Sunday, December 21, 2014

thankful

gmh3 The other day, I did something scary...

I intended to steam some broccoli.

So, I put the steamer basket into a pot, put the broccoli in and turned on the heat.

I put the timer on and started to put some dishes away.

The pot started to make a weird noise and when I looked at the flame it was green.

Emerald green.

I thought it was kinda weird because the flame is usually blue and whenever there is water on the pot, the flame turns orangey.

Then I realized I hadn't put any water into the pot.

I turned the heat off and put some water into the pot. Steam immediately rose up.

Did you know that the green flame is whenever copper is burning? I found out after.

I'm glad I didn't cause a fire. And thankful for whomever is watching over me. (Thank you!)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

nitori

nitori kitchen mat Yesterday, a new interior shop opened in our neighborhood, called Nitori.

Actually, the land that they built on had another interior shop on it before. They tore the building down and built a new one...sigh.

I went to check it out, since I've never been in a Nitori before.

The shop consists of two floors (three if you count the parking). On the 2nd floor is the "big stuff"...furniture, beds.

The 1st floor is the "interior stuff"...dishes, bedding, lighting and such.

I went down almost every aisle just to see what they were selling.

Since I needed a new mat for my kitchen, I picked one out...foodie themed, of course.

I don't know how often I will shop here, but it is good to know that we have an interior shop close by.

Friday, December 19, 2014

ginger molasses dark chocolate crinkles

ginger molasses dark chocolate crinkles...got the idea from @sherimiya who got the idea from @whiteonrice these are so good♡ #baking #cookies #gingerbread #chocolate #darkchocolate #japan I got the idea for these cookies from blog friend, Sheri, who got the idea from this blog.

The link above is for the full recipe. I cut the recipe in half for my cookies.

Ginger Molasses Dark Chocolate Crinkles (1/2 the recipe) makes about 12 cookies

50 grams flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
1/4 teaspoon ginger, ground
1/8 teaspoon clove, ground
112.5 grams dark chocolate, weighed then chopped
22.5 grams butter, salted
2 tablespoons molasses
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg, room temperature
32.5 grams light brown sugar
*granulated sugar and powdered sugar to coat cookies

Whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, clove. Set aside
In a bain marie (over boiling water), melt the chocolate, butter, molasses & vanilla. Take off heat and let cool a bit.
On high, beat the egg and sugar until the mixture gets "ribbony"
Fold in the chocolate mixture
Stir in the flour mixture
Refrigerate the dough for 1 to 2 hours
Preheat oven to 325F (170F)
Whisk some cinnamon with some granulated sugar
Make 1-inch balls and roll into the granulated sugar mixture
Then roll the balls in powdered sugar
Place on parchment paper about 1-inch apart
Bake for 12-15 minutes.**
Cool the cookies a bit before transferring them to the rack.
Cool completely.

NOTES: these cookies are more chocolatey than spicy. I left out the salt because I used salted butter. Next time I make these I will double the amount of spices. Also, I will chill the dough for 2 hours, as the dough was too soft to handle after 1 hour. Since it was too soft to handle, I used a scoop and "plopped" each ball into the sugars, rolling them around using spoons...
**My turntable spins the cookies, so I didn't rotate the pan, and I baked them for about 15 minutes. If you are baking them in a regular oven you need to rotate the cookies, baking them 6 minutes, rotate the pan and bake for 6 more minutes or so.

What are you baking these days?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

soup days

-1C soup morning! #veggies #soup #baguette #mikan #coffee #breakfast #japan We've been having soup in the mornings...sometimes I make us some oatmeal but most days it has been soup.

I try to make the soup the night before so that all I have to do is heat it up.

Too bad Satoshi isn't a morning person, too bad he doesn't get up when I say the food is ready, winter time is worse because he just doesn't want to get out of bed. By the time he comes to the table, most of the food is either lukewarm or cold...sigh.

Hope you are doing well.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

brr

brr Just a short post.

Japan is getting hit with an icy "typhoon" at the moment and it is supposed to last until tomorrow-ish.

Winds are krazy strong and it is fahreezing!

I went to the market earlier and also have to meet someone later today, I am also trying to stock a few things so I won't have to step outside tomorrow.

Stay warm and safe everyone!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

merci beaucoup!

@parisbreakfast love it! merci beaucoup! #watercolors #parisbreakfast #merci #macaron During this time of year, we enjoy receiving cards from family and friends.

I enjoy reading about what they have been up to during the past year. I also enjoy seeing their photos.

Big thanks to Carol, for this beautiful watercolor...merci beaucoup!

Thank you again everyone for brightening up our days!

Monday, December 15, 2014

amarcord ama mora

dinner : kim chee gyoza & ama mora beer (porter) 9% alcohol made with coffee & malawi sugar by amarcord, a brewery in italy #kimchee #gyoza #porter #italy #beer #craftbeer #dinner #japan We had this Amarcord Ama Mora beer last night. Chocolatey!

Apparently it is made by a tiny brewery in Apeccio, Italy. The beer uses a selection of Pascucci coffee and Malawi sugar.

Too bad I didn't read about it before trying it, I could've paired it with some ice cream since it was like a porter.

Instead, we had this with kim chee gyoza and a salad.

I enjoyed this and would definitely buy it again.

What have you been enjoying these days?