Japanese Food

Furikake Salmon and Steamed Broccoli

It's Sunday night, dinner time and you don’t feel like cooking. This Furikake Salmon truly is the easiest recipe on the planet.  I'm not sure where this recipe originated, I think it was passed through one of our relatives or through a church cookbook.  The original had only mayonnaise and furikake but I doctored it up a bit to make it a bit more complex by adding flavor to the mayo mixture. Complex in flavor but by no means complex in preparation.  It uses Japanese furikake which is a condiment that includes nori and sesame seeds and is traditionally sprinkled over rice.  Make some rice and steamed broccoli and you have a go-to easypeasyjapanesey meal.

Furikake Salmon with Steamed Broccoli

ふりかけ さけ

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

1 large salmon fillet, skin on

¼ cup mayonnaise

1 tbsp soy sauce, preferably low-sodium

1 tsp sesame oil

¼ cup nori-gomifurikake or try delicious home-made furikake from the Raw Spice Bar which you can get here.

Directions:

  1. Set oven to broil.

  2. Place salmon, skin side down on a baking sheet lined with foil.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, soy sauce, and sesame oil.

  4. Spread evenly in a thin layer over the salmon with a spatula. Sprinkle furikake over the salmon evenly to lightly coat.

  5. Either de-skinned or skin on - depending on if you are using the skin, place the salmon in the oven on the bottom rack.

  6. Broil until just done, about 10 minutes depending on thickness of salmon (do not overcook).

  7. Slice in 2-to-3-inch portions (skin should easily remove if you aren't broiling it separately), and serve with desired accompaniments. 

  8. Sprinkle crumbled up salmon skin on top if you choose to do this step.

Steamed Broccoli

Ingredients:

1 head of broccoli, separated, stems cut

1/2 teaspoon sea salt or 1/2 chicken bouillon cube crumbled

1 teaspoon sesame oil

Directions:

  1. Use a double boiler with steam insert.

  2. Add 1/4 inch water in the bottom of the pan.

  3. Add broccoli (stems too). Bring to a boil and steam for about 5 minutes.

  4. As broccoli is steaming, prepare an ice water bath.

  5. Remove broccoli and submerge in ice water to prevent overcooking and keep it green.

  6. Strain and sprinkle with salt or chicken bouillon and drizzle with sesame oil.

  7. Mix together and serve room temperature.

My Japanese Candy Box Review and Contest!

I'm doing some consulting work for a subscription box company and in my research stumbled upon a website for all kinds of subscription boxes. This one caught my attention. It's called japancandybox.com and you guessed it, every month based on the subscription plan you choose - they'll send you a super cool box filled with interesting, delicious and unique Japanese treats.  Each box has 8-10 different candies or snacks and it's FREE SHIPPING. They run about $20 a box (unless you opt for 6 months or more and then it's discounted) but the value is definitely more than that. I'm hooked. 

It was so fun getting my box and opening it with my kids. Can you imagine their excitement when I told them we HAD to try each of the candies and they had to tell me what they thought of each one?  Let me show you what we found inside. SO FUN! 

Maggie and her friend Emma after we opening the box! 

Maggie and her friend Emma after we opening the box! 

Here's what the May box came with along with our feedback:

Kracie Popin Cooking Ramen DIY Kit - The coolest thing ever. We made ramen out of a kit and it all tasted like candy - gummy, sweet, lemony gooey candy. Not super edible but really fun to make. And yes, that is a tiny tiny bowl of ramen with fake egg and kamaboko on top and yes, those are mini dumplings filled with a sugar confetti candy bits. Delicious and kind of serendipitous given I wrote a book on ramen!  

Bourbon Fettucine Peach Gummies - Our favorite. Sour, tangy, sugary peachy, just delicious and shaped like fettucine noodles. Those Japanese, so creative! 

Shin Chan Ramune Candies - You know the Japanese soda in a glass bottle with the marble on top that you can't get out?  So these taste like little ramune jawbreakers. Funny packaging with a boy pulling his pants down from behind. Those Japanese, so crazy! 

Coris Shari To Puru Gum - Packed with flavor, tart apple flavored gum with a jelly filling.  My personal favorite because of the delicious apple flavor. 

Meiji Wata Pachi Ramune Gum - Tasted like ramune soda flavored fizzy cotton candy. Unique and not like any gum we've had before - it fizzed in your mouth and slowly turned into gum - weird but good! 

Doraemon Green Tea Chocolate - Cute Japanese Anime character Doraemon with strong green tea and chocolate flavor encased in a light crispy wafer. A bit dry but very flavorful. 

GyoGyoGyo Taste Changing Gum -Cool because you could break apart different flavors in little segments and combine them to make combined flavors. 

Tohato Yokai Watch Caramel Corn - Butterscotch caramel corn, crunchy and sweet - as if Pirate Booty and Caramel Corn had a baby. 

Tohato Kotsubu Breano Pea Snacks - Pea flavored, crunchy a little lacking in flavor but seemed pretty healthy. Reminded us of those snap pea crisps. 

Glico Calpico Mini Ice Cream Snack - A sweet chocolate filling inside a light and sweet wafer. Simple but yum. 

Ryan and Ellie were beyond thrilled when they came home to a tasting table of Japanese treats. And all of this BEFORE dinner...made their day!

Ellie said, "This is awesome!" 

Japancandybox.com also gave me a contest to run for one of you lucky peeps to win a free box of candy so enter now for a chance to WIN! 

Roasted Nori

Roasted Nori (Seaweed) Makes as much as you need

Prep time: 2 minutes

These days you can find roasted and flavored seaweed in grocery stores, coffee shops, even vending machines. I prefer to roast my own because I feel like some of the varieties out there are too oily or don’t stay crispy when you eat it with steamed rice. If you purchase a package of seaweed made for sushi in big sheets, you can roast these over an open gas flame in seconds. I promise you'll never go back to those instant packs. These are crispier, tastier and you can make much more for the cost.

Ingredients:

Japanese nori (seaweed) in sheets

cooking spray or sesame oil

Directions:

  1. Spray both sides of each sheet of seaweed with cooking spray or take a folded paper towel with some sesame oil on it to apply.
  2. Over a low flame on a gas stove, gently waft the seaweed back and forth on both sides until the seaweed crisps up.
  3. Set the finished roasted seaweed sheets on a paper towel and repeat with additional sheets.
  4. Sprinkle each sheet with sea salt and stack them about 4 or 5 high.
  5. Cut into fourths with a sharp chef's knife or with kitchen shears.

Here's a short tutorial video on how it's done! http://youtu.be/4nbZ4g3wFCM

Easy-peasy Japanesey video debut!

It was a labor of love but my video was recently completed and will hopefully help an interested publisher who sees my cookbook proposal to also put a face with the name. It will be worth watching, I promise!  Also, a big favor to ask of you - my recent assignment from my editor and agent are too beef up my social media - so please help me by also liking my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/easypeasyjapanesey - if you already have, then THANK YOU! The video is a visual on one of my most popular blog posts called "Just roll with it, it's a sushi party for everyone!"  It's a quick tutorial on how I put together a make your own sushi night at our house with some tricks from my mom on using a sharp knife and cooking rice.  If you look closely at the end, you'll see that my daughter's hand is completely covered in black paint.  It makes me laugh to know that we didn't even wash her hands before eating!  Oh well!  Hope you enjoy! [wpvideo tPgVbwfn]

Here's a link to the original post about how to make everything you need for your own sushi party! >> http://wp.me/p1L4Tl-2F