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;

          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.

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Future Newlyweds at my house;

(posted:  Dec. 8 , 2014)

*Surprise Surprise*

            ♥The young lady is my retired husband's ex-coworker
         
The small middle aged man and the woman decorated on the cake are the unofficial mascots of two cites in Hyogo-pref. Her favorite characters. We have many local mascots like these in Japan now.


The couple is going to marry next year and her friends in the picture are not planed to attend the ceremony as she'll going to move a bit far place. So her friends prepared to set "surprise cake cut" for them at our house. They brought some things like the Santa costume my husband was wearing and ribbons etc. We were so happy that the couple looked impressed by the thoughts from her friends♡♡♡  Lovely time with Soba lunch and cake :-)  They approved to post this lovely little event♪

*Extra*
He played this song called 'いい日旅立ち iihi-tabidachi'  link for the lyric  This is the popular song used to be sung at the wedding ceremony often; it is an old song almost 40 years ago. I remember hearing repeatedly when mine was getting close:-)


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Summer Project;

(posted:  Aug 17 , 2014)

This student of mine tried making Soba-noodle for her one of the summer homework, which can be called 'Free Research'. Her mother took pictures how she did and the girl will put them together for her homework with her own writing. 

                          *My husband showed the whole process at first*
                     She is carefully observing how he does; 
Well-Done, my sweet girl♪   We ate Soba together for lunch. 
           
* For an extra, this is the summer decoration in my favorite cake shop*

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Rice Bran Bags;

(posted:  January 22, 2014)
Hello friends; I do wish you all are doing fine whatever the extreme weather; 
              cold or hot, whichever you have.  
The other day, I've finally made 2 Rice Bran Bags from my husband's request after hesitating for a bit of long time. They are for the use of making his soba-tools burnished and also preventing soba-dough from sticking to the table or the rolling-pins.
So sorry for the brownish pictures; it was a cloudy day and it was due to the electric bulbs color of the lights (not the fluorescent bulbs) in his hobby room.  

      Soba making table and rolling pins he needs to wipe with the rice bran bag. 

Showing how he does (mind you, he never helps me for the house chores p;)
I haven't used sewing machine after making these covers for his tools in the picture below about 3 and a half years ago when he started making soba. The machine is a really old one p;)  We need  to roast rice bran before putting them in the bag. 

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Sweet Guests♪

(posted:  July 31, 2013)
We had lovely guests 'who are my husband's ex-lady-colleague and her daughter with her friend'  experiencing making soba "蕎麦打ち;soba-uchi". The girls are second graders of elementary school. Their experiences will be used for their summer homework of 'picture diary'  And I was a bit sad the pictures got reddish due to the light in the room.

Let's start challenging♡♡♡








They enjoyed eating soba made by themselves.
We were happy to see them having eaten whole the plates
Great to see them motivated doing English learning cards '英語 カルタ’.
And also they did really good for trying to write their names in Roman Character.
Even though it was their first try☆☆☆