Hello all! I realise it’s been a while since I’ve posted, so here’s a little update on what we’ve been up to the past few weeks.
First, it’s been hot! So we had to hit up the best place in town on a hot day: Yagiya, which sells kakigori! We met up with our friend Shizuka, who recently returned from a 9-month trip around the world. The flavours we all ended up with were yuzu (Japanese lemon), mango cream, strawberry cream, mikan (Japanese mandarin), ume (Japanese plum), and a pineapple with ice cream.
I also cracked open the umeshu I started last year – success! I’ll be making a post about it soon. We had Katie and Jansen over to celebrate the first taste; Jansen made tasty cheeseburger sliders, and Katie brought amazing cupcakes.
(Forgive our barren dining room; we’re slowly but surely making this new apartment home!)
Since it’s ume season, I couldn’t help but try to make some more umeshu. This time I made two new batches – one with black sugar instead of white rock sugar, and the other with red shiso leaves, for flavour and colour!
Fingers crossed they turn out all right!
I also had a ton of red shiso leaves left over, so I made some shiso syrup. It’s got a strong herby taste, but cut with water it’s delicious. And it’s such a lovely colour!
I also made chashu (braised pork belly) for ramen in shoyu (soy sauce) broth! It was very tasty, but the broth was a bit salty, so I’ll be working on it some more.
And finally, last week I started my own little garden. I’ve got three types of mint, basil, lavender, and strawberries (thanks Katie!) Pictured below is my first iteration – I realised I shouldn’t plant the three kinds of mint together, so I split them up and I added cilantro and chamomile yesterday (a rough day, but just half an hour of puttering around out there really made me feel better.)
Cat tax: the cats like to watch me working on the plants from a safe distance.
Until next time, またね！