Archive for January, 2009

Suppon Nabe: Japanese Turtle Hot Pot Stew

Suppon Nabe: Japanese Turtle Hot Pot Stew
Suppon Nabe: Japanese Turtle Hot Pot Stew すっぽん鍋 Suppon Nabe: Japanese Turtle Hot Pot Soup すっぽん鍋 川千鳥
Winter is nabe season in Japan and there is nothing like a bubbling nabe hot pot to warm the body with a rich and hearty meal. Suppon, or soft shell turtle, is considered to be the most elegant fare for nabe. Suppon was the favorite of imperial courts through out…

Whole Ayu Sugatani on Jukkokumai Rice

Whole Ayu Sugatani on Jukkokumai Rice
Midnight Snack: Whole Ayu Sweetfish Sugatani Served on Jukkokumai Rice Midnight Snack: Whole Ayu Sweetfish Sugatani Served on Jukkokumai Rice 鮎姿煮 十穀米
The other day I was up in Shiga Prefecture, just over the East Mountains from Kyoto, on the shores of Lake Biwa and I was given a package of whole sugatani ayu, a trout-like sweetfish from Lake Biwa as a gift.…

KyotoFoodie Obama Inauguration Party – Sake Kasu Roll Cake and Doburoku Sake

KyotoFoodie Obama Inauguration Party – Sake Kasu Roll Cake and Doburoku Sake
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! KyotoFoodie Obama Inauguration Party – Sake Kasu Roll Cake and Doburoku Sake KyotoFoodie Obama Inauguration Party - Sake Kasu Rollcake and Doburoku Sake
Things in my homeland grew so bad over the last 8 years that we had to reject a real patriot who we could have chosen for president 8 years ago and bet on this newcomer with precious little experience and no resumé…

Wagashi: Kuromame Daifuku Mochi

Wagashi: Kuromame Daifuku Mochi
Kuromame (Black Bean) Daifuku Mochi from Demachi Futaba 京都ふたば 丹波黒豆大福 Kuromame (Black Bean) Daifuku Mochi from Demachi Futaba 京都ふたば 丹波黒豆大福
Today, while passing through Demachiyanagi, there wasn’t usual huge line at Demachi Futaba Mochi Store, so I peeked in and noticed that in addition to the usual line-up of mame-mochi (mochi with whole beans) they had kuromame daifuku, mochi made with black beans from Tamba, in rural Kyoto…

Winter Crab: Kani Miso, Kani Nabe, Kani Zosui

Winter Crab: Kani Miso, Kani Nabe, Kani Zosui
Winter Crab: Kani Miso, Kani Nabe, Kani Zosui かにみそ かに鍋 かに雑炊 Winter Crab: Kani Miso, Kani Nabe, Kani Zosui かにみそ かに鍋 かに雑炊
In Japan winter is the season for crab and the best, fresh sake. We were given two beautiful crabs from the Sea of Japan and after doing kani nabe I wanted to cook the kani miso in the shell with sake over an open flame, so I bought some…
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