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French Gastronomy: Veal Liver at Pissenlit in Shizuoka City!

Service: Excellent and very friendly.
Facilities: Great cleanliness overall. Superb washroom (mouthwash and toothpicks provided!)!
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive, very good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products, especially organic vegetables and Shizuoka-bred meat.

Veal is not an easy meat to savor at restaurants in Japan as the Japanese farmers do not usually raise calves the way they do back in Europe or America to obtain a white flesh.
On the other hand veal in Japan is always a tender pink.
The Japanese have always had a special fondness for any veal and veal or beef liver is very much appreciated if somewhat rare.

When Touru Arima/有馬亨さん told me he had just received veal liver fom Fujinomiya City I did not hesitate!
The more for it that we don’t eat any at home! LOL

The veal liver had been sauteed the French way with vinegar and the sauce was prepared with Dijon seed mustard.
Just the way back home in my native Bourgogne!
But the vegetables were definitely Japanese!
The great wedge of bamboo shoot is of course local, slowly fried to a crisp, a very unusual way to cook it in Japan.
So tender inside and so crunchy on the outside! A treat!

Now, the small cabbage is a real organic cabbage harvested very young at Kitayama Farm in Fujinomiya City.
It did require some preparation, though!

Touru Arima/有馬亨さん boiled it a little first to be able to open it carefully. He then filled it with wild boar stew/ragout (the wild boar comes from Shimada City!). He closed the leaves back and sauteed the lot with the liver!
A French delicacy with four ingredients from Shizuoka Prefecture!

A bliss!

To be continued…

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
Entirely non-smoking!

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Japanese Cuisine: Sweet & Spicy Chicken Liver

The Japanese have their own version of”Sweet and Sour”. They actually call it “Amakara” or “Sweet and Spicy”
It is a bit different from Chinese Cuisine in taste, although the concept is very similar.
Here is another simple Japanese liver recipe that you can easily expand on:

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Liver/Tori No Amakara Ni!

INGREDIENTS: for 2 people

-Chicken Liver: 250 g (you can adapt it to any other kind of liver!)
-Ginger: 5×5 cm (fresh)
-Soy sauce: 2 tablespoons
-Sugar: 2 tablespoons
-Japanese sake: 2 tablespoons
-Mirin/sweet sake: 1 tablespoon

Optional:
-Onion: 1/2
-Boiled eggs: 2

RECIPE:

-Clean chicken liver under running cold water. Repeat operation for 10 minutes. You can add 2 tablespoons of milk later if you don’t like the acidity of the liver.

-Cut the fresh ginger into thin slices.
Bring enough water to boil in a pan. Boil the liver for 1 minute. Drain thoroughly.

-Lightly wash the liver under cold running water again. Take off all the fat and blood vessels. If you have the heart, slice it.

-In a pan, drop the liver, soy sauce, sugar, Japanese sake, mirin and ginger. Add 50 cc/ml of water. Cover with lid. Switch on the fire to strong.

-Once brought to a boil, reduce fire to medium and simmer for 5 minutes. If you want to add the onions and boiled egg, slice the onion beforehand and add the onion and boiled egg together with the liver at the same time.

-Try to reduce as much as juices as possible, but don’t overcook.

Option 1: just cooked and served with boiled eggs.

Option 2: cooked and served with both onion and boiled eggs!

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Russian Cuisine: Liver sauteed with Potatoes

in spite of those vegan and vegetarian postings, I’m not ready yet to abandon meat, especially liver, which particularly healthy and tasty as far as meat comes!

The Russians do have a gastronomy, and a very homey one at that in spite of all these platters of caviar, and smoked salmon washed down with vodka or Georgia (former Russian Republic!) wine!

Here is a simple recipe to keep you warm on these increasingly colder months of the winter:

Russian-style Liver suteed with potatoes!

INGREDIENTS: For 2 people

-Potatoes: 2 (may Queen, or potatoes that fry well)
-Unsalted butter (A): 20 g
-Salt and black pepper: a little of each

-Liver: 200 g (pork or veal according to your priorities. sliced)
-Onions: 2
-Wine vinegar: 1 tablespoon
-Basalmico vinegar: 1 tablespoon
-Olive oil: 2 tablespoons
-Unsalted butter (B): 30 g
-Unsalted butter (C): 20 g
-Light flour, salt, black pepper: a little of each
-Parsley: a little (finely chopped)
-Garlic: a little (finely chopped)
-Balck pepper: to taste (coarsely ground)

RECIPE:

-Peel onions, cut in half, cut across and along and chop into 7~8 mm wide pieces.
Transfer into an oven dish. Add a little salt and 2 tablespoons of olive oil (not included in the ingredients). Mix well. Wrap it closed with some cellophane paper.
Cook inside microwave oven for 5~7 minutes at 600 W.
This step will help the onions to sweeten up and will improve the overall taste.

-Peel the potatoes. Boil them as they are. Once cooked, cut them into 1 cm thick slices.
In a frypan melt unsalted butter (A), fry the potatoes lightly into it. Season with salt and black pepper. Transfer in a separate hot dish for keeping.

-in the same frypan melt unsalted butter (b) and fry the onions in it until they get lightly brown and sweet. Transfer into a separate hot dish for keeping.

-Coat the sliced liver with a little salt, black pepper and flour. In the same frypan melt unsalted butter (C) with the olive oil and saute the liver in it.

-Once the liver slices are properly cooked on both sides, add the blsamico vinegar and saute for a while to allow the balsamico vinegar to penetrate into the liver. Transfer into a separate dish.

-In the same frypan transfer the onions back and fry them into the juices laying at the bottom of your frypan. Saute them to let them absorb those juices. Add wine vinegar and sautee long enough for the final touch.

-On a serving plate, first lay the sliced potatoes.
Lay the onions over the potatoes.
Lay the liver over the onions.
Think of presentation when arranging them on the plate. Look at pic above!
Season the whole by sprinkling the chopped leeks, chopped garlic and coarsely ground black pepper.

Serve with dark beer!

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Chicken Liver Simmered with Balsamico

I love liver and am always looking for new simple ways to eat some, be it yakitori for Japanese style, stirfry for Chinese style or any European/American style!

Just found this easy recipe in my notes, which blends many influences:

Chicken liver simmered in Balasamico!

INGREDIENTS: For 2 people

-Chicken liver: 150 g
-Onion: 1/2
-Fresh Ginger: 2×2 cm piece
-Prunes: 4

-Soy Sauce: 1/2 tablespoon
-Water: 2/3 cup/140 cc/ml
-Balsamico vinegar: 1 1/2 tablespoon
-Red wine: 1 tablespoon
-Bouillon/Chicken stock: 1 cube
-Sugar: 1 tablespoon
-Chervil: to taste

RECIPE:

1-Leave the liver in water for 20 minutes. Take out veins and nerves. Cut in bite-sized pieces.

2-Slice onion into 5 mm thick slices. Cut the ginger into fine slices

3 -Gently boil the liver with some chopped leek leaves (not included in the ingredients) and scoop out unwanted matters.

4-In a pan drop the water, balsamico vinegar, red wine, bouillon, sugar and sliced ginger. Bring to light boil. Add sliced onion and prunes.

5-Wait untio it starts boiling again, then lower fire to low and simmer until satisfaction.
Serve and decorate with chervil.

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Sauteed Liver with Garlic Stems

For all the recipes I publish to help my vegan and vegetarian friends, I need my meat!
The difference is that I tried to balance my diet as much as I can.
Mind you, if one keeps to good ingredients, it is quite easy.
Here is a simple recipe, both Japanese and Chinese in cocept, which has the merits to be bvery healthy, calorie-low and balanced.
Makes for a great snack with a beer!

Sauteed Liver with Garlic Stems

INGREDIENTS: For 1 person?

-Liver (sliced): 150 g (choose the liver according to your priorities!)
-Garlic stems: 5 or 6
-Garlic: 1 clove
-Soy sauce: 2 tablespoons
-Japanese sake: 2 tablespoons
-Water: 50 ml/cc
-Salad oil: 1 tablespoon

RECIPE:

-Slice the garlic thinly. Cut the garlic stems into 6~7 cm long pieces.

-Mix the soy sauce, Japanese sake and water as a sauce in a separate bowl.

-Heat the oil in a frypan over a strong fire. Stirfry sliced garlic and liver together.

-Once the liver is almost cooked add garlic stems and sauce.

-Cover with lid, reduce fire and simmer it for about 3 minutes.

-Serve immediately.

NOTES:

There are many possible variations to this recipe:
-add spices of your liking, especially black pepper and chilies.
-add vegetables, especially leaf vegetables.

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