Thursday, May 7, 2009

How To Cook Ramps Like A Pornstar - Part 3

The final part of How To Cook Ramps Like a Pornstar series is an important and somewhat sobering lesson. When you apply all the rules and reason of cooking ramps like a pornstar, you will find inevitably that sometimes things don't work out the way you thought they would. That is when you turn to Lesson 5...

Lesson 5: Do Not Get Emotionally Involved
There are times when being a pornstar or cooking ramps is not all its cracked up to be because the end result of your work isn't quite the way you wanted it. Be it that the dish you created doesn't turn out right or the inherent disappointment in the condition of your body years after one too many lopsided male/female ratio orgies; you need to understand that things don't always end up perfectly. Imperfect recipes and sad stories are a fact of life, but the important part is that you did what you wanted to do - ate and cooked ramps the exact damn way you wanted or dreamed to do. You simply must learn what went wrong and you try to do it again - there are always second chances for cooking ramps and creating recipes correctly and there is always genital reconstructive surgery for pornstars.

Onto the menu:

Spring Forest Chirashi
Nameko, Maitake, Shitake Mushrooms, Pickled Radish, Sea Bean, Gobo

I very loosely followed a recipe from my former roommates on this chirashi, but the basics of it were not lost:

Basically, cut veg into all the right sizes (large matchsticks), make a great dashi broth, cook veg in there. Set cold and add to prepared sushi rice. Mix up and eat that tastiness. Add fish, egg and seafood if you like.

I felt I made a few mistakes. 1). A lil too much vinegar in rice. 2). Sea beans should have only gone in to dashi close to end, retain better color. 3). Disliked the texture and cooked off flavor of yellow picked radish. I think I will avoid it completely next time.

Aside from these things, it was a decent dish, with some changes in execution and some smoke fish, it would have been fantastic.

Gobo & Sea Beans hanging out

Radish & Ramps

Maitake, Nameko, & Shitake Mushrooms

Simmering in da Dashi.

Spring Forest Chirashi

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