I just realized that this blog is three years old as of a couple of days ago. In honor of this momentous millstone milestone, why don’t you all take six or seven hours to go back and reread the entire thing? I’m pretty sure there will be lots of enlightening little details that you missed the first time, and you’ll be glad you did. Some of you may wish to write post-graduate theses on it, and I encourage that.
Yesterday I drove to beautiful Newark to pick up some paintings from a gallery, and to add some much-needed fun to the day I made a little detour to Mitsuwa to stock up on Japanese delicacies. They have some excellent fish there, and I picked a few varieties to make into another wannabe dinner.
First up was beautiful yellowtail with a mixture of our ponzu and watermelon hot sauce. (These weren’t actually served sequentially, but the pictures will be.)
Next, one of my favorites, which nobody else likes- mackerel.
Then, octopus slow-poached in olive oil, and tossed with parsley, pepper, and yuzu juice.
And last (not really, because there was chard cooked with garlic, tamari, and finished with sesame oil that was as good as greens get) I made chirashi with some very sweet and tender unagi, using some re-hydrated Chinese takeout rice from a container in the fridge. I also picked up a bottle of Wakatake “Onikoroshi” Junmai Daiginjo sake and accidentally drank a few glasses with the meal. Onikoroshi means “demon slayer” and while I can’t vouch for that, it is a great match with food: aromatic, very slightly sweet, and a nice alternative to beer (which I almost reached for.)