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Home chef Ella Mills offers some plant-based recipes for anyone tempted by a healthier way to eat

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By MARK KENNEDY

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“I know I used to think eating this way would be just like nibbling on sad and soggy carrots and rabbit food all day long,” she says. “But you suddenly start cooking and you realize it’s actually super-flavorsome and textured and interesting and just not what you thought it was.”

The range of flavours in plant food must be several orders of magnitude greater than meat, from chillies to olives, cinnamon to celeriac, walnuts to tomatoes, coriander to coconut and on and on. More often than not plant flavours are used to enhance the taste of meat. Eating meat as a force of habit only dulls the diet and the ability to taste anything much.

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Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato and Eggplant Ragu — is perfect for skeptics. 

美味しそう!I invented me one of those plus some lentils and 干ししいたけ

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I like Italian Eggplant Parmigiana, (Parmigiana di Melanzane) which can be with meat or meatless. Oven-roasted eggplant is good.

During the summer we are gifted many eggplants. Some we make into Italian Pickled Eggplant.

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Some we make into Italian Pickled Eggplant.

Yummy. We like 水茄子.

https://oceans-nadia.com/recipe/tag/水なす

Why waste perfectly good egg plant cooking some foreign food, when the local Japanese cuisine is more than delicious and otherwise adequate. Showing off?

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The article and the book by Ella Mills are about "foreign foods" and do not mention Japanese recipes. Eggplant Ragu is Italian.

In the summer we have too many eggplants so we pickle them. There are many Japanese recipes. Shibazuke Pickles 柴漬け. Eggplant Shoyuzuke.

I like Italian Eggplant Parmigiana, (Parmigiana di Melanzane) because of my time living in Italy.

Why waste perfectly good egg plant cooking some foreign food, when the local Japanese cuisine is more than delicious and otherwise adequate. Showing off?

Japanese eat a very wide range of "foreign foods".

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Thanks for the reply. Egg plant is good fried. Do you airfry your egg plant or like it raw?

There are many Japanese recipes. Shibazuke Pickles 柴漬け. Eggplant Shoyuzuke.

But to name but only two , there are obvious many more. Would be keen to read your "Italian" recipe though. Might sell it in the shop.

Japanese eat a very wide range of "foreign foods".

I know. Fusion cooking is big over here.

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Elvis is here

Thanks for the reply. Egg plant is good fried. Do you airfry your egg plant or like it raw?

Eggplant fried absorbs too much oil. I posted oven-roasted eggplant.

There are many Japanese recipes. Shibazuke Pickles 柴漬け. Eggplant Shoyuzuke.

But to name but only two , there are obvious many more.

You can find all the eggplant Japanese pickles you want online.

Would be keen to read your "Italian" recipe though. Might sell it in the shop.

Also online

Japanese eat a very wide range of "foreign foods".

> I know. Fusion cooking is big over here.

Really. Do you live here?

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30 minutes. 5 easy step. Doesn't anyone cook food that isn't easy? "How to feed 20 people bouillabaisse in 10 minutes with refrigerator left-overs while texting on your smartphone!" If something takes a little time and effort, guess what -- it is often better than food like this.

I can top this one easily. Eat out. No steps at all.

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Wallace:

Fusion cooking is big over here.*

Really. Do you live here?

Yes. Fusion cooking is huge in the big cities. Not so much in the 田舎 in appears but any major urban area has something foreign with a local twist; fusion cooking. Check online for Tokyo's fusion restaurants. There are lots of them. It's not just curry and Chinese food here. It's a whole new world of eating for all tastes and price ranges. However, there is a lack of vegetarian and vegan dining. Mills new book fills that void and is welcomed

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It's nice to see that vegetarian cooking is evolving.

"some vegetarian and vegan options like miso glazed aubergine."

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Ella Mills cookbooks are not available in Japanese and therefore will have little impact here. The English version of her latest book is also not available. About ¥5,000 from Amazon.

There are many Japanese vegetarian and vegan dishes.

I prepare both vegetarian and vegan dishes from time to time. Like Apple Pie and Cashew Cream.

Shojin Ryori, otherwise known as Buddhist cuisine, is a plant-based, vegetarian meal eaten in Japan by monks. 

https://matcha-jp.com/en/2710

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Ella Mills's blog is only in English. I visited the site. Only English reading Japanese and I doubt many have even heard of her. You don't even know how many Japanese people read her blog.

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I doubt many have even heard of her.

That is the whole point of the article, to present her to a new audience. My partner (the nutritionist) has heard of her

You don't even know how many Japanese people read her blog

I can't see the relevance.

Ella Mills's blog is only in English.

People use can Google translate. But most Japanese can read English quite well. Your 英会話 experience must have taught you that. Have you ever used Google translate?

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Her blog is read my many in Japan

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You then claim that they would use something like Google Translate to read it. BS.

Is there an official poll substantiating this?

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