Many apologies for taking so much time to update this blog. Can't believe it's been well over 5 and a half years since my last post. Just saw my profile and it was funny to find that my daughter was 3 when I started this. She is 11 now and we had a new addition to our family since. I must update my profile very soon.
I would like to update this blog more regularly this year - that's one of my new year's resolutions! There might be some changes in the future, but the main concept of this blog would be the same - updating what I cook for my family. It wouldn't be anything fancy - it would be more down-to-earth style of cooking, but because of my background, some of you might find my cooking style interesting.
I must thank all of you who have visited my blog during my long absence. I really appreciate it.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!!!
We have a tradition of eating mu-chi- on Mu-chi-(ムーチー) day in Okinawa.
I can imagine that most of you are thinking,
"What's that? What's mu-chi-??"
Well, mu-chi- is a type of streamed rice cake wrapped in getto (月桃) leaves. Mu-chi- day is on the 8th of December in lunar calendar in Okinawa, and this year's mu-chi- day fell on the 11th of January. Traditionally, we are supposed to pray for the children's health and well being. There's an interesting story behind this tradition.
Legend has it that there was a man who was originally from Shuri (首里), our old capital city. He was a lonely man (he lost his parents when he was very young, and his little sister got married and moved to another Okinawan island) and eventually turned into an ogre and attacked animals and children to eat every night. Nobody could do anything about it. His sister heard about this and decided to see him taking his favourite food - rice cake but put iron nails inside. His sister took him to the cliff and gave him the special rice cake. While he was suffering in pain, his sister pushed him down the cliff. So no more ogre! This event happened on the 8th of December (in lunar calendar) apparently. That's how this tradition started.
Mu-chi- day is also called mu-chi-bi-sa, and it's supposed to be the coldest day of the year in Okinawa. (Am I right, my Okinawan friends?)
By the way, kanji (or Chinese character) for mu-chi- is 鬼餅. 鬼 means devil, and 餅 means rice cake.
My family make mu-chi- every year. The photos you can see below were taken back in the early 2009.
Wish I were there to make and eat it..... If you are in Okinawa, you should definitely try it!! If you do, make sure to eat one extra for me and let me know how you like it :)
Menu:Ozoni(ish), rice with sweet potatoes, Enoki mushroom wrapped in bacon, boiled spinach with soy sauce
Unfortunately, I was unwell and didn't make proper osechi dishes this year. Well, actually, I attempted to make one of the osechi dishes on new year's day, but I burnt it by mistake :( My husband and our daughter were out that day anyway, and I thought to myself "I can't do it all over again. I'm going to sit down and relax now!" and ate all the unburnt and slightly burnt food from the pot. Can't remember what I made that evening, but I think it was something very simple. The food I cooked on the 2nd wasn't proper osechi ryori, but my family seemed to have enjoyed it, so I was happy :)
I'm from Okinawa where the life expectancy ranks as the highest in the world!
I'm interested in healthy life style and love cooking! I like being creative when it comes to cooking and enjoy creating new recipes.
When preparing a meal, I always think of the people for whom I'm cooking. If I can put a smile upon their face, that gives me pleasure :-)
In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music, reading and playing the piano.
I currently live in the UK with my English husband and a 3 year-old daughter.