Friday, June 02, 2017

Food Photos - April

 Matcha Soba (Buckwheat Noodles flavored with powdered green tea)

Remember I made beautiful green buckwheat noodles by adding some powdered green tea in February?  I froze some of them so that I can use them in cherry blossom season. Yes. I really, really wanted to take a photo like this one for years. And the dream came true in mid April.

To be perfectly honest, the noodles did not taste as good as they did in April. Well, that's the way it is with homemade buckwheat noodles... They are meant to be eaten ASA they're made. But I was happy to be able to take these photos. A feast to my eyes. ;)

BTW, I started practicing Koto (a traditional Japanese musical instrument) when I broke my left foot last year. And here's a video of me playing a music with a theme related to cherry blossom. Let me try if I can post it here.

I wonder if any of you know this song...  Sorry, this is not a classic. ;)
(Original music:

One day I got lucky and was given a huge Japanese amberjack for free. It was a little damaged so not for sale. Since dad didn't want to gut it, I gutted and filleted this huge (about 10 kg?) Japanese amberjack all by myself! Phew!!

And, as long-term readers of my blog know, April is the beginning of our abalone season. Hence, these photos:

Cooking chewy type abalone in a pressure cooker

Mmmm... looks like I didn't take many food photos in April, 2017...


littlemancat said...

Love that first photo - beautiful! And that teacup!
I enjoyed listening to your koto playing too. I have a few koto albums that I like to listen to. I wondered if you would be playing Sakura. So pretty!

obachan said...

Hi Mary,
Thanks for your nice comment. Glad that you liked my photo.
To tell you the truth, that teacup-like thing is from DAYSO (100yen shop) and I used it to keep dipping sauce (soup?) in. Obviously it was made as a teacup but I liked it so much that I wanted it to be in the photo with my soba.

I think I can play the simplified melody of traditional "Sakura Sakura." But its complicated version is too difficult for a beginner like me. ;)

belle said...

Obachan, glad to see you posting more often this year! It's always so nice to see your beautiful food photos and descriptions of everyday life. The soba looks fantastic, I'm impressed that you cut it so evenly by hand. How long have you been practicing soba making?

obachan said...

Hi belle,

Oh I'm so flattered. :)
It's been about a year since I first started practicing soba making. I'm still not very good at cutting. Sometimes I make real fat ones...!!! XD
I just removed them from this dish before taking these photos. That was the secret, ha ha.
Anyway, someday I'm going to write an article about the art of buckwheat noodle making. It takes time and lots of practice to be a good soba noodle maker. Hope I'm getting better little by little. ;)

Jean said...

Keep at your noodle making.

obachan said...

Thanks, Jean!
I'll do my best. ;)


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