After 648 n miles Maiden cruise from Ellös, Sweden to Sandhamn via Copenhagen on my new boat, Grande Dolly, my husband, Takemi arrived at Stockholm and joined me ICOYC cruise from Mariehamn to Helsinki as guest crew for the classic Swan 37 for another (at least) 168 n miles, beautiful Finland archipelago sailing/cruising, for me 816 n miles altogether. Amazing life time experience!!
Last 5 nights, we stayed at 5 stars hotels, very comfortable both in Helsinki and St. Petersburg, enjoying fine dinings and the Hermitage museum. I feel my new boat is as equally comfortable as both combined (8 stars! 5 stars hotel and 3 stars restaurant!)
Leaving for home this afternoon, staying overnight at Dubai. See you all when I get back!! Hiroko
I purchased the Sansho tree 20 years ago. It was about 60 cm high, but now it grows higher than our roof. This year, because of many sunny days, I got a plenty of harvest. I boiled them with salt and pickled them. Sansho leaves give aloma when you add it into Yakitori sauce. もう２０何年か前に背丈６０cmほどの山椒をこのシアトルで買って、いまや、屋根を越すほどの大きさに成長しました。今年は、夏日が多く、日照時間が多かったせいか、山椒の実がたくさんなりました。手で届くほどの実を収穫し、塩ゆでにし、アクヌキをし、そして、塩漬けにしました。梯子を持ってきて、上の方までとるとまだ、何倍かとれることでしょう。山椒の葉は、多少大きくなっても焼き鳥のたれにいっしょにいれたりで、美味しい香りがします。
I order fresh fish from Tsukiji market once a month and recently I bought Seki Mackerel, which is mackerel from Saganoseki. The fish is considered the best example of saba available. Just as the way the Chef Shiro from Shiro's taught me, I filleted the fish, sprinkled salt like snow, and left the fish for 2-3 hours. After leaving the fish for 20 minutes in water, I cut the skin off and left it another 1-2 hours in rice vinegar. It turned out to be wonderful!!
For Chakaiseki January, I served those homemade Wagashi (Japanese sweet). One is Apricot stuffed with sweetened white beans, sprinkled Gold. The other is Persimmon stuffed with sweetened white beans. Both are easy to make and delicious. However, this special persimmon was sent from Kanazawa and is called “Korogaki”, one of the speciality of the region. I must say thanks to my friend, Yoko Shirai who also send me all the necessary Japanese ingredients such as Kombu and Katsuobushi for making stock, called “Dashi”, which is essential for Japanese cooking.
APPLE WOOD SMOKED TURKEY I always enjoy smoking turkey for Thanksgiving, but my daughter who lives in NY never gets home for Thanksgiving, who requested to have turkey for Christmas. Here it is! We made sausage stuffing and please look at the beautiful contrast. Delicious!
I am organizing the Kwansei Gakuin 150 Year Anniversary Event: Yoko Kirishima Talk Show & Kaori Otake Harp Concert. Tickets are on sale now! Please see below for more information!! Yoko Kirishima Talk Event & Kaori Otake Harp Concert & Seattle Asian Art Museum Kwansei Gakuin The 125th Anniversary Concert Celebration: Yoko Kirishima Talk Event & Kaori Otake Harp Concert
Yoko Kirishima Talk Event 15:00- Award-winning non-fiction writer and an essayist Kirishima Yoko hosts the talk event, featuring her newly published essay, "Jinsei wa mada tabi no tochu".
Kaori Otake Harp Concert 16:00-
1st prize winner of the Japan International Harp Competition in three divisions, winner of the Indiana University Harp Concerto Competition and awarded the Marilyn Costello Memorial Prize in the USA International Harp Competition. Kaori has given recitals and concerto performances around the world. Date: August 24th Sunday, 3PM-5PM Ticket: $30 (Open Seating) Seattle Asian Art Musuem 1400 East Prospect Street