Dear Meat

Arisa and I go up to Yanbaru for another Okinawa Rail spotting adventure. Before setting off into the raucous night of the sub tropical forest, we have a truly outstanding meal.

I have to underline that we are totally in the boondocks. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ada,+Kunigami,+Kunigami+District,+Okinawa+905-1503/@26.7557938,128.2617698,19090m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x34e46a9e2f6483c9:0xbd3c293dc0e9f349!8m2!3d26.7505893!4d128.2849463

We are in Ichiro san ‘s house in Ada.

Tomomi san has prepared her own version of Civet de Chevreuil; venison, prunes, onion, red wine and the ingredients that I have forgotten, cooked all day. It is a masterpiece!

Oichi!

To go along with, this she produces a Gratin de Marrons au Canard et Oignons; again her own recipe.

Super oichi!

We start by drinking sake that Arisa has brought from her hometown of Imari, a haut lieu for sake. Look it up on Google maps.

Thanks Arisa!
What a meal in the remotest part of Yanbaru!

Ichiro san has just got back from counting Hawk Eagles in Kumamoto. He brings back bags of chestnuts and amazing pods that grow on vines deep in the forest. They are called Akebi. These he stuffs with minced pork and mushrooms. Unique dish!

It is served with harissa! No one I know has ever eaten this.

We drink a 2015 Chateau L’Argenteyre! The wine is so good with the venison.

Desert is marrons glaces, again handmade by Tomomi san.

In the middle of remotest subtropical forest!

We finish with beautiful grapes from Arisa’s hometown – Imari. They are called Shine Muscat. Her Mum sent them across. Japanese eat fruit differently from we Westerners. The way it looks is probably equally important as they way it tastes, er, I think.

We are all so zoned by the meal that we forget to take a photo of Arisa’s amazing grapes. They looked like the photo but in a much better setting!

I am old but this was one of the finest meals ever! The pleasure was heightened by the uniqueness of the setting.

Thank you Ichiro san, Tomomi san and Arisa san!

Memorable night.

We then wildly launch ourselves into the night to see what we can see.

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3 Responses to Dear Meat

  1. calderi says:

    Babette’s Feast came to mind, but your version a much better one

  2. babsje says:

    My eyes alone are salivating from your delicious post! What a wonderful feast you’ve shared. Best, Babsje

  3. virtuallyrachelgmailcom says:

    What a wondrous evening !

    On Tue, Oct 5, 2021 at 12:06 AM The Quiet Ripple Defines The Pond wrote:

    > spikekalashnikov posted: ” Arisa and I go up to Yanbaru for another > Okinawa Rail spotting adventure. Before setting off into the raucous night > of the sub tropical forest, we have an truly outstanding meal. I have to > underline that we are totally in the boondocks. https://www.go” >

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