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Oden and Aji de Gallina: I enjoyed the belated Christmas party with the Japanese and the Peruvian food!


xmas1      Today’s topic is an event at the end of last year, although March has already started…. I visited a Peruvian friend, Rosario, with two of my Japanese friends, Michiyo and Sachiko, on December 26th, the day after Christmas. We had a belated Christmas party. xmas2

     We got together at 9:30 in the morning and started cooking Japanese and Peruvian food together. The Japanese one was Oden and the Peruvian one was Aji de Gallina. Oden is a kind of stew with fishcakes, daikon raddish, boiled eggs and so on in soy-flavored broth. This time we added some Chinese dumplings to the Oden. Amazingly those dumplings went well with Japanese Oden! Aji de Gallina is a sort of chicken curry. ‘Aji’ means hot chilli peppers, ‘de’ of, and ‘gallina’ chicken. xmas4

Aji de Gallina (Serves: 4)


500g chicken breast
500ml water
1 onion (chopped)
2 tbs oil
1 clove of garlic (crushed)
3 slices of white bread (without crust)
4 boiled eggs
Parmesan (grated)
Aji Amarillo (Peruvian yellow chilli pepper paste)
Salt and pepperxmas3

1) Boil the chicken breast and shred them. (Keep the broth.)

2) Heat the oil in a pan, fry the onion, garlic with Aji Amarillo, salt and pepper.

3) Add the broth and heat.

4) Add milk soaked bread to the pan.

5) Put the shredded chicken into the pan and boil with some Parmesan.

6) Serve over rice and/or potatoes with black olives and Aji Amarillo if you like. xmas5

     Neither Oden nor Aji de Gallina have anything to do with Christmas, but we enjoyed cooking, chatting and eating together at the belated Christmas party!

Christmas Party at Talkmate: What do people do under the mistletoe on Christmas?


TS3N0963      “What do people do under the mistletoe on Christmas?” That was one of the questions at a Christmas event of Talkmate held on the 11th. Talkmate is a language school in Nagoya. Actually, I’m not a student  and have never taken any classes there. But I was in the party because a friend of mine is now taking a course at the school and she invited me to the Christmas event.TS3N0984

     Mr. Kozukuri, the head master of the language school, is very nice and kind. He allowed me to join in the party. He is not the only person who is nice and kind there. In fact, all of the teachers and the students I met at the party were really good. I enjoyed chattering with many people over delicious food. Actually, Mr. Kozukuri was cooking food and serving participants! Remember? He’s the head master!   TS3N0965

     By the way, the answer to the question of the opening is, of course, kissing. So, I raised my hand and said, “Kiss!” to the questioner at the party, and I got a prize. Ummm…probably it’s a kind of prize. The man is carrying a (maybe) goat on his shoulder. I’m wondering if the animal is dead or alive…. Well…am I lucky for getting it as the prize? Maybe…Anyway, I had a good time with many cheerful people in the cozy atmosphere.

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