In this recipe video, I will make 3 easy and traditional Japanese pickles; Gari (Sushi Pickled Ginger), Beni Shoga (Red Pickled Ginger) and Asazuke (Lightly Pickled Vegetables). Aside with these Tsukemono, I’ll introduce traditional Japanese breakfast menus. If you are interested in learning more about Japanese pickles, please read this page. Read More
I found the cherry blossoms flavor KitKat at convenience store. Not only beautiful package, you can make a donation to plant cherry trees in Tohoku region by purchasing this product.
It was March 11 yesterday and special programs were broadcasted all day in Japan. 10 years have passed since the big earthquake and tsunami happened in Tohoku area of Japan.
I believe that this event changed many people’s lives and way of thinking.
From this day onward, I began to think that unexpected things happen suddenly in life. I have to take more responsibility, independence in my life. Feel grateful for the normal day every nights.
And now, I became a mother of two children who were born after this event. As a parent, I will continue telling my children what happened in northern part of Japan and what we should prepare for the future.
In this recipe video, I’ll introduce how to make Japanese breakfast which is also kids friendly. This time, we use fish as for main. Menus are Salmon nanbanzuke, Shiraae (Tofu salad), mini Onigiri (Rice Balls) and Miso Soup with spring vegetable. After cooking, I will also introduce Japanese-style table settings for adults and children. I hope these recipes will bring you a wonderful time with your friends and family!
This means “Easting Ramen from the morning”. It has been a hot topic just before Corona and was popular with tourists as well, especially Ramen Lovers !
A Japanese famous ramen company Ippudo 一風堂 recently started offering Soy sauce ramen & Special rice porridge at their limited shop in Asakusabashi. So, my family and I visited weekday morning from 8:00!
The price is reasonable at 500 yen, and those who wish can drink coffee for free. *This service is weekday only!
Though Ippudo is famous for Tonkotsu ramen but the soy sauce ramen and their homemade egg noodles were really fresh, chewy and went well with light flavor soy based soup.
And our surprise was that their special rice porridge is made of Tonkotsu soup! Umeboshi, Zha cai, and paprika, which are thought to have been added to change the texture, were also interesting and delicious.
Both dishes warmed my body on a cold morning. If you are interested in making Shoyu ramen (soy sauce based ramen), please check this recipe!
The 3rd of March is the traditional and representative spring event day called “Hina Matsuri” in Japan.
Hina Matsuri is a special time to pray for the growth and happiness of Japanese girls. It is also called “Peach-Blossom Festival” because in olden times, people believed that peach blossoms had special powers to drive away evil spirits. According to the lunar calendar, peach blossoms were in full bloom around March 3. This is the reason that even today peach blossoms are always displayed together with Japanese dolls called Hina Ningyo (ひな人形).
There is a tradition if the baby is a girl, the parents of the mother give a traditional dolls called Hina-kazari (ひな飾り) to their daughter’s family. Hina-kazari is a traditional dolls of Emperor, Empress, their servants and accessories on the tiered stand.
In very ancient times, display stands used to consist of just two or three tiers but over the years they grew more elaborate and gorgeous. I had 7 tier Hina-kazari at my house and my younger brother always tried to climb up. His heroic story is still α hot topic every year among my family. His heroic story is still a hot topic every year.
This day, parents having daughter invite their families and friends to celebrate this event. They display Hina-kazari and serve guests traditional dishes. When I was a child, my family always celebrated the Hina Matsuri together. So, this event reminds me of my childhood every year.
Home Party Menu Ideas
If you are planning to celebrate this Japanese family event, here are the recipes that we prepare here in Japan and also I recommend for home party.
It is important to dismantle the display and put away the dolls as soon as the festival is over. The dolls’ faces are covered with special soft paper and each item is carefully wrapped and retuned to its designated box.
People have traditionally believed that if the dolls are kept out for too long after the festival, the daughter of the family will have a hard time getting married. I remember that my mother was rushing to clean up when the Hinamatsuri was over. I hope her annual effort worked!?
The 3rd of March is the traditional and representative spring event day called “Hinamatsuri” in Japan. In this video, I introduce how to make 2 kinds Chirashizushi (Scattered sushi). One for adults with using fresh seafoods and the other for kids with using cooked ingredients. How about making these seasonal sushi and celebrating Japanese Hinamatsuri at your home?
Since I created various Fruit Sandwich, I have so many leftover bread crusts in my kitchen. So, I would like to introduce some ideas of how to cook with bread crusts.
IDEA 1, Homemade croutons and snack
It’s really easy and simple. You can just cut the bread crusts into small pieces and toast them on the frying pan. I don’t add oil. Just stir occasionally until it gets brown color. Done! How about adding to the soup or salad ? (I made a potato soup for my children and they liked it!) It might be fun to add seasonings to eat like a snack. For example, I would experiment with butter, soy sauce, aonori (seaweed), curry powder for savory flavors. And for sweet flavors, I might choose Honey, cinnamon, Sugar, maple syrup, cacao powder etc.
IDEA 2: Toppings for ice cream
After making the homemade croutons, how about using them as a topping for ice cream? I made homemade matcha ice cream and sprinkled one for chocolate syrup, choco chip and croutons, and the other for kinako (dried soy bean powder), Kuromitsu (brown sugar syrup) and croutons. The crunchy and crispy texture of croutons is really unique and also go well with matcha ice cream.
IDEA 3: Homemade rusk
This time, you can enjoy bread crusts as a rusk. Place bread crusts separately on a parchment paper and microwave 1 min. Then, coat with melted butter and microwave again until it gets crispy. At last, sprinkle sugar over it. Done!
IDEA 4: Daigaku Pan(?)
This is Daigaku Imo inspired sweets. Daigaku means “university” and Imo means “potato” in general. But I used bread (pan) crusts for this recipe. To make this, you can bust toast the bread crusts with using frying pan until brown color and caramelize with honey, soy sauce and black sesame same as making Daigaku Imo.