On a cloudless sunny day………we decided to adventure north, about a two hour or so drive up north which will take you to Gunma prefecture – one of the leading producers and suppliers of vegetables in the country and Tokyo district.
Still in the midst of winter, perhaps KIWI may be one of the handy available few fruits for jam and compotes.
Fresh apricots only come around in June for a bare three or two weeks in June. Since I was absent from a two week vacation this year, I asked whether the apricot farm can store the last batch of the fruit and send it to me when I returned back to Japan in early July. They were kind enough to do so. Apricot jam is my husband’s favorite jam so dare not miss the timing. Good job!!!! (to myself) The jam is delicious!!! 今年は丁度、「杏（アプリコット）シーズン」にハワイに休暇をすることになり、杏は６月にものの２〜３週間の期間しか出回らない短いフルーツ。毎年作るアプリコットジャムは主人の大好物。 今年はどうしよう〜と調べると中、長野のアンズ農家が７月の帰国日程でも送れるという杏の種類を予約。今年は冬が温かったせいなのか果実が２週間ばかり早い傾向があるみたいですが何とか冷蔵保存して頂いたのでしょうか。立派な杏が届きました。ジャム向けの商品ですが美味しいジャムができました。 北原農園 長野県中野市大字永江1933-1 電話：0269-38-2595 The recipe for making Apricot Jam is here （レシピはここ）! 保存 保存
Oh, boy…a carton full of homegrown fresh ‘Cilantros’ (Coriander) ‘ from my sis. (we call it ‘Pakuchi’ in Japanese) Yes I admit, I love ‘Cilantros’
If anyone has tasted ‘umeboshi’, the extremely sour Japanese pickled plum, I am most certain that you will love this jam – ‘Ume (Japanese Plum) Jam’.
Duck is not so much a common meat at a Japanese dinner table. Most often use of ‘duck’ is a ‘duck hot pot’ which comes quite common in the Osaka-Kyoto area more so than Tokyo.
Frozen rhubarb comes in handy on a cold winter day… my authentic but all time favorite recipe.
Yuzu is a citrus fruit (citrus junos) which I, personally did not encounter in western countries but a very common and unique scented fruit often used with Japanese ‘washoku’ cooking.
Dear Danish Lovers, Here is a post especially for ‘Danish Lovers’ with a simple instructions to spur your creativity! The recipe is long but I hope helpful for those who are inspired by making food beautiful!! and love the awe!!!
Our apricot quest was fruitful than I expected. Lots of apricots, lots of ume (the soft pulp – nanko ume) and some red rhubarb along the way home through an different area of Nagano prefecture, the Hara Mura area.