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Vegan Japanese Zucchini Jam Recipe

Zucchini practically come in season at the same time as eggplants and apart of cooking them together in ratatouille, there pleny of ways to accomodate them to satisfy all culinary priorities.
Moreover, jams should not be a problem for vegans or vegetarians and they do contribute healthy energy!

Vegan Japanese Zucchini Jam!

INGREDIENTS (for about 200 g of jam)

Zucchini: 2 medium-sized green zucchini (for a total of about 200 g). Yellow zucchini and round zucchini are naturaly ok!
Lemon: a large one
Fresh ginger: 30 g
Powder white sugar (or sugar of your choice, but keep color in mind): 100 g
Whole cloves: 2

RECIPE:

Wash the lemon.
Cut the lemon in two.
Press the juice out of one half and keep the juice aside.
Push the cloves into the pressed lemon skin.
Put the the two lemon halves in a gauze pouch and bind/knot the pouch closed.

In a large pan drop all the zucchini thinly sliced (5 mm), fresh ginger chopped into small bits, the lemon juice and sugar. Let soak for 30 minutes.
As for the thinly cut zucchini, it is up you whether to peel them beforehand or not.

Add the pouch containing the spiced lemon skin and cook over medium fire for 25 minutes.

Once the zucchini has got soft take the spiced lemon pouch out.

Reduce the zucchini into a puree with an electric stick mixer.

Taste for eventual rectification!

Jam can be used in many ways:
For non-vegans atop cream cheese.
Vegans shoul also remember it can be used as a sauce! Spread some over steamed vegetables!

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Japanese Cheese Cake (7): Baked Tofu Cheese Cake

BAKED-TOFU-CHEESE-CAKE

I have been recently asked a lot of questions, notably by Sissi at Withe a Glass about Japanese-style cheese cakes. Incidentally I had never heard of cheese cakes before I came to Japan 36 years ago. After investigation, cheese cakes have been around the world for quite a long time and developped into many varieties. Among them, the Japanese style seems to have acquired a lot of popularity, to the point that many customers expect them to be on offer in Japanese Izakayas abroad!
I decided it was about time to re-publish a series of them!

One way to lighten your cheese cake and invest into a new taste is to introduce tofu!

Here is a simple recipe that will please anyone worrying about unwanted calories:
Baked Tofu Cheese Cake!

INGREDIENTS:

-Cream Cheese (Philadelphia): 230 g
-Tofu (kinu tofu): 200g (before pressing water out)
-Sugar: 70g (of your choice)
-Eggs: 2
-Vanilla bean pod: 1 (small) (if not available use vanilla essence)
-Soy milk: a little
-Flour: 2 tablespoons (flour of any kind is fine)
-Cornstarch: 1 tablespoon
-Biscuits (crushed to form a solid base under the cheese cake/optional)

RECIPE:

-Line the bottom of a oven cake mold with a layer of crushed biscuit.
You may do without it but it will help absorb excess water from tofu.

-Soften cream cheese to room temperature (you may warm it a bit inside a microwave oven) and mix with sugar.

-Once the cheese and sugar misture has become smooth, add the tofu by crushing it between your palms, addd the whole eggs and mix well with an eletric whisker until you obtain a smooth mixture.

-Cut the vanilla bean lengthwise and extract the inside (or use vanilla essence), mix it with some soy milk and add to the mixture. Mix well.

-The last three steps may be done with a food processor, but mixing all ingredients one by one give you a “right feel”!

-Pour the mixture inside the mold over the biscuit layer and flatten the surface with a spatula.

-Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Bake for 50 minutes or until you have obtained the right colour and a raising mound in the middle.

-If the colour even then is too white, raise temperature to 200 degrees Celsius and bake for 10 more minutes.

-Let cake completely cool down.
Only then may you take it out of its mold and leave it inside the refrigerator overnight before eating it.

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Jams with Shizuoka Products at Pissenlit!

Humans made jams the moment they tried to preserve the fruits and vegetables they found in abundance but couldn’t eat up.
Making jams was a traditional and seasonal occupation in many homes all over the World until not so long ago.
Then people got busier and had no longer the time or will to prepare them, what with the constant supply available in shops.
On the other hand this ready availability meant a loss in quality, added preservatives and a total lack of traceability.
Finally the time has come when most of us are looking for the real products although most of us still don’t have the time or will to create them.
Before opening his Restaurant Pissenlit in Shizuoka City Chef Touru Arima/有馬亨さん used to make more than 70 kinds of jams in the big hotel he used to work.
Having developed a personal relation with local producers he has been able at long last to concoct real jams for the pleasure and health of his customers!

It is my pleasure to introduce here the first batch! More are to follow!

Mateta Tomato (Iwata City) jam.
The beauty of this jam is that it can also be used as a condiment or sauce!
Actually all jams can be utilized in such manners, too!

Benihoppe Strawberry jam.
Benihoppe Strawberries first appeared in Japan in Shizuoka Prefecture in 2002 and are considered the best in this country for their perfect balance in taste!

Aoshima oranges (Mikkabi) jam.
Mikkabi in the western part of Shizuoka Prefecture is called Orange Town!

Hon-yama Green Tea jam.
Hon-yama tea is grown along the Abe and Warashina Rivers in Shizuoka City!
The whole Prefecture of Shizuoka is the main (45%) tea growing region in Japan!

All jars contain about 150g.
Mateta Tomato Jam: 1,300 yen
Benihoppe Strawberry Jam: 850 yen (mini jar for 350 yen)
Mikkabi Orange Jam: 500 yen
Hon-yama Green Tea Jam: 700 yen (mini jar for 250 yen)

All jams can be purchased at Pissenlit Restaurant or ordered by phone or e-mail!

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)
E-Mail: pissenlit2008@ybb.ne.jp
Credit Cards OK
Entirely non-smoking!

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