Come on garlic!
My vegetable garden got attack by deer and wild boars last year.At the end of last year, I was wishing "I want to grow my vegetable." After a few days,A farmer friend of mine gave me some huge garlic and said "The buds are out, so you can plant it." she quickly put soil into a pot and planted garlic in it, and gave it to me as a present.Wow, I gotta my little vegetable garden. Thank you!Deer won't be able to eat this garlic.After leaving it for about three weeks, I wondered what happened to the garlic and found it sprouting from the soil! yes!!It seems to be planted in autumn, but if there is garlic sprouting in your kitchen, I think it will grow if you plant it now. Please give it a shot.I'm ready to harvest! Come on garlic!!
winter solstice custom
It's winter solstice today, called Touji in Japanese. We have customs for the day, eating pumpkin and yuzu and tahking a yuzu bath. Yuzu is a citrus fruit and it has a strong aroma smell. My wife cooked pumpkin and yuzu dishes at home.This is a simmered pumpkin with soy sauce and sugar.This is daikon radish with yuzu miso dish.Yum, yum.Yuzu and pumpkin are very nutritious they are healthy.After dinner, we had a yuzu bath.A yuzu bath warms the body up and soothes dry skin caused by the cold of winter.This winter has been warmer than usual, but it seems to get as cold as usual at the end of the year.Let's eat nutritious food to get ready for the cold and survive the winter!
Making quince syrup
Is this winter a warm winter?Of course, the temperature falls in the morning and evening in Satoyama.We have no snow yet for this winter.That is very rare for Keihoku. But the air is dry. I had a sore throat and cough.My grandmother got some quinces from a neighbor.Grandma said to me "I think you can eat this." When I peeled it, the smelled so good. But the fruit was so hard, I wonder if it's edible or not, so I googled it.Google says "It is hard and tastes very bitter, so it is not suitable for eating raw."Ohh, grandma...I'm glad I didn't eat it (laughs).Quince seems to have various medicinal properties that good for cough and sore throat. I decided to make quince honey syrup.Cut quince into small pieces.Put the quince seeds in a tea bag and put it in the bottom of the bottle.In fact, quince seeds have high medicinal properties.Then, put the chopped quince and pour honey.It's done! very easy.The amount of honey was not enough. I'm gonna add some honey later.Next morning, I drunk it with hot water.Thanks quince, my throat has got better.Please give it a try if you get a quince.
Healthy drink "Amazake"
I caught a cold on weekends by having cold days and busy days of the end of the year.Are you doing okay?When I catch a cold, I often drink amazake a sweet non-alcoholic sake.(*Amazake: a sweet drink made from fermented rice.)Amazake is also called drinking drip infusion because it's really healthy.Various types of amazake are sold, but amazake made only with rice and rice koji seems to be very good for my body. Of course, the taste is also good.(*Koji: a kind of fungus used for fermentation) you can buy good quality ready-made amazake at supermarkets. I got a brown rice koji from a friend that was found in my fridge, so I decided to make my own amazake sake. This is brown rice koji.Amazake can be easily made at home.All you have to do is make rice porridge, and add rice koji, and keep it warm in a rice cooker overnight. In my home, I made it using the heat of a wood stove. (trivet is laid under the pot so as not to get too hot.)Note: Do not overheat it. Koji koji fungus die at 60 ° C.If koji die, it will not ferment, and lose its nutritional value.You can use a gas stove with a pot, but if you want good quality, better to use a rice cooker's warm setting. I recover by drinking amazake and sleeping well.Health comes first. Thank you Amazake.I heard keeping good bacterias in the body is really good for our health.It's kind of a trend in Japan.How about trying a healthy diet starting with amazake! ?
Year-end party at MAMA'S AND PAPA'S
We went to MAMA'S AND PAPA'S near the office to have a company's year-end party.This restaurant is run by a gentleman who loves music, and it is comfortable for me with the Beatles and other 60's and 70's rock music for background music.MAMA'S AND PAPA'S is Okonomiyaki restaurant, and you can eat hot food on an iron plate.The price setting is very reasonable, and it's just 500 yen for a Okonomiyaki.It's a special price.And, it's delicious.There are many izakaya menus besides okonomiyaki too.I asked the master about the management and sales because I was wonder about the secret of the price.Me "Hi Master, Is your shop doing OK selling okonomiyaki at this price?"Master "I can't save money but it's fun to run this restaurant. Recently, customers make a team of darts, and they come and play at my shop every week. Keihoku doesn't have many places where young people can gather, does it? That's why I want to provide a place for young people where they can gather and have fun."I admire you, master! You have a great spirit!Master is right. There are not many shops that are open until late at night in Keihoku. So I really appreciate the master opens shop until late.In addition, there is a private karaoke room as well.We rented a karaoke room for the party.And my family also joined and enjoyed the party of the company.Thank you, Master.Those who love music or karaoke, or Okonomiyaki, or talking with the master,How about MAMA'S AND PAPA'S?I recommend this place!---------MAMA'S AND PAPA'SAddress: 2 Kawabata, Shuzan-cho, Keihoku, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto CityPhone: 075-852-0951Opening hours: 16: 00 -24: 00Closed: Tuesdays
Imagine the Shogun Mitsuhide by eating sweets
I have written a story in an earlier blog post about a temple in Keihoku associated with Akechi Mitsuhide a famous samurai general 1528-1582. The next NHK Taiga drama is a story about Akechi Mitsuhide.So now people are spotlighting about Akechi Mitsuhide. I heard a story of Mitsuhide after moved Keihoku that was very different from what I have learned at school and that surprised me.I when to Kameya Hirokiyo the sweet shop to buy some sweets for a meeting. And I found some sweets associated with Mitsuhide there!In Keihoku, there is a ruin of Shuzan castle which is said to have been built by Mitsuhide.One more sweet associated with the castle, and the sweet called "Shiroyama"The package is designed with a song that is said to have been written about the ruins of the castle in the Meiji era.Actually, the owener of the sweet shop is a member of ruins of Shuzan Castle protecting group.Since the main character of the drama was chosen, some people traveled from Tokyo to Keihoku to see the ruin. And some people visit to the sweet shop.The castle remains untouched which is very rare for Mitsuhide, this is the only one left.And one more sweet. A sweet associated with buried gold.The story of Shogun Tokugawa buried gold is famous, but there is a legend of buried gold in Mitsuhide too.There used to be a team of researchers who were really exploring it.It's a legend, but it's full of romance.The buried gold sweets is a mixture of Japanese and Western style cookies with chocolate taste which you can enjoy the texture of the monaka skin(Traditional sweet).It's about time I reached the limit of my patience.What am I talking about?Actually, I'm writing a blog, so I have not eaten them yet.Thinking of Mitsuhide and Itadakimasu!
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/