Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Good Food, Drink and Friends

Venison Simmered with Red Wine
A friend made candied orange peel with ponkan oranges from our orchard and gave some to me in these lovely containers (from DAISO). And the guy who trapped a deer damaging orchards in my neighborhood gave me some venison and wild boar meat.
I cooked the meat with red wine in a pressure cooker, and it turned out alright. But I really wanted some fruit flavor with it. Now that I have some candied ponkan orange peels at hand, I came up with an idea of using them for red wine sauce.
See? Venison cooked in red wine and served with red wine sauce flavored with chopped candied ponkan orange peels!
 Boy! The sauce was a great idea. It really added a nice refreshing flavor.
And this photo right above... showing one of ponkan oranges from our orchard, candied orange peels made from them and meat of the deer that had damaged the ponkan trees and was trapped near the orchard... The underlying theme could be... Karma?? LOL

Talking about ponkan oranges...
They're popular in my hometown, and it's not unusual for you to find some ponkan-flavored cocktails at Izakaya bars.
One night, I went to one of such bars, but there they gave a great twist to the drink. Look!
Can you imagine what that black thing is? Squid ink? Nahhh, that would have made the drink really fishy...
No, they put really finely ground charcoal powder! The owner of the bar is a wood charcoal maker and he uses charcoal powder for some food, like bread and noodles.
I went to the bar with a good friend of mine and these are the dishes we enjoyed as we had those evil-looking (but actually said to be healthy?) drinks. LOL
See the noodles? They do look like squid ink pasta, don't they. But actually, it was the wood charcoal powder that was kneaded into the noodles.

This month, I also had a chance to enjoy a "pub crawl" with friends.
There was a fun event scheduled Feb. 9th (Fri) - 11th(Sun) in Muroto. Here's the deal: You get four tickets to enjoy foods and drinks at local bars/eating establishments (near Murotsu Port) that you may not be familiar with. Each ticket allows you to have one food and one drink at one place, which is supposed to be a good deal. Free shuttle bus service was available so that no one in your group has to be a designated driver! Nice idea, isn't it

We visited six places altogether! Though we didn't stay long at each place, still it sounds like we really "crawled," doesn't it? :D


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