Very delicious indeed, and super-simple to make. The recipe is this one.
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Recipe from here. Very tasty, rather like a pancake. As you can see I burned it slightly even after 12 minutes, so I think the optimum cooking time is something like 10 minutes.
Jamie Oliver’s lamb curry recipe. Complicated to make, but very tasty indeed.
Pesto, aubergine, goats cheese pizza. This one was very good, the best of the lot:
Black garlic and pancetta. I made a mistake here by cooking the black garlic (which turns it into tasteless charcoal). I should probably have added it after cooking. In any case you couldn’t really taste it:
Similar to day 7; still not very sweet.
Update: But after leaving the black garlic to cool and dry out for about 24 hours, it was a lot better. I think it’s nearly ready!
The second hand rice cooker doesn’t stay on “keep warm” for more than 12 hours, so I have to turn it off and on twice a day. That is annoying.
Anyway, here is a garlic plucked from the bowl after 3 days. It’s beginning to turn brown, but you can see it still has a long way to go. The flavour is still very much like roasted garlic, and hasn’t developed the sweet flavour we expect from kuro ninniku.
One and a half weeks to go …
Start with about 20 giant garlic (the number you can make depends on the size of your rice cooker). For this experiment you will also need an old rice cooker, one that you don’t care about if it catches fire / stinks of garlic forever more.
Open up each clove slightly (but try to keep the cloves intact):
Place them in the bowl of the rice cooker. Note there are no other ingredients, and in particular, no water is added.
Put the rice cooker on its keep warm setting (not cook), which for the typical rice cooker is around 67-68°C.
Now you leave it (almost) alone for 2 weeks.
Don’t open the lid, except on days 3 and 6, when you briefly open the lid to let out the steam.
Check back in a few weeks to see the final result.
I feel this is for the better really. It stops someone else reading this rubbish.
Making the ragu:
To give you an idea of the quantity of meat sauce, it only just fits in my second-largest pan:
The recipe is for 20 takeaway portions, so I’m using 18 trays plus a bowl for me to eat tonight.
I feel like I’m working in a frozen lasagne factory.
Here’s what they look like after assembly. Note the “breadcrumbs” are 1 packet of Blue Dragon Japanese panko from Waitrose:
All packets ready to go in the freezer:
The final taste was pretty good. It’s been a very long time since I’ve eaten a frozen lasagne from a supermarket, but this was far better than any I remember.
Some observations about this mega-recipe:
- It took me most of the afternoon to make (2pm-7pm, not full time). It would have been even longer if I’d decided to make the pasta from scratch too.
- There is surely far too much liquid in the original recipe; I used only 2 pints of stock (instead of 4 pints in the recipe), and even that was almost too much.
- I nearly ran out of meat sauce, but I guess that’s because I’m making > 20 tray-sized portions, since my meal for tonight is probably bigger than two trays.
- I don’t think the basil oil is necessary, but you could use fresh basil shredded up (added just before packing).
Still, it was pretty interesting mass-producing food like this, and the contents of the tray do look quite a lot like the frozen lasagne that you get in the supermarket (prior to cooking).
After feeding them on lettuce for 3 weeks I starved them in the refrigerator for a couple of days:
Plunged into boiling salty water, for 12 minutes:
Sushi, playing with a stick. It’s her favourite toy now:
Garlic and parsley:
After boiling them, I drained them and extracted them from their shells:
Fried in garlic and butter:
The result, with a bit of parsley:
We all agreed they tasted a little bit like slimy mushrooms. An enjoyable day was had by all in the garden.
Thanks to P-p for taking the photos.
Bread with cumin, coriander seeds and turmeric. The dough was made for naanbreads originally, and the bread was made with the leftovers.