2010年11月25日木曜日

Six degrees of sugary seperation

It's only one month till Christmas!!

I'm such a kid, I love Christmas. I get so excited every year I'm jumping around and playing nothing but Christmas songs and decorating everything that stands still and K is pretty bewildered and even the girls are over it by half way through December but hey, it's Christmas!

One of my favourite parts of Christmas is all the baking. Christmas baking is just so good- gingerbread, rum balls, mince tarts, anything and everything cranberry- the list is endless.

It's funny but the longer I live in low-key Christmas Japan the worse my Christmas hysteria gets. I think maybe I'm compensating. Perhaps even overcompensating.... but hey, it's Christmas!

Even stuff I didn't really like in Australia I am all over now because it's Christmas!! I try to hold out until December 1st but I had the first of my Christmas cooking-in-English classes today so that couldn't be helped now, could it?

I really wanted to make White Christmas. Truth be told I find it unbearably sweet when I actually eat some and usually leave it and move on to the rumballs but for some reason I just convinced myself it was the only thing to make. Well, except that copha seems to be some mysterious Aussie ingredient unavailable anywhere without koalas.

No problem, after a long google session I found a recipe that used melted marshmallows and white chocolate. That sounds suitably off the sweet metre!

I typed up my recipe and emailed it to my boss.

Hmmmm, small problem. There are chocolate covered rice bubbles available everywhere. Frosted ones some places, too. But plain un-adulterated ones? (Because I think even at Christmas marshmallow and white chocolate coated chocolate rice bubbles might just be one step too far...) After a fruitless search it was back to the drawing board recipe wise.

And then I found this recipe.

Only four ingredients! All of which are available right here in the village! Hallelujah and Merry Christmas!

It was a bit of a jump from this:


to this:


And it was really a rather too simple recipe to be teaching but they look very festive, they were yummy (not too sweet at all!) and they were fun to make to boot what with needing to oil our hands before we touched them.

And in the end noone thought it was too simple as none of the five women had ever made popcorn in a saucepan from scratch. Between them they had airpopped, microwaved and some kind of aluminium tray thing that expands on the stove that I am still puzzled about but they had ever made plain old un-preflavoured popcorn in a pan. Then again I made microwave popcorn for the first time this summer so who am I to talk, huh?

Now I'm off to see if there's an easy way to make a Christmas fruit cake without breaking the bank, ohhh and maybe cranberry sauce, too, and I hear stollen is good..

8 件のコメント:

jojoebi さんのコメント...

looks good,
if you have a Hanamasa in the wilds of Nagano they have 1kg bags of dried fruit for about ¥400, I got the mixed fruit and that was about ¥600 - lot cheaper than the supermarket

achan さんのコメント...

wow who would have thought of that!! Just add dried fruit and it could quite possibly taste just as disguting as white Christmas!! Do people really eat that stuff? Now stolen sounds a goer!!!

thefukases さんのコメント...

Just checked out the Hanamasa website. Nearest one is Saitama. Guess I'll just have to drop in for a cuppa on my way home, yeah?

Not a fan, huh achan? Where do you stand on chocolate crackles and honey joys? You sure you're really an Aussie? ;P

gaijinwife さんのコメント...

aluminium popcorn tray things - remind me of 'I know what you did last summer' or what ever horror movie starts off with one of those popping in the kitchen while someone is getting murdered outside in the bushes. I am quite a fan of microwave popcorn - so easy and you open the bag and feel like you're at the movies ;)

I've never had white Christmas :( Perhaps I need to make it just to say I did and I don't like it!

Christmas fever hasn't hit here yet. Am I being lame thinking that because I wont be here whats the point in putting up decorations? OK, not lame, selfish - but so wasted on Hub.

Bryn さんのコメント...

Those looks awesome!

If you're going all the way to Saitama for dried fruit, you may as well haul your caboose all the way here for unadulterated rice krispies and whatever other hard-to-find-vital-for-yummy-Xmas-treat ingredients you need!

achan さんのコメント...

"Really an Aussie???" my my of course I am! As for chocolate crackles well I ploughed through half a tray of them today (no copha/expensive chocolate type ones!!) and wouldn't say no to a honey jumble passing my way!

Vegemite, fairy bread and ANZAC biscuits amongest my favs.

Kim さんのコメント...

Well, friend. Now that I live in the land of plan rice crispies, I'll make that first recipe in your place! I have dried cranberries I want to use up and just brought some white chocolate chips and marshmallows to make Ryu some fudge. Sounds good!!!

thefukases さんのコメント...

GW- I can't watch horror movies so that's no help I'm afraid. Have you tried the curry flavour? Everyone was raving about it but I just can't imagine.... And yeah, I'd be less Christmassy if I wasn't going to be here too I think. How much Christmas spirit do you reckon the older two will coax out of him? KFC and a strawberry shortcake? ;P

Bryn- oh wow what an offer! Then I could take over your kitchen and do your Christmas baking- I bet you even have real ovens down there in not-Japan-land! Drool....

achan- I apologise for questioning your true blueness. I'm actually only half Aussie myself and will now blame it on the bloody canadian part. Eh? ;P

Kim- BE WARNED!!! White Christmas is seriously sweet. Really. I think most adults find it unbearable while kids turn up their noses at the dried fruit. Not sure why anyone makes it at all... must be other homesick Aussies!