Umaminaturè

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  Umaminaturè is… ・developed for professional chefs ・all-natural–made from naturally preserved kombu, which contains the “highest levels of glutamate umami compounds of any natural foodstuff in the world.” ・MSG-free seasoning ・no additives ・can be used in a variety of dishes We have 4 different types at Hitachiya-USA now: Plain, Basil, Shiso and Yuzu.  You can use Umaminaturè as a seasoning on top or mix it in with your dishes. When I tried the Plain on top of my sea bream sashimi, it ...

Stir-fried cashew nuts and Dried Bok-Choy

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Ingredients Dried Bok-Choy…………….. 2 * To see how to make sun dried bok-choy check out this blog post here Cashew Nuts…………………. 12 Oyster Sauce………………….1/2 Tbsp. Five-spiced Powder……….. 1/2 Tsp. A Pinch of Salt Soy Sauce Oil Recipe  Cut the dried bok-choy in about 3 cm. width and keep the leaves and stems separated. Chop the cashew nuts into halves. Pour oil into the preheated frying pan and place the stems in the pan. Do not stir them and let them ...

Dried Bok-Choy

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How to Dry 1. Wipe off the moisture after washing the bok-choy. 2. Cut the bok-choy into two pieces and leave it out to dry under the sun. 3. Leave it out to dry under the sun for few hours~ 1 day depending on the weather and the size of your bok-choy. The bok-choy is done drying when you see the stems starting to wrinkle and the leaves looking tired. *Dried bok-choys can be preserved in the frig and the ...

Dried Apple & Mackerel One Bite Salad

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When people offer me peeled apples, it always bothers me and makes me wonder what they’re doing with the apple’s skin. The apple’s skin tastes delicious when dried under the sun and I feel the umami, or a deep sweet taste when I eat the skin. That is why I always eat apples with the skin, whether raw or dried. Ingredients (2~3 people) 10 (about 5 mm.) slices of dried apples sprouts 1/2 pc mackerel/ tuna can 50g. mayonnaise 1/2~ ...

Apples Under the Sun

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I unconsciously end up sun drying my apples when ever I buy them. Fresh apples taste delicious, but did you know that you could enjoy the rich concentration of apples and their juiciness when they are dried under the sun? Half dried apples are so soft that it feels like you are touching a baby’s upper arm! Just the softness is enough to make you relax, but the delightful surprise after you taste them is even better! Homemade dried apples ...

Roadtrip to Sedona!

  This past weekend the Hirotas ventured out to Sedona on motorcycle. They marveled at the grand expanse of Sedona’s canyons and wilderness. They said the scenery felt celestial and that this is surely where the gods could choose to live. But even more, they were surprised by the incredible health craze there. Their organic supermarkets are huge and carry every sort of organic and healthy foods! Even the locals that they normally saw around them were very fit and ...