Lemon Yuzu Cookies, #SundaySupper

Once Upon A Time, in ancient Japan, an aromatic Asian citron named Yuzu-chan swayed in the breeze. Contemplating the sliver of crescent moon, the fruit thought of its Chinese ancestors. Many of Yuzu-chan’s family survived the trip via the Korean Peninsula. However, as in all journeys, there was great loss. Some seedlings did not survive. But as moonlight bounced on the tree branch where Yuzu-chan was nestled, he nearly burst with citrus pride. Thanks to those who’d survived the challenging journey, Japanese were now appreciating the wonders of yuzu. Condiments with yuzu zest and chili peppers provided fire on the tongue. Japanese confections were kissed by the presence of yuzu and brought many sighs of contentment.

The gentle wind rocked Yuzu-chan, the crickets sang a sleepy-time lullaby. As the moon slid behind a cloud like a paper-thin Japanese sliding door; Yuzu-chan dreamed of the day he and his family would adventure abroad and share the wonders of yuzu.

Sunshine Cake, #SundaySupper

Ninja Baker Philosophy 101:  S-t-r-e-t-c-h. Get creative with those Easter / Passover / Sunday Supper leftovers. But don’t skimp on dessert! Especially if it’s a Sunshine Cake. (Scroll down for the easy-peasy recipe.)

Bring on the heaps of whipped cream, chocolate, cookies and cupcakes! That’s what I’d like to do…One tiny complication; this Ninja Baker is doomed to diabetic consequences if dessert is not consumed responsibly. So, whilst walking the tightrope of balancing sugar levels, I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen. Good news: I’ve got sunny reports from efforts in the Ninja Baker kitchen. This post features the stellar Sunshine Cake...

3 Easy Gluten-Free On The Go Kid-Friendly Breakfasts, #Glutino#Giveaway

I’ve created 3 Easy Gluten-Free On The Go Kid-Friendly Breakfasts so your schedule can be freed up to cuddle those close to you. And, yes, to free up a bit of time for that pampering you’ve been putting off. So, no more excuses. Make the 3 Easy Gluten-Free On The Go Kid-Friendly Breakfasts and skip off guilt-free to the day spa or to that mani-pedi or to the time-out on the couch to watch the Days of our Lives!  

Plum Wine Cake, #TheCakeSliceBakers

With the arrival of spring across the Northern Hemisphere, Japanese plum wine is spot on for sipping or pouring into cake. In Japan, flowering plums precede its more famous sakura cherry blossom cousin. Plum blossom viewing parties also commenced long before the idea of a cherry blossom viewing party came into fruition. The change in popularity occurred about the time political allegiances transpired. (When the capital of Japan moved from Nara to Kyoto. The current capital of Japan is Tokyo.) However, the Japanese plum blossom was never banished.

Plum blossoms may currently take second place to the cherry blossom in terms of popularity. But, Japanese plum blossom festivals and parties are sprinkled throughout Japan. The flower and fruit of the Japanese plum blossom continue to thrive in Japanese culture and cuisine.

Japanese Yuzu Citrus Biscotti, #CreativeCookieExchange

Japanese yuzu citrus pucker passion commenced in 710 AD Japan. The Chinese import looks and tastes like a cross between a lemon and a lime. The pungent yuzu fruit remains popular today in Japan.  (Yuzu brightens, and punches up the flavors of both Japanese desserts and dishes.)

Chocolate – often affectionately called “choco” in Japan – is also wildly popular. Compared to yuzu, however, chocolate is a fairy new commodity in Japan. Milk chocolate made its debut with the Japanese audience in the early 1900s. From my Google Japan and Google USA research, it looks like white chocolate won over the hearts of Japanese girls as White Day was introduced in the 1970s. White Day is an attempt at equal affection expression.  Translation: In Japan...

Spring and St. Patrick’s Day Cake Pops and Cupcakes, #Pejoy

St. Patrick shooed away snakes from The Emerald Isle of Ireland. You, too, can banish pesky pests (problems, worries.) The solution is simple. Say yes to a Pejoy spring fling! What is Pejoy? Japanese Pocky’s cousin. Instead of cream-coated biscuit sticks, the slim Pejoy cookie sticks contain (green tea) matcha or chocolate cream inside. (In Japan, a myriad of varieties of Pejoy and Pocky are sold.)

In between nibbles of a green tea matcha cream filled Pejoy, I contemplated how best to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, spring and... 

Lemon Brasadella Italian Coffee Cake, #TwelveLoaves

When Life gives you lemons, make Sugar Free Lemon Brasadella Italian Coffee Cake! What is the sourest lemon sentence you can give a foodie? A doctor demanding a reduction in sugar, threatening diabetes gave this Ninja Baker a wake-up call. Good news is I lowered my numbers and am no longer on the diabetes precipice. I also learned to eat protein before diving into dessert. Previously I skipped the bacon and filled up a ginormous frozen yogurt cup...Sugar-free, gluten-free Lemon Brasadella Italian Coffee Cake baking in the oven smells luscious. Lemon scents wafting through the apartment had me hopeful. Turning the lemon coffee cake out of the bundt pan proved promising, too.

Gluten-Free Donuts, #SundaySupper

I nibbled the Ninja Baker’s adaptation of a BabyCakes gluten-free donut. Deeeelicious! Whew! Substituting banana for applesauce along with a few other Ninja tweaks made for one scrumptious gluten-free donut. Dare I say it? I do believe my gluten-free donut was better than a regular cake donut! Added bonus: My gluten-free donuts are also vegan!

Today’s #SundaySupper chat at Twitter is all about recipes using beans. (Scroll down to see your invite to the virtual dinner table.) So, Erin McKenna’s BabyCakes gluten-free cake donut recipe, which requires garbanzo bean flour, fit the bill. To honor the beanirific #SundaySupper theme, I also added vanilla bean paste.

Dipping my gluten-free donuts into rose-colored candy melts, a few musings about the humble bean stirred…

Imitation Game Guinness Brownies, #SundaySupper

Did you see The Imitation Game?  Pour in a heavy dose of suspense; sprinkle in intrigue; introduce a quirky mathematician and unlikely love-interests. Toss the elements into England’s Bletchley Park (code breaker headquarters) during WWII. After 114 minutes in the movie theatre, you may see why The Imitation Game is nominated for eight Oscars. Without leaking spoiler alerts, a conversation about love at the local pub prompts a major turning point in The Imitation Game. Although much of the excitement is enhanced by Hollywood; solving riddles, finding solutions with friends while sharing a pint of Guinness reads true to life.

One of the many Hollywoodized features includes...

White Chocolate Cream Topped Red Velvet Mini Cakes, #TheCakeSliceBakers

 “Oops, I Did It Again” (Remember that Britney Spears song?) Another variation on red velvet cake! Yes, last time I swooned over the browned butter cinnamon cream cheese frosting adorning my chocolate velvet cupcakes. (Another scrumptious recipe from The Southern Cake Book.) And when The Cake Slice Bakers group was cake baking through Julie Richardson’s Vintage Cakes, I oohed and aahed over the results of the mascarpone cheese frosting swirled atop the Vintage Cakes recipe for red velvet cupcakes. Well, I’ve implemented a few tricks to enhance an already enjoyable red velvet cupcake experience. 

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