Since my husband and I went out of town for New Year's Eve, my parents invited us over this past weekend for Osechi Ryori, the traditional Japanese New Year's meal.
We went over at noon and started with a non-osechi appetizer that was fantastic nonetheless. My mom made a mix of chopped boiled eggs, onions, yogurt and mayonnaise and topped it off with some caviar. Served on top of some buttered toast triangles, it is truly a tantalizing accompaniment to a nice cold glass of champagne.
We sat down at the dining table to an array of lovely and delicious offerings. There were plates filled with salmon sashimi, shime-saba (marinated mackeral- my husband's favorite, and my mom makes the best!), renkon no kimpira (lotus root sauteed with sweet/spicy soy and sesame oil), green beans with goma (sesame) paste, ika sashimi (raw squid) mixed with tarako (salted cod roe), kuri kinton (sweet anko beans and chestnuts) and my mom's world famous chawan muschi (savory egg custard conatining shrimp, fish cakes, chicken and ginko nut). Washed down with some cold sake, it was one fabulous lunch.