2012年1月5日木曜日

The festive food finale!

Phew... it's been a foodie festive season this year. From impromptu turkeys and obaachan sending us the entire osechi New Year food and enough mochi to build a small mochi-igloo (it's whit, right?) and then the whole 'Fukase Family Feast' series of meals it has been quite the gourmet corner of Nagano here.

Today's meal is a little embarrassing though.

It started off innocently enough. Amy noticed the picture of chocolate fondue on the side of the fondue set box and was very interested and googly eyed that people would dip things in melted chocolate. Oooooooo- can we do that??

Why not, hey? So we went to the supermarket and bought sinful amounts of chocolate and cream and then some strawberries and marshmallows and castella pieces and we had bananas and kiwifruit and apple at home already and Amy made a beautiful display:


And then we melted the chocolate in the cream and Amy was horrified at how much there was- "too much chocolate mummy!!" even though it was a third of the original US recipe!

We set up the burners and the fondue pot:
(soft focus effect courtesy of freezing cold Nagano winter and camera lens)

And that's when it got downright shameful! I pulled out the healthy veggie soup and brown rice I was planning for a light, pre-fondue first course.

Eh?
Eh?
Eh?

That's right, all three of them thought we would have just chocolate fondue for dinner.

Seriously!

I know K has various thoughts on the comparative lack of health benefits of Western food but really- did he honestly think chocolate fondue was a meal and not a dessert?

Yup.

So, I had my veggie soup and rice and they started straight in on the chocolate fondue.

Hey, it's the holidays!

And so we ended Fukase Family Festive Feasts Week with a true gala performance- chocolate fondue for dinner.

And astonishingly both girls retired before the chocolate ran out. There really is such thing as too much chocolate, huh?

7 件のコメント:

achan さんのコメント...

too much warm chocolate yep!

i remember visiting the Cadbury's factory in Tassie (a long time ago!!) and you could eat as much as you like off the conveyer (staff took it and handed it around in baskets) we were done by the first section. Hot chocolate is just too much, even if diluted with strawberries, pineapple and kiwi!!

Love the soft Nagano lens!!!

... so back to grilled fish and miso next week :)

jojoebi さんのコメント...

hope you kept the leftovers for breakfast :o)

Rosa さんのコメント...

I'm sure they think you're the best mother in the world after that!

gaijinwife さんのコメント...

I'm pretty sure that if you accompany the chocolate fondue fountain with champers then it definitely equals a square meal.

thefukases さんのコメント...

achan- that factory was a school trip option in Year 9! I went to Alice Springs/ Uluru by bus for 2 weeks instead... Chocolate would have been better than 2 weeks of camp food I assure you!

We have had vegetable soup every meal since. Veggie soup and brown rice in all sorts of variations like nabe, shabu shabu, minestrone etc etc.

jo- Meg and I had the day off the day after and I'm afraid that fondue tasted even better as truffle like nama-choco and it all went in a day. @_@ Still, better we ate it- would probably have made the chooks sick, right? ;P

Rosa- they were pretty impressed! I am rather worried they will tell a teacher or friend though.....

GW- a very well-rounded meal if you eat it too much anyway, hey? ;P

Lulu さんのコメント...

You had fruit. It made a balanced meal by itself :D

Gina さんのコメント...

What a gorgeous spread you all had! Yumm! Any excuse for melted chocolate plus fruit, sounds good to me ; ) Love chocolate fondue.

PS, Heather, am loving Amy's hair. What a great cut. Bangs and a little bob. Very very cute!