Miso-Marinated Cod

We had this dish on our trip to Hawaii and have worked to recreate it ever since. The fish takes some forethought and prep, but the cooking time is quick and easy.

Photo of Miso Cod plated by Aurora Meyer on Dispatches from the Castle

Miso-Marinated Cod

Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese


  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1/4 cup white miso paste
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 4 cod fillets
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon green onions for garnish


  • At least two days BEFORE you plan to eat this dish, make the miso marinade. Bring the sake and mirin to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Boil for 20 seconds to evaporate the alcohol.
  • Turn the heat down to low, add the miso paste, and whisk. When the miso has dissolved completely, turn the heat up to high again and add the sugar, whisk to ensure that the sugar doesn't burn. Remove from heat once the sugar is fully dissolved. Cool.
  • Pat the black cod fillets thoroughly dry with paper towels. We usually use frozen, slightly defrosted filets for this since fresh cod is hard to come by here. Add the fish and the marinade to a sealable Tupperware container. Leave to marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. We suggest lightly flipping the container when you open the refrigerator during those two days.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat an oven-proof skillet, such as a cast-iron skillet, over high heat on the stovetop. Lightly wipe off any excess miso clinging to the fillets, but leave some on (just not big clumps).
  • Add a bit of sesame oil to the pan, then place the fish in the pan and cook until the bottom of the fish browns and blackens in spots, about 3 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until the other side is browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to the oven and bake for 5 to 10 minutes, until fish is opaque and flakes easily.
    photo of miso cod cooking by Aurora Meyer on Dispatches from the Castle
Keyword cod, miso, Miso-Marinated Cod
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Ground Chicken Bowl

It’s not a surprise we love Japanese food. We are always looking for new recipes that everyone in the family enjoys. This is a great one that is easy enough for a weeknight and filled with protein and our daughter’s second favorite vegetable, peas.

Photo of oboro Don Ground Chicken Bowl by Aurora Meyer on Dispatches from the Castle

Ground Chicken Bowl

This is a revised version of Soboro Don a delicious, easy protein filled Japanese dish.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 3 people


For Ground Chicken

  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • ½ to 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 tsp ginger We use the ginger in the squeeze bottle, it can be hard to find good fresh ginger here.
  • 1 Tbsp sake
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp mirin
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce Dark soy adds a great depth of flavor to this dish

For Scrambled Eggs

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil

To Serve

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • ¼ cup green peas
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds


  • Heat the sesame oil in a non-stick frying pan on medium heat, and cook the chicken until cooked through. Tip: cook without breaking until browned, then flip and cook until browned again. Then break it up.
  • Add sake, sugar, and mirin.
  • Add the ginger (Be careful! The ginger may pop!)
  • Cook until the liquid is almost gone. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  • Beat the eggs in a small bowl and add sugar. Mix well until sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Heat oil in the frying pan over medium-low heat and pour in the egg mixture.
  • Break the egg into small pieces. When it’s cooked through, transfer to another bowl.
  • To serve add some rice to a bowl. Then add the chicken, egg and peas. You can use sesame seeds as a garnish.
Keyword chicken bowl
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Gluten-Free Banana Oatmeal Bread

Gluten Free Banana Oatmeal Bread By Aurora Meyer on Dispatches from the Castle

Gluten Free Banana Oatmeal Bread

Super easy gluten free Banana Oatmeal Bread.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Resting Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 slices


  • 1/2 cup Butter Can substitute shortening or magerine if you prefer.
  • 1 cup sugar If you prefer caramel flavors feel free to add some brown sugar we like half cup of each.
  • 2 tbsp
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup gluten free flour We like the Krusteaz all purpose gluten free flour the best.
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats These work the best but in a pinch you can use Instant.
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon iodized salt
  • 1/4 cup milk We use vanilla almond milk because we don't have regular milk in the house but your favorite milk or milk alternative would work in this recipe.
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon In our opinion Penzy's cinnamon is the best.
  • 2 Ripe bananas We wait until they are mostly brown to make this recipe.


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan and set aside (we use olive oil spray for this and it works well).
  • Cream together the butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time and then vanilla; beat until fluffy.
  • Add the flour and mix. Then add the bananas and oatmeal and mix. Then add the baking soda and mix. Add the salt and cinnamon to the milk, pour in slowly and mix. Mix until blended.
  • Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes; remove from oven and cover for 5 minutes. (The middle might fall in but a tooth pick or butter knife should come out clean.)
Keyword banana, banana bread, banana oatmeal bread, oatmeal
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Leeks, Eggs and Bacon

I really love this dish. It’s quick enough for a weeknight and usually just the perfect amount of food.

Leeks, Eggs and Bacon

This is one of our most favorite reset dinners. There are only so many nights in a row we can indulge in rich meals before J and I begin craving simple, vegetable-heavy dishes. While this dish is at its peak in spring, if you can find leeks year round, don't be afraid to try it out of season.
Cuisine French


  • 4 leaves large leeks tough outerremoved, ends trimmed and only white and light green parts remaining
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup ⁄2chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme (we use fresh it just tastes more like spring)
  • 1 teaspoon ⁄4salt
  • 1 pinch pepper


  • Cut each leek lengthwise into halves and then cut each half into half circles. Soak leeks in a large bowl of cool water to allow any dirt to settle to the bottom. The best way we've found to do this is using a salad spinner.
  • In a saute pan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add the leeks to the skillet.
  • Cook the leeks, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. It's best to let them brown a bit on the bottoms. Sprinkle with thyme and cook one minute more.
  • Add stock, reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Braise the leeks At this point you can choose to either cover the leeks or leave them uncovered. Uncovered the flavor concentrates a bit more but covered there is more broth to sop up with bread. Cook for about 10 more minutes or until the leeks are very tender.
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve. We like to serve it with some french bread, crumble cooked bacon and hard-boiled eggs.
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How To Improve Your Business Through Tech

Editor’s Note: Here at Dispatches, we are always looking for ways to help our readers do things. For some of our readers, that means helping navigate the working world, for others, it means assisting in the ever challenging question, “what’s for dinner?” For still others, it means figuring out how to balance family life with everything else. In an effort to aid in all of these endeavors, we have collaborated on this article written specifically for our readers.

We live in a modern world today, and that means that when running a business, everything is focused around the kind of technology you use which tends to be based around the internet. People don’t really read newspapers anymore, they look online for their daily updates. So when owning a business, you need to make sure that you are current and on trend so that your target audience can see you and learn about you. The way you plan on doing that is your choice, but the more options you leave open for yourself – the more chance you have of making your business a successful one.

Understand and implement new strategies
You should always be looking at new ways to upgrade your performance and get as much traffic as you can to your website, but if you’re not too sure on new ways of doing this, you will find it extremely hard to stand out and be different to your competition. This is why seeking out help from professionals like WGroup IT Management consulting can make such a big difference. They will be able to find the right route for you so you can get everything you want and more. You will also want to think about the little things, like the presentation on your site.

A lot of business owners tend to think the more, the better, as pages will look full of information and life that way, but this is in fact how a lot of people fail. There is no room for your pages to breathe, and it can end up looking messy, chaotic and overwhelming for your customers. So don’t be afraid of blank spaces. They will open up your design and be a lot clearer to indulge in.

Review your social media account
Social media is a brilliant way to market yourself as a business because it is not only the biggest source of news and entertainment but only usually costs time at the initial startup. There are millions and millions of individuals who all have their own personal accounts, so do some research and choose the platform your target customers frequent the most. It’s important that you manage your social media account and ensure that you are posting regularly, otherwise, people will lose interest quickly. You need to put out content that properly represents who you are as an overall brand and business, as well as what you do and what you can offer people. Then you need to think about the appropriate hashtags and captions to combine it all together. This is important as depending on your hashtags will determine the kind of people that see your content. If you need help with this, let us know! We love helping businesses of all sizes establish a social voice. 

Analyze your data and learn from it
You collect data for a reason, so never neglect the information that you’re able to receive. Data is an astounding way that you are able to really read into what you’re doing, whether it’s working, how you can improve and what you need to change. It allows you to have an insight into every single area of your business. Data can help you answer any questions that you may have along the way. But this can only work if you pay attention and learn from what it’s able to tell you. For example, data can have the ability to tell you exactly how much traffic your website has had, as specific as how many views an hour, to how many views in that week or month. This tells you a lot, especially if and when you make various changes because you will know whether traffic has then dropped as a result, or doubled. With a trial and error process of testing new things, you can then figure out what was successful, and what was a failure.

Technology is such an important thing within a business, and new advances are happening at a rapid pace. Just look at how far we’ve come in the last five years – let alone the last decade. Start small with just a website and one social media account. Give those two things the attention they deserve and see how it affects your business.