Carrot and Kombu Quick Pickle

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Carrot and Kombu Quick Pickle
A lightly crunchy pickle with the perfect balance of sweet, acidic, and sea flavors.
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
quart
Ingredients
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
quart
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add the vinegar, water, kombu, garlic, sugar and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to ensure the sugar and salt have dissolved. Add the carrots and cook for an additional 2 minutes (the liquid may not come back up to a boil, which is fine, the goal is to just slightly soften them).
  2. Transfer to a quart sized canning jar and allow to come to room temperature. Seal with a lid and transfer to the refrigerator. Enjoy within two months.
Recipe Notes

I sliced the carrots using the 3mm setting on my Oxo mandoline (which translates to about .12 inches).

Fresh Carrot, Turmeric & Ginger Dressing

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Fresh Carrot, Turmeric & Ginger Dressing
A fresh, flavorful dressing great with salad, rice bowls or wraps!
Course Main Dish, Salad
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
cup
Ingredients
Course Main Dish, Salad
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
cup
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients into your blender, starting with only 2 teaspoons of honey, and blend until fully combined, about 1 minute, stopping to scrap down the sides of the blender if necessary. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Transfer to an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for 1 week or store in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Recipe Notes
  1. If you haven't used fresh turmeric before, I would recommend starting with half of the amount I recommend and then adding more little by little. The flavor can easily overpower the other ingredients so it is best to start small and add more to taste.
  2. I used white miso because it is mild but you could try red miso for a funkier flavor (this might be closer to the Korean soybean paste).

Cherry Tomato Miso Sauce

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Cherry Tomato Miso Sauce
Makes about 4 cups
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a 12" skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the shallot and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 2-3 minutes. Add half of the cherry tomatoes, and cook, stirring frequently, until they have softened and have just started to break open, another few minutes. Remove from heat and carefully transfer to a blender. Add the remaining ingredients, including the other half of the cherry tomatoes and starting with just 1 teaspoon of white wine vinegar. Blend on high until a smooth sauce forms, about 1 minute. Taste and add another teaspoon of white wine vinegar if the sauce needs a little extra zing. Transfer sauce to a freezer safe container, leaving at least 1" headspace if planning to freeze, and cool to room temperature. Store in the refrigerator for 1 week or the freezer for up to 1 year.

Shichimi Togarashi with Dried Greens

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Shichimi Togarashi with Dried Greens
Japanese 7 Spice Mix
Course Spice Mix
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
cup
Ingredients
Course Spice Mix
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
cup
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together and store in an air-tight container for a few months.
Recipe Notes

I have dried greens in both an electric dehydrator and the oven. I prefer the oven because it happens faster and I can keep a closer eye on the progress. I used a 200°F oven and tossed them every 7 minutes or so until they were crumbly.