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In Japanese, burdock is gobo (ごぼう)
If you can't get gobo, just use all carrot.

Because I'm putting up this recipe with dream_wind in mind, I'm leaving out the dried red pepper. For those of you who aren't sensitive to hot peppers, the first step is to take the dried, hot red pepper and cut them into little circles and put them in the hot oil, to flavor it. But dream-wind, it will still taste good even without being hot (I know because sometimes I use hot peppers that have lost their potency)

Okay, but let's start with ingredients:

300 grams of gobo and 100 grams of carrot--or 400 grams of carrot only, if you can't get gobo. For folks in the United States, this means about a pound of total veggie.
2 tbsp. oil
2 tbsp. sugar
3 tbsp. soy sauce
3 tbsp. sake (or white wine if you don't have sake)
a pinch of sesame seeds
a dollop of sesame oil
[a dried red pepper]


Cut the veggies into thin, thin matchsticks. If you're using gobo, put it into water to keep it from discoloring.
Heat the oil. Put the veggies in (gobo first, if you're using both, because it's woodier and will take longer), cook until they're limp.
Add the sake or white wine.
When it bubbles, add the sugar; cook for 3-4 minutes, then add the soy sauce.
When the liquid is pretty much cooked off, add a dollop of sesame oil and the sprinke of sesame seeds, and you're done!

This is very simple.

spinach (one brick of frozen spinach or a good-sized clump of fresh spinach--maybe a pound of it)
1 tsp. sesame oil
1/4-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. sesame seeds


Toast the sesame seeds in a dry frying pan, until they turn brown and start to pop. Set them aside.
Boil the spinach--for fresh spinach, just pouring boiling water over the spinach is enough to cook it well enough. With the frozen spinach you have to get it thawed out. But the trick is not to overcook. It should look deep, bright green.
Strain off the water.
when it has cooled enough to handle, wrap the spinach in a dishcloth (which you will need to wash afterward) and squeeze out any excess water.
The spinach will be in sort of a long cylinder shape from your having squeezed it. Cut the spinach across the length of this cylinder, so you have lots of little stubby cylinders, like ruins of greek columns. Put these in a bowl.
Pour the soy sauce over this, then sprinkle on the garlic powder, then pour on the sesame oil, and last, top with the sesame seeds.

Thank you doubt72 for "Rainy Days Never Stays," and stdymphna for "Backburner Girl" (such a great title!) amberdine, after a hiatus because of a busy weekend, I've at last printed out pages 106-125 of The Dragon and the Butterfly--any news yet from potential agents?


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Apr. 6th, 2006 03:39 am (UTC)
Those recipes sound good! I may have to try them. :)

I'm not sure what I last told you, agent-wise. I exchanged some email with the agent I want, and she said I could send her three chapters and a synopsis. I did that several days ago. She predicted it would take about 2 months to get back to me.

BTW, I don't ever post good writing news in my LJ. I'm not trying to keep secrets; it's just something I don't talk about there.
Apr. 6th, 2006 04:39 am (UTC)
That makes sense, not posting about good news. You don't want to jinx anything. I need to send you an e-mail soon (about the book)... won't be tonight, though... I think I need to go to bed.
Apr. 6th, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)
Oh, hmm. I hadn't thought of that aspect! I just don't want to have bragging about things be any part of my motivation to write. :)
Apr. 6th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
Laurie Anderson...?...Laurie Anderson...?

Do you know "Oh Superman"?

Hmm...you are getting curiouser and curiouser.
Apr. 6th, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)
Oh yes, I am a big Laurie Anderson fan. I like to quote her:

Hello? This is your mother. Are you there? Are you coming home? --Oh Superman

Then again, we could all be wrong. Wouldn't be the first time --Kokoku

I dreamt I had to take a test... in a Dairy Queen... on another planet. --I dreamt I had to take a test.
Apr. 6th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
The spinach one sounds particularly tasty.

I'm OK with chilli (dried pepper) so long as I don't eat too much of it. I usually use a half of one when the recipe says a whole one, and NO SEEDS.
Apr. 6th, 2006 04:43 am (UTC)
The spinach one *is* tasty, and so easy. But the other one is good too, and you could do it w/half the chili (or none--either way). I know the seeds are especially irritating--even for people w/out food intolerances. I often shake them out, just to be safe.
Apr. 6th, 2006 01:01 pm (UTC)
Yummy, I love spinach.
Apr. 6th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)

spinach plus seasame = bliss!
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