Do they look like three lunchboxes?
Well, sort of.. But those are not ordinary lunchboxes. They are O-Sechi Ryouri presented in Jubako, traditional Japanese food box.
To celebrate New Year, the Japaneses cook various special food for New Year called O-Sechi Ryouri. The dishes vary in items and colors, all represents certain meanings which are related with good hopes for the New Year. O-Sechi is cooked in quite great amount, since all the members of the family usually gather to celebrate New Year, and the mothers will not cook for two or three days ahead. Nowadays, many people prefer to buy ready-to-eat O-Sechi from the stores, for it is very time-consuming to prepare a lot of food.
This very New Year I promised my family to celebrate New Year with O-Sechi. Last year I didn’t have the chance to cook, for I was still being hospitalized after delivery. So now it’s the time. I didn’t follow the variety and color guidance as well and just cooked whatever tasty! Some of the items are home made, and the rest are store-bought. To think, my husband said my cookings are waaaay more delicious than usui store-bought items…😀 (Ge-Er@yahoo.co.jp)
The First Box
These are all home-made, consisted of gohan (rice) and herbed potato sautee. I missed the kuro-goma (black sesame seeds), cause my son played with its package and it’s gone somewhere. So I just used fresh parsley and lemon slices for the rice, and chopped nira (Japanese leek) for the potatoes.
The potato dish actually is not a Japanese cuisine, though.. but I didn’t want to fill this box full of rice only. Besides, my son loves this dish. So, be it that way..
The Second Box
Let’s go in rows!
Udang Goreng (fried shrimp) is in the left row, with the usual recipee for making Prawn Mayonnaise, only this time I put aside the mayo.
In the middle row on upper side are Ayam Goreng Parmesan (Parmesan Chicken Nuggets). Under the garnish are store-bought fried Ika (squid) which are common items for Tendon, and in the bottom are Telur Dadar. Then in the right row, there are some Spicy Chicken Nuggets which I made with KFC style.
The third box
Now let’s go clockwise!
On the upper left are Satsuma-age, fried fish cake which are usually made using halibut or flounder fillets. On the upper right are Chikuwa, fried fish puree which are made by wrapping them around bamboos to make it tube-shaped. Three delicious salmon nigiri-sushi are on the bottom. Next to them are Ebi-furai (fried shrimp), and on the the middle left are some O-jyagamaru.Then right in the middle are some Uzuramaki, fish paste mixed with chopped carrots and filled with boiled eggs.
Well, that’s all for New Year.
Happy New Year, everyone…
Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu!!!