Have a Cozy New Year!

The end of the year finds us at the farm. It is supposed to snow tomorrow and maybe we’ll be shut in. We have enough food to last the New Year’s and plan to make mochi  (or sticky rice cakes) day after tomorrow!

Yasuura in  Winter

Yasuura in Winter

In addition to the special tiered box of New Year’s delicacies, on New Year’s morning, Hiroo always makes Ozoni! Every region in Japan has their own version of this piping hot soup with a chewy mochi in it. Hiroo usually make his with chicken and vegetables, but some people in Hiroshima make it with oysters!

Ozoni, Iwate style

Ozoni, Iwate style

This year,I’d like to try something new so I found this recipe from Iwate prefecture! It features a dipping sauce on the side make from ground walnuts!

Here’s the recipe:

8 piece of mochi ( grill before eating)

100g. chicken ( thigh, boned)

100g. daikon radish, sliced in 2 inch thin pieces

1/2 carrot, ”

gobo (burdock) shredded with a knife and soaked in water briefly

shimeji mushrooms (or shiitake)

1 koya dofu (freeze-dried tofu) if available

1 abura age, sliced in small pieces

seri of other green (spinach?)

4 Tbls. ikura ( if available)

5  1/2 cups water+ 2 teas. instant dashi pwd

1 T sake

2 Tbs soy sauce

1/4 teas salt

Cook until vegetables are tender in a med saucepan. To make the walnuts sauce,roast 30 g walnuts in a dry frying pan for a few minutes then grind in a food processor or suribachi. Add 3 T sugar and 1 T soy sauce and stir till dissolved. Serve in a small individual bowl beside the bowl of ozoni soup. We eat this for breakfast on New Year’s Day!

Homegrown Daikon!

Homegrown Daikon!

We are able to use h9me-grown vegetables for the most part. Unfortunately, some deer jumped the fence and ate cauliflower, broccoli, strawberry leaves, and most of our greens! Here is Hiroo braving the cold to repair the fence and harvesting daikon radish!

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Hiroo likes to grow unusual vegetables and, luckily, the deer didn’t eat this purple cauliflower for some reason! In 22014, he wants to plant lots of peppers: serrano, jalapeno and ancho as well as tomatillo green tomatoes!



Here I am braving the elements to take photos on the mountain!!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vividhunter
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 06:58:30

    Hopefully the new fence keeps the deer out! Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu! Enjoy your ozoni~~ In Kansai we eat round mochi.


  2. leahmama1
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 22:51:03

    Thanks!! In Hiroshima, we make round mochi too! Happy New Year to you too!!


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