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Collin and I sometimes watch the TV show called Chopped. And one day, I asked him what if I choose ingredients in a mystery box and you cook. He said “yeah!” Well, there is no one chopped, though.

It’s been a while since the last challenge again! This is the 8th one. This time, he asked me to buy ingredients but not to tell him until he started cooking, instead of telling him before he goes shopping.

We don’t have a pantry like the TV show has, so I told him to buy things that you might want to use with the secret ingredients that I bought.

Ingredients for Appetizer:

Ingredients for Main dish:

  • Ground Beef, and
  • Eggplant

There were more ingredients that I listed, but some of them weren’t cookable when he started cooking, so I eliminated them and the list ended up being small.

Both need to be cooked within one hour. He can use whatever in cupboard or fridge.

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Here are outcomes of his cooking. He plated both in one plate.

Appetizer: Tuna Tataki Soba Salad with Sweet Pea Shoots

 

It was kind of sad to see the fact that he actually cooked expensive fatty tuna. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Well, the taste was good, but I wanted to eat as raw. ๐Ÿ˜› On the other hand, the Soba noodles were cooked nicely with Dashi, although he hadn’t done before. I ate more after I cleaned the plate. Adding pear and pea shoots was helpful to taste together.

Main dish: Beef and Eggplant Croquette with Long Beans and Asparagus

 

As he found out that one of suppose-to-be-ingredients wasn’t cookable just before he prepared, he had to change the plan. He used Panko (Japanese breadcrumb) to make croquette.

Diced eggplant was in the croquette, but I didn’t taste them at all. I probably ate long beans first time. It was OK. I don’t think it tasted good with the croquette. And, I wish he had more sauce to eat croquette.

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Verdict: I didn’t enjoy the main much, but it’s kind of my fault that I didn’t check all ingredients were ready. So, fifty-fifty?

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Collin and I sometimes watch the TV show called Chopped. And one day, I asked him what if I choose ingredients in a mystery box and you cook. He said “yeah!” Well, there is no one chopped, though.

It’s been a while since the last challenge. This is the 7th one. I asked him to use ingredients we had in the house and also to buy some ingredients.

Ingredients for Appetizer:

  • Eggplant, and
  • Oranges

Ingredients for Main dish:

  • Beef, and
  • Celery, and
  • Tomatoes or Red Grapes

Both need to be cooked within one hour. He can use whatever in cupboard or fridge.

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Here are outcomes of his cooking. He plated both in one plate.

Appetizer: Eggplant marinated in home-made Orange Ponzu sauce

Main dish: Hamburger on toasted Ciabatta with Apple, Celery and Grape Remulade

 

Generally speaking, I like marinated eggplant. Maybe, the ingredients for appetizer were too easy for him to make something. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hamburger might be a bit dry? But the remulade sauce was too good.

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Verdict: Where is the one for lunch? No? So sad… ๐Ÿ˜›

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I was going to make meatballs, so I bought ground beef. When I came home and looked at the recipe, it said ground pork! :O As I may have mentioned before, I can’t arrange the recipe, because I’m not good at cooking and almost always fail if I do.

So, I looked for a different recipe and found this slow-simmered hamburg patties recipe.

When I sent a picture to Collin who was at work, he was wondering which restaurant I went and said he had to zoom it in to see if the plate was ours! ๐Ÿ˜€ After he came home, he said he could no longer say I can’t cook. hehehe ๐Ÿ™‚

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[Ingredients] (my estimate 3-6 serves)

– Minced onion 1/2 (I used 1 small one)
– Ground pork, or pork & beef 400g (I used ground beef 500g)
– Minced carrot 1/4 – 1/2, if you have (I used 1 small one)
– Nutmeg 3 dashes
– Salt & pepper pinch
– Egg 1
– Panko (breadcrumb) 1/4 cup

*Sauce
– Ketchup 1 cup
– Tonkatsu sauce (bulldog) 1 cup
– Water 1 cup

[Recipe]

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl except minced onion and knead well. Heat up a frying pan, pour some oil, and fry minced onion slowly until it gets clear. (I used microwave to cook it for 1.5 min, pouring oil in a microwavable dish.)
  2. Put all ingredients for sauce in a pot and boil and stir them in the middle heat. Turn off the heat once it’s boiled. (I skipped this step.)
  3. Add cooked minced onion into the bowl of the step 1, mix them, and split into 4 to 6 pieces. Release air from each piece, shape it in oval, and make the center hollow. Heat up a frying pan, pour oil, and place them in the pan.
  4. Brown both side in middle or high heat. (*) Cook them until they become firm. It doesn’t have to be cooked all the way.
  5. Put them into the pot of the step 2. Do not put oil from the frying pan. Lid the pot in half way and cook for 20 to 30 min in mid-low heat. (As I skipped step 2, I added all ingredients for sauce in the frying pan and cook for 20 to 30 min.)

(*) If you lid when you fry the other side, patties get soft, which is good, especially for kids.

The recipe provider says that you can keep re-using the sauce by freezing. If it’s not enough, you can add those ingredients to adjust. Freeze once it’s cool down.

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