Saturday, June 16, 2007

Testing, testing...

Hot and sour daikon pickle
I am a huge fan of Daikon. It is very versatile, shining in everything from stir fry, spicy noodles to this simple pickle.
Daikon Pickle:
1 medium daikon, sliced paper thin
juice of 3 limes
3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp hot, toasted seame oil
sea salt to taste
toasted black sesame seeds as a garnish (optional)
Allow the flavors to mingle in the fridge in a covered container for at least 4 hours, then enjoy.
Summer Carrot Soup
I am creating recipes for some upcoming soups at Cafe Indigo. I want to include a variety, so this chilled carrot/coconut soup will fit in nicely with our menu. It is slightly spicy, sweet and tart with a squirt of lime to finish it off.
Baked Beans
Ok, so they are not really baked. They are simple and easy to make and absolutely delicious. I have to give props to my pressure cooker for these babies. I am new to the magic of the pressure cooker and let me tell you, I am sold!. I have never been able to do a stovetop baked bean before, but this delicious batch cooked up in 20 minutes. (2 cups navy beans, soaked overnight).. so tender and delicious.

Mac and Cheez
I made a large batch of cashew cheez today. Some of it went into this simple dish. So freaken delicious. I am actually testing the last two dishes to see how they freeze. The remaining cheez was divided into two containers, one with a ton of hot chile peppers and mexican spices and the other plain for sandiwches and the like. I only used 1 cup of cashews and 2 tbsp evoo to make 6 cups of cheez. I am starting to work on a cheez recipe that will rival sheese. (look at my last post to see more about Sheese and where to buy it in the greater Boston area!) I expet to be working on this new recipe for quite a while, as the texture and flavor of Sheese is so good.
Someone is very happy


  1. What a great post - those new dishes look fabulous. I've never tried daikon, but those pickles look very inviting for a first time! Best of luck in your sheese endeavour!

  2. Puppykins! Love the smile. That's what i like to see...

    Mel, wow! i can't believe you are able to make a luscious cashew "cheez" w/not much oil. HOORAY!! i'll be first in line if you ever want to sell it. Your mac 'n' cheez looks fantastic, as does the carrot soup!

  3. Anonymous7:00 AM

    Hurry up writing your cookbook!!!

  4. I haven't seen sheese in my area yet, but I am anxiously waiting. Your mac and cheese does look fabulous! I've also never eaten daikon before.... now I may buy one next Thursday at market to see what I can do with it,. Glad your summer cooking is going well.

  5. Those beans looks nice! Wery simple food but picture shows it wery nice ;) Is that dog yours? Looks wery handsome! I like mutch of those kind of dogs, but I have a rough haired collie girl my friend :)

  6. loks great!
    I never tried daikon, we dont have it here.
    those mac looks awesome!

  7. I am intrigued by your daikon pickles. The baked beans and mac and cheeze looks so good.

    I have been down a bit and cumfort food is callin me. If you need help in taste testing, just let me know. :o)

  8. Really like the daikon pickle idea. I like daikon, but I don't do a lot with it. Maybe I'll make pickled noodles with it...

  9. I've never had daikon, can't find it around here. I'd love to try it though!

    I really wish I lived near Cafe Indigo. Yum.

  10. mmm... i love daikon... i just fancy the way you take photos!

  11. I've never tried daikon mostly because I don't really know what to do with it. Stir-fry you say?? Pickles even?
    I don't have a pressure cooker and frankly, they make me nervous. I'm sure they are completely safe, but stories of the top flying off of my grandmother's cooker and scaring the dog so bad it crashed through the screen door don't help. :o) I've heard rave reviews by other bloggers, so maybe if I can muster up some courage....
    Sheese!! I want some! I can't wait until this stuff comes to Canada.

  12. Oh, I completely forgot the most important thing in this post....your puppy. OMG! She is ADORABLE!! I love the happy face.

  13. wow melody! that daikon salad and carrot soup are both Gourmet-Magazine-worthy! So beautiful! I love daikon too and can't wait to try it this way.

  14. Hi, Sorry if you've discussed this in previous posts but I was just wondering how you come up with your menu for the week. Do you set aside one day to cook and then just put everything in the fridge and don't cook for the rest of the week?

  15. I too am a great fan of daikon. Hell, I nicknamed my husband after it! That pickle screams out to me. Yum!