A buzz of excitement was in my chest. (A sensation akin to watching U.S. Olympic ice dancing champions, Davis and Waters glide to gold.) The blades of my mixer were swirling lemon and orange zest across cubes of cold butter. Results of the lemon-orange zest twizzle - required elements in Carole Walter’s Great Cakes Lemon Velvet Squares recipe...
Strawberries sparkle on vines throughout Japan. Elegant patisseries showcase the red jewels atop cakes and ice cream sundaes. Strawberries are also consistently combined with chocolate...My white chocolate cookie is stuffed with bits of Strawberry Pocky and Kit-Kat from Japan. The Japanese have taken America's Kit-Kat to another level by...
For the Valentine’s #SundaySupper, I’ve prepared 3 Japanese-style treats: Mandarin Orange Jam Crescents, Yuzu (Japanese citrus) Scones and Mini Dorayakis (pancakes with red bean paste.) Happy to say the husband has already been noshing on his Valentine’s Day treats. And very happy to be married.
After many single years of fretting my lovability via a box of chocolates...
With the arrival of Super Bowl season, a spell seems to take hold of my husband. Like many American football fans, the TV mesmerizes him. He shouts, waves his hands and dances in front of the television. With all this expended energy, my husband needs nourishment. But man - especially a gluten sensitive one - cannot live by bread and football alone. So, I prepared a Super Bowl bento (Japanese lunch box.)
With the start of the New Year, I'm adding a new feature entitled the Ninja Baker's Japan. I'll be bringing you photos, videos and poetry from my Japan journal. Hope you enjoy!
Photos include Jizo, protector of travelers and children, the Great Buddha of Kamakura, sakura cherry blossom sushi and more.
Snooping can pay off. I spied a container labeled Fairy Cookies in my cousin-in-law’s kitchen. Turns out the jar held homemade cookie mix that cousin Nancy learned how to make in the third grade! Lucky for me, Nancy had just baked a batch of the fairy cookies. Nibbling Nancy’s freshly baked cookies whirled me back to memories of my grandmother Nona’s baking. There is something magical and comforting about the fairy cookies.
“Pokkin, pokkin.” Ah, the symphonic sounds of a bite of Japanese Pocky. (A chocolate covered biscuit stick.) In America, M & Ms are Mom’s prayer to avoiding messy hands. In Japan, Pocky allows mommies to hand over snacks without worry. A small portion of the Pocky stick - the handle - is free of any chocolate coating. In the past several years, new Pocky cream coatings have surfaced.
Dreams are conveyer belts of messages from Heaven. At least that’s true for my friend Erika Kerekes of NotKetchup.com. Erika went on a cherry picking excursion and hauled thirty pounds of cherries home. A cherry blizzard of homemade cherry cobblers, pies, and jams hit the Kerekes' kitchen. There came a day, however, when she says, “I couldn't look at another jar of jam. I started thinking about what else I could do with the cherries. Ketchup basically came to me in a dream.”