Vegan Mochi Shabu Shabu ビーガン餅しゃぶしゃぶ [Recipes, Winter 冬レシピ]

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The year of 2019 has started.

However for many Japanese people living in Japan, it will be  the year 1 rather than 2019.   

Because it is common to count the year by Era in Japan. 

When the new emperor takes over the position it becomes the year 1.  At this moment, it is year 31 of Heisei Era, but from April 30, it will be year 1 as the son of current Emperor will be throned on this date.

It is easier for us to remember the charactaristics of the particular period when we express the year in this way.

But it is sometimes very comfusing. 

I often can't remember or am at a loss which year of A.C. any particular things happend or how old they are in reality when the years are written in the form of Era.

Anyway it is going to be the year 1 soon. (Nobody still does not know the name of the new Era.) 

2019 = 1   I must remember this.

The name of the Era could change suddenly one day, but there is another way of counting years that cannot change in this way, which is called Zodiac and characteristic about Japanese (may be Asian) year.

Zodiac has 12 kinds of animals.
(What a sweet tradition, isn't it ?)

This year is the year of Pig.


Esther, my faorite piggy

So we surely need to be nice to the piggies, especially this year.


How can we be nice to them ?

Think about it !

And we have to show it in our actions !!

For me, it is to spread the reality of the situations of the piggies and convince people that they are loveable and affectionate animal who deserve to be treated in the same way as dogs, cats and us  .

I made lots of piggy shaped vegan cookies and passed to my friends during New Year, telling them enjoy as much as they want, but try to reduce the consumption of the real piggy.


Now I move to the topic of New Year food. 

Which food do you think that most Japanese people consider a "must" for New Year  ?

It is definately "Mochi/glutinous rice cake".

In the countryside, there are still families pound Mochi using a big mortor and pestle made of wood at the end of the year to enjoy lots of Mochi during New Year.   


My friend, Kami san threw Mochitsuki party for us. 

Nowdays it is normal to buy the ready-made ones from the shops.

The most popular way to eat Mochi on a very first day of the New Year is "Ozoni/mochi in soup". 

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But there are many ways to eat it, so from the second day onwards, people usually eat in different ways. 

We look for unusual or innovative ways of eating it as we often have lots of Mochi left in the fridge after the New Year.

Today I am sharing one of such recipes, "Vegan Mochi Shabu Shabu" with you.

When it is sliced into thin layers, mochi changes to lighter and more pleasant txture, yet is still elastic and stretchy.

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So enjoy mochi's uniqte texture when you cook this heart and body warming winter recipe.


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