Simple retro Christmas night (1)

That’s not the a party in Japan, that was just for the fun traditions. That seems very frugal. That depends on your point of comparison. Most people in Japan simply ate fried chicken, yes, the infamous fast-food bucket of greasy starch with bits of meat sometimes hidden in the middle. Ads tell them you should have chicken for Xmas. I’ll ignore that trend.

This is the menu :
Salade composée aux oeufs de saumon
Jambon en croûte aux marrons (chesnut ham pie)
13 desserts

That’s short, because there are 13 desserts and even if that’s not what you may imagine, I didn’t want to burst.

I know my candles look even more retro. Caveman style. That’s a mistake. I thought I have bought a pack of plate-warmer candles. I could have put them inside glasses, that’s pretty. But when I opened the package I saw those what-you-call them to cook a fondue. At least, I had a Christmas fire.

Salmon eggs are not caviar, but they used to be a rarity, something for occasions. I like them anyway.
That couldn’t be simpler. Salad, radish, croûtons and salmon eggs.

The rest of the meal in next posts :

Sushi bento dinner (via GiO)

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As you can see, in eating order :
shrimp nigiri (hand formed),ikura (salmon eggs/roe) and cucumber “war boats”, gunkan-maki , hoso-maki of shrimps and shiso leaves…


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SOBA ike-men (noodle arrangement)

Soba : Japanese buckwheat noodles made of pure buckwheat, buckwheat and wheat, or wheat and tea for matcha soba. Do not confuse with *chuka soba* and *yaki soba* which are ramen (Chinese style noodles).

More about noodle types :
Guided tour of my soba closet

home-made soba

Classics :

Old style soba lunch

Ikura tororo soba – fishy, creamy, chewy

Iwashi soba . Sardine soba-soup

Toshikiri-soba is Japanese New-Year kiss

Okinawan soba

Many variations :

hot salad pasta

soba cube

Crosses en goma-ae et soba

hatcho-miso soba

The “I am cold” Miso Soup

Soba chic sauce

Basil’n peas…

Zaru soba variation

with tomato tsuyu (zaru soba)

Instant ketchup for soba

Dry soba for rainy season

Matcha soba and rei-shabu

matcha soba bok choy

Soba and fragrant tofu

Soba and Five Fragrances

clams around the plate

Soba Mediterraneen (cheese gratin)

Soba-cube

Soba 3 ways for one meal.
Soba miso soup, warming up an ikura zaru soba. Then hot soba, with chrysanthemum leave pesto.

The cooking water of the ju-wari (100% buckwheat) soba, miso, enoki mushrooms…

Freshly boiled and chilled soba, salmon roe, shiso leaves.

Pesto of shungiku (young chrysanthemum leaves), sesame, olive oil, garlic and parmesan cheese. With sweet green chili pepper. On hot soba. The leaves have a pleasant acidity. Great balance and green taste.

Shungiku salad

Sushi bento dinner

As you can see, in eating order :
shrimp nigiri (hand formed),

ikura (salmon eggs/roe) and cucumber “war boats”, gunkan-maki

hoso-maki of shrimps and shiso leaves.

The rice is brown + mochigome (sticky rice), cooked with kombu seaweed. The “su” is black rice vinegar, plus sudachi lemon juice. I just added a little salt. The rice was not so great, I put too much sticky rice to shape it nicely.

The reason for serving wasabi on the side is… I forgot including it. Well not great shape. I’m not read to open my sushi bar. Anyway, in Japan it’s not a job for women, our hands would too warm, we would only good at making onigiri.

It’s not a “lunch box”, it’s a bento (box) to eat at home.

Cal 445.5 F7.2g C77.5g P33.7g