Nettle and Mint Tea

Spring has arrived in Seattle, and with it, so has the spring produce: fiddleheads, rhubarb, and nettles. Part of the issue with seasonal foods with a short availability is that recipe development can take a couple years if supplies are limited. This year, I got a 1/4 lb. bag of nettles at the Capitol Hill Farmers Market in late April and got to work on a couple dishes, including this nettle and mint tea, for those of you who enjoy a little punch to your herbal tea.

Halloween in Japan 2015: Beverages

The part of me that desperately missed Halloween and pumpkin food in Japan when I was there in the early ’10s is very pleased, but 2015!me is a little alarmed by how quickly it happened, if 10 years is “quick.” Globalization is a factor, of course, but just as much at work is Japan’s marketing of seasonal goods.

Halloween 2013: Lupicia Tea

Lupicia is one of the Japanese companies that has really embraced Halloween marketing and does it incredibly well.

Mameshiba Cupcakes

ね、知っている?(Hey, did you know?) These cupcakes may be the simplest of the geeky/nerdy (it varies…) birthday cakes I made this spring. My spouse loves Mameshiba, which is… well, as the song goes, they aren’t quite beans and they aren’t quite dogs; and everyday they bring you a bit of trivia– You know what? This is…