Summer Trip in Iiyama City 05 : Eating Vegetables in Various ways
After we got the vegetables in the vast field, we visited a public camp site where we could use water, a barbecue grill and clean dishes.
About six families and the JA staff gathered at this place.
This lunch was planned by JA which is an organization that helps farmers through technology and acts as a connection between farmers and consumers.
First the staff told us how to cook vegetables and asked us to buy vegetables grown in Iiyama city after the trip.
Then our family split and joined other groups for cooking.
The group of fathers including me burnt the corn we gathered and a Dutch oven.
Since we started a fire and added charcoal, it was terrifically hot and there was smoke hurting our eyes.
However, we had make an effort for our families.
I knew for the first time that corn could be burnt with their skin on.
In addition we put a Dutch oven which had cabbages and a potatoe-tasting consomme in it.
The corn was really sweet and the potatoes were so tender.
The fried corn was the most popular dish on that day.
If you add butter or soy sauce, you can make them more deliciously.
The mothers group cooked raw vegetables and fritters (tempura 天ぷら）.
The vegetables included fresh lettuce, tomatoes, raddish and cucumbers.
The fritters included peas, raddish and potatoes.
I didn’t know the radish fritter could taste sweet and spicy a little.
The mothers also felt very hot while they cooked because of the oil.
We ate most of them only with salt.
There is nothing more delicious than fresh dishes.
Surprisingly children had to play a role too.
The work was to prepare flowing somen.
Flowing Somen(Nagashi somen) is an eating style where people catch and eat somen with their chopsticks as it runs down a stream of water.
Do you know somen? It is a kind of Japanese cold noodles.I eat it every week during the summer.
During the event the children dropped the somen through the bamboo and the parents ate them.
It looked like the children enjoyed making food for their parents.
A few children washed their hands in the water through the bamboo. Of course they were scolded.
Anyway we ate most vegetables we gathered although it was very hot.
The rest of vegetables were our happy souvenirs.