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 27th Menu

Very Green Shake

Very Green Shake

Breakfast: Coffee, Very Green Shake (Kale, Green Vibrance, Green Apple, Tofu, OJ)

Coffee Break at Saurin Parke Cafe: Mocha, Chocolate Chip Cookie

Dinner: Nimono (simmered fried tofu, taro, kon-nyaku), Yaki Mochi (toasted sticky rice cake dipped in soy sauce, and wrapped in Nori)

Snack: Butternut Squash Pancake with Banana—I kept eating Tea all day long today. It was a cold but sunny day on Central Park today.

Mocha and Cookie

Mocha and Cookie

Nimono and YakiMochi

Nimono and Yaki Mochi

Butternut Squash Pancake

Butternut Squash Pancake

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