Tanabata is the Japanese star festival that celebrates the meeting of Orihime and Hikoboshi, the prince and princess who were separated by the milky way and can only meet once a year, July 7th (7/7). In Japan there are festivals during this time and one of the customs is to write your wishes on pieces of paper and tie them to a bamboo tree.
I have always liked this festival and this is the bamboo tree that we made in our home.
Tanabata (7/7) was a very hot day this year so I made some foods that help to cool off in the summer!
Dipping sauce: Goji berry ponzu, shio-koji and sesame oil
Goji berry ponzu dressing:
Squeezed orange and lemon
I basically just mixed all of the ingredients except for the orange and lemon and I heated them until they reached a boil. After the sauce cooled off, I added the juice from the orange and lemon.
Brown rice with millet
Miso soup with bitter melon and age-tofu
If Poto could eat goya maybe she wouldn’t be this hot…