Archive for February, 2013

Japanese Layered Cabbage Casserole

February 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Cabbage cake

This recipe has been bookmarked for several years but I often either forgot about it or wasn’t in the mood for it when I did remember. I’m glad I finally made this as its simple, light and satisfies my craving for soupy rice. This does make quite a bit and lasted us for 3-4 meals (8-ish servings). If you don’t like eating the same thing for a while, you might want to halve the recipe or invite some friends over.

I used nutmeg in the original recipe but didn’t love the flavor so I will leave it out next time (and in the recipe below). I also prepped this the night before in a crockpot and turned the hotpot on low before I left for work the next day. By the time I got home (8-9 hours later but a little more or less time probably doesn’t matter much), it was perfect. If you have less time, this can be assembled in a large Le Creuset. Read more…

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Mushroom Barley Soup

February 8, 2013 2 comments


I’ve been cooking but haven’t had the time or inclination to document. However, I find myself referring to past recipes I’ve posted and realize the personal value of doing so…so here we go…

In my head, I already knew what I wanted this soup to taste like. I wanted a deep mushroom flavor that would make up for a lack of meat and a substantial carb that could stand up to a few reheatings without getting mushy. Rice and pasta get too mushy too quickly; I liked the barley in my lamb stew so I simply searched the internet for a mushroom barley soup.

I liked the pictures I saw on The Shiksa In the Kitchen. However, the recipe as written used too many pots so I adjusted the instructions for a one-pot recipe. I also prefer my recipes written as whole measurements (2 carrots vs. 1 cup of carrots) so adjusted those measurements as well as the liquids required. This will be going into my regular soup rotation! Read more…

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