Oden: Japanese Hot-Pot おでん

Oden is not so much a recipe as it is an opportunity to enjoy many of your favorites in one meal!
Oden is also not several other things:

Gregory Wayne Oden, Jr. is an American basketball player, a member of the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. He played for Ohio State University when the team won the Big Ten Champion and the tournament runner-up in the National College Athletic Association’s Men’s Division I Basketball Championship. On November 17, 2010, the team announced that Oden would have microfracture surgery on his left knee, ending his 2010–2011 season.
Odin – King of the Norse Gods, God of poetry, battle and death. Chief god of the Aesir. Also known as the “all-father”, the “terrible one”, “one-eyed” and “father of battle”.
Odin sacrificed an eye and rejoiced as he drank the water of wisdom. He hung himself for nine days in Yggdrasil, the tree of life. By sacrificing himself, he gained power over the runes and all their secrets.
Odin owned two ravens named Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory), who flew out over all the worlds every morning and returned every evening.
When they returned, the ravens whispered all they had seen and heard to Odin.
Odin also owned two wolves, Geri and Freki, who followed Odin wherever he went. Odin had an eight-legged gray horse named Sleipnir, who could just as easily gallop through air as on land. Odin had a spear named Gungnir, “the swaying one,” which could hit any target. When Odin sat on his thrown in Gladsheim (the golden house), he could see throughout all the different worlds.
Odin was often called “father of the slain” as he presided over Valhalla. The Valkyries (beautiful maidens) carried bravest men who died in battle to Valhalla. It was where the Einherjar (the principal gods of the Nordic pantheon) await Ragnarok—the doom of the gods, the end of the world.
Odin (or, depending upon the dialect Woden or Wotan). The day Wednesday (Wodensdaeg) is named for him.

Odeon: from the ancient Greek ᾨδείον (literally “building for musical competitions”, from the Greek ἀείδω = “I sing”, which is also the root of “ode” and “aoidos”). Think Nickelodeon! A cinema or threatre… a place for entertainment.

The Odéon Theatre (Théâtre de l’Odéon) in Paris is one of France’s six national theatres. It is located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris on the left bank of the Seine, next to the Luxembourg Garden.

Argumentum ad odium: an appeal to spite or a fallacy in which someone attempts to win favor for an argument by exploiting existing negative feelings in the opposing party.

Odium theologicum: the often intense anger and hatred generated by disputes over theology

Odem (Hebrew: אֹדֶם‎‎ or אודם) is an Israeli settlement, moshav shitufi, situated in the northern part of the Golan Heights. It is located on Mount Odem, at a height of 1,090 meters (3,576 ft) above sea level, making it the second-highest town in Israel and the Israeli-occupied territories. It is surrounded by the Odem Forest. Odem means ruby and signifies the red colour. In this case it refers to the color of the rocks of Mount Odem, an extinct volcano. The international community considers Israeli settlements in the Golan Heights illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.

Odiham is a historic village and large civil parish in the Hart district of Hampshire, England. King John built Odiham Castle during the years 1207 to 1214. During the fourteenth century the castle played a role in several significant events, including a sitting of Parliament, and the imprisonment of King David II of Scotland in the castle for eleven years. By the fifteenth century its only use was as a hunting lodge and orgy house. The castle was described in 1605 as a ruin, which it remains to this day.
The Odiham Pest house was built c. 1622 and subsequently housed local people and travellers suffering from the plague and other infectious diseases. Pest is the old word for plague.


2 thoughts on “Oden: Japanese Hot-Pot おでん

    • Hi Fae,
      As much as I love oden, and much as I look forward to eating it in season again, I am so very much enjoying these last few summer nights. Tonight is almost too perfect. The windows and door open, twilight settling in, the chirping of insects…

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