Cooking at Home with Shinobu Namae of L’Effervescence
One farmer, one chef.
Here’s a first peek from our upcoming series with local chefs in Tokyo. From the farmer’s hands to the chef’s mind these are recipes created in collaboration between farmers and chefs from the Farmer’s Markets community.
If you are interested in bringing seasonal dishes to your table, this is the place to find cooking tips and great produce. Familiar vegetables will get a new life and strange produce you have only heard its name of before will become your new best friend. Let the produce do the talking and the chef's tips lead your knife.
Salad á la Green Basket
(Vegetables from Green Basket)
Baby leaf mix
Pea shoot (Bean sprout)
Micro mustard leaf
50ml rice vinegar
20-30g brown sugar
100ml olive oil
20-30g grain mustard
1. Add sugar (and water in some cases) to your favorite vinegar (rice vinegar this time) and let the sourness settle so that you can not taste it even if you taste it.
2. Pour in double amount of olive oil to vinegar.
3. Add grain mustard and shake well to combine. Add salt to taste.
- When tasting, dip in a spoon or one of the salad leaves and taste.
- Keep the variety of leaves simple.
- Step 1 is where you need to get the balance right!
- As for the mustard in the dressing, it is thought that horseradish, hot pepper, horseradish, etc. are also good substitutes. Ex .: carrot salad dressing with dill or coriander seeds and leaves.
- Like Julia Child says “Everything becomes more delicious with butter”, adding a little butter in your pan (50:50 ratio butter/olive oil) will bring out umami to your vegetables!
Fennel and Carrot Soup
Fennel (white part of the fennel)
1. Add water and kelp (20-30g of kelp to 1 liter) in a pan and heat the water until it is about to boil. Cover the pan and leave for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
2. Chop the fennel, carrot (with skin), and onion, and add olive oil and butter to a frying pan. Bake savory.
3. Add soup stock little by little while mixing the stir-fried vegetables in a hand blender (a mixer, if not available), and make it to a puree. The soup is finishes when you have reached your desired consistency.
4. Warm up the soup if needed, sprinkle with a spoonful of yogurt in the middle, drizzle a little olive oil and decorate with the dill leaves.
Vegetable Tartine (Open sandwich) with Fried Egg
Bread of your choice
Paprika (or pepper)
Balsamic vinegar, Molasses or Worcestershire sauce
1. Slice your favorite bread (sour dough bread is recommended) to about 1.5-2 cm and toast it in a frying pan with olive oil and butter until golden.
2. Scrape the cut halves of the garlic on the surface of the baked bread and let it absorb the aroma. Finely chop the garlic. Swiss chard is roughly chopped. Slice the beets thinly.
3. In a frying pan, slowly fry garlic in olive oil, and when it begins to add color, add butter and vegetables from step 3 and stir-fry.
4. Stir on medium heat for about 1 minute. When have gotten color, put the vegetables on the bread.
5. Fry the fried egg to the desired hardness and place the egg on top of the toast.
6. To finish, sprinkle with paprika powder and drizzle with molasses or balsamic vinegar.