|Osechi: Traditional cuisine for the Japanese New Year|
With an amazing assortment of morsels with auspicious or virtuous meanings, cooking the three-tiered goodie box can be a bit daunting, especially if also undertaking the mandatory Big Clean that the Japanese housewife is told is essential to starting the New Year on the correct footing. (Some cleaning product ads even exhort "clean up this year's dirt before the end of this year!")
Some of these dishes have become firm favourites over the years, others were new to me and may still need a bit of tweaking till I get them right. I'll be posting the recipes shortly.
Tier 1 (left; sweet delicacies)