Have you ever been to Japan?
 
I HAVE….at least sort of!
 
Last year we started a tradition where all of the grandchildren that are four or older go on a “vacation” with Grandma Lou and Papi and only one set of parents to supervise. Last year it was Hawaii! This year my husband and I were the parents selected to help take all of the kids to JAPAN! Yes, that is right we boarded the “Rising Sun Airlines” and took off on a wonderful adventure to the land of the rising sun. We enjoyed delicious food while eating with chopsticks, practiced origami, learned to write in Japanese kanji and learned to speak a few words.
 
Can you believe we did all of this in just one night? Well believe it…here are a few pictures of our adventure!
Every grandchild received an airplane ticket and an invitation in the mail to join Grandma Lou and Papi on a vacation to Japan.
 

I was able to dress up and play with the kids while my husband was stuck in the kitchen cooking, he is the expert on Japanese food.

Here the children are waving and saying, “Sayonara”, as they prepare to exit the plane and enter Japan.

Everyone had a place at the table with a name tag and chopsticks, the kids loved it!


The Japanese buffet that my husband put together was delicious. One of my favorite things that he made were potstickers, he refers to them as “Gyoza”. The worst thing he had us try was “Mugicha” which is barley tea. It was terrible and tastes just like stinky socks, at least that’s what I imagine stinky socks to taste like!
 
I thought you might enjoy the recipe of my favorite food that night. Here you go…
 
 
Potstickers or Gyoza
Potstickers or "Gyoza"
  1. 1 lb. sausage
  2. 1 onion, chopped
  3. 1/2 head of cabbage, chopped to small pieces
  4. 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  5. 1 package wonton wraps, they can be found at Walmart and most stores
Potsticker Dipping Sauce
  1. 3/4 cup soy sauce
  2. 1/2 cup brown sugar
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Instructions
  1. Chop the vegetables. Mix the sausage, diced onion, minced garlic and chopped cabbage in a bowl. Place a tiny bit of filling in each wonton wrap. Dip your finger in a bowl of water and rub the edges of the wonton wrap. The water helps to seal the wrap so it doesn't let the filling come out while you fry them. From this point you'll want to refer to the back of the wonton package for instructions on folding. It just takes a little practice. I promise you that even if they look ugly, your potstickers will taste delightful. Fry the wontons in oil that has been brought to 350 degrees until they are fully cooked inside. You might need to check the first couple wontons to make sure the sausage is completely cooked. Dip in the sauce.
  2. For the sauce, mix both ingredients together until the brown sugar is dissolved.
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