Japanese New Year tradition

Happy New Year or あけましておめでとうございます。

In the Japanese culture, we have ozōni (mochi soup) that symbolizes good luck, as well as some other Japanese dishes. When I was younger, my grandma made all kinds of Japanese dishes for New Year’s Eve and Day. Unfortunately, the recipes were all “in her head.” She didn’t write them down before she had passed. So my family and I don’t eat all the different foods she used to make before. But the main thing we know how to make is the ozōni.

For 2020, I will be handed the baton to continue the ozōni tradition. I’m excited to experiment a bit and make the soup my own. Look out for that post in the near future.

I found this article a very interesting read: http://jpninfo.com/40490.

I’ve learned that everyone makes their ozōni differently. I’ve got to try different soups over the years and they are indeed different from the mochi soup I eat at home. It even looks different, too.

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The soup I eat every year. Recipe that has been in my family for years…

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Ozōni from Yajima-Ya Japanese restaurant.

The soup-base, or dashi, I’m always used to eating is dark. It’s a shoyu-based soup. I found it interesting that all the other dashi I’ve tried have all been light, such as the one above. The broth is pretty much clear. They’re all still very delicious. Tastes very different for sure, which I love. It’s wonderful to know that ozōni is very unique. I’m always excited to try other ozōni. I always take advantage of that! Can’t have too much good luck for the new year.

I wish everyone a splendid 2019. It’s going to be an awesome year!

FS~

 

 

 

 

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An all-nighter Christmas with new traditions & memories

Merry Christmas, y’all! And Happy Birthday to Jesus! I pulled my first all-nighter in YEARS!!! I am so amazed! I think it’s the adrenaline and excitement flowing through me or something! I’ve been up for over 24-hours and I am not even tired! I know the exhaustion will hit me in a few… Haha! Gotta find some time to shut them eyes for a bit.

I had a wonderful Christmas Eve/early morning celebration with good company and food. There’s more to come later today. Making new traditions and memories with the ones who I hold dear. Bring it on!

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Butternut squash with a brown sugar mix. I am in love with butternut squash! It has a combination of yams and sweet potato flavors.

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Gotta have them chicken skewers!

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Indian curry is my thang!

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And of course…quinoa!

Dinner tonight is courtesy of Costco. I have to say that they sell/make really yummy food. I love going there and discovering new dishes to try.

Wishing you and yours a very blessed Christmas Day! Rejoice!

 

Bring on 2018!

It’s almost 2018 in Hawai’i Nei! This year flew by so quickly, including tonight, New Year’s Eve! But I am ready to start fresh and begin a new year. I am grateful that we have an opportunity to start new again every January 1st. We can create new goals and improve ourselves. Be better than the previous year. I’m excited for what 2018 will bring us. It is going to be a great year.

We’re ringing in 2018 with these:

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Mmm, mmm! Can’t wait to cheer with these awesome drinks! They’re non-alcoholic, too!

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We had this moscato for dinner with my family. Not bad! The tropical passion fruit has a real kick to it!

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Bam! Dessert for my bf’s family. Made a peanut butter ice cream pie. Was super simple!

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Since I’m lactose, I tried this ice cream. Not bad! It’s rice-based. Interesting.

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And added a few scoops of this. Mmmm! I love PB! This powder is awesome!

I blended the softened ice cream, added the PB powder, and blended it all together. I poured the mixture in the graham crust and sprinkled walnuts on top before freezing it. So simple and quick! I think these ice cream pies will be my go-to desserts when I need a to make quick desserts.

I made the same pie for my family, but with soy ice cream. We’ll be having that tomorrow evening.

Wishing you and yours a prosperous 2018! Bring it on!!!

Homemade meal by two special friends <3

I have two special friends from Nepal- they’re siblings. We went to school together. I miss them very much, as they’ve returned home after living in the US/Hawaii for several years. One day, I was at their house and they decided to make bowls of ramen and have me try their famous Nepali spiced tea (aka chai), which they made. Yummy! I really enjoyed it! It was very comforting.

Here’s a recipe to make this famous tea! http://www.food.com/recipe/nepali-spiced-tea-408093

They loved cooking! They invited our friends over on several occasions and would cook up a storm! It was awesome to eat REAL, AUTHENTIC Nepalese vegetarian food! They were vegetarian, btw. It was so yummy! I love vegetarian food! I don’t always feel the need to have meat with every dish.

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Doesn’t this look amazing?! I miss this! Nothing like authentic cooking!

 

Easter & new beginnings!

Happy belated Easter! Hope everyone had a wonderful and blessed Easter weekend.

My relatives and I have a tradition of coloring eggs every Easter weekend. It never gets old. I always say that you’re never too old to color eggs! I just love it! It’s so much fun!

My family and I went to Assaggio’s at Ala Moana for our Easter luncheon this year. I had the mussels alla basil. That’s one of my favorite dishes to order!

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Doesn’t this look amazingly delicious? Linguine pasta mixed with white wine butter sauce with garlic, basil, and mussels- ahhh! So good!

We had a NY cheesecake for dessert- yum! Sorry, I didn’t take a picture of our dessert. We just dove into it! Haha!

Assaggio’s has many locations on the island. This location we dined at was at Ala Moana.

Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, 96814
**located across American Savings Bank & California Wok
http://www.assaggiohawaii.com/

Hope this new season of spring brings lots of peace, joy, happiness, and new beginnings. Until next time…

Aloha,

FS~

 

Ozoni New Years tradition!

Happy first Thursday of 2017! Hope the first five days are treating you well.

Every New Year’s Day, I get excited because I get to eat ozoni, a Japanese mochi soup. It’s been a tradition for my entire life. My grandmother used to make it and then my auntie took over after she passed. My grandma used to say that we eat ozoni because it would bring us good luck for the new year. The mochi was what brought good luck and we would have to eat all the mochi that was in our bowl.

Everyone makes their ozoni differently. Some use a shrimp or fish base to make the dashi (or soup), some use chicken broth, like we do. Some add only veggies, some add meat, some add seafood. It’s very interesting to taste other people’s ozoni. I’ve tried two of my other aunties’ ozoni. They both were very different from the one I grew up eating.

Here’s an article about ozoni: http://jpninfo.com/40490

Happy upcoming weekend.

FS