Summer by the Sea

Last weekend, I spent four days at the farm. I enjoyed reading on the porch, baking bread, and making red shiso juice. The weather was lovely, if somewhat hot!

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I finally cleaned my kitchen floor which I had really dreaded but it’s a good feeling when you tackle such a job and finish it!

The rainy season is finally over and so i aired the futons outside. The old house was musty and damp, but it is a bit better now.

Let me share the recipe for    Shiso Drink.July14 028

10-15 branches of red shiso, remove leaves and wash well

1.8 liters of water, Heated to boiling

Add the leaves and return to a good boil. Turn off . Let set for 10 minutes and strain. Add 

350-500 g sugar or zara-ame and bring ot a boil again to dissolve.

Let cool until barely warm and add

Shiso drink

Shiso drink

60g citric acid powder (くえん酸)Stir. Cool and put into clean bottles. Store in the refrigerator.

(Add ice, and water or carbonated soft drink (like 7-up) to serve)

We visited the Kido farm and thanks to them, we could thresh Hiroo’s organic wheat. This is bread flour, or kyoriki-ko.

Bread flour (unground)

Organic Bread flour (unground)

We enjoyed having tea at their sprawling old farmhouse! Look at the retro fan he has! Later in the day, Hiroo barbecued Jerk Chicken for us. Unfortunately, Kanae was busy that evening so Kido Papa came alone. The Jerk Chicken is my sister-in-law’s recipe and it is very good! Of course we ate on the outdoors!

Kido-san wiht 1950 fan

Kido-san wiht 1950 fan

Hiroo grills chicken

Hiroo grills chicken

Doesn’t it look yummy! So tender and moist inside…done to perfection! Good job, honey! (See Jerk Chicken)

Jerk Chicken

Jerk Chicken

On Saturday, I had a record turnout for English Bible class…9 people came! Hiroo made sushi for all 11 of us for lunch. It was nice.

English Bible class

English Bible class

Hiroo made sushi!

Hiroo made sushi!

I was especially glad to see Tomoko again. We met in the hospital in June. She is facing more chemo but has a positive attitude. We sat on the veranda and talked most of the afternoon. I was so thrilled that she made the effort to find our place and come and see me!!

Tomoko and I had a nice chat!

Tomoko and I had a nice chat!

I had a very good weekend and really enjoyed seeing you all! (Our next class in August 9th!)

At "Umibe no Ie"

At “Umibe no Ie”

See you soon!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vividhunter
    Jul 31, 2014 @ 12:40:34

    The chicken looks so goooood! I’ve heard a lot about the recipe recently, but I’ve not had the chance to try cooking it myself. ^^


  2. Keiko Shiratani
    Jul 31, 2014 @ 13:05:20

    赤シソのジュース、鹿児島でもご近所さんにおすそわけしてもらい、いただきました。なんとなく味がちがうような・・・ 作り方のちがいでしょうか・・・


    • leahmama1
      Jul 31, 2014 @ 14:05:26



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