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Kansha Club May 24, 2008

Filed under: Cooking,Japan,kansha,recipes — laurel @ 6:38 pm
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Simmered ganmodoki tofu dumplings with vegetables

I was offered a great opportunity at my tofu cooking class with Elizabeth Andoh in April, and I jumped at the chance to become a part of it. Ms. Andoh is working on a new book on Japanese vegetarian cuisine called Kansha, which means appreciation in Japanese. I will be working with a group of women (the Kansha Club), most of whom are based in Tokyo, coordinating groups of volunteers around the world who are evaluating some of the recipes. I am really excited to have a chance to learn more from Ms. Andoh, and also to get a view into the process of creating and publishing a cookbook. Of course, I’m also excited to be able to try some yummy new recipes too. I can’t share them here, but I hope that seeing some finished dishes will inspire you to check out the book when it’s published! Look for it in 2010 from Ten Speed Press.

We recently had a meeting/lesson where we made udon noodles from scratch, along with some yummy myoga pickles and marinated kampo. For lunch, we enjoyed a vegetarian version of fuku-bukuro (simmered tofu pouches filled with vegetables and shirataki), simmered ganmodoki tofu dumplings with vegetables, spinach ohitashi with tofu shira-ae, and simmered kabocha. Later we also ate our udon with a “neba-neba” (a Japanese word that basically means “slimy textured”) topping of okra, natto, sliced green onions, and a tangy mustard-soy dressing. We also each made and tasted a pickled myoga temari-zushi (hand-pressed rice ball with myoga topping).

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4 Responses to “Kansha Club”

  1. elementaryteacher Says:

    This is a very good-looking meal that I would be happy to try eating. I love the wooden bowl, too!

    Eileen
    Dedicated Elementary Teacher Overseas
    elementaryteacher.wordpress.com

  2. Mainer Says:

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Mainer.

  3. Tess Says:

    Oh wonderful that Ms. Andoh will have a new book! And how great that you have the opportunity of work with her. If there is need for recipe testers, I’m more than willing.

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