Fed on 1/1, Sunday. Happy New Year!!!
Yaaaay, Happy New Year, everyone! As a Japanese transplant, the only *real* holiday I’m super into is New Years, so I get pretty excited. Every year, I make a pot of this thing called ozoni and make people around me eat it. It’s super delicious! MP’s looked like this:
I portioned out MP’s little bowl before adding the salty additions to the broth. It has two kinds of pretty radishy things, carrots we grew, savoy cabbage, and seriously overpriced brown rice mochi. I think Whole Foods actually has it cheaper than the Wedge (my co-op), but I was in a near panic on New Year’s Eve about not having any so I grabbed them when I was there getting the other veggies. It was really yummy. (It better be!)
By the way, another thing that was seriously overpriced and I don’t know why I got was their fruit cake. I kept hearing about it so I wanted to try it, but it was crazy, tooth-root-meltingly sweet and because they loaded it up so much with (sweet) stuff, the dough was nearly nonexistent and *really* dry (and sweet!). It didn’t hold together at all. I grabbed the very last one so I was even more psyched about it (scarcity = value) so my disappointment was even greater. Anyway, at NINE BUCKS for a little pan, no thank you, forever. Piz says he will eat it so I hope it doesn’t go to waste.
Anyway, before any of this ozoni business started, we started out the year by eating some oranges in bed. This has nothing to do with my Japanese thing, but I’ve been really enjoying eating Clementines in bed lately. Since no one had those on sale (no sale = no Clems; I’m not paying $10 for a bag!), we got some navel oranges instead. Piz promised to open them for me because I’m too lazy and my finger tips are too soft. You all know that MP *loves* citrus, so she woke up and tunneled out from under the covers and got Too Close To Food.
Back to ozoni but still Too Close To Food. We were cooking the ozoni in this brand new Japanese multi-purpose hot pot/hot plate/steamer thing and she was seriously spying it from all angles. It was much funnier than the picture shows, but I will share it anyway.
The awesome thing about this pot is that it has a ceramic nonstick coating that is NOT made of that toxic Teflon PFOA thing that Dupont and 3M et al knowingly effed up the earth, its waters, and its people with. In fact, I searched high and low and this really was the only one that didn’t use Teflon coating. Nuts! Japan is good about stuff like this.
That little bowl of ozoni just isn’t enough for a brand new breakfast, so I gave her some extra food. A bit of Fage and and egg with a side of greens.
And, dinner is deer with veggie mix. Just like before, I stuck the whole frozen chubby of venison in the oven in an iron skillet.