Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse!
As well as animation from Studio Ghibli, I and my dinner buddy love Disney animation. He was born and grew up in LA so it’s not surprising for him to be obsessed with them, and to me growing up in Japan and the US, Disney animation plays not only entertainment but also as education.
When I was in Japan, English education officially started from Junior high school(7th grade in the American school system. Currently they start learning English from 5th grade in my hometown unless they, well their parents, I should say, especially choose to go…ahem…*send to cram school.) In the first couple of English classes, we learned about the alphabet which we already knew, and what was waiting for us later on was watching Disney animation in English. Also that happens in Music class too. I remember the first midterm in my music class in high school was singing “A Whole New World” in English. To learn the correct pronunciation, we watched Aladdin in English.
After I enrolled in University in the US, I took American Studies and watched “Pocahontas.” I also took several film and Art classes, occasionally Disney animation appeared as class materials…OMG Disney everywhere!
And still I keep a good relationship with Disney. I got some Mickey Mouse shaped cake/egg mold long ago, but as you can guess, they are less likely to appear in my kitchen but just sitting in the back of the cupboard. But since it’s his birthday, I think this is the time for them to see how beautiful the sun streams in my kitchen.
Now everyone, fix some pancakes and celebrate your play buddy from childhood and teacher!
Mickey Mouse Shaped Ube Pancake
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- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons ube powder
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 180ml almond milk
- 200g all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon olive oil when baking
- Some berries for decoration
- Mix sugar, ube powder, oil, and almond milk together in a mixing bowl.
- Add flour, baking powder and mix them.
- Spread olive oil in a pan and bring it to medium low heat.
- Pour dough and when it gets holes in the surface, flip them to bake the other side. Keep the direction 3&4.
- Remove the cake from heat and let it cool. Prepare mold and carefully push down it to cut.
- Stack pancakes and decorate with berries.
Don’t touch the dough too much. Doing so makes your pancake as hard as rock!
Once you set up where to put your mold, don’t hesitate to press down to cut the cake in shape. As long as you’re afraid to ruin it and slow down, the cake becomes miserable. So Just go like “1,2,3 and go!”
I wanted to try the ube powder I bought so my pancake is ube flavor, but you can of course play with it. As long as it’s Mickey shaped, it’s perfect!
Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse! I hope I can visit Disneyland again soon!(Or Disney Sea, the exclusive theme park in Japan!)
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We need some fancy appetizers. Cheese Fondue
You can shape this one in Mickey shape too! Creamy Tomato Quinoa Risotto
Kids friendly drinks! Strawberry Honey Lemonade
Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)