RECIPES USING KOJI (SOY SAUCE, MISO)

RECIPES USING KOJI (SOY SAUCE, MISO)

Photos by: Miho Watanabe

Recipes provided by soramame, based in Australia, a promoter of healthy living based on the principles of macrobiotics.

ROASTED PUMPKIN SALAD

INGREDIENTS (SERVES 4-5)

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1/6 pumpkin, cut into 5mm slices and coat in a smalll amount of olive oil
DRESSING
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp ama-koji
1.5 tbsp brown rice vinegar 30g roasted walnut
3-4 llettuce leaves for serving

METHOD

1. Place the pumpkin under a grill and roast both sides until golden.
2. Mix the ingredients for the dressing in a bowl and dress on the pumpkin.

* Pumpkin contains a natural sweetness. It helps to support the spleen and pancreas, and also has a calming effect.
* Nuts contain protein, vitamins, and minerals. However, they also have lots of fat, so eat in moderation.
* Miso and soy sauce are made through the process of fermenting soybeans and koji. Be sure to select products that have no artificial additives.


SEASONAL VEGETABLE MISO SOUP

INGREDIENTS (SERVES 4-5)

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STOCK
4g dried wakame
900ml water
VEGETABLES
1/2 carrot, finely sliced
1/2 onion, finely sliced
2 stickes parsley, finely chopped
1 shallot, finely sliced for garnish
MISO
3-4 tbsp miso, dissolved in a bowl with small amount of soup

METHOD

1. Place the stock ingredients in a bowl for approximately 15 minutes to soak. Drain to separate the liquid (stock) from the wakame.
2. Place the stock and carrots and onion into a pot and bring to the boil. Simmer for 3 minutes.
3. Add the wakame and parsley. Once it comes back to the boil simmer for 1 minute. Slowly add dissolved miso, and remove from the heat.

KEIKO IKEDA PROFILE

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Keiko is a fully trained macrobiotic instructor having obtained her diploma from the Kushi Institute in Japan. She holds regular macrobiotic cooking classes in Sydney as well as miso making workshops. Keiko is also the founder of Soramame-Koji House which produces delicious, healthy koji products. Supporting people’s busy lifestyle with healthy, wholesome food is Keiko’s passion.


All ingredients used in recipes can be found in Australia at locations such as your local supermarket, aboutlife (http://www.aboutlife.com.au), Tokyo Mart (http://www.junpacific.com/tokyomart/index.html), and soramame (http://www.soramame.com.au/en).