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Japanese-Style Prosperity Pockets & Goat Cheese En Croute, #SundaySupper New Year’s Bucket List

After the traditional formal visit to the temple with family on New Year’s Day; on January 2nd, many females trade their kimono for blue jeans and join the throngs at trendy boutiques and department stores where good fortune fukubukuro bags await. To make way for 2013 merchandise, inventory from 2012 is sold at half price in sealed bags imprinted with the ?Chinese character for Good Fortune. (As well as characters for male?, female?, and child ?.) The chic spots in town sell out quickly. Sisters and girlfriends are blessings at this time because the more in the group, the better trades and exchanges of items from the bags. Of course, venues catering to men also sell fukubukuro bags. Typically though the shoppers are women. (No surprise for anyone living on planet earth, right?)

The Ninja Baker’s bucket list includes another trip to Tokyo where I can partake in this exciting Japanese shopping adventure. In the meantime, to commemorate this fun occasion, I’ve fashioned my own good fortune: Japanese-Style Ninja Baker sealed crescent roll Pockets of Prosperity. Want to join the fun? Well, then, please read on.
 

 

New Year's Eve Buckwheat Noodles with Mochi, Home for the Holidays #SundaySupper

At the stroke of midnight, gigantic temple bells reverberate in every neighborhood on the last day of the year. During my time in Tokyo, the sound struck an awe-filled sense of the sacred. In most households, December 31st is  when simple fare like toshi-koshi soba (New Year’s Eve buckwheat noodles) are served.

The Ninja Baker's Festive Cucumber & Ginger Sushi Roll...#SundaySupper Holiday Drinks & Appetizers


Many make a simple cucumber roll at home or order one at Japanese restaurants. But for Christmas, why not add a bit of benishoga red pickled ginger? It brightens up the white rice and adds a bit of tang to the neutral Japanese cucumber. Ready to give it a try?

In addition to my appetizer how-to, you'll also find a list of recipes from stellar bakers, cooks and food bloggers who contribute to the weekly Twitter event with the hashtag #SundaySupper on Sundays at 7p.m. ET.

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