The past few weeks are certain to be a food-filled fest for many people. Seasonal treats will have been relished. New and old favourites will have enticed our waistlines. Hours will have been spent in kitchens all over with hearts hoping to impress, nourish and satisfy loved ones with the fruits of their labour.
Here are some of my favourite eats of the past couple of weeks:
Tonjiru. A substantial heart warming miso-based soup with finely sliced pork, konnyaku, carrots, green beans, spring onions and gobou (burdock).
Our customary Christmas night fish BBQ. This year we enjoyed fresh mackerel and bream.
Toshikoshi Soba. Late night New Year's Eve buckwheat noodles made Hiro-style with a topping of aubergines, spring onions and shiitake mushrooms.
One of my favourite New Year snacks of all time. Kirimochi (pounded glutinous rice) grilled and topped with a thick slice of cheddar, a dash of shouyu and wrapped in crispy nori.
Oh! Did you know that mochi is Japan's most deadliest food? It's not poisonous, more of a choking hazard because of its texture. So far this year 9 people have died from choking on it.
I wish I could take credit for these gorgeous examples of homely deliciousness but it was Hiro who made these.
What have been your favourite dishes/treats this past few weeks?