Sunday, January 1, 2012

How to make Ozoni Soup

Seaweed knots, Carrots, Mushrooms, Lotus rootFresh Mizuna from the Farmer's Market
Yummy! Fresh Mochi melting in the organic broth

Akemashite omedeto gozaimasu!
あけましておめでとうございます
(Happy New Year)

Turkey is to Thanksgiving (in America) as Ozoni Soup is to New Year’s Day (in Japan). We have a family tradition of cleaning the house for the new year and making Ozoni soup on New Year's morning. This is the first meal of the day. In Japan, eating this soup is an important tradition as a family. It symbolizes longevity, sticking together as a family, prosperity, and good health. There are different recipes and the ingredients vary slightly. But mochi is the star ingredient found in all. It is absolutely delicious-my husband is the most amazing chef!
My second favorite part of New Year's day is my Japanese tea ceremony. My little tea helper always joins and wows the guests!



What's in ours?

Mochi
Mizuna
Shiitake Mushrooms
Carrots
Lotus Root
Oysters (only in my husband's bowl)
Seaweed knots (yes we tie each knot)
Chicken (a whole organic chicken)
HAPPY 2012!

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