On this snowy New Year’s Eve in the Berkshires, when we’re looking forward to stoking our inner fires with Champagne, perhaps —

here’s what you might be fueling up on if you were in Japan, where New Year’s is the most important holiday of the year.








Osechi-ryori, with a stress on fish, much as Italian-Americans eat on Christmas Eve






Osechi-ryori in a more casual presentation —

Kagamimochi: this one is a decoration for New Year’s, made of two large, flattened pounded-rice balls (called mochi) with a mikan tangerine on top. The whole family will eat it to conclude the holiday.

And of course you’d be counting on a little flask of sake to warm you — so Kanpai everybody —-


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6 Responses to HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  1. Claudia Shuster says:

    Maybe next year we’ll try to mimic this as a meal!! – Claudia

    • Touch2Touch says:

      I suspect it’s more gorgeous than yummy, and the mochi can be a killer (it’s very sticky and must be chewed REALLY REALLY well, every year a couple of senior folk die of choking on it, see the film Tampopo; (ouch, I shouldn’t have said that) —
      But I’ll bet we could find traditional stuff that’s both good and safe to the swallow!!!!!! Good idea!

  2. Barbara says:

    You have certainly stoked my inner fire – I’ll take the food. The champagne can wait.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR! Barbara

  3. Ellyn says:

    Happy new year, Judy, to you and Frank. We’re doing our usual Dungeness crab feast here in SF, where they’re plentiful and affordable at this time of year. And Jeff’s making Zoe her favorite homemade mac & cheese (read: 5,000 calories a sniff).

    Here’s to a wonderful, gulp, 2011 (sounds so futuristic, eh?).

    Love, Ellyn, Jeff, & Zoe

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Dungeness crab! I’m there! Almost as good as dim sum —
      Zoe can eat mac & cheese (at 5,000 a sniff), she’s young and energetic. Not moi.
      Love all around to you three, and big sister and bro and mom when you see them,
      from J & F

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