Hi all, sorry I’ve been bad and not posted. I’m handicapped by the fact that I arrived in an unfamiliar kitchen with no food. So the first thing I did after getting over the jet lag was to find a grocery store. Then I purchased the following items without thinking what I’d make. The general trend is that these are flexible:
- white rice (2kg)
- 3 Onions
- soy sauce
- olive oil
- muesli (got lucky, generally no in most groceries)
- salmon fillets (these are $1.50 per for some reason, standard in Japan at every grocery)
- pork belly
- soy paste
- bonito flakes
- dried kelp
- japanese salad dressing
The tofu, soy-paste, kelp, bonito flakes are to make miso soup. This recipe has lasted for five or six meals.
- Boil 3 cups water with dried kelp in it
- Add bonito flakes and turn down heat. Let it simmer for 2 minutes. Then remove the bonito flakes. This makes the broth (called dashi)
- Put two tablespoons soy-paste into a bowl. Add some hot dashi and mix to make the paste more watery, to the consistency of humus. Then pour this into the pot.
- cube a block of firm tofu, and add this.
This is something I have with every dinner that I eat at home (which I don’t do as often here, since I should get out more). I did this plus a super simple salad along with the recipe from diabeates #1 to get the meal depicted:
Additionally Japan is not known for its elaborate salads, instead they have really good salad dressing, with unadorned salad. Perhaps I’m taking this too far, but it’s pretty good. I just chop lettuce and add the salad dressing depicted (0 carbs).
Additionally I’ve discovered barley tea. This stuff is super cheap and has a toasty taste (very cozy). I probably have 10 cups a day and the bag I bought for 400 Yen is huge (I’ve used like 1/3 of it, so that like 100 cups of tea so far). I’m definitely going to continue this trend when I get back. Definitely a good thing to drink without worrying about caffeine.