Japanese cuisine is something I've only really begun to enjoy recently. The husband being a big fan of the Asian-inspired food scene, our evenings out mostly revolve around food from the Far East which has made me appreciate food that I otherwise would have never come across. And then there's food blogging, which has introduced me to a plethora of amazing products and cuisines, sake being one of them.
Although I have had sake as a drink numerous times in restaurants, and I also have a soft spot for the warm version of it, I had never actually cooked with it. Of course the occasional rice wine might make its way into a dish while on an experimental cooking spree, but I had never really ventured into cooking with sake as the main ingredient.
The opportunity to cook with sake this month has been a great learning experience for me, and I'm sure there are loads of others out there who are also intimidated by the prospect of cooking with it and this may provide a little nudge in the right direction.
I did quite a bit of research and came up first with this cauliflower recipe, which is not only easy to make but also tastes fabulous. The cooking sake I used (Yutaka) has a soothing taste and is great in this fiery dip. The roasted garlic adds a nice smoky flavour to the sauce and the spicy-sweet balance is a treat for your palate – I tend to favour quite a lot of spice, but feel free to adjust the heat to taste. I'm very happy to add this recipe to my cooking repertoire.