All posts tagged: Umami

Umami Powered Shiitake Mushrooms

Umami: The Fifth Taste Sensation

Have you ever eaten something totally delicious but have a hard time describing what or why exactly it tastes so good? You may just have had an umami moment. What is umami and why is everyone talking about it? A new taste sensation? The fifth taste element? Iused to think it was because various sensations […]

Miso Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms and Baby Bok Choy‏

Miso Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms and Baby Bok Choy‏

Not only does miso paste give everything an umami blast, but using it to make miso soup is so easy — it’s virtually impossible to mess up. What I love most about miso soup, aside from its salty and rich flavor, is it’s wonderful versatility – you can make it with noodles, mushrooms, seafood, tofu, […]

Sardines vs. Anchovies

Little Fish: Sardines vs Anchovies

Ever wonder what the difference between a sardine and an anchovy is? Although many people think that sardine is just another name for anchovy, guess what? It’s actually not the case. Anchovies and sardines are two different fish species, from two different fish families. Though, they do share some similar traits — both are small, […]

Beef Stew with Hoisin Sauce, Red Wine and Tomatoes

Beef Stew with Hoisin Sauce, Red Wine and Tomatoes

This stew definitely has the umami things going on. I’m not usually one to cook a lot of hearty meat based meals, but with hungry boys telling me they are really craving some kind of dinner with meat, rice and gravy –- which sounds terrible, by the way –- I decided to give this stew […]

Puttanesca Chicken with Barbarella Eggplant

Last week I had a serious eggplant (aubergine) obsession. I particularly love it served rustic and simple – roasted with tomatoes, a generous amount of olive oil and fresh mint, making it the perfect accompaniment to anything from a green salad, to a bowl of pasta, to a crusty baguette. Yum. In a moment of […]

Beef and Shiitake-Lemongrass Miso Soup

Cold season has approached and I am in serious need of hearty, warming foods. With all the veggies in this miso soup, it’s a wonderfully healthy and nourishing bowl of soothing deliciousness and umami glory. Ginger adds an incredible zing, lemongrass, a bright, fresh flavor, shiitake mushrooms a boost for the immune system and nutrient […]

Lemon Anchovy Dressing

On a recent trip to Aix de Provence, I had an amazing yet simple Provencal style salad consisting of Belgium endives in a lemony anchovy dressing. I know anchovies aren’t for everyone but if they are good quality and packed in a decent quality olive oil their taste positively stands out from the rest of […]