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Old 11-06-2005, 03:33 AM   #1
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Hi everyone. One of these days I'll get around to posting about my life here at Kumamoto University in Japan, but that very life has been running away with me, and I haven't been around much to do so. That, and I have very limited internet access for the time being.

Among other exciting things, I've hooked up with a lovely Japanese girl named Marie. Ever since the very beginning, one of the ways we've been sweet to each other is by making each other dinner. I'm in a bit of a fix now, though, because it's my turn to make a good dinner tomorrow night, and I'm running out of high quality ideas. I was hoping you all might have some suggestions.

Here's the challenge: I have to do this cooking in my room, and this room has nothing to cook with other than a single electric burner. For this burner, I have nothing but 1 frying pan and 1 small pot. Of course, I have mixing bowls, cooking utensils, a colander etc, but that's about it. No microwave, no oven.

So, fellow Iron Chefs, what do you think? I'm open to anything, and Marie isn't picky at all. I can get most any ingredient here, but cheese in particular is expensive and limited in variety - a shame, because it was the backbone of the cooking I did back home.
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Old 11-06-2005, 03:48 AM   #2
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Buy:

Minute Rice (Or a quick cooking rice)
Bovril, or some other beef flavor powder
Pork Chops
Various Spices (I prefer Steak Spice and Garlic)
Lettuce
Croutons
Ranch Dressing
Bacon Bits

Prepare:

Fry pork chops, and add some seasoning spices of your choice. Fry to desired level, then put on a plate and cover to keep warm.

Boil water in the pot until boiling, then add rice and bovril. Cook for 5 minutes, or until done, then put onto plates.

Mix lettuce, croutons, creamy ranch, and bacon bits to a bowl, then toss them to get it all mixed up.

Serve, add candles and music, and BAM!<P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by Blade556 on 11/05/05 11:48 PM.</FONT></P>
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Old 11-06-2005, 03:56 AM   #3
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That sounds tastey indeed, but I'm not sure how easy it will be to find beef powder. I would probably have to try using real bacon as well. I've got the recipe down, thought. Keep 'em coming!
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Old 11-06-2005, 04:20 AM   #4
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> So, fellow Iron Chefs, what do you think? I'm open to
> anything, and Marie isn't picky at all. I can get most any
> ingredient here, but cheese in particular is expensive and
> limited in variety - a shame, because it was the backbone of
> the cooking I did back home.

Chicken paprikas, a traditional Hungarian dish and something I grew up eating twice a week. It went over huge with Chinese people here on Friday--most of them thought it was Korean food till I told them otherwise (it's pretty damn hot).

My recipe (adapted for what I have access to in China, and I imagine what you have access to in Japan, you need the extra peppers to make up for the heat lost by not having actual Hungarian paprika available)

You will need:
4x large white onions
8x cloves garlic
4tbsp paprika (possibly more)
1tbsp fancy paprika
1/2tbsp cayenne pepper
1/4tbsp black pepper
1/2 bag dried chili peppers
10 sweet chili peppers
5 chicken breasts, chopped into 6ths
1tbsp olive oil

Rub the chicken with leftover paprika and marinate in vinegar 2 hours.

Chop the onions and mix the garlic, fry them in olive oil in the bottom of your pot until they soften. Toss in the chicken and begin to cook it until the outsides are done. Toss in some of the paprika and keep stirring. Cook this way for about 3 minutes until the chicken is done. Fill the pot with water until it meets the top of the chicken (CLEAN WATER! If your tap sucks, use bottled water) Add in the rest of the paprika and the dried peppers. Stir well and reduce to a low heat to simmer. After 15 minutes, stir again. Continue to simmer until serve time.

15 minutes prior to serve, chop and add the sweet chili peppers, this is to keep them crunchy so they don't reduce to slime.

I strongly recommend you simmer the food AT LEAST three hours, no more than 8 hours. The chicken should be very tender and have totally absorvbed the paprika flavor.

Serve over top of either flour dumpling (traditional) or rice.

For flour dumplings, combine two cups of flour with one whole large egg and one cup water. Beat it until all the lumps are gone (it will never be runny, more like gooey). Bring a large pot of water to boil and add a LOT of salt to increase the heat. Using a teaspoon, take a teaspoon of the batter and push it off the spoon into the water. Cook for at least 6 minutes, then skim off the dumplings.

If you need a vegetable side, I recommend steamed broccoli or spinach. Steam them no more than 80 - 90 seconds, then garnish with a capful of olive oil and dash of salt.
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Old 11-06-2005, 05:53 AM   #5
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> 4tbsp paprika (possibly more)
> 1tbsp fancy paprika
> 1/2tbsp cayenne pepper
> 1/4tbsp black pepper
> 1/2 bag dried chili peppers
> 10 sweet chili peppers


<img src=http://static.flickr.com/23/26454991_9680207679.jpg>
what? I can't stand spicy food and this was the first thing that popped in my head when I saw your ingredient list
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Old 11-06-2005, 07:16 AM   #6
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> what? I can't stand spicy food and this was the first thing
> that popped in my head when I saw your ingredient list

Har har. Man, never go to central China, Korea, Mexico or parts of eastern Europe then <img src=smilies/cwm27.gif>

You could condense that list to half the length if you had a few Hungarian Banana Peppers or quality paprika ...

... Or one habanero pepper, but that wouldn't taste good anymore--just painful. Weeds never grow around habanero pepper plants, because the acid from the rotting seems to KILL anything but habaneros. We planted them in the garden one year and weren't able to use that land for anything else for the next two years.
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Old 11-10-2005, 06:05 AM   #7
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Hmm. I am actually teaching myself to cook right now. Well, what did you end up making anyway.

If I had seen this post earlier I would have recommended you go buy your favorite meat and vegitables, get some peanut oil and do a little stirfry. Maybe buy or whip up a sauce to glaze it with.
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Old 11-10-2005, 07:24 AM   #8
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> Hmm. I am actually teaching myself to cook right now.
> Well, what did you end up making anyway.

> If I had seen this post earlier I would have recommended you
> go buy your favorite meat and vegitables, get some peanut
> oil and do a little stirfry. Maybe buy or whip up a sauce
> to glaze it with.


I wound up going with shrimp scampi over some simple pasta. I threw in some wine, and it worked like a charm. I also made dessert of bananas dipped in chocolate. She was impressed, to say the least.<img src=smilies/cwm11.gif>

Stir fry is actually something I was thinking about trying, and there's a good chance I'll go with it next time. First, though, I need to track down a bigger variety of oils. I'm sure they exist here, but it's not always easy to find.

Thanks everyone!
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Old 11-11-2005, 02:26 AM   #9
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> what? I can't stand spicy food and this was the first thing
> that popped in my head when I saw your ingredient list

I don't know....that recipe sounds awesome to me. <img src=smilies/magbiggrin.gif>
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Old 11-11-2005, 12:30 PM   #10
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> I don't know....that recipe sounds awesome to me.

Me too, I might end up making it one night next week, we have most of the ingredients here already.
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