Month: January 2019

Apple Clafoutis & Carrot Cake

Apple Clafoutis is one of my favorite desserts, which I make during the cold winter season. Apples of different kinds come in abundance, although unsure whether this can be classified as a ‘vegan dessert’, the volume of apples: 70% verses the egg dough: 30% tends to feel quite healthy and not too filling. The recipe has already been introduced in the past so if you are interested in my recipe, here is the link with a slide show recipe or below. Apple Clafoutis|アップルクラフティ For the filling 3medium apple 30g salt free butter 30g brown sugar For the batter 60g Cake Flour or Gluten Free Cake Flour 60g brown sugar 3 Eggs 100cc Milk 100cc Fresh Cream 100cc Beer or Carbonated Water Instructions Cut the apple to approx 2 cm wide, remove the core, peel the apples.2. Place butter in a frying pan, add the apple and sugar, pan fry at low heat. Grill the apples until the apples are soft and cooked.3. Apply butter (appropriate amount) inside a heat-resistant dish and evenly sprinkle sugar (appropriate …

PETITE Chocolate Cupcakes

Once in a while, I start looking for new ‘chocolate’ cake recipes, despite many in my recipe archive. Depending on the degree of my “chocolate crave”, recipes which catch my eye tend to drastically differ from brownies to gateaux cakes to soft ganache types. This recipe is taken from one of my favorite blog site – Londonbakes.com It’s a gluten free recipe site but recipes covered to my own needs. It works for me! I made the cupcake base for my lovely neices to decorate during Christmas. PETITE  CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES INGREDIENTS Recipe in courtesy of : Londonbakes.com For the cakes:  135g (1 stick + 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, at room temperature plus extra for greasing the muffin tins 60g brown sugar  80g all purpose flour 25g ground almonds 1/3 teaspoon baking soda  1/3 teaspoon baking  powder 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 3 tablespoons cocoa powder 40ml (1/4 cup) hot water 75g (3 oz) dark chocolate 2 large eggs, at room temperature 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (optional) 40ml yoghurt INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 180C/350F (fan) …

Osechi

our traditional Japanese New Year Food On New Years Day, the ‘Osechi’ is our traditional food accompanied with mochi (rice cake) in a soup broth called ‘Ozoni’. The Osechi comes in a infinite variety of styles, differ in region and household but the most common ‘Osechi’ (dishes or items) have a certain meaning to it’s portion. What I have prepared this year is very simple, most probably the minimal as my intentions on New Years Day family get together was to go ‘Western Style’ upon request from my children and grandchildren. However the ‘Osechi’ which I put together were as follows – Kuro-mame (Syrup stewed black beans) | Representing longevity Kamaboko (Red and white fish cake)| Genuine meaning quite ambiguous but the color-red and white represents festivity. (This is an off the shelf item) Datemaki (Egg Roll) | The roll having similarity to the old scroll books represents the wish to the cultural development. Namasu (Red and White radish and carrots blend) | Representing happiness through the colors of red and white. White Beans | …

one of the oldest shrines in Japan – Izumo Taisha

an excerpt from our camping car trip in 2018 Our trip to Izumo Taisha Shrine located in Shimane prefecture took place early October 2018, when the longest and hottest summer gradually started to loose force, surrendering itself to the next season, the fall. Izumo Taisha Shrine is considered the oldest shrine in Japan, in existence in the early 700s as revealed by the nation’s oldest chronicles; and has always been my ‘must see places in Japan’. The access is about a 820 kilometers drive from Tokyo, a 9 hours non-stop drive according to the Google Map which we managed to achieve in our first day of our trip. The majority of Japanese endeavor to see Izumo Taisha, as according to our history, Izumo used to be ruled by a powerful clan in pre-historic times, and plays a central role in Japan’s creation mythology. The main deity (kami) enshrined at Izumo Taisha is Okuninushi no Okami and according to the creation myths, Okuninushi was the creator of the land of Japan and the ruler of Izumo. …

Welcome 2019

  I often wonder why we love to organize our time into segments; minutes, hours, weeks, months and then years. Every moment of our lives must be just as precious as any but the accomplishment of completion, achievement bringing satisfaction quite often is measured by time, I the same. Year 2018 had been quite a turbulent year to our family, not as gentle as we hoped and expected it to be. My husband underwent surgery after cancer test claimed in doubt, my daughter is suffering from serious migraine attacks unfortunately with no successful remedy disabling her daily life. Unfortunately we do not live in a world of fantasies, miracles and abracadabras, nor do I have a magic wand to let troubles and worries go away. But this is the start of a brand new year 2019. Letting our worries aside, January 1st which we call ‘gantan‘ in Japan, calls for a day to celebrate with gratitude from our hearts. Although we have our own traditional ritual food for New Years Day, ‘osechi’ ; I’ve decided …