Monday, May 22, 2017

Food Photos - March

Buri (Japanese Amberjack) Nigirizushi

Japanese Amberjack is a valuable fish that sustains the life in this small fishing village. But it's valuable only in its season from Feb to early Mar. If they come after that when it's warm, like late Mar. or Apr., their price goes unbelievably down... because they lose good fat and may have some parasitic worms.
Nevertheless, we were thrilled when there was a big catch in late Mar. this year! Last year was a bad year, and this year we were so worried at the end of Feb. Having almost no catch of this fish for two years in a row meant devastating.
So, on Mar. 21st, the whole neighborhood jumped in joy early in the morning with the news of a big catch.
Actually we had a bigger catch later in Apr. but the price was miserably low, they said.

Anyway, it's a relief to know that nature's blessing is still abundant. Here's the blessing in mountainous areas. Bracken fern shoots were abundant this year as in last year and the year before. ;)
After ponkan orange season was over, there came hassaku and other type of citrus fruits.


And Mar. 25th was my birthday! I baked Ponkan orange pound cake this year. :)

It was also the day that we celebrated the official establishment of our local revitalization project team... well, sort of.
The core members had an informal gathering one night and enjoyed great food like this. :)

Meanwhile, my buckwheat noodle making skill was in progress. Teammates often bring in their homemade dishes/sweets and turn the class into a small party. ;)

And I AM making a progress.
You may be impressed if you know that these noodles were hand-cut, not with a pasta machine.
Well, I'm going to post about buckwheat noodle making more in detail and tell you everything about it someday, so stay tuned.  ;)
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