Making kuro ninniku day 3

January 23rd, 2015

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The second hand rice cooker doesn’t stay on “keep warm” for more than 12 hours, so I have to turn it off and on twice a day. That is annoying.

Anyway, here is a garlic plucked from the bowl after 3 days. It’s beginning to turn brown, but you can see it still has a long way to go. The flavour is still very much like roasted garlic, and hasn’t developed the sweet flavour we expect from kuro ninniku.

One and a half weeks to go …

Making kuro ninniku #1

January 20th, 2015

Start with about 20 giant garlic (the number you can make depends on the size of your rice cooker). For this experiment you will also need an old rice cooker, one that you don’t care about if it catches fire / stinks of garlic forever more.

Open up each clove slightly (but try to keep the cloves intact):

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Place them in the bowl of the rice cooker. Note there are no other ingredients, and in particular, no water is added.

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Put the rice cooker on its keep warm setting (not cook), which for the typical rice cooker is around 67-68°C.

Now you leave it (almost) alone for 2 weeks.

Don’t open the lid, except on days 3 and 6, when you briefly open the lid to let out the steam.

Check back in a few weeks to see the final result.

Kuro nin-niku experiment

January 17th, 2015

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I’m going to try and make kuro nin-niku

Haggis

January 17th, 2015

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Burns night comes a week early in our house …

Shikishi for the office

January 16th, 2015

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Total cost for all three, including frames, was under £50.

Hakatta kushida shrine

January 10th, 2015

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Japanese lanterns

January 9th, 2015

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Itoshima limerick

January 9th, 2015

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Itoshima

January 9th, 2015

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Kakinonoburin

January 9th, 2015

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In Itoshima.

Suizenji park

January 7th, 2015

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Kumamoto castle

January 7th, 2015

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Cat’s toy Running Mouse

January 6th, 2015

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Yachiyoza theatre

January 6th, 2015

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Matsumae zushi

January 6th, 2015

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Vinegared mackerel,  konbu, spring onion, on rice.

Kikuchi castle

January 6th, 2015

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Mt Aso

January 5th, 2015

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Omiya Railway Museum

January 4th, 2015

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Familiar …

Lake Towada #2

January 2nd, 2015

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Lake Towada

January 2nd, 2015

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