Posted on December 21, 2014

Monthly Recipe: Deco Roll Cakes

Monthly Recipe: Deco Roll Cakes

My office has a tradition of bringing in a cake to share on your birthday, so this year I decided to try something new for my birthday cake. I’ve been fascinated by deco roll (Japanese decorated roll cakes or Swiss rolls) for ages now, but I thought it would be beyond my ability to make … Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is on the theme of ‘yellow’, and yesterday I just happened to pick up a brand new sunshiny addition to my kokeshi (こけし) doll family: ‘Yellow’ is making me think about this beautiful piece of craft right now. She’s my first yellow traditional kokeshi doll – most of my other … Continue reading

A Heap of Hello Kitty!

A Heap of Hello Kitty!

It was my birthday yesterday and my mum, who clearly knows me well, decided to bestow upon me a whole heap of Hello Kitty! I got a Hello Kitty apron, chef’s hat, oven gloves, tea towels, cookies and cookie tin, mug with hot chocolate and a hand warmer! Everything’s so pink – seeing these cute … Continue reading

Word of the Week: 和洋折衷

Word of the Week: 和洋折衷

It’s time for Word of the Week again, and this is the last post of the series! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘ro’ (ろ), focussing on  六根清浄 / ろっこんしょうじょう (rokkon shojo), which is the ‘purification of the six roots of perception’ in Buddhism. This week, I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with … Continue reading