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Yusuke was jealous of my sister-in-law’s baking pics, so we decided to make chocolate plaetzchen (plätzchen?). Not sure if the name matches an actual German word, but that’s what they’ve been called as handed down in family history.

Ingredients: flour, sugar, eggs, grated chocolate, shredded coconut, vanilla, baking powder.

They don’t look like my mom’s, but they taste ok. We avoided our usual baking fail! Plus, we have the satisfaction of having made them without an electric mixer (or even a hand mixer). Many hours of labour…I’m not sure why people bake for fun more than once or twice per year! 😉


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Exquisite chocolates, sent by my mum-in-law a while back. Too pretty to eat?

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Chocolat de plus


…and these were acquired in a week-after-Valentines sale.

This time it was dômes. And I quote:

1. Our “old fashioned” caramel infused with natural orange oils and chopped bits of orange peels from Valencia, Span, then covered with a dark chocolate dome.

2. Caramelized roasted hazelnuts blended into our 60% dark chocolate and then covered with a milk chocolate dome.

Le mariage parfait des textures: une onctueuse ganache enrobée d’un dense chocolat au lait, noir ou blanc.

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Valentine chocolates

Sea salt chocolate

Bof. I’ve been neglecting this blog. However, here is a picture of the chocolates I gave Yusuke for Valentine’s Day, from Suite 88 (aka heaven).

The mosaic box set includes:

  • Amaretto
  • Caramel anglais (English caramel)
  • Espresso
  • Érable (maple)
  • Fleur de sel (sea salt)
  • Florentin (with orange and honey)
  • Limoncello
  • Rhum raisin
  • Praline
  • Thé vert (green tea with white chocolate)

I also bought some truffles: green tea, praline, and milk chocolate, but they didn’t stick around long enough for a picture.

In Japan, it’s customary for girls to give guys chocolates for Valentine’s Day. There are two categories of giving: 1) 義理チョコ (giri-choco) or “obligation chocolates” for people you don’t really care about, and 2) 本命チョコ (honmei-choco) for your “real” Valentine.

The guys return the favour with gifts to women one month later on White Day (conveniently close to my birthday).

Mosaic chocolates

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Other gratuitous holiday food pics

Here is some stuff that we ate for around Christmas time.

A nice light salad.

Beautiful roasted root veggies. I love you, parsnips.

Turkey. No comment.

Cookies!! Good thing we had some cookie monsters around.

Apple pie, made by mom, photographed by my talented sibling. Click to visit his blog.

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Happy (belated) birthday

I’m very tardy in uploading documentation of the wonderful pineapple upside-down cake that my mom made for Yusuke’s birthday. It was his first experience with this dessert, and it was delicious.

Just don’t count the candles.

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Dessert at Jun-i

No superfluous Jun-i pics this time, as we had some of our usual stuff, but this was a new dessert: mille-feuilles style cream-layered crêpes. Wow. Very tasty and not too heavy at all. The accompanying bananas were coated in what appeared to be a coffee-caramel sauce.

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