French gastronomy with local products: Roasted Pork and Organic Vegetables at Pissenlit

Service: excellent and very friendly
Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall
Prices: reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products.
no-smoking-logoentirely non-smoking!

The main reason for my choosing a restaurant is whether it serves cuisine made with as many locla products as possible, be they vegetables, meat, fruit or fish. or all of them!

Luckily enough, Shziuoka Prefecture is a mine gold when it comes to local poducts as proved in this latest seasonal creation by Tooru Arima at Pissenlit in Shizuoka city!

The pork is “Yusui Buta/湧水豚” from Fujinomiya City at the foot of Mount Fuji which was served roasted with a dijon seed mustard sauce.

All the vegetables were organic and grown by Mr. Hirooka in Mishima City (also at the foot Mount Fuji!).
The vegetables represented here are from the top: Okra. Shishito pepper, Shikaku Ingen/squre string bean, and Ingen mame/String bean.

The pork lay partly over a slice of roasted white eggplant/aubergine.
The later is topped with okra and its flower!

For a better view of the okra flower!
Succulent!

PISSENLIT
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-3-4
Tel.: 054-270-8768
Fax: 054-627-3868
Business hours: 11:30~14:30; 17:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Sunday evening
Homepage (Japanese)
Credit Cards OK

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Today’s Lunch Box/Bento (’10/67): Late Summer Sushi Bento

The summer and the oppressive heat do not want to leave place to a cooler Autumn/Fall and yesterday Shizuoka was the hottest place in Japan with temperatures reaching 37 degrees Celsius in Shimizu!
We are in more need of fluids than calories!

The Missus kept the bento as healthy as possible:
She prepared the usual sushi rice and mixed it vegetables (red and green pimentoes, shimeji and maitake mushrooms and celery leaves) she had previusly fried lemon and herb oil. The juices became a natural seasoning to the rice. she added some lemon slices for effect and additional seasoning.

As for the side dish and dessert she placed sliced olum tomatoes and celey leaves at one end, Japanese-style mimosa eggs in the middle (the yolk is mixed with mayonnaise and chopped Japanese cucumber pickles), and nashi pears wrapped in raw ham with a few white grapes at the other end.

Light and tasty, and artistic, LOL!

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Today’s Lunch Box/Bento (’10/66): Back To work Bento

It was back to “normal work” after having spent almost a week on a holiday in Iwate Prefecture and been busy back home with clearing up a backload of work!

My organism needing a rest for all last week’s eating and eating, my beto was comparativeley light.
The Missus prepared plain steamed rice she seasoned with black roasted sesame seeds, sweet umbsohi and home-pickled cucumber and ginger.

That was for the rice.
Now for the accompaniment.

For once I’ll start with eggs.
The Missus prepared this tamagoyaki/Japanese omelette in a novel manner.
She took some okra, slice some of them thin and grated the other.
The sliced okra made for crunchy bits inside the tamagoyaki while providing a nice design. The grated okra gave a fluffy feeling and appearance to the whole.
A very interesting idea!

She then inserted sauteed slices of renkon/lotus roots and goya with a couple of Shizuoka-grown Ameera Rubbins Pearl Tomatoes.
Then she introduced a couple of deep-fried slices of pork fillets interspered with celeri leaves. Good colour and great balance!

To end it up I was given some beans salad added with hijiki/sweet seaweed and some leafy sprouts.

White (they are green, actually!) grapes and sliced nashi pear for dessert.

Plenty and tasty for the day!

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Iwate Prefecture Specialties 3: Spiny Lobster

As previously mentioned, I’ve just spent a nice holiday away from it all in Iwate Prefecture in the North/Tohoku Part of Japan, in Morioka more precisley!

Although Iwate Prefecture does not have as long a seashore as in Shizuoka, it’s nonetheless noted for its fish and crustaceans, especially spiny lobsters/Ise Ebi/伊勢海老!

The above sashimi dish was served to us for dinner at our hotel in Shizukuishi, a noted area for skiing and hotsprings.

The spiny lobster is estremely fresh of course and its raw meat is very sweet, a real morsel here in Japan.
The fish are maguro/tuna toro and sanma/Pacific Saury.

A great extravagant combination!

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Iwate Prefecture Specialties 2: Sanma/Pacific Saury

Sanma O-tsukuri: plate of Pacific Saury sashimi

As previously mentioned, I’ve just spent a nice holiday away from it all in Iwate Prefecture in the North/Tohoku Part of Japan, in Morioka more precisley!

Although Iwate Prefecture does not have as long a seashore as in Shizuoka, it’s nonetheless noted for its fisheries, especially sanma/Pacific saury!

As it comes absolutely fresh in that Prefecture, it is best savored raw in season (right now) when it is “fat”.
We ate the above in a great little izakaya in Morioka City.
The fish was cut in almost paper-thin slices and served with lime, grated ginger, momijioroshi/grated daikon with chili pepper and finely chopped thin leeks to be dipped into soy sauce.
A must for sashimi officionados!

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Medicinal Plants, The Ones That Really Work 1: Ginseng

Some time ago I posted an article on food supplements, Food Supplements: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly that did attract some controversial reactions ( for which I’m still not ready to apologize! LOL). I though it would be only fair to complement it with a series of articles on medicinal plants that could do well, or even better, to replace the said supplements.

In Europe more than 200 of them are referred to as such and registered as entering the composition of more than 600 medicines.

Actually half of occidental medicines contain vegetals, marine products or micro organisms of natural origin.
One has to be wary of bad products though as announced by the Afssaps in France, The European Medicines Agency in Europe, and the Commission E in Germany.

Here are the ones that have been proven as efficient by all above agencies.
Bear in mind that the same medical plants might have an adverse results on people with special problems as noted below:

1) GINSENG

Best employed to combat STRESS.

Origin: China, Kore and Canada.

Action: its roots contain ginsenosides which help the human body fight stress and recover its proper equilibrium/balance. It also contributes to improvement of physical and mental capacities when tired, suffereing fro great fatigue or concentration trouble. It also helps people recoverung from illness.

Directions for use/Posology: Can be acquired under the form of dried root powder, tablets or whole roots (the latte best used as tea after leaving it hot water for 10~15 minutes).
Take 0.5~2 g of dried roots every morning (to avoid insomnia).
Phytotherapy products are consumed at 200 mg three times a day.
The treatment should not exceed three months to avoid human organism overwork.

Contraindications and interactions: People suffering from insomnia or nervous trouble should be very careful about using ginseng.
People suffering from diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular/heart disease should never use it without a doctor’s authrorization. The same apply if you use an anticoagulant.
During treatment avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate,…) to avoid irritabilty, insomnia or palpitations.

Also: Eleutherocoque (Eleutherrococcus senticosus)
Eleutherocoque or Russian ginseng is also called “bush of the devil”. Small thorn-bush from 2 to 3 cm in height, it has sheets webbed and lengthily petiolate. It produces black and fleshy fruits. Many scientific studies showed that the plant behaved like one revitalizing exceptional, able to appreciably increase the athletic and intellectual performances as well as the resistance of the body to the environmental stresses.

To be consumed as herbal tea, 2~4 g for 1500 cc of water.

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Iwate Prefecture Specialties 1: Noodles and Soba

Jaja Men

I’ve just spent a nice holiday away from it all in Iwate Prefecture in the North/Tohoku Part of Japan, in Morioka more precisley!

Whenever you mention Morioka City in this country, the Japanese will firts say noodles, ramen, Ja Ja Men and so on!
A paradise for the Missus who is a me, vermicelli, udon, soba and pasts addict!

The picture above shows the Ja Ja Men, maybe its most famous morsel in taht field (I will write a more detailed report on my visit as soon as I more time!)

Yasai Soba Salad

Soba are next and this particular cold soba served with loads of finely chopped carrot and cucumber and katsuo bushi/dry bonito havings was simple and tasty!
The Missus certainly enjoyed them!

As for me, I had sake soba!

The small flask at the right contains cold sake. I poured it over the two-tier soba dishes. The sake will drip into the bttom dish (thrid one) and will be added tothe suace later. Served with mushrooms and grated daikon.
Now, that was a beauty!

Tororo Soba

Tororo means grated yama imo/yam. Another Missus’ favorite (I mean another “favorite”, not another “Missus”).
We ate that in Hiraizumi on top of a mountain!

Cold tomato Spaghetti salad.

I had this in the same restaurant, It was made with local products only!

Local Korean restaurants serve their own variety of “Re men/cold ramen”!
Very tasty indeed and always serve dwith a slice of fruit in it!

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