Today I am going to share a very simple dish using the homemade salted eggs from my previous post. Ochazuke is rice in green tea normally accompanied by a variety of condiments, nori, and leftover side dishes seasoned with a little salt or soy sauce. Salted egg makes a wonderful accompaniment to ochazuke as it provides just the right amount of flavor when mixed with tea. Best of all, it is a breeze to prepare, yet is so tasty and satisfying.
Ochazuke is great for breakfast. It can be made as simple or elaborate as desired. The ease of preparation makes it suitable for students living on campus needing a quick and simple breakfast. This dish can be easily prepared in the dorm by boiling a regular or salted egg and brewing a pot of green tea. There is minimal cooking and mess. The cooked rice may be substituted with dried brown rice cakes available at most health food stores.
- 1 cup cooked short grain rice
- 2 tsp genmaicha
- 2 cups hot water (175°F/80°C)
- 1 salted egg
- Nori strips
- Shichimi togarashi (seven flavor chili pepper)
- Place salted egg in a small saucepan covered with cold water. Boil over medium heat for 15 minutes. When cooked, remove and peel off shell. Slice egg into half lengthwise.
- Place salted egg on top of rice in a bowl. Sprinkle some nori strips and shichimi togarashi over rice and egg.
- Pour a little hot water into a teapot. Swirl it around to warm up the teapot. Discard water. Place genmaicha in a brewing basket and place the brewing basket in the teapot.
- Pour 2 cups of 175°F (80°C) water into the teapot. Allow tea to steep for 1 minute. Remove brewing basket.
- Pour tea over rice and salted egg.
- Serve immediately.
And now, for our campus visits…
We started our college search three years back and since then we have visited more than 15 campuses as my two boys intend to pursue very different fields of study. It is amazing to see the choices available to them these days in terms of course structure, research opportunities, and living conditions. It has been educational and fun and these visits will likely continue for the next year or so. We have also eaten in the cafeterias and I am happy to say that most are pretty good. My boys will not go hungry.
We couldn’t have chosen a better week for campus visits as the weather was just gorgeous. It was bright and sunny with temperatures in the 60’s, perfect for outside tours. Our first stop was the University of Notre Dame, Indiana with its classic collegiate Gothic buildings. The campus began in late 1842 with 542 acres and now sits on 1250 acres of land with two lakes. It has about 12,000 students. This is the main building with its famous Golden Dome which serves primarily as a headquarters for administration.
This is the view of South Quad from Notre Dame Avenue. Definitely a campus with the WOW factor!
The magnificent, Gothic-inspired Basilica of the Sacred Heart with the largest collection of 19th-century French stained glass in the world. Beautiful artwork fills this space.
Our next stop was Valparaiso University also in Indiana. This university was founded in 1859. The campus sits on 320 acres of land and has 4,000 students. It is a smaller university with solid courses and a nice and more contemporary feel to it.
The modern era of this university’s history began in 1925 with purchase of the institution by the Lutheran University Association, a group of clergy and church laity who saw a bright future for the University. Shown here is the inside of the Chapel of Resurrection which has seating for more than 2,000 people.
From Indiana we traveled north into Michigan to visit the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor founded in 1817. This is the states’s oldest university and the flagship campus of the University of Michigan. It has two other campuses in Flint and Dearborn. There are more than 58,000 students on those three campuses. Shown here is the Law Quad with its Gothic-style buildings.
University of Michigan is a research university and has very impressive research facilities and capabilities. This is the inside of their Law Library.
Finally, we headed back south and west through Indiana and Illinois and then north again into Wisconsin to the University of Wisconsin, Madison founded in 1848. This beautiful campus sits on 936 acres of land and has over 42,000 students.
Many students from Minnesota come to school here because of its proximity and reciprocity agreements between the two states. Shown here is Memorial Union by Lake Mendota, not far from the university’s Lakeshore Residence Halls.
And this is Lake Mendota…WOW! Makes me want to go back to school.
When in Wisconsin, what do you think of? CHEESE of course! This is the cheese counter at Ehlenbach’s Cheese Chalet. Love the fruit cheeses, especially the ones with blueberries and cranberries.
And here are the famous cheese curds…
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8)