Lovely Lunch At A Friend’s In Tokyo

東京では、お2人のお友達がお家でおもてなししてくださいました。お目にかかれるだけで嬉しいのですが、お家でリラックスして美味しいお食事をいただくのは尚のこと幸せです。どちらにも、「食べられる量も減ったし、東京では昼、夜とお友達と食事をするのであまりたくさんご馳走を作らないでくださいね〜。」とお願いしていました。ご馳走ではありましたが、1人分ずつ出て来るのではなく、各自で食べられるだけ取るスタイルだったのでとても助かりました。それでも美味しくて、ついつい食べ過ぎてしまったのですが。

Two friends in Tokyo invited me for lunch at their homes.  I was more than happy just to be able to see my friends, but being invited to their homes and enjoying each other’s company and having delicious food is very special.  I told them that I cannot eat as much as I used to and I probably cannot eat even my usual amount since I would be out for lunch, dinner, lunch, dinner every day.  I tried to tell them that I didn’t want them to go out of their way as I know both of them have very busy lives.  Of course they went out of their way, but they did serve everything in the style we can get however much we want rather than serving each portion.  I ended up eating too much, though, as everything was really deliciious and moreish.

お1人は、香港時代からのお友達です。わたしより一回りくらいお若いのかな。香港でお友達がされていたレストランでのお料理教室でお知り合いになりました。日本でも香港でもたくさんのお料理教室やベイキング教室のレッスンを受けられてたくさんのことをご存知なので、香港では色々教えていただきました。食器やお家の小物も素敵で、いくつか真似させていただいたものもありました。お家に呼んでくださるお友達は少ないので、いつもとても楽しみでした。

One of them is a friend from Hong Kong days.  I think she is about 12 years younger than me, we met at a cooking class run by our mutual friend at her restaurant.  This friend was taking so many cooking and baking classes, I learned a lot from her.  She also uses beautiful tableware and has lovely things in her place, I remember buying a couple of things that she had because I liked them so much.  I don’t have many friends who invite me over to their places, so it was always a great treat for me to be invited by her.

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おつまみがのっているこのトレー、写真を見て気づきました、お揃いです!これは、偶然。

The wood plank nuts and things are on is the same as what we have – didn’t realise it until I saw this photo.

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前菜に出してくださった、炒めた甘い玉ねぎが入った薄いフリタータ(イタリア風オムレツ)。これが、いくらでも食べられてしまう美味しさ。

One of the starter was Fritatta – thinner than what I know of as Fritatta and no potato inside, just sauteed onion.  Very moreish.

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そして、フリタータと一緒にいただいた、ラディッキオのサラダ。ソルタナや松の実が入っています。実は、わたしは苦いものがあまり好きではないので苦味があるラディッキオもあまり好んでは食べません。サラダに少し入っているくらいは普通にいただきますが、それだけをいただいたことはこれまでありませんでした。でも、このサラダ、苦味は感じませんでしたし、これまでいただいたことがないようなサラダで、とても新鮮でした。(追記 書き忘れました、チキンも入っていました。)

The other starter was Radicchio Salad.  It has sultana, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese…  To be honest, I don’t like bitter taste and I don’t like this Radicchio for this reason.  It doesn’t bother me if there is some of this in a salad but I would never order “a radicchio salad” in a restaurant if it’s on the menu.  However, this was not bitter.  It looks unusual, not a salad I’ve seen or had before.  (I forgot to mention there was some chicken in the salad as well.)

 

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そして、メインはオリキエッテのナポリ風ミートボール。ミートボールの形が丸くなくてフットボール型でソルタナや松の実が入っているので中近東の影響があって、シチリア風かな、と思ったのですが、ナポリ風なのだそうです。柔らかいミートボールで、トマトソースはさっぱりしていて、とても美味しかったです。お鍋も器も、どれも素敵!

Then the main was oricciette with meatball sauce Napolitan style.  Meatballs are like rugby ball shape rather than round and they also have sultana and pine nuts so I thought they were Sicilian style as it seems to be influenced by Middle-East.  Meatballs were very tender and tasty, the tomato sauce was light.  The pot is beautiful and the bowls and dishes are also so nice.

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この後、お菓子など甘いものもつまんで、おしゃべりもたくさんして、楽しい時間でした。お子さんが帰ってくるまでいたので可愛いお嬢ちゃんともちょっとおしゃべりできたし。お嬢ちゃんが赤ちゃんのときにプレゼントした小さなうさぎちゃんのぬいぐるみにわたしの名前をつけて今も使ってくれていて、感激しました。

We had some sweet things after this, chatted a lot and had a really lovely afternoon together.  I was there until her daughter came home so I had a chance to chat with her too.  She named the little stuffed rabbit that I gave to her when she was a baby with my name and still cuddles her!  So sweet!

香港では持ち寄りパーティーでレシピの交換会をしたり、一緒にお料理したりお料理教室に参加したりと楽しい日々でした。夫は今よりずっと出張が多かったので、いないときにはうちで大勢で夜遅くまで飲んだり食べたりしたこともよくありました。懐かしい。

When I was in Hong Kong, we used to exchange recipes at potluck parties, cooked together, taken cooking classes together, we had a lot of fun together.  My husband was away on business much more than now and I used to spend many evenings with many friends at home drinking and eating.  We remembered those days together.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Hunida says:

    Sounds like a nice get-together, talking about old memories. So sweet that her daughter named the plushie you got her after you. ♡

    1. Noodle says:

      I think it’s my friend who named the rabbit my name as her daughter was still a baby.

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