Sunday, January 20, 2019

Dried shiitake mushrooms and Sweet Bramblings etc;

Year-End Gift from husband's brother
In Japan, we exchange Summer Gifts and Year-End gifts between relatives and so on. Christmas presents are mainly for children.  Last year-end, my husband's brother gave us Dried Shiitake Mushrooms. They can give deep savory flavor, (umami・旨味: in Japanese), to dishes. Here is the two pages about them part1/ part2
This is the Dish called "Nishime";We simmer vegetables with soy sauce.
 I'm really Thankful for my husband's brother♪ 
I happened to find some female Redstarts on the same day I made this dish ;-)
On 6th this month, I found these sweet Bramblings having lunch together. I was really happy with their adorable faces and the pictures came out well♪
Female(left) and Male (right)
OH, how flexible and acrobatic they can be♡♡♡

Thank you very much for  visiting and sweet comments.  Have a great weekend.
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  1. I love mushrooms. That dish looks interesting!

  2. As always, your photos are lovely. You made me hungry and you made me smile with the bird photos.

  3. Dearest Miyako,
    LOVE the Shii-Take mushrooms as they have the best flavor of all mushrooms and are very healthy too.
    Those birds are very happy and healthy looking with plenty of food.

  4. The birds seem to be holding poses for you. :-) I love their colors. I also like shiitake mushrooms. Now and then I buy a few fresh ones to add to a dish. Mmmm.

  5. Dried Shiitake mushrooms, yum! What a great gift! They do give really good flavor to the dishes. Your Nishime looks so delicious!
    Beautiful photos of Redstarts. Maybe because of background color, they look like beautiful artwork :-) And such delightful photos of Bramblings! They are so cute having lunch together and looking pretty!
    Have a wonderful new week, Miyako san xo

  6. Miyako - mushrooms make such a tasty addition to many dishes. I think it is interesting that your vegetable dish was simmered with soy sauce - I typically think of soy sauce as a sauce for dipping AFTER the meal is prepared. I will have to try this. The pictures of the acrobatic Bramblings are so entertaining - I can see why you like them so much. Thank you for sharing these charming critters with Mosaic Monday!

  7. What a fun tradition you have - summer gifts and year-end gifts! They sure are times to celebrate. I am not a great fan of mushrooms, love chantarelles and false morels (?), though. Your critters are so pretty. Happy MM.

  8. Delicious shiitake lunch and beautiful birds in your yard. Life is good! Thanks for sharing both Miyako.

  9. Wow, I like that: presents twice a year! Do you also celebrate birthdays with presents? Many adults here do, but lately we have kept it to going to one of our favorite restaurants:)
    I love to eat Shiitakes - mostly in pasta dishes or soups.
    It's amazing you often seem to manage finding more than one bird for your captures. The Bramblings are beautiful and a sweet pair. Many thanks for All Seasons and have an adventurous week!

  10. So nice you could find the cute little birds. I miss the spring and summer birds at our cabin. Right now we have the resident ravens and an occasional heron. - Margy

  11. I always love your clever and gorgeous photos! Hubby is the one in our house that loves mushrooms. Thanks for linking up at My Corner of the World!

  12. Delicious dishes beautifully served.
    Lovely photos!

  13. Those mushrooms look delicious, they are one of my favorite things to eat. I always enjoy seeing your birds. I have quite a few at my feeders. Thanks for linking up.

  14. What a beautiful bird the Brambling is. I have never seen or even heard of them.

  15. How wonderful to have seen so many Brambling. we are fortunate if we see one here in N.Ireland and I have not seen one for years now. Have a wonderful weekend.

  16. Hello. I love your photos. The photos are beautiful and artistics. Redstarts and Ramblings are beautiful birds and they are common also here in Finland.

  17. Hello, Miyako! I love mushrooms and enjoy looking for recipes that include mushrooms. The female Redstart is a beauty. I also love the pretty Bramblings. Wonderful post and photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend. PS, thanks for the comment on my blog.

  18. It's terrific that you shared all this with us at I'd Rather B Birdin this week...thanks.

  19. I don't think I've ever used those mushrooms.
    I love the birds, I haven't that kind here.
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

  20. Hello Miyako, I love mushrooms. Your Fotos with birds are lovely!
    Have a nice day,