Time for the year-end wrap up! 明けましておめでとうございます！
Top Posts of 2015 (published in 2015)
I hosted my first Feminist Friday on this blog for my blogging group.
I discovered a vegan mock unagi (Japanese eel) recipe.
I started recapping a postwar (1956) guide Japanese cookbook for American GI’s wives. Which I should finish.
I gave someone a rare gift–and they wanted it.
I made a damn good dairy-free cake.
I went back to Japan during Halloween and ate all the Halloween pastries.
My favorite (crack) post I wrote: “Will Graham Goes Grocery Shopping“
My favorite recipe I published: Ful Medames with Fresh Fava Beans (I made this a lot in Japan and it took me 3 years to publish!)
Did I Meet my 2015 Goals?
Cook with mushrooms. Faux-unagi was a great start, but I want more!
My partner and I took second place in the JETAA Iron Chef competition’s Shiitake Challenge. (Although I haven’t really published any mushroom recipes here.)
Work with fondant, then make my own. I think this will take my fandom desserts up a notch.
Cook with my new Sprinkle Bakes cookbook C got me for my birthday because they are a goddamn treasure.
Also, my absolute food idol Janice Poon featured the cake on Feeding Hannibal.
Learn to cook with local berries. I made some gooseberry tarts last year that never made it onto the blog, but I also want to cook with marionberries and huckleberries.
Make rice-cooker cakes again. My parents got me a Zoujirushi rice cooker for my birthday, and I’m very pleased with it so far.
This one was kind of a fail–I made chai bread, but I wasn’t 100% satisfied with how much it rose, so I need to make/buy more chai mix and do it again.
Shop at the farmers’ markets more. I try to go to one every other week if I don’t have weekend plans, but I want to get more of my basic produce there instead of just fruit and wine.
My partner and I have gone every Sunday that we’ve been in town since spring. Here’s a recipe I made with some of the pasta and produce I bought there this summer.
-Finish the review of Japanese Food and Cooking (1956) – my copy of the book has a couple chapters missing from a printing error, so I need to consult Google Books.
-Help use the ridiculous amount of bread flour we have at home by making rice-cooker breads and publish at least two rice-cooker recipes. Priority: chai bread.
-Make fondant from scratch.
-Learn how to make cocktails with all the unusual bitters and liquors C has (rhubarb bitters? chokecherry liquor?)
-Make agedashi dofu from scratch.
May all your cooking dreams come true in 2016!