Plum Flower Festival Starts At Kairakuen Garden

Plum flower festival starts at Kairakuen Garden

People are enjoying the first signs of spring at an annual plum flower festival at the Kairakuen garden in Mito City, north of Tokyo.

The festival began on Saturday. Kairakuen is widely regarded as one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan.

Prawn Spring Rolls With Plum And Shiso

Prawn spring rolls with plum and shisoIngredients
16 spring roll wrappers, brought to room temperature for 10 minutes
16 green king prawns, peeled leaving tails intact, deveined
120g hanpen (Japanese fishcakes), sliced to match the size of prawns
6 umeboshi (pickled plums), pitted, finely chopped
16 baby shiso or coriander leaves
Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
Lemon wedges, to serve

Plum Liquor The Secret To Savory Spareribs

Plum liquor the secret to savory spareribsCooked with "umeshu,” plum liquor, pork ribs turn out savory and tender. Yoko Munakata of the Better Home Association introduces a recipe with umami flavor from the bone and the refreshing taste of plum. The acid in the plum liquor breaks down the protein and softens the meat. The recipe will also work with chicken wings. Thick pots are recommended for simmering dishes. Enameled or stainless steel pots are best to cook acidic ingredients. If aluminum pots are used, wash straight away after cooking. Serves four.

Pork Roll With Plum Sauce

Pork Roll with Plum SauceAs you probably know by now, “butaniku” is the Japanese word for pork. “Buta” means pig and “niku” is our word for meat. The kanji for meat is ?. A wildly popular comic and cartoon series in the early 80?s called “Kinnikuman” featured a superhero with the same name who had a ? character tattooed on his head (because he was very muscular).