Sunomono – Japanese Cucumber Salad

Sunomono – Japanese Cucumber Salad

Some weeks I get stuck in a salad rut. I rely on the same tired ‘ole veggies on the bottom shelf until they’re almost as tired of me as I am of them. And then… I remember rice vinegar. This is a traditional Japanese quick-pickled cucumber salad. You can get as crazy as you want with the recipe. Craving some heat? Add in some ginger juice or diced chilis. Looking for more color? Add rainbow carrots, red bell peppers, radish slices, maybe even try some cabbage. Whatever veggies you use, be sure to slice as thinly as possible. Ingredients 1 cucumber (Persian or Japanese cucumbers are better, but an English cucumber will work as well) 1/4 tsp sea salt 3 Tbsp rice vinegar 1 Tbsp mirin (or sugar) 1/4 tsp shoyu (soy sauce) 1 tsp black (or white) sesame seeds, toasted Rainbow carrots (or other veggies of choice), optional Directions 1. Thinly slice cucumbers and carrots (if using). Add salt, stir to combine and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Then, squeeze all the liquid from the veggies, and set aside. 2. In a small bowl, mix the rice vinegar, mirin and shoyu together. Stir to combine. If using sugar, mix until all the sugar has dissolved. Taste, and adjust seasonings as desired. Be sure to adjust seasonings as there is quite the variety of shoyu and vinegar available. 3. Add vinegar mixture to cucumbers and carrots and mix well. Stir in sesame seeds. Eat immediately, or store, covered in the fridge for your next salad adventure. If you have leftover dressing, store it in a jar in the...
Video – Knife Skills: Matchstick

Video – Knife Skills: Matchstick

Below you’ll find a quick video teaching you how to matchstick carrots. This skill is especially useful when you’re cooking up Asian cuisine. I know I’m a nerd, but knife skills are fun. Disclaimer: In real life, please slice up more of the carrot than I did. I discarded half to keep the video quick ‘n dirty for you. Also, I don’t normally dress to match my cutting board. Enjoy the video? Please share and let’s spread the matchstick love....
Make Tonight’s Dinner Sexy. DIY Microgreens.

Make Tonight’s Dinner Sexy. DIY Microgreens.

If you’re looking to take your dinner plate to the next level, nothing looks more beautiful than a lovely, edible garnish. And nothing is more delicious and gratifying than a homegrown garnish. Check out the Microgreens Tutorial I wrote for Simply Canning. All your questions answered in one place. Planting, growing and harvesting. You’re only one sunny windowsill and 30 seconds a day away from a sexy dinner plate. So, take it up a notch. You’ll love the results. FREE Monthly Inspiration? Hook Me Up! Email address: First Name: Last Name:...