Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Food Photos - June

Local religious festival banquet
People in rural places tend to value traditions. Maybe it's universal?
Anyway, in June, we have a religious festival in my neighborhood and the top photo is the food we prepared for the banquet. Yeah, women in the neighborhood got together and made these. It IS nice to enhance community tie that way. But to be honest, just a few times a year is enough for me. (It's just like cooking with a bunch of mother-in-laws, you know...) ;P

Typical flags you see at the Shrine gate at Shinto festivals

At this festival, we cut a huge round rice cake into small pieces and wrap them with aluminum foil so that everyone can take one home with a sprig of sakaki tree. Both rice cakes and sakaki (Cleyera japonica) are holy in Shinto religion and considered to bring blessings to you.

I also went fishing in June. :)
Another thing I tried in June was this:
Building rocket stove with bricks. It was so much fun! :D

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Thursday, June 08, 2017

Food Photos - May

Making Ume Plum Infused Syrup

Well, I once called this "Ume Juice" but I wasn't happy with that name. Now I think it's more like syrup.

Anyway, I did this again, just like I did in previous years. Hope it turns out alright.

I had several opportunities to eat out in May, 2017. These are from a potluck party.

And one day, at our buckwheat noodle making class, we ended up making ramen noodles! :D
It was so much fun and very interesting to compare the process with that of buckwheat noodle making. It was amazing how hard it was to roll out ramen noodle dough!!
And after eating the homemade ramen noodles, we had a great time enjoying the cakes one of the members made at home and brought to the class.

Towards the end of the month, I had a chance to try this lunch buffet at one of the restaurants in our hometown.
Too bad I was full before I could try everything. There were just too many kinds of food! :D

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Friday, June 02, 2017

Food Photos - April

 Matcha Soba (Buckwheat Noodles flavored with powdered green tea)

Remember I made beautiful green buckwheat noodles by adding some powdered green tea in February?  I froze some of them so that I can use them in cherry blossom season. Yes. I really, really wanted to take a photo like this one for years. And the dream came true in mid April.

To be perfectly honest, the noodles did not taste as good as they did in April. Well, that's the way it is with homemade buckwheat noodles... They are meant to be eaten ASA they're made. But I was happy to be able to take these photos. A feast to my eyes. ;)

BTW, I started practicing Koto (a traditional Japanese musical instrument) when I broke my left foot last year. And here's a video of me playing a music with a theme related to cherry blossom. Let me try if I can post it here.

I wonder if any of you know this song...  Sorry, this is not a classic. ;)
(Original music: http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm15630734)

One day I got lucky and was given a huge Japanese amberjack for free. It was a little damaged so not for sale. Since dad didn't want to gut it, I gutted and filleted this huge (about 10 kg?) Japanese amberjack all by myself! Phew!!



And, as long-term readers of my blog know, April is the beginning of our abalone season. Hence, these photos:

Cooking chewy type abalone in a pressure cooker

Mmmm... looks like I didn't take many food photos in April, 2017...
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