Take Off the Chill

It has been cold here this winter. Yesterday sleet was falling but we haven’t had real snow on the ground to speak of. Still, Japanese houses don’t have central heating and it is always cold at home!

Happy New Year! At the temple

Happy New Year! At the temple

As you know it is the custom to visit the shrine on New Year’s Day to pray for good fortune in the new year. This Year we visited Gangoji      元興寺 shrine in Kazuhaya, Akitsu.

Gankoji Shrine

Gankoji Shrine

Praying for good fortune this year!

Praying for good fortune this year!

One way to warm up is with a steaming bowl of Scotch Broth! I have been making many soups recently,but I really like this one. With chunks of beef and bits of barley, it is a hearty soup. I’m trying to diet again and recently I just have a big mug of soup for breakfast! Surprisingly, it tides me over until lunch time!

Hearty Scotch Broth

Hearty Scotch Broth

Definitely try this recipe! And maybe some homemade bread or some fresh French bread from the bakery section! It makes a meal!

Lacquered box of traditional foods

Lacquered box of traditional foods

Lucky soba"toshikoshi" noodles (buckwheat)

Lucky soba”toshikoshi” noodles (buckwheat)

If you didn’t see my Facebook page, this is our New Year’s tiered box of food to be eaten on January first and second. We also eat the soba on New Year’s eve as it means long life (long noodles.)

Early AM at he supermarket

Early AM at he supermarket

Magazines from 1978?

Magazines from 1978?

We went shopping at year’s end and they often have “used books” on sale at the department stores. I found several old magazines I thought were interesting!

Hope you draw a good one!

Hope you draw a good one!

 

We played Scrabble every day during the holidays, which made me very happy!

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It was certainly cold at the farm, but we enjoyed the 5 nights we stayed there! Most of the time I was cooking! Here are sweet potatoes glace with chestnuts! It’s really good but fattening! Oh, dear!

Hope this will be a Happy New Year for you all.

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. beckynielsen
    Jan 14, 2016 @ 14:20:09

    When the kitchen gets cold, I like to cook, too! It accomplishes multiple purposes!
    Happy New Year to you both!

    Reply

  2. leahmama1
    Jan 15, 2016 @ 02:06:44

    Wow! I’m so happy to hear from you! Glad you are fine! I forget to check for comments as I seldom get any!! Ha Ha! Have a great year!

    Reply

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