fruited loaf, toasted and served with cream cheese, strawberry slices, and honey; rustic black soy bean roll, with yuzu kumquat marmalade; and walnut loaf, with dark chocolate, olive oil, and lemon sea salt. some of my faves among the bread from Kobe bakeries i received in a care package from a friend.
sampling my way through an assortment of very handsome bread from a few of the (many) good bakeries in Kobe: Comme Chinois, Isuzu Bakery, and Le Bihan. among other things that arrived along with my friend's homemade ikanago yesterday. thanks again T x
#ikanago no kugini, a sweet & salty sand lance tsukudani. simmered gently and flavored with soy sauce and ginger, the tiny fish makes a regional delicacy that is enjoyed in the west of japan, particularly in hyogo prefecture, as a harbinger of the arrival of spring. i didn't grow up eating it as a kid, but for the last few years we've been able to enjoy a large tub of the goodness my friend makes and send to us, and now we have learned to look forward to it as we wait for the spring to come, especially on a snowy day like this. thanks T!! xx
tri-colored chiffon cake (pink, white, and green), in celebration of #hinamatsuri or girls' day. the cake was baked in three layers of colors (flavored with raspberry, vanilla, and matcha, respectively), but as i didn't exactly pull off clearly defined layers nor did i manage to cut it into neat slices, no pic here to prove that this really was a tri-colored cake (of a sort) underneath the fluffy white frosting.. i'll have to leave it to your imagination. well Happy Girls' Day!
a bottle of hot hojicha tea (in fleece!) and some of the last of the Lindor chocolate in less common flavors that i brought back from switzerland on my last trip. the caramel one was really good, but i rather liked the cinnamon & coriander one. my little snacks for my little sunday afternoon walk in our part of the woods.
beautiful little cakes from L'automne in Akitsu. got them over a month ago while visiting my folks in tokyo but haven't had a chance to post a pic of them. a sophisticated array of cakes offered at an pastry shop nestled in a suburban residential area, away from central tokyo - must be nice to have such a place near you!
on my fourth attempt (and after a LOT of good butter), finally a batch (or at least some of it) that may pass as croissants without you having to stretch your imagination too much. recipe from Nancy Silverton's Pastries, which is really straightforward and easy to follow.
little buckwheat pancake sandwiches filled sweetened chestnut paste. inspired by Sakurai Kanseido's blue-chip kuri dorayaki i brought back from Obuse, but i freely admit these weren't the same as theirs. not bad either though, as i used their house-made chestnut paste, which happens to be good as gold.
kuri-dorayaki (a jp pancake sandwich of a sort, here filled with sweetened chestnut 'jam') from Sakurai Kanseido, also of Obuse. i'm *very* partial to these and would always grab a few whenever i see them. this time i picked up a few of their softer, half-shaped sibling, but these didn't threaten the original's solid go-to status in my opinion.
kurihana, an extremely crumbly and fragile (but not dry) variation of rakugan, here made using chestnuts. a favorite delicacy of mine from Obusedo of Obuse, which happens to have one of the most gorgeous packaging!
a city roast blend from Nagoya's Coffee Kajita, and a bag of old-fashioned sheet hard candy, wafer thin and extra crunchy with roasted peanuts, from Yamaya Candy Factory (est. 1672(!)) of Matsumoto. both specially made for 10cm, the craft gallery & shop run by the renowned japanese wooden tableware designer/artist Ryuji Mitani. along with some more of the karinto from Kurakyu. a coffee break at home, thunking when i can go visit matsumoto again. fingers crossed soon!