Man, this daylight savings thing really fools you..... when evening finally arrives you think well, it's still pretty early, and wham..... it nine pm!
Today was a beautiful day, and we decided to drive up to Gardena, and do some shopping at Marukai, and of course grab some lunch (a later post). Because we were a bit early, the Missus suggested that we stop by the Torrance Saturday Farmers Market, which used to be a favorite of ours when we lived in LA.
We picked up a few things, but something caught our eye on the way out.......
It was probably the largest Daikon I've ever seen. The Missus rationalized buying one of these since we'd need some daikon oroshi (grated daikon) for the Karei Karaage I was going to make. Of course this would probably make a ton of oroshi.... so I'll have to come up with something else.....
It's hard to gauge the size of the daikon in the photo, so I decided to compare it against Frankie.... who apparently thought this large creature was his new brother, or something like that.
Playing with my food - more fun with Maguro Tartar:
We liked the maguro we saw at Marukai, and picked up a block, and of course much like my previous post on Maguro Tartar, the Missus wanted something a bit different. So with all the same ingredients, I came up with two more appetizers. You can see my recipe in this post. I built the dishes after getting all my mise together, and built the first one before mixing in the cucumber, tomato, and avocado into the tartar. I grabbed a really old, and kinda tacky glass and built it up layer by layer. A dab of wasabi paste was spread on the bottom, followed by cucumber, tomato, avocado, followed by the maguro mixture.
I had coated the rim of the glass with a mixture of Korean Chili powder and sea salt, and topped the whole thing off with sliced scallions and sesame seeds. A couple of slices of avocado dipped in chili powder finished it off. The Missus made some Strawberry-Peach Sangria, and had that with the meal.
The second item was some slices of cucumber topped with a dollop of tuna tartar. At this point I had mixed in the avocado, tomato, and added some sesame oil.
Hey, I think Sammy's just asked to see the wine list! "Can anyone get some service around here!"