Hanami at Home with Jones Dairy Farm
The peak bloom time for sakura (cherry blossom) in Japan is expected to be around March 30 in Tokyo, with peaks across the rest of Japan spanning from March until April — with northern parts of Japan, like Sapporo in Hokkaido, predicted to be graced with sakura petals as late as the start of May. The arrival of sakura means two of the best things of the year: spring and hanami (cherry blossom viewing). Mix up your hanami picnic haul with Jones Diary Farm-inspired recipes this spring.
Plus, there’s no need to head out into the crowds if you’d rather stay at home due to he COVID-19 pandemic. Spread a picnic sheet out in your home and decorate the room with branches of blooms to experience hanami at home with these creative spring picnic recipes.
English muffins meet Jones Dairy Farm’s Canadian Bacon and Italian classic flavors in this wonderfully simple Caprese sandwich. Layered basil leaves, mozzarella slices, tomato, egg, and juicy slices of Canadian Bacon make for a refreshing, balanced snack.
Originating in Tuscany, panzanella salad was first made as a recovery dish to use stale bread, and the recipe isn’t complete without bread chunks that soak up all the juices from the tomatoes. Topped off with a fresh basil dressing and salty sauteed Jones Dairy Farm Dry Aged Bacon, this salad is an ideal side dish for a hanami feast.
Deviled eggs are hard-boiled eggs that have been shelled, cut in half, and filled with a paste made from the egg yolks mixed with other ingredients — in this case, mayonnaise, blue cheese, dijon mustard and a hit of hot sauce to taste. We finish this off with a piece of crispy Dry-Aged Bacon for complex flavor and texture. If blue cheese and hot sauce are too strong for you, the beauty of this recipe is that you can easily play around with other spices, sauces and ingredients to add to the yolk filling to match your flavor preference. Serve these high-protein snacks as a bite-sized snack at your hanami feast.
Classic Japanese onigiri gets a western twist with this fun sausage onigirazu recipe by recipe developer @barbieskitchen. Wrap Jones Dairy Farm All Natural Breakfast Pork Patties in rice, lettuce and sauces in nori sheets and voila — your family’s instant new finger-food lunch favorite. Great for bento too!
Did you make any of these hanami recipes at home? Share your photos with us at our Instagram jonesdairyfarm_japan.