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Soba(buck-wheat) noodle  

My husband started making soba-noodle at home in the year 2010, right after he became 60 years old when he retired from his job.   In this page, I want to introduce you how he does it as his HOBBY at home .  Hope the pictures will give you some ideas about noodle making.

For the starters, these pages will tell you about Soba-noodle and buckwheat. I will skip long explanation of what soba-noodle is. Soba has a longer history than rice.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soba,    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckwheat

We have a custom eating it as year-crossing noodles 「年越し蕎麦」.  For most Japanese families, having this noodle with family member quietly at home means to greet the happy next year. There are several theories for how this custum started like the link explains, but the most popular one would be "wishing to have a thin long happy life"    year-crossing noodles (link)

           Flower of Backwheat                                                                                                   Seed of  Backwheat 

He made his hobby room to fillful his dream

His home made buckwheat-noodle and plate

How noodle is made;

using small milling machine

To make flour, reapt this work several times


kneading the dough

making the dough square

cutting board is set

He makes enough Soba for 6 person in 1 setting. first one 5 more to go

Now, just a little anecdote how he started to making Soba-noodle

A couple years before he retired, he met a man who used to live close each other when young. He is working as a sort of an adviser for the person who wants to open soba restaurant. It was when we tasted his soba a couple years before retirement that my husband wanted to make it by himself. He lives an hour away from our house and he had visited him to learn how to do for a while. I wonder if we can call him "soba-master" in English, 「蕎麦の師匠. そばのししょう. sobano shisho」in Japanese.
Thanks to him, my husband had a chance to be able to have this wonderful hobby of his.

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Two different kinds of Soba Guests on different days;

(posted:  May 21, 2015)

*We had Two different kinds of Soba Guests on 7th and 13th this month*

        Adult guests from band group my husband involved
The lady who plays the keyboard in the band had wished to try making soba "蕎麦打ち, soba-uchi".  The other is the vocalist who loves soba noodle and seemed to have fun watching how noodle is made.
After making dough first; ayou can see, she was carefully observing how husband does and how the process should be.  It seems "spreading the dough evenly thin" and "the cutting" is the  two hardest parts.  She looked quite motivated♡♡♡

Now , her turn to try♪
Soba noodle she made was excellent 'soft and evenly cut'.  My husband said marvelous job and even cannot believe it was her first try. We had nice soba lunch time and enjoyed chatting togather♬♬♬

         ♪ Husband's ex-lady collage and her daughter
She approved my posting her daughter (maybe my old friends might notice she has grown a little).  She's become an elementary school student this year.  She's having piano lesson for a while and played us the music she learned♬♬♬  
Of course, she has to take a little English lesson from me p:-)

The 'LEGO' she's making was the congratulatory present for her from us. We asked her mom what she might want to have in advance.  Oh, she has amazing concentration 'Surprised us' seeing how she'd finished making all that by herself in a short while during the visit☆☆☆

Always Happy seeing she enjoys my husband's soba a lot and ate them up♪ Lunch with her Lovely Smiling Face♡♡♡

Linking this post to "MosaicMonday", "Our World Tuesday"

*Happy Father's Day everyone* 
Thank you very much for stopping by; I always appreciate your sweet visits;

Lovely Young Soba Guests;

 (posted:  Feb 2nd, 2015)
           On Saturday, one of my husband's ex-colleague brought her two friends
                      to try making soba  (蕎麦打ち・ soba-uchi).
  Three lovely ladies♪  The Japanese towel for her head had pretty Japanese design. 
  And the wooden bowl from one tree trunk must have impressed them.

  How to use the rolling pin to widen the dough is the hardest part.

     And cutting the dough with a big knife.    
And we had soba lunch chatting together after they tried hard.  They smiled when I joked them that my blog might make foreign friends think my husband's hobby may be a common one for Japanese.

Thank you very much for stopping by;