Celebrating New Year with traditional Japanese food アメリカでお節作り

Happy New Year 2014!  

In our family, we are celebrating the New Year's day with traditional Japanese new year food. You know, we have two teen/tween girls who are born and raised here in the U.S., and we try our best to incorporate Japanese new year tradition into this special day for them. Which means I end up spending long hours in the kitchen prior to the New Year, preparing the food... 



Japanese new year food is called "O-se-chi Ryo-ri" (お節料理) and each and every dish and ingredients have meaning, such as health, wealth and prosperity, good harvest, long life, happiness, and more babies in the family (really!)  Some of these food are too "traditional" for our girls, but I still cook them anyway ;P


Let me quickly show you some of the Japanese food that I prepared for this new year. 

Cooked veggies in Japanese style broth (煮しめ)

Konbu-maki or simmered seaweed rolls (昆布巻き)

Sweet black beans (黒豆)

Japanese style cha-shu pork, or marinated and braised pork (煮豚)

Cooked Burdock roots wrapped in sliced beef (ごぼう巻き)

Bu-ri or cooked yellow tail (鰤)

Marinated fried salmon and onions(紅白鮭マリネ)

Pickled carrot and daikon radish (紅白なます)

Mashed sweet potato with sweet chestnuts (栗きんとん)

Dried sardines cooked in soy sauce.  田作り(ごまめ)。

We store the prepared new year food in these "Ju-bako" or stackable lacquered boxes.(お重)

Here the food is being cooked and ready to be stored in the boxes. (I aim to finish the entire cooking by noon of the New Year's eve).  Every year I prepare new year food in abundance, pack them in several ju-bako lacquer boxes (I own several of them), so that I can share the food with my friends and neighbors.


For the food prep, my youngest daughter helped me by cutting out the carrots and dai-kon radishes into flower shapes.


She also folded chopstick holders from origami papers.


O-zo-ni or clear soup with mochi rice cakes, another traditional Japanese style food eaten on New Year's Day that I prepared.


Thanks for following along this long food post! lol  I wish you all have a happy and healthy 2014 with good food and of course, lots of crafty moments!! 

最後までお付き合いいただいてありがとうございました! 今年も皆さんにとって、おいしいものいっぱいの、健康で、ご多幸な一年になりますように!もちろん、今年も手芸タイムも満喫しましょうね~♪

***Love, Amy***


PamKittyMorning said...

thanks for sharing that, its very interesting!

PamKittyMorning said...

Happy New Year!

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

明けましておめでとうございます! Our version of osechi was pizza and salad, although it was mostly cabbage, which is very Japanese ;)

Grace and Peace Quilting said...

おいしそう!May I come to your home for New Years?! Every dish looks delicious! Great job!

Unknown said...

Thank you ladies!!

@Grace and Peace Quilting-ありがとう!Hope you had a wonderful O-Sho-gatsu (new year) with your loved ones!!


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