January 22, 2010

Rice porridge of seven spring herbs

We have a custom to eat rice porridge on Jan 7th, containing seven spring herbs such as gogyo, hakobe, suzuna, suzusiro, seri, nazuna, and hotokenoza.
Ingredients: rice, water, salt and seven spring herbs.

Place a cup of rice and 9 cups of water in an earthen pot and turn heat. Once water boils, turn down the heat and boil well.

Add spring herbs and salt with tasting. That's all!

It is a very simple taste, but those herbs are rich in merals to help blood circulation, and also we belive those who have this will stay in good health for an entire year.

January 10, 2010

Aroid boiled in broth

Ingredients: satoimo (aroid)10-12, dried broth, 2 tbls of soy sauce, mirin(sweet sake), sake, citron, and salt.

Peel aroid. If it is too hard to peel, heat them in a microwave. Put some kelp in 3 cup of water and leave it at least 20 mins.

Peel the citron skin off. Put some salt in boiled water and boil aroid for few mins and throw out water. Put kelp broth soup in a pan and boil aroid again.

Add soy sauce, mirin, sake, and brown sugar with tasting. Place a small lid(cooking paper or aluminum foil available) onto the aroid to avoid collapse. Simmer for 20 mins.
Place them into the plate and serve with citron.