March 3rd is a traditional day observed in Japan called ‘Hinamatsuri’ or ‘Dolls Festival’ or ‘Girls Day’. Ceramic dolls are displayed in each household to pray for continued health and happiness for their daughter. The ceramic dolls are dressed in traditional kimonos, displayed on red carpet steps, ornamental dolls representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period. The ‘Hinamatsuri’ dolls are (used to be) inherited through generations, although perhaps not any more. To celebrate ‘Hinamatsuri‘, the most common food prepared is the ‘Chirashi-Sushi‘ (The word “chirashi” means “scattered,” so this is basically a big bowl of rice mixed with fish, vegetables, and additional ingredients of your choice.) However, this year applying the idea of a petite four cake, cube sponge cakes were simulated into a step like stage base, Emperor and Empress made of felt cloth, the stage base decorated with (her adoration) strawberries to simulate the other attendants of the Hinamatsuri festival.
On a cloudless sunny day………we decided to adventure north, about a two hour or so drive up north which will take you to Gunma prefecture – one of the leading producers and suppliers of vegetables in the country and Tokyo district.
Trying to get back into the baking mode. ‘July 17th Sunday Bakery’, which most will be sent to my parent’s house where then be collected by my sister and brother and into the different avenues, stomach of my nieces and nephew. (lol)
Time flies…… Time flies so fast quite unbelievable and our grandson is already ‘ONE’ today to celebrate his very first birthday.
Dear Danish Lovers, Here is a post especially for ‘Danish Lovers’ with a simple instructions to spur your creativity! The recipe is long but I hope helpful for those who are inspired by making food beautiful!! and love the awe!!!
I still recall her to be a adorable little girl who loved dancing in the wind, twirling like a merry go round, my niece who has turned twelve come this summer.