29 12 2010

Lights, both at home and further afield in Lobethal.

Christmas lights at one of the houses in Lobethal.

Not actually for Christmas but for New Years, I finally constructed our lanterns from Chiang Mai and set them up around the house.

Lantern from Thailand, tealights from Australia.

Christmas treats

5 12 2010

While Benno sat his JLPT N2 exam today, I created Christmas truffles.

I made non-alcoholic rum balls:

Rum Balls

280g (approx. 3 cups) cake crumbs
3 T apricot jam
3T cocoa
1T orange juice (or 1T rum)

1. Mix together cake crumbs, cocoa, jam, juice (or rum) in a processor until a stiff paste is formed.
2. Roll into about 24 balls.
3. Roll the balls in cocoa or coconut; dip the balls into melted chocolate or cover with a little fondant and decorate like a mini pudding with a cherry.

and fruity truffles:

Fruity Truffles

1/4 c dates
1/2 c sultanas
1/2 c figs
1/4 c glace cherries
2T orange juice
60g hazelnuts or other nut
90g plain cake
60g cooking chocolate
1/2 c icing sugar

1. Place fruit in a bowl with 1T orange juice. Mix and stand for 10 minutes.
2. Process nuts, then cake crumbs, then fruits.
3. Place in bowl and add melted chocolate, sugar and remaining orange juice. Mix well.
4. Shape into balls.
5. Roll in chopped nuts or crushed digestive biscuit crumbs.

Christmas lunch

25 12 2009

Christmas wasn’t quite the same this year… it was a normal workday for most of Japan, and it was just the two of us for Christmas lunch.

Still, we had cashew nut loaf with roast sweet potato and hassleback potatoes, gravy and broccoli with “cheesy sauce” followed by mini pumpkin pies with strawberries and maple syrup.

Christmas in Japan

6 12 2009

Forget plum pudding, fruit cake and custard. In Japan Xmas is celebrated with strawberry shortcake. These photos are from a supermarket catalogue.