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Osechi Feast @ New Year’s Eve

After he left for tennis practice around 1pm, I started working on plating and table setting for New Year’s Eve feast. Most people in Japan eat osechi, specially prepared only for new year on New Year’s Day. However, our family tradition is to start enjoying on December 31.

Sake from my home prefecture, Mt. Fuji plates, cups & carafe

Filling wooden bento box with osechi for later

伊達巻 (Datemaki), なます (Namasu), 黒豆 (Kuromame), 栗金団 (Kuri Kinton), かまぼこ (Kamaboko)

八幡巻 (Yahatamaki), 煮しめ (Nishime), 有頭海老 (Yuto Ebi)

I prepared individual plates for tonight and we started the feast around 4pm.

Another tradition of us is to have KFC on New Year’s Eve.

I love this sake cup with Mt. Fuji inside.

My husband don’t like traditional Japanese food much, but enjoyed most of it tonight. My hard work paid off.

My second round: 松前漬 (Matsumaezuke), 鰊漬け (Nishizuke) & more sake

Around 9pm: 年越そば (Toshikoshi Soba) & more sake

We kept eating and taking easy till midnight. After hearing the new year fireworks, we went to bed.


I picked up lunch @ Tokyo Central, Costa Mesa on the way home.

Mine: Spanish Mackerel Bowl, His: California Roll

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Girls Kitchen Party 2017 – Osechi Preparation

Breakfast @ Home

Lunch @ Friend’s house
Inari Sushi prepared by a friend

Taliata, I prepared with Italian red
We started cooking osechi, but I was almost done with my two dishes at this point. Yay!

Around 4:30pm, we took a break with a glass of this Italian red and chocolate.

Mixing renkon (lotus root) with squid ink
Simple but yummy 🙂

A friend making 伊達巻 (datemaki) from scratch

Snaking during cooking

I brought a new Trader Joe’s brie to try.

Herbs & Garlic brie tastes pretty good.

A host prepared konbu cured red snapper for dinner.

Delicious 🙂

Somen noodle soup with red snapper

Dessert: Hojicha Mousse

She also made this tasty dessert for us.

Unlike last year/two years ago, we finished cooking osechi around 8pm and was able to relax. We have improved our skills to prepare Japanese New Year dishes, Osechi in the past two years!

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Cooking Day – Kinton & Namasu

Breakfast: Brie & Homemade Strawberry Jam on the toast + Coffee
This jam, my boss made tastes so fruity and organic.

I went to pick up steak and a few more things for girls party tomorrow and stopped by a pastry shop.

Lunch: Japanese delicacies (Pickled Herring & Herring Roe), soba + Chardonnay

Salmon Roe on Herring Roe
I would like to have sake instead of the chardonnay, which I bought as cooking wine 😦

I spent all afternoon/evening to prepare 栗きんとん (Kuri Kinton) & なます (Namasu). Two important dishes to Osechi, Japanese enjoy during new years eve and days. Although there is no photo to prove, I worked so hard to get done.

Sugar charged #1 during cooking

Sugar charged #2

Strawberry & Chestnut Cake



No dinner but tasting & snaking all evening

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Last Working Day 2017

Pastry from Copenhagen in Culver City

Mexican Lunch with boss

Tlayuda Original with Beef $13.95, Mole Coloradito (Pork) $13.95

This mole is so good. Pork is so tender and mole sauce is well balanced with sweetness & spiciness.

I am not a big fan of this Oaxacan pizza.

Nice deco

I would come back for dinner with him.

1261 Cabrillo Ave Ste 100
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 974-8005

Takeout: Tres Leches Cake

Easy dinner: Mabo Rice Bowl

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A Quiet Day




Opened a bottle of chardonnay from Trader Joe’s. I was going to use as cooking wine but did drink. It was not bad 🙂

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My Dinner & His Dinner

I want to drink and he wants to eat.

So I prepared two different dinner.

I was still hungry.

Having a cup udon.

Shared with him.




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Relaxing Christmas Day

Lunch: Instant Tonkotsu Ramen with Spinach, Green Onion & Egg

A friend’s husband in Japan gave me as souvenir. This is so delicious and easy to cook. Next time, I will get a lot of these for us and friends here.

Cooking lemon chicken

And drinking in the kitchen

Leftover dinner

More chocolate

Breakfast: Stollen & Coffee