Pictured: A candid photo of the Azn Badger making mochi for New Year's while wearing his "Hapa" shirt.
I don’t know about the rest of you out there in the blogosphere, but New Year’s eve at the Azn Badger’s house is a day of tradition.
Not of the Japanese variety mind you, with the eating of soba and ozoni, and once a year praying to the shinto gods and what not.
No, the traditions observed by the house of Badger are what you would call “Hawaiian Japanese” in nature.
That is to say, much trashy food is prepared and consumed, and much television, equally trashy in nature; is watched while battling food comas on the couch.
An example of this evening’s programming:
Spam Musubi + The Soup = New Year’s bliss.
New Year’s Eve is a day of feasting and family in the house of Badger, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Every year, the Azn Badger and his mother work together to craft exquisite meals fit for the finest of palettes.
The centerpiece of said meals, is Spam Musubi.
I could eat this every day. No joke.
For the uninitiated, Spam Musubi consists of rice and seaweed wrapped around a slice of spam.
Some families use vinegar in their rice ala traditional sushi rice, however the house of Badger prefers to keep it’s rice plain.
Anyway, if you’ve never had one, you’re missing out.
Next up, mom makes her Chinese Chicken Salad, which is very likely not Chinese in origin, but is sweet, cleansing, and delicious all the same.
Pictured: The only remotely healthy thing on the menu for New Year's Eve...
Truth be told, I think this is the only New Year’s Eve dish we make that the Azn Badger’s brother can stand to eat.
He’s always been big on salads, but surely everyone knows…
Finally, the Azn Badger and his mom tag team to make microwave mochi with red bean paste.
Yeah, we're too cheap to buy a mochi maker, and too lazy to make it the old style. Microwave is best...
It’s kind of messy to make, (especially when the Azn Badger gets overzealous with his takakuriko AKA potato starch) but it always feels nice to commit to making mochi at least once a year.
It’s a healthy annual ritual y’know, burning your hands in the name of making tasty treats for others to enjoy.
Anyway, this time around we made reddish pink mochi, not my favorite color; but it all tastes the same regardless.
The last real New Year’s Eve tradition in the house of Badger, is that of placing okasane (mochi stacks with tangerines on top) in our living room and cars.
Pictured: The okasane in The Azn Badger's living room.
Mom says its good luck, so we all do it on New Year’s Eve, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
I don’t know what the symbolism of the okasane is, or what it’s significance is; but mom says it’s important, so we do it…
Anyway, hopefully you all are having as fun and relaxed a New Year’s Eve as I am.
Here’s to gaining 20 pounds tonight, and spending all of the coming year working to lose it!
To new beginnings, and hopeful futures!
To getting a better job and never having to work in a -20 degree freezer ever again!
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE AZN BADGER!!!
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