Matcha Warabi Mochi

Happy National Matcha Day! I’m calling to all matcha lovers here. Today is the day to enjoy all matcha-anything!   When I was a kid, I used to prefer cakes or cookies over Japanese traditional treats called wagashi including daifuku, manju etc. Back then, I thought wagashi were not interesting like fruit loaded, colorful western…

Sweet Potato Yokan

My dinner buddy loves sweet potatoes, but I’m not that big fan of them like he is. When I found them on sale, I bought a big bag of it but I wondered how I could transform them to make him smile on the way back to home.    My mind came up with one…

Berry Cheese Bread Pudding

Tomorrow is National Bread Pudding Day to enjoy fluffy sweet yummy bread pudding, and I’m thrilled to share how I made my first homemade bread pudding.    When I hear “pudding,” my mind has the image of custard filled in a cup. They are sometimes set with egg, but sometimes we use gelatin and this…

Coconut Milk Pineapple Jelly

Happy World Coconut Day! Did you know, today 9/2 is the day for tropical yummy fruit, coconut! So coconut. What do you imagine from the image of coconut? Clear blue sky, warm sunshine, vast sight of cobalt blue ocean, white sand that makes your body nice and warm. What do you think you need now? …

Mizu Yokan (Red Bean Paste Cake)

Happy Friday! And if you are a buddhist, today must be an important day. For those who are not familiar with Buddhism especially in Japan, today 8/13 is the first day of Bon festival. During Bon festival which takes place around 8/15, we believe that our ancestors are coming back home from heaven and spending…

Blueberry Cheesecake

Happy National Blueberry Cheesecake Day!  Did you know, today 5/26 is the day to enjoy the fruity creamy cake!   When I was a kid, cheesecake was always simple, cream colored one. But as I grew up, I got to know a lot of other foodies who are on their culinary journey, and wow, pairing…