Seafood and Sashimi lovers from Germany, Oct 2017

Many of my guests prefer meat dishes to … that was my narrow perception until I welcomed this couple from Northern .

In fact, the lady told me that she does not eat much sausages nor Sauerkraut but loves and Sashimi.  So the main dish for her and husband was rolls with fresh quality and tuna of course!

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I have also suggested a few choices for side dishes and here , she preferred vegetable and fruit dishes rather than meaty ones. It was mid Autumn and Kaki, persimmon was in . So I really liked to introduce one side dish of Kaki, Shimeji mushroom and greens with creamy Tofu .

But why Kaki is so special?

Today we have a great variety of fruits available at super in Japan and many of them are domestic  harvest.  However, when you look back the history of Japan, most of our fruits were brought to our islands from overseas at some stage.

Yet Kaki is considered to be one of few indigenous species that have been around the land of Japan for years and years.

If you have a chance to travel around Japan in Autumn, you may notice the trees with almost no leaves but some ripe, orange fruits in gardens and even in some wild fields, that are Kaki trees and it is a loved symbol of Autumn for us.

It makes a nice salad, or dessert as it  is, or you may put a slice of prosciutto on top of a small cut of Kaki and serve as a starter.

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I hope my guests enjoyed their Autumn taste as well as our quality seafood!

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

 

 

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