Japanese Sake Night in June ♪

Japanese Sake Night in June. ♪

We had a Sake Party in June. The guests were the same member of January. They enjoyed my handmade plum wine (梅酒・うめしゅ)  for an aperitif.  Now, I’m making a new plum wine of this season. ^^

First Sake was a Hiroki (飛露喜) Junmai Daiginjo (純米大吟醸) by Hiroki Shuzo in Fukushima prefecture. The scent was mild and it had a very deep and savory taste.

 

And this is Asahitaka(朝日鷹・あさひたか) of Takagi Shuzo in Yamagata prefecture. This is a local limited version and my husband got it there.

 

He also got dried codfish (棒たら)  in Yamagata.

I eat this as the dish of New Year’s Osechi. But I’ve never cooked it myself. It was my first experience cooking dried codfish. I soaked it in water overnight and simmered with soy sauce and water for almost half a day till the codfish become soft. It took time for the preparation but very tasty and good for sake!

 

Bitter Gourd is a seasonal vegetable now. I cooked it with minced chicken (ゴーヤの肉詰). Marinated Deep-fried Horse Mackerel (アジの南蛮漬け)was pickled fish with vegetables.  It had a refreshing sour taste and good for the rainy season.

seasonal plate in June

 

Albacore Tartare (マグロのタルタル)with Yuzu Koshou(citrus pepper) was also great with Sake.

Albacore Tartare

 

I got this albacore tuna (トロビンチョウ) from Kochi prefecture. These are the fatty (トロ)part of albacore and very tasty! ❤️

 

 

I made various tsumami (つまみ) as usual, like simmered vegetables and fried dishes.

 

And the last dishes were two kinds of chirashizushi (ちらし寿司).

 

This is a chirashizushi of Horse mackerel (鯵・あじ).

chirashizushi of Horse mackerel

 

I enjoyed the wonderful night with guests and delicious sake! ❤️

 

If you want to try my dishes with Japanese sake, contact me. We can negotiate and I will arrange for you. ♪

 

 

I also write a Japanese cooking blog here!

 

 

 

Trip to Taipei ♪

I traveled to Taipei with my husband and my daughter end of May.  We flew from Haneda to Taoyuan Airport.  It was my first trip to Taiwan and we spend three days there.

 

We enjoyed eating all day during the trip. ^^

Porridge of breakfast ❤️

 

Snack of shaved ice with fresh mango ❤️

 

Taiwan dishes ❤️

 

We visited many places.

National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

 

Taipei 101

 

Longshan Temple near the Hotel

 

National Palace Museum

 

Shinlin Night market

 

The weather was so hot and I drunk a lot of beer. ^^

It was a very exciting journey!

 

 

 

I also write a Japanese blog here!

 

 

 

Okonomiyaki & Takoyaki Cooking in May ♪

I had an Okonomiyaki & Takoyaki Cooking Party in May!

There were 6 participants and was a lively party. ^^

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese salty pancake putting cabbage and pork ( can also put shrimp, squid, etc.).

okonomiyaki

 

Takoyaki is a round shape dish made with flour with octopus inside.  This is a table dish we can cook together at the table. It was so funny everybody was trying to make nice round shapes.   ^^

takoyaki

 

I hope they will try to cook at home with family. ❤️