Aloha, 2022!

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

Happy New Year! We are so blessed to have a fresh new start every January 1st, and rather, every day when the clock strikes midnight. We have so many opportunities to “begin again.”

Twenty-two resolutions

Every year, I make a list of resolutions. These are mine for 2022.

  1. Listen intently to my body and follow what she’s telling me.
  2. Continue making a difference.
  3. Set smaller and more reasonable goals.
  4. Do at least one self-care practice daily.
  5. Lower the stress levels.
  6. Continue inspiring and motivating others.
  7. Discover my inner-most being.
  8. Take it easy.
  9. Continue learning, growing, and soaring.
  10. Hydrate with lots of water.
  11. Fill my heart, mind, and soul with hope and love.
  12. Give and receive grace.
  13. Let go of what I can’t control.
  14. Pace myself.
  15. In all that I am and in everything I do, be humble.
  16. Give thanks to God and the universe.
  17. Take life to new levels.
  18. Travel. Oh, how I miss traveling.
  19. Discover new passions.
  20. Take a nice, long, relaxing bath once a week.
  21. Deeply breathe in the positive, and slowly or forcefully breathe out the negative.
  22. Always forgive because forgiveness is what sets us free.

New Year’s family tradition

I would like to highlight a staple dish my family and I eat every day New Year’s Day- ōzoni. It’s Japanese mochi soup.

Ingredients

Everyone has their version of making ōzoni. We make ours with the following ingredients.

  • Shoyu
  • Chicken broth
  • Water
  • Shiitake mushroom marinade (mushrooms soaked in water)
  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Chicken
  • Pork
  • Carrots
  • Gobo (burdock roots)
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Mochi
  • Soba (buckwheat noodles- optional)
  • Mizuna (Japanese mustard greens) or shingiku (chrysanthemum) leaves for garnishing

Production steps

  1. Soak the entire package of dried shiitake mushrooms in a bowl of water.
  2. Wash, peel, and cut the vegetables.
  3. Cut the chicken and pork into cubes.
  4. Cook the meat in a large pot and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add in the chicken broth and shiitake mushrooms + water it was soaked in.
  6. Add shoyu, to taste.
  7. Add carrots, gobo, and bamboo shoots.
  8. Let everything come to a boil.
  9. Let soup cool and set overnight.
  10. The next day, boil the soba noodles in a pot.
  11. Reheat ōzoni soup pot on the stove.
  12. In another small sauce pot, add water and some ōzoni soup to cook the mochi.
  13. Pour soup into bowls.
  14. Once the mochi is cooked (soft), transfer them to served bowls.
  15. Add soba if desired and garnish soup with shingiku or mizuna leaves.

Ōzoni’s meaning

Ōzoni symbolizes good luck for the new year. Eating soba symbolizes long life. The Japanese believe in various foods representing good luck, good health, and long life, which I love and appreciate so very much. The Asian culture, and in particular, Japanese culture, is rooted in richness and has so much history.

Here’s an interesting article that explains ōzoni: https://matcha-jp.com/en/3594.

Hopeful in 2022

Wishing everyone copious amounts of hope, stability, good health, success, prosperity, happiness, and peace in 2022. Let this be YOUR year! Don’t let anything hold you back!

Cheers to a grand 2022!

FS x

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