Shishito

Shishito pepper (獅子唐辛子) is a sweet finger-sized Japanese pepper. The name refers to the fact that the tip of the chili pepper (唐辛子 tōgarashi) resembles the head of a lion (獅子 shishi). In Japanese it is often abbreviated as shishitō (lion pepper).

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Shishito is usually served hot – skewered and grilled. It can also be sautéed at high heat till it blisters then season with sea salt, preferably Maldon. The heat brings out the peppery aroma and it is the perfect accompaniment to clean sake.

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Ramps Dumpling

Today is the first day of May. On my quick visit to the farmers market this morning, I was delighted to find a good variety of spring foraged ingredients, such as (pictured clockwise) devil’s club shoots, morel mushrooms, goose tongues, ladyfern fiddleheads, and sea beans.

On top of that, we have been getting nettles since the beginning of March, and ramps appeared early April, after Jeremy (from Forage and Found) returned from the East Coast. Continue reading “Ramps Dumpling”