Friday, December 30, 2011

Cook & Taste

Today's morning. Went to the grocery store and the supermarket to get something missing. There were already many people who came to buy for the preparation of the New Year.

decoration for the front door
Then, I felt I need a break to make a strategy for the Osechi Preparation. Osechi is a special dish for the New Year. And for me, to make Osechi special feast is a challenge once a year, so  I thought I should make a plan to do at first, including a coffee break, of course.

Then, I started to cook at last.
First make fish- base soup. Then mise en place, cut, cut, cut various vegetables and other auspicious and typical for the New Year's Day, simmer, simmer, simmer for each ingredient, not all together at once. I cooked each ingredient tasting how the seasoning was. COOK and TASTE repeatedly. Finally I became almost full and got lost with the taste. Anyway, I've made it half now.  After a little break, I 'll start cooking again.

cherry-blossom-shaped carrot

Tomorrow, the New Year's Eve, I'll pull out a three-storied special container for Osechi and put the feast into it with special care.(I try to do).  I'll post it later.

How do you plan to ring in the New Year? I'm going to hold a home party like every year. We'll drink a lot and have wild time. Hope you all have a nice time.

red berry at the kitchen window


  1. Sounds very complicated but so lovely to keep up traditions. We are going to our friends' house for a BBQ - it should be fun.

    Happy New Year,
    Hugs, Kaye xoxox

  2. wow it is sound so different but very nice..tonight is pizza night here for us..
    keep well dear..have fun..
    wishing you a very happy new year..
    glad i met you in this year.
    love you
    cucki xx

  3. Nice to read something about the Japanese tradition. No idea how the hanger for the front door looks like when it is out the package. Something like a paper Christmas wreath?

    In the Netherlands we have our oliebollen tradition (see video on my blog).
    Many mothers and grandmothers are tomorrow in the kitchen. They fry the fritters/oliebollen in hot oil. I like it very much as a child.

    New Years Eve is often very cozy with good food: nuts, chips, stuffed eggs, potato salad Hollandese. For the kids bowls M & M's. My children go to bed. At 23.00 we awake them to eat sweets, we read the oldyears psalm together and watch the fireworks at midnight.

    I wish you a Happy New Year!

  4. So I am guessing New Year is a bigger holiday for you, rather than Christmas?

    Gill in Canada

  5. Thank you for all the nice comments on my blog.I hope you have a blessed New Year...sounds like you plan to! I enjoy reading your posts about Japan.

  6. Your New Year's feast sounds like a lot of work, but delicious. I would not have thought of simmering individual ingredients, but I can see that it would hold each flavor better. We plan to have a nice dinner, either in or out, either steak or shrimp, and go to a movie. Fun, but not at all wild. :) Happy New Year to you and your family!

  7. Il faut peu de choses pour atteindre la beauté. Il n'en faut pas plus pour faire entrer le petit bonheur dans la maison:
    un joli bouquet de fleurs.