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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Osechi Ryori- Japanese New Years Food

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Osechi Ryori is eaten in Japan at New Years. It consists of many special foods that are not usually eaten throughout the year.  Many of the foods are symbolic or contain special meaning such as good health or prosperity.  These foods are displayed in “jubako”, special boxes traditionally made of lacquer.

Many of the foods in Osechi Ryori can be made in advance and kept at room temperature without going bad.  We have already started making some of the items to go in our jubako.  One of the items that we made today is kobumaki.

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Kombu and kampyo are both dried and need to be soaked in water before using

Kobumaki is made by wrapping vegetables such as carrots and gobo (burdock root) in kombu (kelp).  It is the tightly tied shut with kampyo (dried gord).  It is then simmered in a soup stock made from kombu, soy sauce, sake and sugar.

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1月の英会話アフタヌーンティーイベント

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日」英会話アフタヌーンティー

キニッシュメイキング料理で英語レッスン

キニッシュとはポテトで作られている伝統的なジューイッシュ料理です。色々な作り方がありますがこのレッスンでは二種類のキニッシュをみんなで作ります。そして伝統的なジューイッシュのサイドディッシュも作ります。レシピはオーガニックでヘルシーな材料を使っています。

一緒に英語で料理を楽しみましょう!


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ポテトのキニッシュ (2種類)

ビーツとイスラエルサラダ

ザクロのソース

デザートをご用意しております。

場所:ブルックリン

時間:2時から5時

「1月1日」英会話アフタヌーンティー:冬のリース

英会話を楽しみながら冬のリースを作りましょう。今回の英会話アフタヌーンティーはナチュラルな材料を使ってリースを作ります。リースは8インチ(20cm)です。スイーツと軽食とティーを用意しております。

場所:ブルックリン

時間:2時から4時

参加費:40ドル(お茶•スイーツ•軽食付きです。)

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英会話アフタヌーンティーについて:http://www.ejapion.com/living/circle/684


Where to buy Ready-Made Shio-koji

Shio-koji can be used to naturally enhance flavors in food and it is very simple to use in cooking.  Its health benefits include aiding in digestion and replenishing good bacteria in the intestines.  Shio-koji is also very simple to make at home.  The brand Cold Mountain, which also sells products like miso, is probably the most common brand of Koji found in the United States.  Once you have gotten your hands on koji the rest is easy, all you need now is water and salt!  The only thing is that although shio-koji is very easy to make, it does need time.  It requires about 10 days depending on room temperature.  So when you don’t have time to wait, your other option is to buy ready-made shio-koji.

I thought that ready-made shio-koji could only be found in Japan but just recently I saw a few different brands being sold at Sunrise Supermarket in the East Village.  Cold Mountain is one of the brands that sells a ready-made shio-koji “sauce” and there were some other Japanese brands of ready-made shio-koji as well.  I was surprised by how easy it is getting to find shio-koji in New York now.  I also noticed that many restaurants are starting to incorporate it in their menu as well.

Sunrise Supermarket is located on 4 Stuyvesant street in the East Village ( they also have several other locations in the city).


Mariebelle Tea Shop in SOHO

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This past weekend we visited Mariebelle  tea shop in SOHO.  Although I have a box of their tea at home, it was my first time inside the shop.  The shop was really cute and beautifully decorated for the holidays.  We sat at the cafe and ordered tea and a cappuccino. We also had a piece of chocolate cake as well.  I had “soba-cha” (buckwheat tea). I was really surprised that they served soba-cha there since it is a Japanese (somewhat minor) tea. But it was really delicate and delicious.  However I still prefer their Earl Grey tea which I ended up buying a box of on the way out.  It’s definitely a great shop to visit if you are ever in SOHO and I think that it is particularly beautiful at this time of year.  


Tomoko-san’s Bread Making Class

This past weekend I went to Tomoko-san’s Bread Making Class.  We made カンパーニュ which is French Country Bread in English. This is the second class that I was able to attend and every time I go I learn more and more.

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 We used a variety of flours including organic white flour and rye flour.  We also made bread sticks using the same ingredients with walnuts and dried fruit. They came out great!

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 We used a le creuset to bake the round loaf. The outside of the bread was crispy and the inside was still soft.


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Tomoyo-chan was a great assistant!

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P.S. No, the sugar bowl didn’t drop 🙂

The Nutbox on Smith Street


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I stopped by this shop a while ago on the way to visit a friend in Brooklyn. Despite its name “The Nutbox” it actually sells a lot more than just nuts.

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They sell a wide variety of organic and non-organic  grains and beans, snacks, chocolate, and yes, of course nuts.
They also have snacks made with sweeteners like brown rice syrup instead of sugar as well. I was surprised to see some Japanese products like azuki beans and soybeans being sold there.

 

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They have a coffee bar as well so you can enjoy a coffee while browsing through the store. I recommend the coconut-date snack and the cocoa covered almonds!

The Nutbox

 

163 smith Street, Brooklyn


親子バイリンガルクリスマスパーティー

親子バイリンガルクリスマスパーティー

December 22, 2012

2-3:30pm

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今年もあと少しでクリスマス。
街もクリスマスライトが灯り、ハッピーな音楽で包まれています。
一緒にクリスマスをおもいっきり楽しみましょう!日本語と英語の歌を歌ったり、クリスマスのお菓子をほおばり、クリスマスのアートクラフトを一緒に作りましょう。クリスマスムードを盛り上げてくれるものと言えば、ジンジャーブレッド!今回のクラフトはジンジャーブレッドハウスです。プログラムは後程お知らせします。

場所:ウイリアムズバーグ/ブルックリン
時間:2時から3時半

ブログ:http://ameblo.jp/peko-in-brooklyn/

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皆様からのご連絡をお待ちしています

 

Event Description:  日本語と英語でクリスマスの歌を歌いましょう!ジンジャーブレッドハウスメイキングを楽しみましょう!

Activities:

1.ソングタイム

Song 1: Time for Circle

Song 2: Welcome!

Song 3: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Song 4: きらきら星

Song 5: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Song 6: 赤鼻のトナカイ

2.ジンジャーブレッドハウスメイキング

3.スナックタイム


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