2017 New Year’s Meal

2017nymealHappy New Year dear vegan community!!

I haven’t posted anything since my birthday in September. I’ve been busy cooking and baking for the last 5 months. In fact, I was so busy cooking and baking, and learning restaurant business, that I couldn’t find any moment to post until now. This is an abbreviated version of a traditional Japanese first New Year’s meal. I had this at noon on the New Year’s Day, yet it was the first meal of 2017. I love love Japanese black beans simmered with tamari and sugar. They are so good and sweet. They are my favorite dessert.

Toasted rice cake in miso soup with lotus root, carrot, Japanese sweet potato, shimeji mushrooms and scallions
Quick pickled lotus root and carrots
Japanese black beans simmered with tamari and sugar

 

January 11th Menu

Sunshine Berry

Sunshine Berry

Breakfast: Coffee, Sunshine Berry Shake (Pineapple, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Tofu, OJ)

Lunch at Sunrise Mart: Avocado Rolls, Edamame, Potatoe Salad, An-Pan—my friend screamed, “that’s not vegan! Potato salad has mayo in it!” She is right. That’s why I’m only 99% vegan.

Dinner: Split Pea Soup and Toast—this batch pf split pea soup came out brown instead of a beautiful green since I used purple carrots…

Dessert: Oshiru-ko (sweet black bean soup with mochi)—this one is instant. Totally it doesn’t cut it. I will have to make a real one sometime soon. Blueberry Cashew Soft-Serve—oh, this was awesome. I LOVE my vita-mix.

Avocado-Rolls, Edamame, Potato Salad

Avocado-Rolls, Edamame, Potato Salad

Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup

Oshiru-ko

Oshiru-ko

 

 

Blueberry Cashew Softserve

Blueberry Cashew Soft-serve

January 6th Menu

Pumpernickel with Almond Butter, Fruits

Pumpernickel with Almond Butter, Fruits

Breakfast: Coffee, Pumpernickel with Almond Butter, Strawberries, Banana, Pear

Lunch: 6 Grain Rice, Lotus Kimpira, Black Beans, Spinach, Miso Soup with Burdock Roots, Tofu and Satoimo (taro)—a nice Japanese lunch my friend whipped up after she discovered that I became a vegan. Yum. Her son said it’s too healthy. 🙂

Dinner: Mustard Leaf Dumplings, Sweet Brown Rice, Boiled Spinach—a nice dinner my husband whipped up. 🙂

Chika's Japanese Lunch

Chika’s Japanese Lunch

Dumpling Dinner

Dumpling Dinner

 

January 2nd Menu

Green Goddess

Green Goddess

Breakfast: Coffee, Green Goddess Shake—my old blender died this morning with a few squeaks. I’m buying a vita-mix one, finally!

Lunch at Natural Nut: Scrambled Tofu, Curried Cauliflower and Potato, Cooked Seaweed with Sesame Seeds

Dinner: Baked Tofu, Sauteed Kale and Petite Tomatoes, Avocado Sashimi, Sweet Brown Rice, Nori, Black Beans—oh, I never get to tired of this kind of dinner. Yum yum.

Natural Nut unch

Natural Nut Lunch

Tofu-Kale-Avocado

Tofu-Kale-Avocado

 

 

New Year’s Day’s Menu 1/1

Green Goddess

Green Goddess

Brunch: Coffee, Green Goddess Shake, Miso Soup with Mochi and Spinach, Simmered Black Beans, Mandarin Oranges—I tried to incorporate a traditional Japanese New Year’s Day’s feast by only 2 dishes. Mochi is usually in a clear broth instead of miso. If I was at my mother’s house,  I make Kinton (Mushed Sweet Potato mixed with Chestnuts, extremely sweet) because it is a time consuming dish to make and my favorite. I like this black beans a lot, too. They are cooked with soy sauce and sugar, but not extremely sweet.

Snack at House of Crepes: Pear Cinnamon Crepe, Earl Grey Tea—a simple sweet and tea. The closest thing I could find here to a scone/biscuit and tea in England.

Dinner: Cold Soba Noodles with Dipping Sauce, Roasted Acorn Squash, Kale and Carrots with Nutty Sprinkles

New Year's Day Breakfast

New Year’s Day Breakfast

Crepe

Crepe

 

Soba Noodles and Roasted Squash

Soba Noodles and Roasted Squash