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Tuesday, 03 January 2006




The Nashime looks beautiful, and quite tasty. I can see why you are bushed!


Ooh I can't wait to try some !! It looks colourful and very tasty :P~ Thanks for sharing that recipe !

clare eats

Great photo, the "humble" yeah right :) stew looks fantastic!

Passionate Eater

Thank you for another delici-yoso recipe Kirk! I love the picture of the "Boy," I see that he is licking his lips in anticipation of getting a taste of your Nishime! It also seems like he is exhausted from trying to compete with the Nishime for your attention.

The stew looks incredible--if I were the Missus, I'd never let you go into retirement.


Hi Mills - It tasted very good this year.

Hi Rachel - Nishime is pretty easy to make. It's just the "prep".

Hi Clare - Nishime really is considered "poor people" food, believe it or not!

Hi PE - Sammy was pretty "bored" waiting for me to finish prepping so we could "play".


Awww! What a cute photo of Sammy!

Wow, that does look quite labor intensive...looks like it was well worth it though!


Hi Kirk,

Well, this was the first year that I didn't make nishime for New Years. Usually we have an office pot luck and that's normally the dish that I bring! I was spared...YAY!

But in a way, I miss making it...and eating it even more. This post made me hungry.


Kirk, don't hate me for asking... but could you explain the purpose of tying knots in the kelp? Should it remain a long string? It sure looks delicious. I'll have to try to put this together on the other side.


Hi Pam - It wasn't that bad, just a bunch of prep.

Hi Reid - I guess it really wouldn't be New Years without Nishime - I've made it every year for a while.

Hi Jo - There must be some symbolic meaning. But the knot has a nice crunchiness that the layers of kombu adds and intensifies the "ocean-flavor" - also these are rather large strips 3"-4" wide - imagine 2 yards of that floating around in your soup, like giant lasagne noodles. Kombu is also a bit slippery and fairly thick. Also, you must remember we use definitely will not get the same taste out of kombu if you cut it into strips, unless you really don't want the taste and texture - then you might as well use dashi kombu, and discard it before the broth comes to a boil.


Hi Kirk,
Looks like you guys had a great New Years. Luckily for you it only comes around once a year.


What a preparation, no wonder you're bushed! Give me some to keep us warm ?

btw, love 'your' picture, Kirk ;)


Hey Jack - New Years, other then the "eating" is mostly a time to catch up on all those DVD's, but relaxing overall.

Hi Thess - You know, my Mom could really just "whip this out". I must be kinda slow.....


What a great explanation. I've never made nishime, so the extra detail was vital. Is this equally common at Chinese New Year and Western New Year?


Dang. I still haven't had a chance to make dashi. Would I really loose out on a lot of flavor if I used dashi no moto? That's the "instant" dashi isn't it?


Hi Alan - Nishime is pretty much for the calendar New Year, and is a common Osechi-ryori dish(New Year food). Since it's Japanese, I've never really seen it for Chinese New Year - but hey, that doesn't mean you can't make it. I'm afraid I made this sound harder then it is to make.

Hi Jo - I use Dashi No Moto, especially when you need a cup of dashi, you don't really want to make a whole batch of dashi. I would use alot less then what it says on the box to start - usually at 1/4 tsp per cup of liquid, and increase as necessary. Also, never boil this stuff, it'll get bitter.


Great Kirk, thanks! Mills & I went on a "quickie" (don't bust a kidney laughing) shopping trip. I got some dashi no moto as well as a package of instant miso soup with tofu. I don't think I'll have a lot of trouble getting miso and tofu in NC. Let's face it, I sure as heck ain't gonna starve!


Hi Jo - Please, who do you think you're kidding? You and Mills on a "quick" shopping trip - does that mean you got home within 24 hours? LOL! BTW, you gotta watch that instant miso soup, I think it's pretty heinous, and very, very salty.


::doesn't bother even trying to act innocent:: Hey, it's all relative man! ::wink:: Let's just say that the potato samosa, Indian donut, garbanzo fritter, roasted sweet potato, and honey/sesame cake didn't do a darn thing to further my desire to cook dinner when I got home, WELL after dark. The sun was happily shining when we left. I will probably agree with you about the instant miso, but then I gotta start somewhere and considering the fact that I had a 3 pound package of miso in my fridge for MONTHS and ended up handing it over to Mills... my starting point clearly ain't gonna be from scratch. I do have the kombu & bonito flakes though and they are in a box ready to go to NC.



Yeah it was a short trip...I mean we only went to two stores. *tries to look innocent but fails* Yeah it was weird the day star was out when we went in, and the next thing we know it was dark! Strange.


Hi Jo - Just check the sodium level on the package before using.

Hi Mills - According to my recollection, and using the Jo and Mills formula:

(Mills + Jo) * 2 Markets = 2 days!


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