml warm water.)

Combine with warm water; mix.  Add other 180 ml of warm water 1 Tablespoon at a time.  Mix in until you have a soft supple dough - as soft as earlobe soft but not wet.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.   Put enough water for the dough ball to float during cooking,
Roll into a ball. Divide into quarters.
Roll one into a rope.
Cut into 14 g pieces - weighed on scale or just equally using cookie dough scoop.
Get a pot of water boiling to cook DANGO.
Hold the dough ball between the palms of your hands.  Press down to squash the dough between the palms at the same time you start rolling the dough in a circular motion until you feel the dough has coagulated smoothly into a ball. 

Place balls into the boiling water.    Cover the rest to keep from drying up.
Notice the water calm down as the water temperature changes after adding DANGO.  Stir once to keep DANGO from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
Get a bowl of cold water ready.    As the water come to boil, notice each DANGO begins to float.  Keep an eye to make sure the water do not boil over.  Cook the floating DANGO for 2 minutes.  Take one tester and cut it open.  Make sure it is translucent - no white dough.  When the steam clears, taste it. 
Transfer the cooked DANGO into cold water to cool.
At this time, if the DANGO is a large size one, you could fill it in to make other type of DANGO.

Skewer to strand 3 DANGO to a serving bamboo stick.
Coat with MITARE syrup.  Serve.


TOKOROTEN - Japanese Snack Noodle

 TOKOROTEN is not my favorite, but when it comes to hot summer day, it always make me to think about it.  I would go to the corner snack store and ask for it.  The store lady would bring out a bamboo tool - TENTSUKI and pass a jelly block through and out comes this beautiful jelly noodle.  Here is an exlanation from Wikipedia: 

Tokoroten (心太, ところてん) is a dish in Japanese cuisine made from agarophytes.

Then, a special TOKOROTEN sauce dresses it and it is served.  The interesting thing about it is that the taste to me is not wonderful or something I would really crave for, but it's like a hot summer without having a ice-cream cone.

I made a short cut and decided to boil this Potato Starch Noodles.  Then, I made the TOKOROTEN sauce, sprinkled some dry seaweed flakes. 

To make the vinegar sauce:
Combine 3 parts rice vinegar 
2 parts low sodium soy sauce.
1 part mirin - Japanese cooking wine.
               Sugar can be substituted for mirin in a pinch. 
Then, Slurp it goes.  Ahhh.... Really good.

Large Muffin Top Breakfast

To overcome some of the COVID-19 stay home and teleworking humdrum, I baked myself the large top muffins.


The original recipe name is Almond Crumb Top Muffins from my friend's aunt.   I made some modification to the ingredients.
Topping - Mix all of the followings together.
2/3 C Flour
2/3 C Brown Sugar
1 tsp Ceylon  Cinnamon
5 Tbsp butter, chilled, cut into small pieces
1/4 C Slivered Almonds 
1/4 C Raisins

Batter - Mix all of the followings together.  
Shift flour, baking powder, baking soda 3 times.  Add salt and mix well.
2-1/4 C Flour
2 Tbsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp salt

Mix the following well.   Beat egg and add sugar till foamy and pale.  Hand mix in milk, sour cream oil and zest. 
1 Egg
2/3 C Sugar
1/2 Milk
1/2 C Sour Cream
1/3 C Organic Avocado Oil
1 Tbsp Orange Zest.

Mix flour into egg mixture.
Preheat oven to 375'F - 400'F
Scoop batter equally onto large muffin top pan.  *If needed, coat with butter, than, flour to the mold.  Spread the topping on top of the muffin equally and bake for 10 min.  Check with tester.  If it comes out clean, it's done.

Freeze extras for another morning!