“Honey and White Miso Aubergines” from “A Modern Way to Cook”

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Miles: Is this a kind of meat?

Tom: No, it’s a vegetable that can taste like meat if you cook it right.

Miles: But what is that crusty stuff on the top?

Kirstin: That’s the yummy, delicious part.

Tom: It’s fantastic. Give it a go! In this meal, there are carbs, the vegetables and the meat substitute. That’s my kind of meal.

Kirstin: I love the umami you get from this recipe. Oh yes, definitely cooking this one again!

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“Honey and White Miso Aubergines” from “A Modern Way to Cook”

“Wasabi Miso Beef” from Nigel Stater’s “Eat”

Anna: Well hello blogging. I can’t really remember what to do. Cooking new and interesting delights was stifled by morning sickness, long work hours and then dealing with two under 2. Now that Louis is two, and the baby is sleeping through, I am going to move beyond our stock five recipes a week and open a cookbook. So I present to you this steak, from Nigel Slater and his curiously small yet weighty tome: “Eat”.

Peter: Hello 2011.

Anna: What do you mean by that?

Peter: Haven’t we been here before? I’m sure we had a steak salad like this.

Anna: Are you suggesting that this isn’t original? What about the wasabi and the Japanese mushrooms?

Peter: It all worked together, it’s just a shame the cheapest ingredient dominates the rest. It didn’t show off the quality of the steak.

Anna: Well it was quick, and that’s the important criteria for me at the moment. But I don’t think I will be making it again, so it looks like the miso is going to be kicking around in the fridge until I get around to throwing it away.

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“Wasabi Miso Beef” from Nigel Stater’s “Eat”

“Honey Miso Salmon with Warm Green Salad” from “Madhouse Cookbook”.

Kirstin: Here’s a different version of our usual salmon recipe.

Ella: Ooo. What’s in the sauce?

Kirstin: Miso. I had to go to a Chinese supermarket to find it. Was it worth the trip?

Tom: Definitely! It really makes the sauce balanced.

Kirstin: Ella and Miles, you have both eaten all your fish! Well, I will definitely be making this one again then! I liked the green salad too.

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“Honey Miso Salmon with Warm Green Salad” from “Madhouse Cookbook”.

“Asian Fish with Miso Noodles & Crunchy Veg” from “Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals”

Anna: God I’m stressed. This is not relaxed cooking.

Peter: There appears to be a lot of washing up. Again.

Anna: This just isn’t enjoyable and frankly is putting me off the food. It took me the best part of 10 minutes to get all the millions of ingredients together and get the bloody food processor out of the back of the cupboard.

Peter: It does actually taste nice, but I don’t think miso smells very good.

Anna: I forgot how annoying it is that there are no timing indications for how long the different components should cook. So the noodles, I’m afraid, are over-cooked. You’re right, they are nice, but I will never be cooking this again. I can’t cook with this many ingredients. My kitchen looks like a disaster area.

Peter: Well it took you 27 minutes.

Anna: Not exactly 15!

“Asian Fish with Miso Noodles & Crunchy Veg” from “Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals”