|Tsukushi means Spring! (Field Horsetail)|
If you happen to have any of this growing in the backyard or a nearby field... did you know you can eat it? I'd never seen it before we moved down here to Yokohama, and at first I only saw the children playing with it, in mud pies, peeling off the little skirts and such. It wasn't until a year or two later that I noticed H-kun's mama (Koshi's friend) picking it with her son. I asked her what she was going to do with it, and she told me how to make Miso soup with it.
...oooh! Cooking with weird stalks picked out back--exotic!
I immediately set about picking some myself, and enlisted the kids' help. The first time we made this, we picked *way* more than we needed...
...which made the cleaning part rather tedious. Breaking off the tip (which my friend told me she did) is easy enough, but the hakama ("skirt"--the dark-tipped leaves at each node, called such because of their resemblance to traditional Japanese formal wear)...those take rather more time to get off.
|into the pot...|
Use your ladle to scoop out a tablespoon or so of miso paste (I'm not sure exactly how much I put in since I always just eyeball it. My ladle had markings for 1T and 2T, and I scoop out what I imagine to be about 1T...)
*A note on adding the Miso paste...
I searched for some time on YouTube for something I'd seen on TV about how it can be dangerous to just dump a bunch of Miso into a pot and put the lid on. The show I remember watching, in fact, experimented with why that was supposed to be the case... and showed the pot exploding. Apparently heat and/or pressure or steam can become trapped below the miso, which then explodes outward all over the kitchen. And since I forgot to have Koshi video me dissolving the miso into the hot water, I found a video of somebody else doing that. Watch how she uses her ladle and o-hashi (at the 2:00 mark)to dissolve the miso--that's just how my mother-in-law showed me how to do it:-))
|Itadakimaaa---su!-- Oishikatta! (It was delicious--a nice, light taste:-)|
Mata asobou, ne!