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Vegan Pumpkin Dumpling お月見だんご [野菜穀物レシピ 秋]


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The summer has faded away and hello to the autumn.

 

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The rice can be harvested soon.



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The persimmon is still a bit too green.


 
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The chestnut is ready to be taken.




The first thing that comes up to my mind when I feel the autumn air, is my fond memory of “Otsukimi”/ a moon viewing day.

When I was young, this traditional event was practiced in a family unit in Japan.

I used to love this elegant event.

 

On the day of Ostukimi, I and my sister went to the riverside to cut and collect some susuki, the silver grass, in the evening.

When we were back home, the tiny table was set at the engawa, the corridor facing east south side with all the windows fully opened.  

On the table, there were rice dumplings that my mother made, and pears and grapes gracefully decorated. 

We put the silver grass in the vase placed beside those foods.

The engawa was transformed into the very cozy area.

After dinner we moved there, and enjoyed moon viewing in a nostalgic mood.

It was said that a rabbit was pounding the glutinous rice on the moon, and I used to believe it and try to find the rabbit there.  

Somehow, I always found her there and felt good about it.

It was such a romantic moment !

But I remember that I was more looking forward to the next moment.

When the moon had enjoyed the food that we offered to her, it was our turn.

The dumplings and fruit were my favorites !

 

When I grew up, I moved to Singapore, and there I found the same day was celebrated in a different way.

It was called “Moon Cake Festival”.   Both events are originated from China, and it’s a celebration of a full moon of mid-autumn. 

I thought how interesting it was that once used to be the same event developed into different ways.

While I lived in Singapore, I more followed the Singapore custom.

When I came back to Japan after being away for over 20 years, I found “Ostukimi” was not celebrated here any more.

But I resumed this custom because of my fond memory.

Each year I decorate my room with “Ostukimi” items during this season and make rice dumplings on the actual date.

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I think you can guess which recipe I am sharing with you today.

Yes, it is the dumplings, but it is the pumpkin dumplings, not the rice dumplings.

It is so easy to make !

The only thing you need is to get the starchy dense pumpkin, not the wet type one like butternut squash.

Then anybody, even the small kids can make it !


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Vegan summer vegetable stew ラタテューユ [野菜穀物レシピ 夏]



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It was an awfully hot summer this year in Japan.

It has not ended yet, but I hear the songs of insects at night, and they are telling me that the summer will be gone soon.


It's a kind of relief, but at the same time it brings me the melancholy state of mind. 

May be I should say it is the mixture of feeling of lonliness and nostalgia.


But this unsteady feeling creeps in only in the evening, the day time is still the summer, red, hot  and scorching summer !

The cicadas are singing at the top of their lungs.


So for now, I have to enjoy the soon leaving summer vegetables.


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If it is an average summer, I do not go for much of the chilled dishes, but my appetite goes to them rather than warm food this year, so I cook the food on the stove early in the morning, keep them in the fridge and take them out to eat straight away during day time. 

(Can you imagine how hot it is when the tempreture often goes up beyond 40℃?)


My favorite chilled dishes are, firstly, Edamame/green soy beans,


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Hiyayakko/ fresh uncooked tofu,


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Mushinasu/ steamed eggplant,


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and Tomato salad.


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All are so simple to cook.


Another item is " Ratatouille". 

It is a french dish but is popular to cook at home using the summer vegetables in Japan.


I like it because it is a dish with variety kinds of summer vegetables, tasty and nice to eat chilled.   

It also goes well with rice, pasta and bread.

We can make a big amount of it and eat it in three days, enjoying different forms of dishes.


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Eat it just like this.




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Eat it with spaghetti




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As a tooping for pizze (or toasted bread)



Do you feel like eating it now ?


Here you go...






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Vegan Okara Caramel Cake おからキャラメルケーキ [お菓子デザートレシピ]



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Rice field



The humid summer has come.


The cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplants, corns are showing off their green, red, purple and yellow bodies, saying "Look ! here I am !!" .



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My petite daughters, Tomato Chans


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My son, Cucumber 



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My younger son, Eggplanto 




Those summer vegetables are considered yin as they cool down our heaty bodies.


The climate of summer is yang, that's why the nature blesses us those vegetables.


In other word, it is the law of the nature.   


Therefore it is best for us to set those seasonal and local food as a pillar of our diet together with grains.


We can be more vital and healthy with those food  because we are a part of the nature.


The exotic food imported distance away from other countries can be enjoyed once a while to satisfy our curiousities and cravings.  


This is the fundamental idea of Macrobiotics.



I usually introduce the recipes of summer vegetable during this season as my table is always with those colorful and appetizing dishes.


But today it is not a vegetable recipe.


I am sharing one of the okara dishes that I showed you in my previous post.


Some people requested me to share one particular dish.


Guess what it was.


Mock sausage ?


Caramel cake ?



Japanese traditional simmered okara with vegetables ?


Cookies ?


Quiche ?


Bread ?


Carrot cake ?






It was a caramel cake!


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They said it looks so delicious !


Yes, it is delicious !!



Actually making vegan sweets is  easier  than making normal sweets.


(There are many more advantages of making and eating vegan sweets, but I'll tell you what they are in other occasions.) 


But this cake may require a bit of experience to get the satisfactory result.


You need to make caramel sauce first to make this cake.


The taste of the cake varies dependig on the degree of the temperature of the sauce when it is made.   


If it is too low, the cake does not taste like caramel.

If it is too high, it tastes very bitter.

If it is moderate, it would be perceived "nice caramel cake" in general.


But after all it's all up to individual preference.

I personally prefer the bitter one when I use it for the cake, which color is black and might be considered "burnt and failed " by other sweet making teachers. 


So be brave to make any types of caramael sauce.


However you need to be careful not to burn yourself or damage your pot as the temperature of caramel can go up highter than 100℃.


Here's the recipe step by step.

 


 

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Vegan Okara Salad おからサラダ [野菜穀物レシピ オールシーズン]


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Here's a quiz.


My body is light brown.


I am tiny and round.


But I can expand my size  three times bigger in the water.


My shape changes to oblone when I am expanded.


Japanese people like me to  transform into many dishes.


I think thier lives could not have been sustained without me in thier long history.


My origin is China, and I was planted and eaten mainly in China and Japan for thousnd years.


But now we are planted in many countries.


People want  more and more of us, so they are cutting countless trees of Amazon to make the space for us.  


Are we honered to be given the opportunity to be prosperous ?


May be yes,  because we have such vital enegry, whoever digest me in one's body, one can be energetic and vital too.

I feel good when I do something good for the others.


But honestly to say, I am not happy.
Because I came to know that we are taking away the food and the places from the native animals, destroying the nature and harming the habitats.
 
But it is not our own will.
 
We are forced to multiply by humans.
 
Do you know why people want more of us ?
 
Cause people want to feed the many animals.
 
They want more and more animals to grow and become fat, so that more and more people can eat more and more meat.
 
 
What is good about creating and rasing  so many animals ?
 
 
The nature is destroyed.
 
People get fat and sick by eating animals.
 
Countless animals are tortured and suffering.
 
I'm sure nobody is willing to kill the living creatures.
 
It makes us very sad.
 
I can not find anything good about raising, killing and eating animals.
 
I don't understand.
 
I don't want to play a role to torture and kill the animals, make people sick and destroy the planet.



Oh, right,  I was giving you clues to let you guess who I am, and strayed to the story because I had an urge to tell you the truth.


I guess many of you can guess who I am now.


If you are still not sure,  I'd give you a last clue.


I am a main ingredient of miso, tofu and soy sauce.



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You got it ?


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Yes, I am a soy bean.



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Now I pass my pen to my mum who likes me so much.

She would  share her nice recipe using me.

 

It is my pleasure to be transformed into many dishes to nourish people and earth.

 

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Vegan Onion Dressing 新玉ドレッシング [野菜穀物レシピ オールシーズン]


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I wake up with the sound of pheasant every morning in this season.

I want to mimic its sound to tell you how he makes sound, but it is not easy.

We have an onomatopoeia to describe it in Japanese traditional picture books for kids.


That is "Kha~ng, Kha~ng"


But in reality, the pheasants are not making sound like that at all.


The pheasant is not the only bird I see here every day.

There are many kinds of adorable birds visiting me. 

I always feel how I am blessed to be sorrownded by the songs of variety kinds of birds.

Each of their sounds is unique and beautiful.

They echo in the air, and melt my heart.  

How lucky I am to be able to listen to these beautiful strings every day without paying a single penny nor taking trouble to travel somewhere.


A song which was popular when I was younger has just come across to my mind.


♪? "I'd rather be a spallow than a sanil, yes, I would, if I could, I surely would"




I guess what in mind of PaulSimon and Garfunkel, and me are very similar,

though I think the snail is also happy as he can still move around in his own pace.


I am sure that countless living animals on this earth would sing


♪? "I'd rather be a bird than me, yes I would, if I could, I surely would."



I want to share this peacful moment with them.,,,



Now I feel guilty to talk about the yummy food that I am enjoying these days....


But I carry on introducing them to you as I believe sharing my recipes plays a role to help them

though it would be a teeny weeny step.



Onions harvested in spring is a delicacy in Japan.


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They are juicy, soft and sweet.


We can enjoy this texture and taste only now, so I cook those fresh onions every day.


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Onions growing in the vegetable patch




Yes, there are countless ways to cook and eat fresh onions.


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I just steamed it.  No broth was added, this juice is all from the onion



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The flesh is so soft and tender.



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I sauted on the skillet and sprinkled vegan parmesan cheese.



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simmered with fried tofu and carrot, and seasoned with soy sauce



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Panfried with broad beans


I am going to introduce you a very easy (may be too easy), yummy and useful recipe today.



Here you go,



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