Thursday, June 26, 2014
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Tango Cafe in Honolulu is one of my favorite places to eat breakfast in Honolulu. When we are there for work, we wait in line outside at 7 am for their coffee and eggs benedict. My favorite is a half half - half gravlax benedict and half florentine or crab hash benedict. Really great restaurants have great food, true, but a really really great restaurant knows how to do those little off the menu things like make sure that every refill of coffee is unasked for and fresh. But the real key is their ketchup. When it comes to the table and you're sitting with Tango newbies, don't say anything. Just nonchalantly move it toward you. It comes in a little dish, not really red and kind of thick and grainy in texture, but this stuff is so good you will want to lick the dish.
We asked them how to make it and all they said was it's tomatoes cooked down, carmelized onions, some cumin.
This is my first attempt. I didn't cook down tomatoes. I just used bought ketchup I had, carmelized some onions and added some kick. The Tango version is not spicy, but this one has a bit of a kick.
1 T canola oil
1 medium onion, sliced thin
In a heavy bottom saucepan, slowly cook the onions with oil until they are brown and super soft (I stood over the stove for about half an hour which is long for me).
While it cooks, put together -
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
dash of ground cinnamon
dash of ground nutmeg
When the onions are carmelized, not burned, add 1 Tablespoon of cider vinegar, stir it around to scrape some of the crusty bits from the pan then add the ketchup mix. Cook it gently for about 5 minutes to meld the flavors, then take it off the heat. When it cools down a little, put it in the Vitamix, blend to the consistency you want and enjoy.
I'm pre-prepping for the Father's day sliders, so ketchup done.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Summer is the worst time to cook, but I have so many recipes in my Evernote folders and my Pinterest boards so this is the down time for me. I think this is a fabulous fall or winter recipe, but with a cold Kirin, it's still good in the summer and it can be eaten cold on salad for lunch.
Find the original recipe here. Besides cooking the sauce on eggplant, it's a good dipping sauce for fried tofu, tossed with blanched green beans, and used as a dipping sauce for boiled tako (octopus). Keep the extras in the refrigerator.
- 1 1/2 cups white miso
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup sake
- 3/4 cup mirin
Den Miso with Nasubi (eggplant)
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for frying
- 4 Japanese eggplants (about 6 ounces each), halved lengthwise and skin scored in a crosshatch pattern
- 1 cup Nobu's Den Miso
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
- Pickled ginger and plums, for garnish (optional)
Transfer eggplants, skin side down, to an unlined baking sheet. Spread each half with slightly more than 1 tablespoon miso. Broil until miso begins to darken and caramelize, about 30 seconds to a few minutes, depending on the strength of your broiler. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and garnish with pickled ginger and plums.