Thursday, January 7, 2010

Oishii!:Seven-Herb Rice Soup

In Japanese oishii means "delicious."  We three sisters/mamas really love to eat.  And as mamas it has become a pretty big responsibility and challenege to make sure our entire family loves to eat, and eats well.  So don't be surprised if a lot of our posts focus on food and cooking and eating. 

Seven is a bit of an auspicious number in most cultures.  So what do you think of nurturing yourself after the gorging over the holidays with nanakusa-gayu (seven-herb soup) today, January 7th? 

According to my mother:
The purpose of nanakusa-gayu is to wish health, especially to rest stomach after eating Osech iand nourish with greens. It is served on Jan 7.

But it is so hard to obtain these seven herbs even in Japan. Just use any seven greens. Soak one cup gohan rice for 30 min. Cook in a rice cooker or cook in ceramic pot with one liter water. High heat first, then turn down to very low after boiling. Simmer for 30 or so. Add chopped greens and simmer for a few more min. Put salt or serve with salt.

Super simple and very oishii.  Try some for lunch today!

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