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Nagaiki Miso (Super Miso)

I was down for flu for over two weeks.

I had no motivation to do anything including cooking proper food.

Today I would like to introduce Nagaiki Miso – direct translation Miso for Long Life but it is actually Super Miso for health.

This formula is innovated by Dr Hiroyuki Kobayashi.

It’s all explained in his book including functions of each ingredients and recipes.

I need to prepare one onion, red and white Miso (80 g each) and apple vinegar (1 large spoon or 15 cc).

First, grind onion.

Add white and red miso and apple vinegar.

Mix them.

And freeze it in cube using ice cube maker with a cover.

Mom found this at 100 yen shop Daiso.

I use one cube to cook super miso soup (150 cc) with ingredients that I want to cook with at the time such as Negi (leek), Tofu, ninjin (Carrots), buta (Pork) or/and many more combination.

I shall continue drinking Super Miso Soup to keep myself healthy!

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New Supply from LA

It was my first day of work in 2020; luckily, I could punched out at 5 pm sharp.

It was too short to catch up with my friend who is currently returned to Tokyo for holiday over the dinner.

I cooked easy-to-prepare dinner: Buta Shabu Nabe (pork clay pot) with various Kinoko (mushrooms).

She is so sweet by bring me new supply of Peet’s Coffee and many more foodies from LA!

Arigatogozaimasu!

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Akemashiteomedetogozaimasu (A Happy New Year)

I worked till 31 December 2019 on New Year’s Eve.

It was so quiet in Ginza.

I could be only one working in my office building.

Even Japanese government office close from 28 December – 3 January to celebrate New Year.

My boss called and allowed me to leave earlier; I left happily at 2:45 pm.

I was feeling sentimental looking at last sunset of 2019.

I went to pick up my niece.

The road was clear so there was no traffic.

I wanted to surprise her so I decorated her room with balloons while she was taking a bath.

I succeeded it!

She was so excited!

I also took a bath to welcome new year freshly.

We ate soba (buckwheat noodle) for tradition, wishing for a long life like soba.

It turned midnight…we greeted Akemashite omedetogozaimasu and A Happy New Year then popped a party cracker!

We all got excited for a while and went to bed at 1:30 am.

I woke up lazily on Gantan (New Year Day).

Most of shops and restaurants closed today.

We ate Osechi (New Year Dishes) for brunch.

Each dish has a meaning.

For example, Kurikintoki which is made by sweet potato and its colour in gold means wishing to have gold (richness), etc, etc.

And Ozoni (chicken, vegetables and mochi/rice cake in soup)

After brunch, we paid a visit to our family shrine, Tenso Jinja (Tenso Shrine) for New Year prayer.

I wrote my wish on Ema (Wish Designed Board) and I used this picture for my New Year Greeting eCard.

We had a break after returned from the shrine.

Niece and I made Monaka.

We fill Anko (sweet bean paste) on monakanokawa (monaka shell/wafer).

We can adjust the amount of anko.

There are ume (plum) and fukuro (owl) shapes.

Based on astronomy, I believe nothing much of difference from yesterday’s; however, it is the first sunset on New Year’s Day.

I look forward for more adventures in 2020!

Akemashiteomedetogozaimasu!

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Saturday Quest

I woke up at 6 am.

Poor Choco, he couldn’t have his morning walk because I had a list of quests for organizing a birthday for my friend today.

– Clean

– Decorate rooms for Halloween

– Cook lunch

It was a challenging day because I had a dentist appointment at 9:30 am in Roppongi so I had few hours to complete the above.

Furthermore, I also had chiropractics/massage appointment at 11:30 am – 12:50 pm in Ebisu.

My friends are scheduled to arrive at 1:30 pm.

Between dentist and chiropractic/massage appointment, I had 45 mins gap.

I decided to have a break at Starbucks by using a complementary ticket which I received it when I purchase a tumbler.

I had a Halloween Red Night Frappuccino.

This time, I learned that it’s difficult to enjoy Frappuccino by this thin tumbler.

I struggle to mix the flavors and to get white chocolate brownies. hahaha

After I finish my chiropractics/massage, I quickly returned home to receive friends at 1:30 pm.

I prep lunch so that I can cook to serve warm food when I receive them.

We sang birthday song and enjoyed a cake from Ogawaken Shimbashi • Meguro.

It was a lovely day.

I took Choco for a long walk in the evening.

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Home Made Sangria

My friend gave me a half sized red wine.

It’s red wine so I kept it at room temperature during summer.

A room can be hot during daytime with sun.

I kept the bottle in shade but it was damaged.

I don’t want to waste it so I made sangria with orange, lime and blueberries.

I enjoyed it and will try it again.

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Long Day

I woke up at 5 am to send off my boss family at Imperial Hotel Tokyo at 6:30 – 7 am.

I did not have any tears when I saw him. He is just transferred to Hq. It is obvious that we’ll still be in touch to follow up projects.

Meantime, Sayonara and thank you for being a boss.

I celebrated my friend’s birthday.

I cooked lunch and other friend brought a birthday cake from 365 nichi (365 Days).

It was fun talking over food, cake and red sparkling wine.

Happy birthday My friend!