Dinner for my Valentine


First time after almost 27 years of marriage, I cooked a nice and special dinner for my Valentine, Violet. I don’t know what you think about this food, but Violet said is “the best ever”, so………

I’ll just enumerate all the dishes and you guys will let me know what you think about each and one of them:

Jalapeno and roasted onions crackers

Jalapeno and roasted onions crackers

Miso soup

Miso soup

Tuna tartare with yuzu gelee

Tuna tartare with Yuzu gelee

Fresh mini parisien baquette

Fresh mini Parisian baguette

  • Beef tenderloin and stir fry vegetables with Ponzu sauce from an original recipe of Chef Doru
    Beef tenderloin and stir fry vegetables with Ponzu sauce-1

    Beef tenderloin and stir fry vegetables with Ponzu sauce-1

     

Beef tenderloin and stir fry vegetables with Ponzu sauce-2

Beef tenderloin and stir fry vegetables with Ponzu sauce-2

  • Sticky toffee pudding cake from Metro

    Sticky toffee pudding cake

    Sticky toffee pudding cake

Miso soup


I was dying to make this soup for a long time and here I am one day buying everything I need. Looking at how much it costs – less than $0.10/bowl and the time spent on making this soup – probably 2 min/bowl or less, I can say that any restaurant owner that selling the soup even for $1 should be ASHAMED. I will personally walk away from a sushi place that wants to charge me for a bowl of miso soup. Now, getting back to business:

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons instant dashi granules
  • 1/2 cup miso paste
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried seaweed (for miso soup), soaked in a lot of water for 1-2 hours
  • 1/2 cup cubed tofu (I used organic hard tofu)
  • 2 green onions chopped (optional)
  • 1-2 sliced fresh mushrooms of any kind (optional)
  • 4-5 pieces of dried shiitake mushrooms (optional)

Directions:

Pour the water into a pot and bring to a boil and then add the instant dashi and whisk to dissolve. Turn the heat to medium-low and add the tofu. Drain the seaweed and add it to the pot and simmer for 2-3 minutes. In the meantime, spoon the miso paste into a bowl. Ladle about 1/2 cup of the hot dashi broth into a bowl and whisk with chopsticks or a whisk to mix and melt the miso paste so that it becomes a smooth mixture. Turn the heat off, add the miso paste to the pot and stir well. Top with green onions and serve immediately!

See original recipes at http://steamykitchen.com/5907-how-to-make-miso-soup-from-good-bite.html