Did you notice that I neglected autumn in my post about the seasonal flavours of Japan? I enjoy fall foods so much that I thought I would give them a whole post to their lonesome. When I think of autumnal foods, the first things that come to mind are pumpkin, apples, cinnamon, corn on the cob, and traditional Thanksgiving food. In Japan, fall brings with it a whole slew of delicious seasonal treats. There are all sorts of delectable yam, chestnut, and pumpkin goodies. Here are a few sweet snacks in flavours that you can only come across during the fall:
|A maple flavoured version of the normally chocolate biscuit bamboo shoots|
|A chestnut version of the normally chocolate biscuit mushrooms. These were so good!|
|A purple yam and black sesame flavoured version of the normally chocolate biscuit bamboo shoots|
|Pumpkin pudding Kit Kats|
Another food that is representative of autumn in Japan is a thin silver fish called sanma, or Pacific saury. They cost only about 100 yen a fish in this season and are served grilled with grated daikon, and soy sauce. This fish is one of the numerous reasons that fall is my favourite seasons for food in Japan. It is just so amazingly good!
This year we had (maybe a new tradition?) a Japanese style autumn feast and of course invited our friends the Oshimas to join us. We barbecued sanma, and made a huge pot of miso soup, steamy rice, and chestnut pumpkin cake for desert.
|Sanma, cut in half and popped on the barbecue. That lone little|
pork cutlet was for Dustin, who really only eats fish when
it is absolutely necessary or battered and deep fried.
|A close up of the beauties|
|All crisp and ready to eat.|
|Fish is one of Theo's favourite foods. He really anticipated this meal!|
|Rosie didn't know what she was missing|
|But at least she didn't miss out on a good opportunity to have a nap in the cozy arms of Obaasan|
Another, not to be forgotten, star of the fall foodscape is the mushroom. Japan in autumn is the place to be for mushroom lovers. There are so many varieties and they so inexpensive that there is no reason no to eat them all the time. I think I could eat them for every meal!