When I was teaching in Japan, one of my students once told me that her favourite thing to eat was Mick Jagger. Later on, I discovered that her favourite dish was actually called “Nikujaga“. It just sounded a lot like “Mick Jagger”!
One of my Japanese friends is visiting us on the Island for a few days. She used to be a student of mine at one of the language schools I taught at when I was in Toronto. She reminded me last night that I taught her ten years ago! I cannot believe that we have known each other for ten years! That makes me sound ancient! I was twenty-five years old when I taught her!
Since things around here have been pretty crazy these past few weeks, my friend has taken it upon herself to make our suppers for us. Having Japanese food made by my Japanese friend makes me really miss Japan!
Tonight she made miso soup and Nikujaga. I had to laugh because whenever I hear the word “nikujaga”, I think of Mick Jagger! Love him, by the way!
Look at these beauties from my gardens!
These gorgeous tomatoes above turn a lovely yellow when they’re ripe. They are also very sweet! They go great in tomato salads or fresh salsas. I picked the veggies in the photo below just this morning.
I added a salad to our supper menu, since we had all these veggies from our garden.
C’s Everything But The Kitchen Sink Salad
1 zucchini cut into bite sizes
1 cucumber, peeled and diced
Several Roma tomatoes, diced
Several sweet yellow tomatoes, diced
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, diced
The Yummiest Dressing Ever
Homemade maple syrup from our farm
(My friend, Mrs. Bear made this simple dressing and I’ve been addicted to it ever since)
I basically used whatever I picked from the garden today. Add all ingredients into a bowl. Add dressing. Make sure veggies are well coated. Enjoy! Super healthy, filling, and tasty!
Since we have tons, and tons, and TONS of apples on our farm, I used my homemade apple sauce recipe, froze apple sauce, scraped frozen apple sauce with fork tines and served. Tasty frozen treat that is healthier for you than ice cream!
Step 1: Wash and quarter apples.
Step 2: Cook apples (make sure they’re not too mushy though!)
Step 3: Press through fruit press, colander, strainer, or whatever you’ve got (My Korean student learned how to make apple sauce in the above photo. Here she’s using some good ‘ol fashioned elbow grease to press the apples through to make the sauce)
Step 4: Add in sugar of choice and other ingredients if you like. You can totally omit this step. I like to have no sugar in my apple sauce. Some people add cinnamon. This is entirely up to you. This stage is the apple sauce stage.
Step 5: Freeze apple sauce
Step 6: Scrape with fork and add into serving dishes
Step 7: Garnish, serve, and enjoy!
Like my lovely stainless steel cups I got from Orkids.ca?
Okay, I just had to add a cute pic of Little One as she was helping me pick tomatoes from the garden.