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Year of Tiger starting out with our best friend Doggie

Happy New Year !

Shared Ozoni aka traditional Japanese New Year soup with friends ❤️ Plating the bowls is an artistic endeavor ? There are many variations to Ozoni soup depending on the family and/or region of Japan one is from. Mine is just Tokyo-style with whatever ingredients that one can find handy in USA. As we are near a Japanese supermarket we are lucky to have:

  • Mochi (either round or rectangle shaped)
  • Kamaboko (fish cake – these are red and white for auspiciousness)
  • Shungiku greens (a bit like spinich but with more character) my mother used Mitsuba but did not have any.
  • chicken breast
  • Ikura fish eggs in mochi mini-cups I made – just my idea that came due to reasons I can explain later.
  • Shirataki (crystal noodles – totally not traditional – just thought pretty addition.)
  • Normally would have shiitake mushroom, flower shaped carrot, but not this time. For me a must used to be Yuzu peel as a touch for the final garnish but did not have any Yuzu so … a tiny lemon peel ribbon strip.

Once these are arranged, the broth is poured over gently and we are ready to : Itadaki masu! Omedeto !!

My broth is clear made from blending of various dashi – soup stock but some regions may have miso in it or … So Many Variations – fun to see this site for some of the examples – Here’s the Link:)

Greeted by this Prince on their couch. So happy to see a happy dog to welcome the Year of Tiger:)

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Chocolate Gems from M

The joy is in playing this game:

1. Where the gift giver will have the “key” on what’s what and calls out the name then the players guess which one. Like “karuta” game. Only instead of cards we have the more delectable… chocolates and truffles.

2. To guess the flavor and name of the piece;

3. To sample and guess the flavor;

So fun playing this game … especially it’s all about tasting and sharing all these flavors. thank you for the best gift.

Merry Christmas!

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Help! Squirrels are eating up the gems!!

And the Autumn sky

We are happy to share with birds and squirrels this autumn bounty but … maybe 30/70 split in our favor?