Give me cake or give me death cookies.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Grandma's Cheesecake with Banana Crunch and Rum Fudge – Recipe

I think I was 17 or 18 when Grandma gave me her favourite cheesecake recipe. She'd found it in a magazine and the part-bake part-chill method became her go-to cheesecake method – and over time it became mine too.

Grandma passed away on Friday at the epic age of 92, and was buried today. An epic age for an epic lady: one of the kindest, most generous people you could ever hope to meet. Even during her last days she was concerned about visiting family members having enough biscuits to go with their tea.

The original recipe was for a plain vanilla cheesecake. Here, I've turned it into a banana cheesecake, with banana chips for old time's sake.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Haphazard Chicken Ramen – Recipe

I set out to cook ramen for lunch this afternoon, and succeeded... but was also left with a mountain of chicken leftovers.

Not that that's a bad thing, though!

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Baked Sweet Potato Dough-Nekos – Recipe

If you follow me on Instagram, particularly during the time I was documenting my adventures in Kyoto, you'd know that I promised to make these after trying a rather disappointing version in Japan.

Matcha Parfait – Matcha Kuzumochi and Dango Recipe

Once you make the matcha kuzumochi and dango, all that's left to do is to assemble your parfait with ice cream, sweet red beans and other stuff you like.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Lost in Kyoto: My 5 Travel Rules

Rule Number 1: Get lost.

Rule Number 2: Climb dodgy stairs.

Now I don't mean 'dodgy stairs' as in 'stairs Health and Safety would have a heart attack over', or 'stairs that lead you to somewhere you could get arrested'. I'm talking about the mysterious-but-mostly-harmless kind of stairs you'd discover while out for a walk. See, this is my theory for Rules 1 and 2: if you stray from the path once in a while, you might find something awesome.

I questioned this theory (and my sanity) while lost halfway up Fushimi-Inari, at 10 in the morning and nothing but bamboo for company.