Get a energy from black garlic
Winter is getting closer day by day.I often get sick at the turn of the season.How do you overcome the temperature difference in this season and the busy time of December?I always take care of my meals, but I get sick sometimes. Then I ask myself, "HUH? did I catch a little cold?? What should I do?"My heart would answer me "Yo mate, you should get your hero. Before you get real sick. " Me"My hero??"My heart "Yes, your black hero." Me"Gatcha!"My black hero is black garlic "Kuromaro".The inside looks like this. It's completely black.Black garlic is fermented garlic and has several times more nutrients than garlic.It got a very unique taste. "Wow! This taste is definitely good for my body!" You would think so if you try.It tastes like fruity miso which has fermented for a long time with a unique sweetness.Is it a little hard to imagine?It's tasty for me anyway.The smell is different from garlic and it has a unique fermented smell.Some people like it but for some people not. It really depends on your taste. Even for someone don't like garlic, they may be okay with it. I like it very much and my daughter likes it very much too.I heard Michelin French restaurant serve this kinda black garlic.It could be a good combi with wine.You can buy them at Woody Keihoku, three-piece of black garlic for 1000 yen (Tax included).I'm not sure that three for 1000 yen is expensive or reasonable. But for me, it's a good price because I buy them instead of buying medicines or energy drinks.How about taking "Black garlic" as your household medicine?I highly recommend it.I can overcome this winter with black garlic!
Private kaiseki lunch at cuisine ryokan "Sushiyone"
Keihoku has supplied wood used for the construction of old capital Kyoto for 1200 years.There were no cars in those days, so people used Katsura river which flows from Keihoku to Kyoto to transport woods by making a raft.The raft was built with wood, and a rafter got on it and delivered it to Kyoto.Cuisine ryokan "Sushiyone" in Keihoku Shuzan was used by the rafters and locals. the other day, I was asked to make a brochure by Sushiyone so I went to photo shooting their kaiseki lunch box.When I arrived there and was preparing for the shooting, the Okami-san (landlady) Mrs. Shuko Kurokawa brought the lunch box and said.Okami-san "Please eat this after you finish shooting. If you like."Me "ARE YOU SURE!? Definitely I would love to! Thank you very much!"Umm, it looks so delicious.At first, enjoy it by looking at.I wanted to eat it asap, so I finish shooting quickly.(Don't take it seriously. I took the photos properly. lol)I enjoyed Kaiseki lunch box in the tea room prepared for shooting.Hmm, hmm!That was splendid.Having Kaiseki lunch alone in a quiet place was great.When I eat meals, I normally have it with family, or friends, or work-related people, so I can not really focus on meals too much chatting with them. But this time I could enjoy every bite more than usual and had a very pleasant meal.I had coffee at the veranda after the meal.I was healed by having sun.It was a delicious job. The Kaiseki lunch box costs from 3,000 yen (excluding tax) per person and can be reserved by the previous day.You can reserve it from one person.Of course, it is also a ryokan, so you can stay there.The one night plan with breakfast is very reasonable at 8200 yen (excluding tax).This is also available form one person.What a great hospitality.There is a bar attached to the ryokan called "Shu's bar" opens on Wed. Fri. Sta. Where you can drink local sake and obanzai(Kyoto cuisine) made by Okami-san.it's very reasonable price, one drink for 500 yen and 3 kinds of obanzai for 500 yen. I sometimes appear at shu's bar. See you there!(I've written an article about bars before, so please check here.)If you want to eat authentic kaiseki! Ofcourse they can serve seasonal kaiseki dishes according to your budget, so I recommend that too.Actually that their specialty.Wild boar hot pot is very nice for the coming season.How about traveling alone, or traveling with friends, or having party with everyone at Sushiyone?Okami-san will welcome you in her kimono.And one more thing,Okami-san is tea ceremony and kimono expert, so if you are interested in experiencing Japanese culture, please ask her out when you visit Sushiyone.-------Cuisine Ryokan "Sushiyone"Phone: 075-852-0032Shimogaichi 15-2, Shuzan-cho, Keihoku, Ukyo-ku, Kyotohttp://www.sushiyone.net/
Patchworked mountain sign
This temperature this morning seems to have been the lowest in this season.Finally, I feel that the footsteps of winter have been heard up to the front door.When I took a walk in the morning I looked up the mountain nearby.I found orange colors in the mountain.It seems that the autumn leaves season was late this year.Delayed natural patchwork was done.I felt that I received an orange souvenir of autumn and it's saying " wait! it's still red." to winter.So Mr. winter, just a little more moment please to come to this area.It is still red. thank you.
Winter melon hot pot
The other day, I visited a company in Miyama the next village from Keihoku to do a photo shooting for my work.When it's over,"Thank you very much. Take this with you." The company owner said and gave me a winter melon.I'm very happy with the unique gifts in the countryside. Then two days later, when I got home, I discovered the half winter melon in the kitchen.I thought its looking was a little interesting, so I had a photo session with my daughter.What do you think?It is a winter melon ritual. The dinner was "winter melon hot pot".I like winter melon! It melts in the mouth.Hot pot is the best in the cold season.It's easy to make and healthy with lots of vegetables. If it's cold, we can enjoy warm foods more.It warms up my body and my heart.Let's eat the hot pot and enjoy the winter.
You are so hot!
We have an enjoyment at home while the season we use a wood stove.That's roasted sweet potato.Wrap a sweet potato with a wet newspaper and wrap it in aluminum foil.It's very easy, my daughter can do it by herself.Then just put it in the stove.Just waiting about 15-20 minutes, delicious grilled sweet potato is ready to eat.Umm yummy, she did it great.A wood-burning stove that not only warms the room but also offers delicious grilled foods.It is the best friend to enjoy a cold winter happily.Neither electricity nor oil is needed, it is eco-friendly and can be used in times of disaster.Moreover, it is also convenient for drying laundry in the winter time.What an excellent item!You are so hot!!Well, what will we make next, Mr. Woodstove! ?
The autumn has deepened and it gets dark earlier now.The day is getting shorter, but my children still have full energy in an evening.At dusk, I took my daughter and son to a walk.Honestly, I thought it's a little annoying to take them for a walk before we took.But after a walk, I felt that "I love a walk. It 's always nice to take a walk."Of course, children are also happy.Bune！！* Two-seater tricycles is dangerous, so please don't try.After this moment, they rolled over.The area was dyed red and it was beautiful at sunset.After the beautiful sunset, it got really dark so quickly.And there are not many street rights around my house.It was dark.If you are taking a walk at dusk, we recommend you to wear white clothes and reflective tassels.Today, we almost got hit by a car when we are on the way back.Be careful when you take a walk on a road without a sidewalk at dusk, especially in the countryside.
Grandma's farm part 3
"Winter vegetables are getting ready to harvest,Pick it up and let's eat it! "Grandma said to me.So I went to grandma's field this morning.And I thought, "Grandma when you did it?!"A lot of green leaves of winter vegetables were growing well without my notice.This row is for a Japanese radish. Grandma always grows them a lot to make pickles.This row is for carrots. Fresh leaves are also delicious when eaten with Ohitashi. (boiled vegetable seasoned with soy sauce.)This row is for komatsuna will grow bigger. We often eat simmered komatsuna. There are also cabbages. Grandma grows vegetables organically.So sometimes insects taste it first.All my family says "It's safe to eat!" Insects have eaten it!"One of the most typical winter vegetable is Chinese cabbage.Actually, I didn't know how Chinese cabbages grow when I lived in a city.At first, it looks like just leaves like komatsuna.But the leaves gradually roll toward the center.By repeating that process, you will grow into the shape you see in stores.I know the best time to eat winter vegetables,But I don't know when I should plant seedlings or sow seeds, so I have to thank my grandmother.Thank you for this winter as well, I think I will make a hot pot by using them. I looked at the row at the end of the field, and there were strawberries.The cold season will come soon, so I'm worried if they can survive the winter.I would like to cover them with a straw futon so then I can see the strawberries again in spring.A lot of winter vegetables. Grandma, thank you.
Hand made himmel ornament
I heard Christmas decoration has begun in the city.Christmas-like himmel ornament is decorated year-round in our living room.Himmel is a traditional ornament from Finland and other Northern Europe.Himmel means "heaven" in Swedish and is displayed in the room as "a wish for family happiness".This himmel's wheat straw was grown by our friend and my wife made this.(The snow crystal himmel is from Finland. My wife bought it. I've been believing that my wife made the snow crystal one as well until today.)How about getting one for your house?It's natural and cute.I wish for your family happiness.