Turning Japanese

We had our first snack of edamame this week. It was eaten on a suitably hot and muggy evening with the expected glass or three of chilled sake -Kanpai! The edamame plants – like lots of other things – seem to have taken a halt to growing during our recent heatwave. While there are plenty of pods on the plants the beans inside are small and underdeveloped. I hope with some cooler weather, more water and a feed of Charlie Carp that we’ll be harvesting more soon. BTW you only eat the bean inside the pod – the pods are ‘hairy’ and rather unpalatable.

Keeping on this theme TB outdid himself with a Japanese style meal. Wilted greens with tofu, stir-fried mushrooms, soba noodles with dipping sauce (in the plastic ‘laquer’ cup) and zucchini with dengaku. The dengaku is a sweetened miso paste which is used as the topping to grilled vegetables or fish.


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