Young shoot of warabi (bracken fern)
It was not easy to find wagashi with a theme related to “April” or “early spring” at this time of the year, and this was the best I could. These lovely green balls in the photo above are matcha warabimochi (bracken-starch dumplings flavored with green tea). I don’t know if warabimochi is officially considered as wagashi for spring, but at least, bracken ferns and especially their young shoots are associated with early spring, so there is a connection. ;)
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Posted by obachan at 4/30/2006 11:59:00 PM
OK, I have a confession to make.
This was my supper tonight. I don’t know if seafood is good for coughing (-- the only thing I remember is that my grandma boiled lobster shells and made me drink the soup when I had the mumps), but I felt like eating this today, so maybe there was a reason… or maybe not. Oh, well.
For dessert, I made blueberry tarts to finish up the leftover frozen blueberries from the white wine jelly I made the other day.
If I would be still coughing a lot tomorrow morning, I would go see a doctor.
Friday, April 28, 2006
... what this is? ;)
OK. Time to tell you the truth.
Yep, this is octopus. Boiled… or maybe I should say blanched octopus with ume (plum) dressing.
This octopus dish was part of last month’s course meal at the kaiseki place I work at. Of course, for the kaiseki course they used much better, expensive octopus from Japanese waters. What I used, on the other hand, was cheap, pre-boiled and packed pieces I found at a nearby supermarket. But I just wanted to give this a try and at least my curiosity is satisfied now.
BTW, have you noticed that obachan is gradually getting out of the cave and now tagging the posts? I modified the categories section on my sidebar a bit today. The reason why I have 2 categories sections is that I had absolultely no energy to tag all of my previous entries. ;P
And I’m thinking about making another category for my next project, “my favorite appetizers and sake.” After the izakaya I used to work at closed last month, I st… no, I got a permission to take
1) a recipe book of popular izakaya appetizers and
2) an old food cutter
with me. ;)
Now that my busiest time is over, I may start my experiments as early as this “Golden Week.” I guess from my previous posts, some of my dear readers already know that I’ve been pretty much interested in our traditional drink, sake. I also have to admit that a recent manga has played a big role in intensifying my interest in this alcoholic beverage. The story of the manga is about an American young guy working at a Japanese sake brewery, and by reading it you can learn a lot about sake itself and various ways to enjoy it. I don't necessarily agree with everything that's expressed in this manga, but still I enjoy reading it a lot. Especially I was happy to see the name of my favorite sake, bijofu 美丈夫 included in one of the scenes (if I was not mistaken). :)
Posted by obachan at 4/28/2006 11:11:00 AM
Monday, April 24, 2006
White Wine and Tea Jelly
Yep, I quickly recovered from the hangover and enjoyed this white wine. In addition to drinking it with my supper (grilled salmon and baguettes) on Tuesday, I tried out this recipe yesterday morning. ;)
This was not bad at all, but next time I want to try something like… uh... well, how about a layer of this white wine jelly over strawberry or raspberry mousse?
P.S. Thank you GENKI people for giving me this wine.
A present given to me last night. I’m looking forward to tasting this as soon as this hangover is gone…
(Some drinks and karaoke last night. ;P)
Categories: Drinks, Sweets
Posted by obachan at 4/24/2006 02:24:00 PM
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Black Sesame Seed Cookies
It's been a while since I baked something last time...
These sesame seed cookies turned out just so-so because I omitted the almond powder called for in the recipe. I guess it made a big difference in the texture.
Well, next time I'll try making these using almond powder.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Gosh! Is it already the 12th?!?! My blog hasn’t been updated for more than 10 days?
See the blueberry flowers?
Dog rose. I hope this blooms this year…
Posted by obachan at 4/12/2006 07:53:00 AM