Samstag, 5. März 2016

Cooking Japanese: Matcha Muffins

Hey guys (^-^)v

Recently we had a week off so I found some time to bake something ^-^ It's been so long since I had time for this and I really wanted to try making Matcha Muffins. I told my father about this before, so he was so kind as to give me matcha as a birthday present!

I used a recipe from the German cooking blog 'Nekobento'.
Unfortunately, it hasn't been updated for some years now, but I still like to visit their website to find some yummy stuff. And most recipes are really easy so even no cooking talents like me can do it xD
Nekobento's recipe is for only six muffins, but since I have a baking mould for 12, I just doubled the amount of everything.

Here is what you need:

240g flour
150g cream cheese
150g sugar
100g butter
100ml milk (I used oat milk)
2 eggs
20g matcha
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

weighting sugar
First, you need butter, sugar, and the cream cheese.
Fill it into a bowl and mix it.
Mix the eggs with the milk and then put it into the bowl with the other stuff and mix it again.

(Left: sugar, butter, and cream cheese; right: ...mixed with eggs and milk)

Now take another bowl to mix the flour, baking powder, and matcha, sift it through a sieve into the bowl with the other ingredients and mix everything.

 When you're done, fill everything into the baking mold and bake for about 25 minutes.

If you want, you can sprinkle them with powder sugar when they've cooled down:

I hope you enjoy them! ♥
Thanks for reading and see you next time (^-^)v

Sonntag, 10. Januar 2016

Ari & Nici in Japan: Dotonbori River Festival, Osaka ♥

Hey guys (^-^)v

This will be my last post about our Japan trip, which is now more than one year ago. Our time over there flew by so fast, now it seems to me like we didn't spend more than a week in Japan although it were three.. But I'm very happy I can go back to Japan in the late summer of this year again! And this time I will be there for longer *-*

 However, the last post about Japan I want to share with you is about the Dotonbori River Festival we attended while being in Osaka. I really like the city of Osaka very much and hope I can spend more time there somewhen in the future.

The Dotonbori festival is a lantern festival along the riverside of Dotonbori river. It is located directly in the city centre around Ebisubashi, the bridge where the famous Glico Man billboard is located. The whole riverside was decorated with hundrets of lanterns, and the people were dancing traditional dances everywhere.

As this was a Japanese summer festival (祭り), we dressed in Yukata that we had bought at a store in Studio Alta in Tokyo.

Nici in her pretty Yukata ^-^

 As this was (at least that year) my last chance to take a picture with Glico Man, 
I could not let this chance go wasted:

 I was really lucky as a few days later the billboard was changed to the picture of a woman (from a famous band if I remember correctly) in a Glico dress, whereabout a lot of people complained. We spent the rest of the evening, which was also our last day in Japan, at the festival (and in the nearby Don Quijote store x'D). 

I don't have anything else to tell about the festival, maybe only that our way back to our host family's house (15 min walk from the station) turned into hell. As you can see in the pictures above, we wore these traditional japanese sandals without socks. That was a big mistake as I think.. First of all, the sandals were one-sized.. and Nici and I have pretty big feet, according to Japanese standarts, so these shoes didn't fit really well. Additionally, the band rubbed on our feet the whole time while walking and resulted into huge blisters the next day.. 
So, if you're not used to them, better wear them with socks x3

 Unfortunately, this was our last real day in Japan. We spent the next day with packing all our lugguage and cleaning the rooms we used in the host family's house. After that, we went to the city to eat something and then headed for the airport, where we had to spent the night. I'm still happy that and surprised how everything I bought had fit into my suitcase x'D

I hope when autumn comes, I'll be able to blog about adventures in Japan again ♥
Thank you for reading! See you next time (^-^)v