Genmai okayu, brown rice brunch soup

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Okayu, rice porridge. An many pickles. It’s simple, colorful, feeling and very tasty.
I had a cold, not much appetite. That was perfect.

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Umeboshi, salty plum, with the red shiso that comes together.

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Aka kabu, red Kyoto turnip tsukemono.

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Cornichons à l’estragon, with the onion from the same jar. Behind, a few capers.

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Toasted abrura-age (fried tofu) and 2 sesames.

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All the topping are ready.

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And the rice. Just good brown rice, longly simmered in water.

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Asian breakfast : salmon okayu

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Second morning of okayu rice porridge with the leftover cooke for the umeboshi okayu

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The base is the same : brown rice + cooked aka endomame red peas + a little salt.

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Grilled salted salmon.

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With the salmon, I’ve toasted a few abura age (fried tofu). To make croutons for a Fall salad, with figs :

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The fish on top of the rice, with sesame seeds and shikwasa lime.

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Hokkaido red peas

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赤えんどう豆 aka endo mame. Red peas, from Hokkaido.
I’ve found these in a depachika. It’s the under-ground flour of a department store where there are many specialty shops of food, ready to eat, fresh and ingredients. I had never used these peas.

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After soaking a few hours.

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And boiling 45 minutes. I could then use them for 3 dishes.

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Japanese style : reheated on low heat, 15 minutes, with enough broth to cover, a piece of kombu seaweed, soy sauce and kurozato black sugar. Let cool. They can be kept about a week in the fridge and served as side dish for Japanese meals.

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Aka endo mame okayu (more here)

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Indian-Japanese fusion style : stir-fried with onion, garlic, ginger and chana dal massala powder. Plus a few shishito peppers.


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Served on reheated shirataki noodles.

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Aka endo-mame okayu, red pea rice porridge

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Here is an okayu, a congee, a rice porridge.

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Brown rice, soaked. Red peas boiled (Hokkaido aka endomame). A little salt. Lots of water. 3 hours simmering slowly in a rice cooker, a crockpot, or on a stove.

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Umeboshi with red shiso.

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To garnish : umeboshi flesh, cut shiso (from the umeboshi), stalks of mitsuba and black sesame.

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Frozen tofu.

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Refried briefly with Indian spice mix and turmeric.

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A quick brunch.

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Koshogatsu, red rice soup day


This the food for today in Japanese tradition :

Little New Year (click here)

Hey, why not ? An okayu (rice porridge) makes a nice… brunch. It’s simple just fill the rice cooker the day before.


This version is not traditional. It’s genmai brown rice. Then I’ve added fish bone stock and a few red items as final toppings. All that together was really tasty.

Dessert.

Abalone four ways

Last year’s abalone/awabi/ormeau series :

cleaning and cutting abalone

ormeau au beurre (French style buttered abalone)

Korean abalone royal soup

Awabi to kimo (Japanese style)

Abalone ink pasta

Around O-shogatsu, a few Japanese New Year specialties…


MOCHI

Mochi is Japanese New Year and Japanese New Year is mochi.
These blocks of pounded sticky rice are made in this season and used as a decoration and as food.

mochi 101
my display of kagami mochi



A soup is made with mochi. There are many very different regional or familial recipes, many lovely original ingredients…

O-zoni (mochi soup), colorful
O-zoni, Kyoto style

Soba
Noodles eaten to pass the year and symbolize continuity.

toshikiri soba (2011, explanation)
toshikiri soba (2012)
toshikiri soba (2012)

Osechi Ryori, New-Year good luck dishes are old style dishes whose names, colors or shapes are linked with good things. Most of it is prepared a few days in advance with many different ingredients and displayed in big lacquer boxes.

Here is an example of home-made full menu :

the lacquer box
the Osechi menu 2011
kuri kinton
kuro mame
Osechi 1 : kazu no ko
Osechi 2 : kintoki ninjin and daikon for namasu
Osechi 3 : building a rice paddy
Osechi 4 : kohaku kamaboko fish cakes
Osechi 5 : chicken matsukaze
Osechi 6 : the vegetable box
Osechi 7 : tamago mosaic
omedetai, lucky grilled fish

Tai-meshi, a meal with Osechi leftovers


A tradition for January 7th

7 herb day
nanagusa okayu (7th day soup)

Little New-Year, women’ New Year… it’s a little forgotten.

okayu for Koshogatsu

And to finish with the mochi :

breaking the New Year mochi (done around January 15th)