Also, it's very nicely produced, printed on good stock and the photographs are beautiful. Look for a copy. Credit goes to Emi Kazuko and the recipes are by Yasuko Fukuoka. The publisher is Hermes House.
Home Cooking & Takeout in Roslindale, West Roxbury and Beyond
Slow Cooked Shiitakes
20 dried shiitake mushrooms
3 Tbs. vegetable oil
2 Tbs. Soy Sauce
1 ½ Tbs. superfine sugar - also called Caster
1 Tbs. toasted sesame oil
Soak the mushrooms overnight in cold water. Next day: measure and set aside a ½ cup of the mushroom liquid. Drain the mushrooms and remove the stems. Heat a wok or something big then add the oil. When it’s hot stir fry the mushrooms over high heat for about five minutes. Lower the heat and add the mushroom liquid, the soy sauce and the sugar. Stir it in then cook slowly until the liquid is practically gone. Add the sesame oil and take the pan off the stove. When things cool down use as many as you need. Make thin slices and serve as is. They make a delicious side dish. They also make a good addition to other dishes including rice sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds. And…they keep for several weeks covered in the fridge so the convenience is great.
From OChef.com, a practical, helpful, no nonsense answer to a question about using superfine/caster sugar. "If you fail in your search and your store manager wouldn’t recognize customer service if he tripped over it, you can make your own superfine sugar by running granulated sugar in a food processor until powdery. After you turn it off, let the powder settle for a minute before you open the food processor. Otherwise you’ll be snorting sugar dust."
Lot's of other good things too, this looks like a great site. Finding superfine/caster sugar
J and I get takeout from Cafe Apollonia every so often and it's always very good. We passed the word to E & B who also like it. And now friend M has been along with a friend of hers. They went for a very early lunch on Sunday, it was just noon, and they couldn't have been happier.
She writes, "We had the place to ourselves, they were barely ready
to start serving. The couple that runs it are
sweethearts. The husband explained to us that last
night was extremely busy; probably because of the
weather no one went out all day, then decided to go
out for dinner when the snow stopped. This meant they
were up until 2:00am, so they were late coming in and
setting up today. So we were patient, and was it
worth it! I had the piskovica (?spelling) sandwich,
which is spicy ground beef/pork accented with a tart yogurt-based sauce, and [my friend M] had the Mistra - chicken breast pesto. Wonderful flavors. And the fries were fabuloso, thick-cut, crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. We each took home half the sandwich, and in fact I'm now looking forward to putting it in the toaster oven and having a nice dinner.
umm, you can use this on local eats if you credit me."
Thanks M, credit is gladly given. By the way J and I love the roast lamb but everything we've had is good. Cafe Apollonia is located in Roslindale Village which is the business area for one of Boston's neighborhoods. The area is clean and safe and there are a number of nice shops and restaurants. If you're in Boston make the trip. It's definitely worth it. They also have a web site with a menu, some bio information and best of all a map so you can find it.
The address is 146 Belgrade Avenue
Roslindale MA 02131-2433. Contact info is - Phone: (617) 327-6910
Fax: (617) 327-6914 eMail firstname.lastname@example.org
From a press release by Microtel Inns & Suites. >> The majority of respondents took several trips a year, traveled by car
(several used a van) to destinations around the U.S., and had disabilities
requiring the use of a wheelchair. More than one third of participants booked
their hotel accommodations via the web, followed by calling the toll-free
number or contacting the hotel directly.<<
Microtel Inns & Suites is the only budget hotel chain to implement the
training program known as Opening Doors(R) systemwide. Opening Doors(R),
developed by W.C. Duke Associates of Woodford, Va., is a value-added training
tool used to enhance the chain's customer service initiatives, so that staff
can practice "attitude accessibility." Opening Doors(R) emphasizes disability
etiquette skills training that includes interactive activities and role
playing using wheelchairs, blindfolds, earplugs and taped hands so employees
can practice how to service customers with disabilities. For more
information, visit http://www.wcduke.com .
Sounds like they're really trying. I'm going to see if they're in New Orleans. Maybe we'll stay there when we go to the Jazz Fest.
Microtel Inns & Suites and World Congress & Expo on Disabilities Announce Results of Joint 'Survey of Travelers with Disabilities': "Survey of Travelers with Disabilities"
I bought a small and inexpensive item a year ago. They have now spent every penny of the profit they made by sending me a steady supply of e-mail and catalogs. If they keep it up, and I imagine they will, they're going to lose money in the long run.
Sound effect: The flop of an unopened catalog landing in the recycle pile.