Thursday January 18, 2018
Really we have lots of snow this year, I am very much looking forward to spring. When it is so cold outside people in Norway really get good at creating a nice and cozy and warm home. Really life style and weather has such a strong relationship!
Last night I was spending some quality time in my kitchen, it is the nicest, coziest and warmest place in my home for me and I really enjoyed cooking our dinner and I made some vegetable dishes for my bento.
– Cucumber sweet and sour salad, soy sauce-base dressing
– Sweet and Savory Celery
– Carrot Salad
1 big cucumber is sliced thinly, I use a slicer. Put a little bit of salt and mix, leave it in fridge for 20 min. Squeeze out water and put it in a salad bowl. Mix with this dressing :
vinegar 1 table spoon
soy sauce 1/2 table spoon
sugar 1/2 table spoon
3 stalks of celery are sliced thinly. Heat a frypan, add sesame oil and sautee celery.
when they are getting soft, put the heat higher and add this sauce and mix well.
soy sauce 1 table spoon
sugar 1/2 table spoon
mirin 1 table spoon
3 small carrots are peeled and cut into small julienne. Put some salt and mix. Leave in the fridge for 20 min. Squeeze out water and mix with this dressing :
sesame oil 1/2 table spoon
garlic powder 1 tea spoon
white pepper and white sesame seeds
soy sauce 1 1/2 tea spoons
These keep well in your fridge for 3-4 days and make great Okazu for your bento!
The main dish in my bento today was Japanese Pork Ginger.
I used a pork loin filet, about 500g. Cut them about 1 cm thick, put salt and pepper and leave for 10 min. Coat with flour (thinly). Heat a fry pan, add some vegetable oil. Fry them on both sides. Then add this sauce :
sugar 2 tea spoons
soy sauce 2 table spoons
mirin 1 1/2 table spoons
Sake 1 table spoons
fresh ginger about 3/4 table spoons if you like ginger, you can put more
Pork Ginger can be a very good dinner dish, you can make a little extra and put it in your bento next day. These dishes with this sweet and savory sauce and dressing get better overnight, it is so helpful to have these Okazu ready at hand, you can pack your bento much faster.
Hope you can try!!