Mini Okara Gateaux Chocolat

デコレーションケーキ (dekorêshon kêki): a decorated cake; a fancy cake. Gateau is one of those non-Japanese foods that I never had till I came here, but defining what gateaux are is a bit hard. To me, a gateau is a dense flourless chocolate cake made with cream and almond flour. To other Americans, gateaux seem to…

やっぱりアメリカ人: Peanut-Butter-Chocolate-Chip Brownies

「アメリカの料理は?」<What about American food?> 「やっぱりピーナッツ・バター!ピーナッツバターが懐かしい。」 <Definitely peanut butter! I miss peanut butter. > 「甘い。。。」<But it’s sweet…> It’s the nature of an expat to be perpetually food-frustrated–if I’m in Japan, I want turkey and fancy cheese; if I’m in America, I want bamboo shoots and yuba. The ultimate American comfort food for me is peanut butter….

My Secret Weapon: Chocolat Brewery Cupcakes

This post appeared in the July 2011 Japan Blog Matsuri “Drinks in Japan,” hosted at NihongoUp. ほろ苦い (horonigai): bittersweet; something that has a strong taste adults favor “Can I lick the bowl?” As Japan gears up for White Day, the day when men who received chocolate for Valentine’s Day prepare to return the favor, the…

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