Happy New Year!
I had such a great new year days with my family. We spent 4 nights in our country house in Karuizawa, Nagano pref. Karuizawa is much colder than Tokyo, average 10 degree selcious lower through the year.
After Christmas day, I began to prepare to cook those food little by little and stored in a freezer. I cooked thirteen different lucky food items stored in zip locks and brought to the country house.
In our traditional custom, we eat soba noodle as new year's eve dinner for wishing longevity. I prepared dipping sauce with duck and spring onion and was lovely.
Then on New Year's day morning, I packed all the food I brought from home in a beautiful stacked square box. According to Weblio "The style of packing foods in nests of lacquered boxes represents multilayer happiness (for the same reason, it is said that one should ask for a refill when eating zoni)". So I tried to pack nicely and carefully to make nice box.
Those are made of julienne daikon radish in vinegar and sesame sauce, oven roasted dried sardine, roast beef, chicken loaf, rolled fish and egg roll, chicken with root vegetable roll and sweetened black bean in a same box and the other box is filled with cooked chicken and vegetables, we call it as nimono. I also prelared Mochi, stickiy rice cake with clear soup and red bean paste.
I cooked each items big batch, so our family kept eating same food and dishes almost 2 whole days, That is our traditional custom. Many people become tired to eat Osechi-ryouri , that is our custom either.
We had great meals during the days in karuizawa and had enough good rest there.
Wishing you happy new year of 2018!