Welcome back to another year of Okaasan and Me.
What fun and games will we get up to this year?
Hopefully more fun, than games.
Yesterday - January 1st - we ate ourselves to a standstill.
Lunchtime: the box of Osechi (New Year) food that I'd ordered. I lied and told Okaasan that a kind friend had sent us the box, couldn't of course say I'd bought it in case she wasn't interested in cooking! Also ate a red/white salad that I made, which Okaasan predictably enough said was too sour and not sweet enough...
Here is the gorgeous box.
Dinner: the Osechi that Okaasan had bought or agonizingly slowly made with my assistance. And do you know? The strange thing was that I don't think she recognized any of it...YUjiro and I were like over bouncy kindergarten teachers exclaiming "how delicious!" over it all and making a fuss, Okaasan just ate it and didn't really appear to have any personal connection to the seaweed rolls, the stewed taro or the root veggie and chicken dish.
In fact she was more pleased with the red and white fish paste thing she'd bought at the supermarket, AND more concerned about how Yujiro had served the herring roe - which comprised of opening the packet and putting it on a plate.
Okaasan said it should have been soaked for an eon and other preparations....(so it's not just me that gets things wrong :-)) )
|My setting of the food we'd made...and yes...that IS water I'm drinking....needed something to refresh my mouth with all this soy sauce and sugar!|
So. At the end of all of that.
Was it worth it? Getting Okaasan to shop and make some New Year food?
No. Not really. I absolutely won't do it next year.
She loved the shopping. But the making was stressful for both of us. And the end result can so easily be bought from a supermarket.
Basically so many of these dishes are vegetables that are first boiled, then cooked again in a sauce of fish stock, sugar and soy sauce. It's food from another era when there were no shops open and bad refrigeration.
I am going skiing!!! For the first time in 2 years I am taking the bad knee and the weak thigh muscles skiing!!!!!
Got to go now and get ready!
Will just leave you with a great snowbear we spotted on our walk in the park yesterday.....
And hope to be back at this computer later to report successful ski return.