Archive for the ‘Pickles’ Category

Awhile back, The Mouse bought three packages of Japanese pickles packed in miso. The first package was total failure. Too salty, too hard (eggplant pickles). The other two packages sat in the refridge awaiting their fate.

Last night, The Mouse made luncheon meat (not SPAM, sigh) sliders, ran out of his favorite wine and herb pickles, give a package of the Japanese pickles another try.

Luncheon Meat Sliders


Japanese Pickles Package

This package contained eggplant (again), turnip, and cucumber.

First rinsed the vegetables thoroughly of all the miso marinade. Boiled the eggplant twice, soaked the turnip and cucumber in plain water for about 20 minutes.

Turnip and Cucumber



1000 percent better. The eggplant was softer, chewable, and everything was less intensely salty. The eggplant went into The Cat’s pork belly and vegetable soup instead of salt. The eggplant provided a nice flavor to the soup and pork.

Pork Belly

The turnip and cucumber went well with the sliders.

Japanese pickles in miso puzzle solved. Hee hee.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Pickled and Fermented

Pickled eggplant, first time try for The Mouse


Japanese warehouse store.


In a miso, vinegar brine. Not too sour. The eggplant was firm! The Mouse thinks it was pickled raw. He thought it was gonna be soft. Interesting. He is going to try and bake/toast it today.

With the eggplant.

Natto over Rice

Except for the eggplant texture, a good meal. \ooo/

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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The Mouse was thinking about this combo for dinner last night, spicy eggplant and chicken katsu. The Mouse’s go-to take out neighborhood joint just so happened had that combo last night. The Mouse saved a dollar-fifty, score!

Special Combo #2

All rice, no mac salad. Two scoops of the rice, half of the spicy eggplant, and about a third of the chicken katsu saved for The Cat’s bento next week. Nom!

The perfect “pickle” to cut the richness of the meal.

Fresh Cucumber Kimchi

Not too fermented, fresh. Yum!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Doesn’t the title sound like a law firm? Hee hee.

No, jus’ The Mouse’s din-din.

Natto with Pickled Carrot, Okra, and Turnip Kimchi

The Cat went to the office to finish tax returns. The Mouse was left on his own. His concoction. Yum!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Pickled Grape?

Yup. From Pipikaula and Pickles. They had a normal pickled mixed vegetable mix, but I thought this was more interesting.




Super tart. Pucker tart. Very little hint of sweetness.

Canned salmon, frozen vegetables, capers, and pickled grapes.

Mouse’s Dindin

Not bad, grapes have to paired with strong or oily foods to provide the counterbalance. Maybe next time, pickled grapes and smoked pork. Hmm.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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