In Japan, holidays are abundant, except for Christmas as it’s not celebrated here.
You can just name it!
Golden Week that will be given almost one week holiday in May, almost one month of holidays in the summer(for students) with lots of festivals as well, and so on ..
And last week, we here had san renkyuu - 三連休 (three straight holidays) last week. Um, never I observed if there’s holiday within one month or not, so generally I have no idea what kind of holiday it is. Not good one, aite? But wait, I knew it this time. So last Sunday, November 23 is the kinrou kansha no hi – 勤労感謝の日( Labor Thanksgiving Day). And the good thing is that, in Japan such kind of compensating holiday exists. Lets say if national holiday falls either in Sat or Sun, then there will be furikaekyuujitsu 振替休日(compensating holiday) for the next day. That’s why we got holiday on last Monday to replace the Sunday one.
This time, I had lot of fun, well.. not going somewhere, but had lot of parties!! Which means cooking experiments for me..
Recently my sensei initiated kinda like weekly chakai – 茶会 (Tea Party) in the lab, where all the lab members gather, having tea and some snacks while raising any free topic. My sensei is the one who loves hiking, I still remembered when he invited me to Takao-san for hiking with his family. To make it short, during the chakai, he offered us to go somewhere for hiking. It’s only me who seemed so excited, even giving crazy idea for marathon, wotzz??!!! Unfortunately, all of them didn’t show interest. Then, somehow, my ex-tutor senpai popped up the idea of having BBQ. I then suggested them the BBQ area in the dorm, while last time my house warming party plan inviting the lab members not yet realized. (it’s just done only to some friends). So it’s gotta be good idea.
Started by reserving the BBQ area two weeks before, planning of what foods to serve, what sightseeing spots I could tell ’em around here. It then turned out to be good on the day.. Everybody’s so great, they shopped in JUSCO near Toyosu beforen Indonesia. Lots of good food – Australian Beef, Yellow Chicken (we called it like ayam kunyit), veggies, snacks, beers, wine, and so on..
While as for me, I shopped in Shinokubo and prepared the ingredients on Friday after going back from lab. It was the first time for me shopping for Indonesian ingredients. Believe me, I’m not that longing for Indonesian Food, so I basically prepare my cook from common supermarket. Well, I just amazed why all the stuffs are xpensive!!
Its kinda like Ademsari somehere around 500yen (60,000 Rp ?? omaigat), Minyak Kayu Putih 700yen(84rb), really small one, oh My!!
I bought 800g Halal Chicken, shallots, kecap manis, bumbu kacang, and green bean – longin for bubur kacang ijo. huhu..
Guess wat I’d plan to prepare? Yup, yup.. It’s Lontong Sate Ayam and Fried Ragout Bread – Angel version. (2nd time try for the Ragout ones)
Haha, seemed like impossible project, u know I hate cooking, bad cook and never really crossed my mind of the hours spent for cooking.
I’d planned of preparing the peanut sauce by myself, but really ran out of time, so just bought the instant sauce. And the bad news, daun pisang was not sold in the shop as we need to reserve for that beforehand. ha ha..
There in the experiment laboratory (read: public kitchen), the chaotic started @abt 10 PM, the chicken I bought was the whole chicken, I assumed it’s the breast only. oh no!!
Rather than grumbling, I then prepared the Ragout with the sausage, fish meat, mushroom, carrot while preparing for lontong as well. Without daun pisang, I replaced it with the plastic wrap and tied ’em wif thread, boiled for three hours. It’s done around 2AM, crazy me experimenting that late in the kitchen. Then early in the morning, I rushed to Hanamasa to buy chicken meat for the satay.
Yokatta, finally made it, while all the members came at about 1, we prepared the food, setting up the BBQ equip, ate, chatted, and had fun until 6 PM. It’s tiring but really enjoyed it. Whilst I’m also proud of my “mendadak dangdut” ability of cooking. LOL. But unluckily, I was getting back my allergy due to drinking beer and wine (though it’s only 13,5%).. Yeah, I should admit I am suck in drinking those alcohols. Huhu, it’s still here on my back, red ones as I scretched ’em due to the itchiness. What should I dooo?? huhuhu..
And.. my Japanese Resident Assistant on my floor celebrated bday, as I prepared two sets of Ragout, I just presented it to the party. Everybody was wondering what it’s, they thought of mini pizza, haha.. and said it’s good. Thanks Angel for the recipe! 😉 Umm, one more thing, I’m clueless if is it the reason of having holiday that made me so motivated to do more experiments, haha.. I cooked India Chicken Curry, which for me looks more like rendang. It’s too bulky cook that I shared to friends..
And this morning I cooked bubur kacang ijo.. yummy.. it’s good for feet, suggested by previous ballet teacher.
Well, well.. I think I should really care for the weight management control as well. *sigh*
More BBQ pic, here
These are the Ragout pic and also the India Chicken Curry.
I guess I should fasting for eating good food for next week, too much oily food this week. Yup, working out harder, and studying harder for the 10days to go JLPT. Yeayyy!!!