Foodie Friday: Tonjiru

While we were in Sydney last weekend, we visited my favourite bookstore ever: Kinokuniya. A while ago a realised that I didn’t have a single Japanese cookbook on my bookshelves, so I was on the hunt. I eventually settled on Everyday Harumi by Harumi Kurihara.

It was difficult to decide what to make first, but I eventually settled on tonjiru – miso soup with pork and vegetables. I love the taste of miso soup, and it’s great to add to it for a complete meal. The great thing about tonjiru is that you can really add whatever you want. I picked a mini cabbage, heirloom carrots and a baby leek from my garden.

The leek was left to one side, and I chopped up the cabbage and carrot, together with two potatoes. I reconstituted some wakame seaweed, and sliced some pork. Then the cooking was simple, but apparently fascinating to my cat Kaylee.

First I browned the pork. Then I added the vegetables, and covered with dashi stock (in hindsight, it would’ve been better if I hadn’t added the wakame until the very end, as it went a bit slimy). I simmered this until the potato was tender, then stirred through a couple of spoonfuls of red miso paste. Then it was simply a matter of serving it, topped with the sliced leek and a sprinkling of shichimi togarashi (Japanese seven spice).

This was such an easy, satisfying weeknight meal. If you’re looking for a recipe to use up any leftover vegetables you’ve got rattling around in your fridge, this is a great option.


Weekend Round-up: 29 September 2011

Spring is here, and along with it the first buds on one of my David Austin roses. I’m so excited to see it bloom – especially having never grown roses before.

With the warm weather coming (especially with the move to Brisbane), I’m thinking of picking up some gorgeous cotton prints and whipping up a few of these adorable skirts.

I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to bake something as much as I want to bake these White Peach, Rose and Basil Hand Pies.

And more baking: for the most part I loathe bananas, but I make an exception for banana bread. This recipe from Smitten Kitchen looks like one I’ll have to try out.

When we move to our new place, I want to celebrate by buying new tea towels (seriously, there are so many stunning ones out there). I think these gorgeous watercolour designs might have just moved to the top of my list.

The gorgeous blue embroidery definitely caught my eye in this article about stunning Castelo Branco embroidery from Portugal over at Feeling Stitchy.

Weekend Roundup: Apple Tree edition

Landscape With Tree (c) Dan Peretz

Landscape With Tree © Dan Peretz

We’ve got an inspection on Tuesday, which means a lot of cleaning this weekend. I’m preparing myself by looking at beautiful landscape photos (although this probably isn’t the wisest thing, since it’s sending my wanderlust into overdrive).

Here’s a peek at what’s been inspiring me this week. Have a lovely weekend!

  • I’ve only had apple chips once, but they were incredibly tasty and addictive, so I was thrilled to see this recipe for them. (A Beautiful Mess)
  • Purl Soho and Egg Press have teamed up to make this gorgeous seasonal embroidery kit. I can’t get enough of that wood grain! (Purl Bee)
  • I’d never heard of kokedama (a Japanese way of hanging plants) until I saw this tutorial. Now I want a balcony just so I can hang a series of them. (MAKE)
  • Aesthetic Outburst is releasing her book You Are Awesome: 21 Crafts to Make You Happy at the end of the month, and it’s filled with some of the most fun and ingenious craft ideas I’ve seen in a long time. (Aesthetic Outburst)
  • Jessica over at How About Orange used polycrylic to turn gorgeous origami blossoms into sturdy little sculptures – this has lots of potential for different decorating ideas. (How About Orange)
  • Finally, I might never be able to afford this stunning kilim runner, but in the meantime it’s causing all sorts of embroidery ideas to run through my mind. (Etienne)