Many of my German guests prefer meat dishes to seafood… that was my narrow perception until I welcomed this couple from Northern Germany.
In fact, the lady told me that she does not eat much sausages nor Sauerkraut but loves Sushi and Sashimi. So the main dish for her and husband was Sushi rolls with fresh quality salmon and tuna of course!
I have also suggested a few choices for side dishes and here again, she preferred vegetable and fruit dishes rather than meaty ones. It was mid Autumn and Kaki, persimmon was in season. So I really liked to introduce one side dish of Kaki, Shimeji mushroom and greens with creamy Tofu sauce.
But why Kaki is so special?
Today we have a great variety of fruits available at super market 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 simple 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.
I hope my guests enjoyed their Autumn taste as well as our quality seafood!
Many thanks for coming!