Nothing Goes to Waste in the Kansha Kitchen
Making Use of What You Have on Hand
Spicy Stir-Fry (recipe on page
Basic Kelp Stock [embed link](recipe on page 75) Kombu Dashi
additional instruction on cutting and slicing techniques katsura muki broad peel) & sen-giri (fine shred)
recipe for Spicy Stir-Fry (page
122) as a point of departure, this
lesson explores the theme of “no waste” by using kitchen scraps – the peels and trimmings
from fruits and vegetables used to make other dishes.
One tasty way to use these bits and pieces is to make kimpira.
The Language of Food
Kimpira and Shichimi Togarashi
(legendary character: KIMPIRA) 金平 ・ きんぴら(spicy stir-fry: KIMPIRA)
(blend of 7 spices)
Japanese food names often derive from legendary characters. Kimpira the name of a legendary, Paul Bunyon-like character known for his exceptional strength and bravery, is a good example of this. Celebrated in the culinary arena for his fiery determination, KIMPIRA lends his name to stir-fried dishes (especially root vegetables) finished with shichimi togarashi.
This blend of seven spices varies depending upon who is mixing it and can be fairly mild and aromatic to outrageously incendiary. Note that the classic version below displays 8 images... the two types of sesame seeds, black (kuro) and white (shiro) are considered a single category.
Dishes in the featured menu can be found in my cookbook, KANSHA: Celebrating Japan's Vegan & Vegetarian Traditions (Ten Speed Press, 2010). They are referenced here by page number. Click on the
recipe titles above to download photo-illustrated documents that provide information not included in the book -- details about ingredients, tools & techniques, menu planning and/or final
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kitchen sessions when you try making the recipes above. Those
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