Now that we’re in the thick of barbecue season – though you wouldn’t know it in cloudy Vancouver – all my favourite summertime recipes are making a comeback. There’s nothing better than potato salad with sticky pieces of barbecue right off the grill.
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My favourite sushi restaurant makes a fantastic tamago-yaki. While we sit at the sushi bar and watch the chefs making sushi, I always eye the big golden yellow block of tamago. Their tamago is perfect: solid, yet still layered, with no burnt parts. Mike likes to judge sushi restaurants by their saba/mackerel sushi, but I use tamago as my benchmark.
I know I say “I’ve never” a lot, but it’s true every time, and especially true this time: I’ve never made traditional consommé. Oh sure, I’ve tried the gelatin clarification method, but I’ve never done it egg-raft-style.
When you’re feeling peckish and your have old rice in the fridge, fried rice is the way to go. It’s fast to make and even faster to eat. If you’re lacking fresh ingredients, just take a look at what leftovers you have languishing away. I’ve made fried rice with leftover barbecue meat, deli meat leftovers, and even just eggs and rice.
I love eating at Japanese izakayas: drinking holes that serve small share plates that you munch on while drinking copious amounts of alcohol. There’s quite an izakaya scene in Vancouver and the food they serve is some of my favourite. Most izakayas usually have a small variety of sashimi (hardly sushi); yakitori and kushiyaki; noodle and rice dishes; and tonnes of deep-fried goodness. A lot of the food is innovative, cheap and delicious.