A few weeks before going on the trip, my good friend Rebekah (of Honeysuckle Life) and I decided to plan a little weekend of designing, cooking, styling and photographing under the theme of a Japanese Fall Feast. I used the trip to Japan as my inspiration by tasting different dishes and flavours over there and coming up with four recipes. (See the links to Rebekah's beautifully designed creations and tutorials at the bottom of this post.)
Two of our many trips between towns and villages in the country side of Japan included a stop in a small town called Nakatsugawa. I soon discovered that this town is actually famous world wide for its sweet chestnut delicacies called kurikinton. These sweet chestnut dumplings come in many varieties, and are individually wrapped in some adorable mini parcels. I just could not resist and bought my very own kurikinton in its cute packaging (see it here). It was delicious, soft and the chestnut flavour was really delicate (I somehow thought the texture was similar to the one of Spanish soft turrón).
As much as I really enjoyed eating this kurikinton, I usually prefer chestnuts in a savoury dish as I often find it too rich in desserts. So, for this first Japanese Fall Feast recipe, I came up with a butternut squash and chestnut miso soup. It is smooth and delicate, the sweetness of the butternut and chestnuts nicely balanced with the saltiness of the white miso paste. And as much as this is a delicious autumnal recipe, it will also be quite enjoyable all Winter long!
Raw-Edge Sashiko Embroidered Table Runner
Sashiko Embroidered Book Page
Coffee-dyed Sashiko Embroidered Napkin