It was about a year ago when my dad started taking the cooking classes. I’m not sure what inspired him, but he enjoys learning how to cook and my mum seems to like the idea very much. He goes to the classes once a month and practices the recipes again at home whenever he can. I went home on my holiday last November, and he was excited to show off his skills? (achievement) to me. It was “beef stroganoff” with a simple dish of vegetables. It was a big success and delicious. Home cooking is the best!
This is a book I found in NY the other day. I was really attracted to the old and strange but rally beautiful black & white photos. The chair frames look like they’re dancing or talking to each other in this book. It probably was just a catalogue (it has a price list at the back.) but I loved the design and even the thick textured paper of this book. …and it was only $1!
After I came home, I found a piece of receipt paper from a dry cleaner stuck in the book, which looks as old as the book. Someone was drawing a picture and taking some notes on its back. I find things like this charming sometimes.
Monaka is a Japanese sweet made of azuki bean jam filling sandwiched between two thin crisp wafers made from mochi (rice cake).
This monaka is made by a company called “Sasama” in Tokyo, which started as a bakery in 1929 and opened a Japanese sweet shop in 1931. They closed the bakery and has become an established Japanese sweet shop since 1934 making the traditional sweets for Japanese tea ceremony.
As I’ve been living abroad for so long and don’t get to have the traditional Japanese sweets often, I appreciate the simple treats like this more than the decorative cakes when I’m at home.
The cup was handmade by my mum and it’s one of my favourite cups at home.