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Mixed Vegetable Pickles

Mixed Vegetable Pickles

Just want to let you know what I’ve been cooking up. Debbie will arrive tomorrow so I made bread today and a Souffle Cheesecake. I added 20 g ofbleu cheese with the cream cheese and am anxious to see if I taste te difference! Also made one of my favorite low calorie snacks that I can enjoy with wine! Mixed Pickled Vegetables!

Souffle Cheesecake

Souffle Cheesecake

Souffle Cheesecake           for an 8 ” pan (18 to 20 cm) pan.

250 g cream cheese

50 g butter

30 g flour

40 g sugar

3 egg yolks

juice of 1/2 lemon

50cc heavy cream

3 egg whites beaten with 20 g  sugar until quite stiff

Cream the cheese, and butter in a mixer. Gradually add the heavy cream, then the sugar. Add lemon juice and , one at a time the egg yolks. Then fold  in the sifted flour. Add half the beaten egg whites and fold in gently. Add the remainder of the egg whites. Pour into an ungreased pan set in a pie plate. Put this on an oven sheet filled with boiling water. Bake at 170 ( 350 F) for 40 minutes. Remove  from oven and place on a wire rack. Run a knife around the edge immediately so it won’t sink in the middle! Let cool and then chill in fhr frig! Serve with fresh fruit or tart jam!

Somen Salad

Somen Salad

Last of all, a family favorite! Somen Salad! Very refreshing for lunch on a warm day, it serves about 4 people! (as a main dish)

I head of iceberg lettuce chopped or torn goes on the bottom. Then cooked and rinsed somen noodles (3 taba)

Top with matchstick-cut cucumber, ham, kamaboko, omelet and so on. Tomato adds color! ANd lots of chopped green onion in the middle! But the real flavor is all in the dressing of course.

Dressing  for SOmen Salad

2 T white sesame

3 T rice vinegar

2 T sugar

2 T soy sauce

1/2 teas salt

1 T sesame oil

50 cc salad oil

(Make a double batch of this!) Shake well!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. beckynielsen
    May 08, 2014 @ 14:35:54

    Leah, these look delicious. I will look up somen noodles to see what we have that can be substituted. In the pickles where it calls for paprika, is that a specific kind of red pepper? I’m only used to seeing paprika as a powder and I know some is spicier than others so assume that there are various peppers that can be used?


    • todaysillustrationtomorrow
      May 08, 2014 @ 16:10:41

      Hi Becky, this is Leah’s daughter and i just happen to read your comment and wanted to let you know that I just use red pepper for this recipe and it is really good. There are supposed to be difference between paprika vs red peppers, but i feel like most Japanese refer to it as Paprika even if it’s red pepper. You could put pretty much anything in this salad and it’ll taste good b/c of the dressing!! Enjoy 🙂


  2. leahmama1
    May 09, 2014 @ 13:34:46

    Becky! How are you?!My daughter’s mother in law just got in tonight for her first visit to Japan! I will take her to Kyoto next week! I am happy to hear from you! Paprika is what we call red bell pepper.Somen is a very thin white noodle that you may find in Asian markets or you can make it with udon noodles. It is a good summer dish!


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