Kitchen Culture Cooking Club

EXPLORE and PRACTICE Japanese cooking in your own kitchen

About Kitchen Culture Cooking Club

Welcome to the Kitchen Culture Cooking Club, a community space providing encouragement to those who want to EXPLORE and PRACTICE Japan’s washoku wisdom in their own kitchens.

To facilitate this, themed projects will be posted to this page periodically. Project Assignments and links to relevant reference material stored on this site will be posted to this page. Anyone, anywhere in the world, with a sincere interest in Japanese food culture is welcome to browse the contents of this page and then replicate the themed project in their own kitchen.

For those who wish to display-and-discuss their projects with like-minded people, I invite you to become a member of the KITCHEN CULTURE Cooking Club Facebook Group (formerly the TSUDOI Project), an interactive community space. If you are not already a member, please apply. Members are encouraged to post photos and a short description of what they make in their own kitchens in accordance with the chosen theme.

 

PROJECT Adzuki: Sweet & Savory

PROJECT Adzuki: Sweet & Savory

The adzuki bean 小豆 plays a prominent role in Japanese cookery, especially in the making of sweets… though savory dishes also abound. This Kitchen Culture Cooking Club PROJECT is about  exploring the many possibilities.

I provide one sweet recipe for TSUBU AN (chunky red bean jam) and one savory recipe for SEKIHAN (festive red rice and beans) to get you started. Further suggestions below in the captions to the images.

Try making one or more dishes with ADZUKI beans. Please track your kitchen activity with photos and a brief description. Then post your ADZUKI ADVENTURES to the Kitchen Culture Cooking Club.

Looking forward to seeing what you make in YOUR kitchen!

The SWEET SIDE of ADZUKI

Pictured above from top left, clockwise: DORA YAKI pancakes with tsubu an filling. GRIDDLE CAKES topped with tsubu an and ice cream (kuro mitsu black sugar syrup in the small pitcher), tsubu an topping for SOFT SERVE ice cream, OGURA TOAST, a specialty of Nagoya where thick white bread is toasted and slathered with tsubu an and topped with a pat of butter.

The SAVORY SIDE of ADZUKI

Pictured above from top left, clockwise: SEKIHAN festive red rice with adzuki beans. ITOKO NI kabocha simmered with adzuki beans (recipe pg. 206 WASHOKU), KOROKKE kabocha croquettes with adzuki beans (recipe pg. 118 KANSHA), ADZUKI SALAD with tomatoes and scallions.

Head to the Kitchen Culture page for more about adzuki beans.

My November 2022 NEWSLETTER is about Shichi Go San
celebration of children (girls aged 3 and 7; boys aged 5).

Recipes and Resources

Stock (Dashi)

Dashi stock is essential to making soups and simmered or stewed dishes. Dashi is also used when making many egg dishes and all sorts of sauces, dips and dressings. Using good dashi will make a noticeable difference in the outcome of so many dishes you prepare.

Click to download recipes for (vegan) Kelp Alone Stock or Standard Sea Stock + Smoky Sea Stock

How to Cook Rice

In Japanese, the word for cooked rice, ご飯 GOHAN, is the same as the word for a meal, ご飯 GOHAN. Indeed rice is central to the meal.  Download the Rice with Mixed Grains recipe.

How to Prepare Sushi Rice

Sushi dishes are made with rice that has been seasoned (with sweetened vinegar) AFTER being cooked. Download the Classic Sushi Rice recipe.

Quick Pickles

The Japanese enjoy a wide variety of tsukémono pickles, many can be assembled quickly and are ready to eat within a short time.

Download a recipe for Quick-Fix Hakusai Cabbage.

ADZUKI red beans

ADZUKI red beans

小豆・あずきADZUKI   (Vigna angularis) Written with calligraphy for "small" and "bean" these diminutive (about 1/4-inch, less than 1 cm) red beans play an important role in Japanese cookery, appearing in both savory dishes and in sweets. There are several varitites...

Salmon

Salmon

Four varieties of wild-caught salmon are commonly available in markets around the Pacific rim. Left, top to bottom + right: Sockeye (beni-zaké in Japanese) Coho (gin-zaké in Japanese) Chum (aki-zaké in Japanese) Chinook (kingu samon, in Japanese) 鮭・さけ・SAKÉ SALMON Fish...

Project Salmon

Project Salmon

SALMON・鮭・SAKÉ PROJECT SALMON is about preparing salmon, and sharing with fellow members of the Kitchen Culture Cooking Club a salmon dish that you make in your kitchen. Salmon lends itself to variety of cooking methods -- it can be skillet-seared, steamed, broiled,...

KAMBUTSU: The Dried Darlings of the Japanese Pantry

KAMBUTSU: The Dried Darlings of the Japanese Pantry

In the photo above, there are five vertical columns, from left to right: KAMPYO (soaking in water with kombu; deep-fried to make chips; used as an edible tie for kombu rolls); KANTEN (sticks and powdered form, made into a savory bamboo shoot and asparagus aspic, lemon...

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