Simmered Pumpkin ~Delightful home dish~

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Just 20 min for mum’s taste.
Japanese typical home dish, simmered pumpkin. It’s soft and sweet.
Try my easy (lazy?) way 😛

Remove the pumpkin seeds and cut the pumpkin into bite-size.
(If you like, you can bevel the edges of the pumpkin, it helps to remain the shape while simmering.
it looks nicer, but! I prefer to cook in shorter time –> so I don’t.)

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Place the pumpkin with the skin side down in the pot.
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Pour enough water into the pot.
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Seasonings are just these.
Easy!
2 table spoons of soy sauce.
2 table spoons of Mirin
2 table spoons of honey (or sugar)

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Soy sauce
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Mirin
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Honey
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Then, bring it to boil.
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Once it boiled, cover with a drop-lid and simmer over a low heat.
If you don’t have drop-lid, you can use aluminium foil in stead.

This is my favorite drop-lid with pig face on it ↓
Steam can go through from his nose.
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Put back the lid again and keep simmer for about 10 min.
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Check if it is cooked. Mmm, it looks bit more to cook.
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Now it looks good.
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You can eat now, but try to leave this for 30 to hour.
Taste become better !!

It is always mum’s taste!
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Miso beans

If you get nice fresh beans, what will you make?

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I often make sesame seeds beans (Goma-ae), but today, I cooked without it. Just beans marinaded with Miso.
(Because….I used sesame seeds for another dishes. ;-p)

It is very simple but yummy. Looks like this ↓↓

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I will show you how to make this. Don’t surprise even it is too easy….
First, boil the beans.

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Put aside until it cools down naturally.

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While waiting for beans cool down, let’s make miso marinade sause. Prepare, Miso and Mirin
(You can use Honey or suger, instead of Mirin)

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Mix well. I use traditional “Suri Bachi”. It is an earthenware mortar, often used for grinding sesame seeds.
(Reference for people in Melbourne!! I found “Suri Bachi” at Clifton Hill kitchen-wear shop near the post office :-p )

My favorite Mirin : Mikawa Mirin

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Now cut the beans into mouth size.

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Put then into the marinated miso bowl.

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Mix them!!

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That’s all!! Easy, isn’t it?

Enjoy♪♪

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This Miso beans can be often found in Japanese breakfast !!
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