Friday, December 25, 2009

Roast Chicken withe crispy skin

Best roast chicken ever!
1tbs salt in total
1ts baking powder
1 lemon and 1/2 of Moroccan lemon
1tbs butter
4lb whole chicken
dry brine with salt and BP in the refrigerator for overnight or more.
Start with 450F and down to 350F later. Around 1hour and 15min.
Crispy and not too greasy nor salty.
Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Fushimi inari in Kyoto

It has been a while since I went to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto. The whole Fushimi mountain is a sacred area. I feel very nice in this mountain, climbing all the stairs to the top. My friend told me one of the reason why she could not take living in Tokyo was the fact that there are no mountains. It sounds like an odd reason, but I understand the feeling. I miss Japanese mountains.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Day trip to Awaji island

Take a JR train from Osaka to Akashi, where the "Uonotana" fish market is, we enjoyed tasting samples, watching fresh fish and shopping for dried fish.
Then take a fast commuter ferry to Awaji island. It was seriously fast.

Tasting Sake at Sennenichi sake distillery.
You can actually see the process of making sake between Dec-Mar.

Huge traditional barrels are the same ones used for making soy source.
It is a pity that realistically no one can make these barrels now.
Went home with the top ranked sake "Daiginjo".
It is beautiful!