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/
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! ?
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.
What to eat at Woody Keihoku
We had a late lunch break today. I was so hungry.So I ran into the restaurant of Woody Keihoku with another staff.Yes, they are looking yummy.I ordered the recommended dish " local grown taro Ankake(starchy sauce) set meal"!The main dish is taro potato croquette with a starchy sauce.It was very delicious! Another staff ordered the recommended duck loin set meal.Both of us stop talking and "HMMM! HMMM!" and "HMPH! HMPH!!".Talking with our nose (lol), we ate them up in a few minutes! The yummy time has flown by.It was really delicious.Why don't you come to try it?Please taste them as I did enjoy them.---Woody Keihoku https://fuw.jp/woody/
In autumn, various things are dyed in various colors.Red, yellow, orange, persimmon color, scarlet, golden-yellow,...Just a short walk around the neighborhood will bring me the vibrant colors of the season.It was as if the little creatures were singing their last chorus for the coming silent winter.If I look at my feet and saw a bright red drop.This is gummy fruit.It is sour, slightly astringent, and slightly sweet.These are edible fruits.One of the common trees in Keihoku.Some of them grow in parks in the city, so I think some people have eaten them when they were children.I got fruit from the ground.When I ate it, it was very astringent!It was a little too early to eat.Autumn is likely to continue for a while.
Find a yellow heart shaped leaf to get a treasure!
Have you ever seen this yellow heart-shaped leaf?It is green in summer, but it turns yellow like the picture in autumn.Actually, this leaf is a wild yam's leaf.And if you look closely, you will find a lot of "mukago". (Mukago is baby yam.)As I walked around the house, I was able to discover some of them.Of course, I harvest them.I found them on the ground sometimes. Because they fall by wind easily. I succeeded in harvesting this much around the house.Even if you eat them freshly just after picked, it's quite delicious, but I steamed them with rice.Just put yams in the rice cooker, and press the start button. It's super easy!They are cooked just right and delicious.I grated the larger baby yams in the same way as the yam we eat in Japan.please take a look! This stickiness!Ohh baby, you are like a real yam.The texture was the same as the adult yam, the stickiness was great, and it was super delicious.If you find a yellow heart-shaped leaf, check it out.There will surely be a baby yam.They may be growing even in the city, so please look for it.
Roast ginkgo nuts!
It's getting colder and colder in the morning and the night.I have started using a woodstove for the last few days.My family has the custom to cook something on the woodstove.It's fun to have a fire in the living room.I brought ginkgo nuts picked by local high school students the other day.So we roasted them on the stove."Hey chef! Do we need the fry pan?""ohh Maybe not."We put the ginkgo nuts on the stove directly.Let me check if it's ready or not.I broke the shell and got a two‐tone nut.After peel the skin, looking like this.Tasted fantastic.And it was fun.But we should not eat too much. It's toxic.Max 5 nuts for children.Why don't you try and taste Autumn!?It is addictive. maybe by the toxic??