I got a Horse Mackerel Again, but a BIG ONE, this time

Horse Mackerel that I bought in a Super Market in Northern town in JAPAN

When it comes to Horse Mackerel, it always start with getting rid of hard scales First.

Internal Organs were Removed. Several Cuts for Effective Heating in the Grill

They were placed on the tray to go into the Fish Grill in Gas Stove

Well- Done

My Supper Yesterday

Boiled Mackerels with MISO that is Salty Soy Beans Paste

Steamed Sweet Potato

The photo above is yesterday’s. I boiled sweet potato in the pan. Those were the potato that I planted in my garden last year.

Still the Ground is Covered with Snow in my Region

This is a photo of today. I wanted to take a picture of train running, but those local trains do not come so frequently.

Mackerel in the Package about 4 USD

Today I bought the fish Mackerel. That was not “Horse Mackerel”, but simply “Mackerel”. This is Japan, but we usually see on the supermarket shelves, “Mackerel from Norway”. The mackerel in the photo was not from Norway, but from an Island of Sado which is the major island of Niigata Prefecture.

Mackerel being Boiled with Miso

I boiled them with Miso which is salty soy bean paste for seasoning. Not only Miso, I used also a little bit of sugar, ginger slices, pieces of red pepper, and Japanese Sake for seasoning.

Boiled Mackerel on a Plate

The white slices accompanying with Mackerel is white part of green onion.

My Supper Tonight

Now it’s already the last third (we call it “Gejun”) of Februray. But this winter is cold and still going on. Since the spring semester will start from the coming week, I have been just making PPT slides all day for my classes.

Those Photos on my Desk Top: I just wanted to Clean them up

Curry and Rice that I ate just after I got the second Corona Vaccine Shot last autumn

Red Pepper that I harvested from my garden in last autumn

Lemon marmalade that I made of two lemons and a lot of sugar

Sparrows on Neighbor’s Roof. I actually feed them just a little bit in every morning.

Mountain KAKUDA on the western edge of Niigata Plain

JR Local Train crossing the Ko-Agano River

Green vegetable in my Garden: They cannot grow well because it’s winter. Spring hasn’t come yet.

I used 30 minutes to make this post. I should not waste my time because I have to work hard for the coming semester.

What I saw while I was taking a Walk on Jan.30

Only Two Cars Train on Shin’Etsu JR Line

Shrine: the White Board Writes “Be Careful with Falling Snow from the Roof”

A Shrine area was used to be a playground for kids in the community

But kids are no longer seen because of “Less-Children & More-elderly” Society in Japan.

Boats

A train is Crossing the River

That’s it for today’s post. Thanks for taking a look.

I didn’t want Those Discounted Horse Mackerels to be Wasted.

Discounted Horse Mackerels

I found them in the supermarket where I always go buy food. Many packages of small horse mackerels were left unsold on the shelve. They were 30 percent discounted from the original price. But the original price was already reasonable because it was less than Two USD. I think that the problem was that they were too small to cook and eat. It was obvious that soon a lot of small horse mackerels were going to be thrown to be waste. Feeling sorry for that, I decided buying them.

Horse Mackerels’ Hard Scale

When you cook horse mackerels, you need to cut the hard scales off from the body side from the tale.

Opened Body of Horse Mackerel

I wouldn’t show you the most cruel part of the cooking process.

Fishes Wrapped with Potato Starch

Put a lot of Potato Starch around the fishes. I didn’t use fresh egg between the fishes and the starch. I just put the starch directly to the fishes.

Fry in a Pan with Oil

Frying uses a lot of Oil. I usually use a good oil (a little expensive one), but for frying, I bought a cheap cooking oil.

The municipal government where I live has been collecting those cooking oils for recycling. I saw many bottles of dirty brown cooking oil were gathered at the entrance of the community center. Since there is a library in that building, I saw it every time I go to borrow books. But recently the city decided to stop collecting the oil. I don’t know why, because the city government doesn’t say anything about the reason explicitly to us. Recycling is good, so I think there must be a reason for stopping the recycling of used cooking oil.

Draining Excess Oil with Cooking Paper

Oil is not good for our health. I put fried fishes onto cooking paper in order to remove excess oil.

Fried Horse Mackerels with Lemon Slice

Actually this is not the completion of the frying horse mackerels with potato starch. But I didn’t have time to do the end process of the cooking because I wanted to serve this for the dinner soon.

We Japanese usually put the fried horse mackerels into a sour sauce and keep it at least one night. The sauce is made of soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar. Ginger and red pepper are used for seasoning. Plus, slices of Carrots, onions, and peppers are accompanied. Those sauce and slices are poured onto fried mackerels and they are kept in the refrigerator. A good things of that are not only good taste, but also the vinegar makes the fish bones softer. When you come to Japan, please try to eat this menu that is “Aji no Namban Dzuke”.

Miso Soup with Green Leaves

Now my garden is covered with snow. I have to get rid of snow in order to harvest those green vegetables. Since I don’t have good gloves, I feel like my fingers could be frozen when I do that every afternoon. Now I am thinking about buying those green vegetable from a supermarket. When spring come, I will be able to get my vegetables in the garden again.

So this is my miso soup tonight. Although the slices of green onion (look white in the photo) came from a supermarket, the green leaves were really taken from my garden.

Actually today’s miso soup tasted a little salty. I usually use the dried and chopped fishes that are the mixture of three types; sardine, mackerel, and horse mackerel, when I cook my miso soup. But today I used bones and head of salted salmon. I always try to cook with less salt for my health. So the miso soup tonight might have been a bad one.

Digging Sweet and Taro Potatos from my Garden was Another Exhausting Task.

They came from tropical regions. If I left them in the ground in cold winter in Niigata, they would be rotten simply because of cold. So I had to dig them before winter come.

Taro in my Garden on November 20th.

I got rid of other weeds around the Taro beforehand. Perhaps you may think about cutting the stems at this stage. But please do NOT cut them before digging out. Because if you cut the stem first, you will lose the grip to pull and lift up the Taro from the ground.

There was not much Taro Potato its Root.

During summer, I should have added fertilizer and mounded soil up around the roots of Taro. But I had been too busy to do those things because of preparation for the online classes of the fall semester. So the harvest of Taro was a little disappointing this year.

Taro Washed by Water

Sweet Potato got much Damage by Larvae of Scarab Beetle

I also dug sweet potato in the same day. The sweet potato I planted was improved one having more sweetness than conventional potato. That simply resulted in much damage on surface of the potato. Larvae of scarab beetle in the ground ate the potato and made a lot of holes and dents. Before I got them, I had thought that I would give my sweet potato to my neighbors. But my sweet potato was so dirty and ugly, I gave up my idea to share my sweet potato with people living around me. Instead, I sent one carton box of sweet potato to my sister who lives near Tokyo.

Grotesque Shapes of Sweet Potato

That grotesque shapes of sweet potato means that I should have cultivate the soil with my hand hoe well.

Steamed Sweet Potato

Although they look ugly on the surface, the taste is really sweet. I am happy with them.