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Welcome to 2020!

In Food For Thought on January 1, 2020 at 2:52 pm

furoshikiWhere did the last decade go? As we usher in this new era, there’s a certain comfort in maintaining family traditions year after year.

Yet there’s something to said about breaking free of limited thinking. Who says we can’t do things differently? Life is change.

This will be the first Oshogatsu where we celebrate the day at my aunt’s condo, instead of at my grandmother’s in the same building. About a month ago, there was a reluctance to even consider such an idea – how far we’ve come with this dramatic turnaround.

Before I posted this, I had a look back over previous years and I noticed while there are a few mainstay dishes, I’ve mixed things up. No surprise here as in my family, I’m not known for being conventional. Rigid attitudes have always struck me as going against the whole idea of enjoying time with family and friends.

Interestingly this new decade coincides with the Year of Rat, which is the first animal in the Chinese zodiac and marks the beginning of a new 12-year cycle. The featured element for 2020 is metal, so it’s a metal Rat to be specific. Rats and metal represent money, wealth and surplus.

Our annual feast always includes symbolic dishes. I’ve prepared my celebratory azuki gohan (red rice) but with an eye on attracting more abundance, I’ve included two versions of money bags – boiled vegetable dumplings and fried vegetable gyoza. Asians can be a superstitious bunch so anything that brings luck and fortune is welcomed.

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Have an amazing new year. Wishing you all good things for 2020 – health, wealth and happiness.

It’s 2019!

In Food, Glorious Food on January 1, 2019 at 2:36 pm

Akemashite Omedetou – Happy New Year! Wishing everyone health, wealth and happiness in the new year ahead.

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Love these mikoshi-themed (portable shrine) napkins!

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For our traditional new year’s day festivities, we’ve made (clockwise from top): matcha mochi, red rice, vegan Peking duck wraps and fried daikon.

 

Happy 2018!

In Food, Glorious Food on January 1, 2018 at 2:48 pm

Happy New Year! Akemashite omedetou. Time for more eating of classic staples in three-tiered box: azuki gohan, organic kale and gobo, fried daikon and black beans. Plus, a soon-to-be new favourite of Peking-style jackfruit rice wraps. Enjoy!

It’s 2017!

In Our Earthly Paradise on January 2, 2017 at 3:33 pm

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Welcome to 2017! I hope you survived the holidays and have come out on top. Now that winter is officially here, we can all look forward to more daylight. (Fingers crossed).

Love the nature theme in the Bay’s Christmas windows this year in downtown Toronto – it’s a beautiful reminder of what is really important in this world.

Happy New Year!

In Food, Glorious Food on January 1, 2017 at 4:03 pm

It’s that annual celebration day – for 2017…a day of feasting and connecting with family and friends.

My three-tiered bento box is ready to go, tied in a festive red furoshiki. I’ve made (clockwise from top) red rice, chap chae, green beans and sengiri daikon. For dessert, which tastes better than it looks, I’ve made a plum cake topped with minced candied ginger. Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu!

Happy Holidays!

In Food For Thought on December 30, 2016 at 7:18 pm

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Thanks for visiting and liking my posts. I am grateful to have this opportunity to reach out to you and let you know that I appreciate having you share my journey.

It’s easy to forget sometimes how lucky we are – surrounded as many of us are with relative abundance and the distraction of our first-world problems when there are so many others who are not as fortunate

As the year comes to an end, I’d like to wish you all the best for 2017. Health, wealth, happiness and all good things for the coming new year!

Happy New Year!

In Food, Glorious Food on January 1, 2015 at 1:25 pm

newyearsAkemashite Omedeto Gozaimashite- 2015! On the menu (clockwise from top right): Candy Soybeans, Red Rice, Okonomiyaki (Cabbage & Potato Pancakes), Karinto (rice crackers), Gobo & Tofu Salad (Burdock).