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Hokkaido with Hiroko 2017

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Hokkaido is A Gem

Category: Hiroko's Blog

This is the ski season, and everyone in Japan is enjoying skiing in Hokkaido. Niseko is one of the most popular skiing sites and lots of Australians come to enjoy the powder snow. Today’s temperature at Niseko is max. at 15F and minimum at 10F. The snow fall from this morning was 3.5 inches. In January it received so far 3.8 feet of snow. The 2016/2017 season accumulation by now is 13 feet. Great accomplishment.

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Shiretoko 5 lake waling

Need a good vacation in early summer? Do you like Japan? Do y...

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Discover Osechi Ryori (5) Kazunoko – Family Prosperity

Category: Hiroko's Blog

Are you still with me in the preparation of Osechi Ryori? Hope that you are not put off with too much superstitious ideas. Kazunoko is a salt-cured herring roe consists of hundreds of tiny eggs grouped together in one piece, encased in a very thin membrane. The size of dried herring roe is about 5 inches long. We hydrate it and marinate it in the mixture of shoyu and mirin overnight. Kazunoko symbolizes family prosperity...

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Discover Osechi Ryori (4) Kobumaki – Longevity

Category: Hiroko's BlogRecipes

kobumaki kuromame-cooked

Kelp, which is an indispensable ingredient in Japanese cooking, plays an important role to bring longevity and good luck to the people who consume it at the beginning of the New Year. Kobumaki is a dish in which hydrated dried herring is wrapped and rolled in a piece of hydrated kelp sheet, and simmered tender. Here is the old post of the dish where you find the recipe. Since dried herring is not available here, I use smoked fish...

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Discover Osechi Ryori (3) Kinton: Money

Category: Hiroko's BlogRecipes

kinton-kuri kinton

Kinton means gold bar or lump of gold. Kinton is a dish in which mashed, sweetened sweet potato is tossed with candied chestnuts. The sweet potato is usually cooked with dried gardenia flower pod to make the dish to acquire bright golden yellow color. I have changed my mother’s recipe in 3 areas...

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Discover Osechi Ryori (2) Tazukuri – Baby Fish for Building Wealth

Category: Hiroko's BlogRecipes

tazukuri tazukuri-cooked

How to make wealth with baby fish? Tazukuri is a dish in which tiny dried baby sardines are roasted in a skillet until crispy and fragrant (I mean fish fragrant), and flavored with sugar, shoyu and sake (rice wine). The direct translation of Tazukuri is to build nutritious and healthy soil. In the past baby sardines were used as a fertilizer in the rice paddies and vegetable fields...

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Discvoer Osechi Ryori (1) Kuromame for Health

Category: Hiroko's BlogRecipes

kuromame-cooked kuromame

Every Japanese citizen starts a New Year with auspicious Osechi Ryori meal. Osechi Ryori is a celebration meal like the one enjoyed at Thanksgiving dinner. There is a whole set of rule of what to be served for the celebration. Osechi Ryori has many dishes in the meal. Each ingredient used is related to something which bring us luck, prosperity, health and happiness in the New Year.

I have begun making Osechi Ryori dish preparation on December 27th...

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Unique Tour to Japan

Category: Hiroko's Blog

Join me Hokkaido with Hiroko next year (2017), a unique tour combining the best of the culinary and natural worlds of the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. This is the second year of operation.  The complete information, including fare and application form, is available who which to receive them. Please write me at hiroko@hirokoskitchen.com or call me at 212-727-3085 (NYC). The tour is limited to nine (9) passengers.

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HOKKAIDO with HIROKO, May 25- Ju...

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