If we were in Fukushima for NY we would be having Obaachan's amazing cooking for the entire time.
The same food again and again breakfast lunch and dinner but really amazing food!
This is Obaachan's NY osechi food:
Even when we don't go to Fukushima we don't miss out on Obaachan's NY feast though:
delivered to the door. Even the bits on top there that I could buy in my supermarket right here in Azusagawa. But top marks to Obaachan because I didn't. So these were eagerly received by K and the girls. Me? I think fish paste, if eaten at all, should definitely not be sweet so am not so keen on these.
My try. Hmmmmm, not quite so bountiful or beautiful but eaten with the chicken veggie and baked rice cake soup on the left and the rice cake smothered in sweet red beans on the right it's quite filling enough! I'm not a fan of the red bean rice cakes either so skipped that much to (red bean monster) Meg's amazement. It was obaachan's home made low sugar version so more palatable than the shop stuff by far so I had a spoonful of K's to try.
Ready for brekky
Then after a lazy morning of playing games of Othello and Japanese chess and just being lazy we headed off for a first walk of the season and to the shrine to combine it with the first shrine visit.
It was freezing but we had a tail wind so set off in good spirits.
Prayed and took a commemorative shot.
Or tried to...
Success! The secret? Bib and brace overalls. I'm holding Amy back by her straps. The things ya gotta do, huh?
The walk home was not as fun. I would go as far as to say it wasn't fun at all. The wind was now a headwind and it was snowing and windy and it was biting our cheeks and just horrible.
But we walked fast and K and the girls sang Japanese songs together and we got home.
And warmed up with some amazing Sanuki udon that were sent here all the way from Shikoku by a dear friend. They were utterly delicious and treated with such care and K and I both using kitchen timers and three pots of water to get everything just right. Well worth the effort though!
I had thought that we would have a light meal of udon and a pot au feu style pork and vegetables in very lightly seasoned broth after all that rich NY food but at the last minute neighbour A turned up with a huge dish of the most amazingly rich yumminess that I can only describe as a Brazilian shepherd's pie if shepherds were really spicy and fragrant guys. With all that mashed potato and cheese of course the girls loved it and had to be convinced to eat the vegetables in the pot au feu. Oh well, it's NY. Back to normal food programming in a few days!
Before the amazing meaty goodness arrived (piping hot and ready to eat to boot) I had promised AMy she could make everyone hot chocolate with the works for dessert and she wouldn't be swayed by nutritional arguments and so we finished our meal with an Amy original-
Hot chocolate with whipped cream, a mini marshmallow AND cake sprinkles. Served with a gingerbread Christmas tree on the side.
Now is that a happy chef or what?
Happy New Year!
Here's hoping 2013 is a happy, healthy and all around fabulous year for all.
With more vegetables and less whipped cream than so far!