It is only limited time of the year when we can eat local Norwegian apples. Maybe Norwegian apple is not as appreciated or proud as Norwegian strawberry, but I believe apple is one of the icons which represent Norway among other things.
Therefore, this is a collaboration project for me to combine this beautiful Norwegian apple with Japanese traditional "petit four."
Sakura might be the most loved flower in Japan. It's a symbol of spring. I don't know any other country in the world who has "Sakura-front" (Sakura Zensen in Japanese) in addition to cold and warm front for the weather forecast. It's the forecast of "when the Sakura in your area would be in full bloom" in addition to usual weather forecast. It shows how important Sakura is for Japanese people!
Jyounamagashi is a part of Wagashi family: traditional Japanese "petit four". Wagashi is like similar description term for "dessert." There are baked, steamed, jelly type, cream type, fried, candy as dessert. Wagashi has the same. Jyounamagashi is one of them, and it is developed to enhance tea since late 19th century. Here are quick description of Jyounamagashi.
Kaki means two things in Japanese. It can be fruits (persimmon) or oyster - depends on vocal accent on the first syllable. Yes, I know it's confusing, just like ost (cheese) and øst (east) in Norwegian!
In this case, I am talking about the fruits. :-)
My grandfather had a Kaki tree. Kaki is the Japanese word, but it's originally from East Asia. Now, it grows anywhere warm. I have started seeing Kaki a...
My mother used to make this soup. It really makes you warm, and great soup when you are having cold! My mother used to add root vegetable (whatever she had) but the few of them are fundamental: chicken, ginger, dried Shiitake mushroom, and Edamame (fresh soy beans without pods).
You can make your own variation, but here is the basic recipe: