Osechi Ryoori / お節料理- Bento Mushrooms

Getting Ready for New Year’s
What to Put in the Boxes

New Year’s Day may well be THE holiday in Japan.  Almost everything is closed, while people make visits to shrines, pay visas to friends and relatives, drink sake, and eat, of course. But in traditional Japan. not much was cooked on the first day or so of the New Year.  Instead, it has been traditional to eat meals packed in Bento lunch boxes, sometimes quite elaborate, and usually  multitiered.

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Pineapple and Bananas with Ginger Cream Sauce

Sour Cream and Yogurt Showcase the Ginger
Echoes of Seville

Bananas

Bananas

This simple Asian Fusion dessert combines Pineapples and Bananas with some Western ingredients like Sour Cream and Yogurt very effectively.  Butter is another Western touch, along with the Orange Marmelade.  While any Orange Marmelade will work, one made with bitter Continue reading