January 7, 2012

January 7/1月7日

On January 7, we are supposed to have nanakusa gayu (seven-herb rice porridge), but I made rice porridge with frozen daikon leaves only.
I grilled shishamo (actually capelin) in the toaster oven.
Look at the photo carefully to see how I kept each tail fin from being scorched, except the two at the upper right corner.

I went shopping today, and was delighted to find this bottle of sake sold!
I wanted to have this sake on New Year's day, but I was unable to find one.
We also had this tokkyu (top-grade) ham, which I bought the other day.


Sissi said...

Hiroyuki, I actually see capelin quite often in my fish shop! It's very cheap and I have never tried it. I will buy it next time and grill it, keeping in my mind your very intelligent way of keeping the fins from being burnt. Thank you for the tip.
I am happy you have found the sake you particularly like. I know what it means to find a bottle of wine one loves and craves...

Hiroyuki said...

Sissi: Yes, yes, this particular sake is the one I love. It's Kakurei Nama (lit. raw). The bottle says, "To keep its freshness, we bottle it in the winter season (Dec. to Mar.) and store at -5C until shipment."

That day, I told a shop clerk that I wanted to have that sake on New Year's Day, but I was unable to find any, and she said, "They arrived today." I thought I was still lucky to find it anyway.

okasan said...

I have never had 七草, what does it taste like? Can you describe it?

Hiroyuki said...

okasan: Sorry, I can't. I've never tasted the individual herbs separately. All I can say is that they all taste grassy.