Archive of Past Blog Entries

Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

America's chocolate covered bacon concoction is an indication of intense chocolate love.  But the U.S. does not come close to matching Japan’s love affair with the cacao bean. In Japan, chocolate fans enjoy chocolate with: Azuki red beans Chestnuts Green tea / Matcha Mocha Sour plum soda Sweet potato Soy beans (Edamame) Shrimp chips coated in chocolate. An array... Read Full Article

Easter Basket Cupcakes, #SundaySupper

Once upon a sunshiny Easter day in Tokyo this fledgling Ninja Baker was invited to an Easter egg hunt for the first (and last) time. The party was held at the home of a rich American man whose garden luxuriously stretched in all directions. (On an island such as Japan, property is a premium.) The Ninja Baker...waiting for her Easter basket.   Parents were asked to help hide the Easter eggs. My father was put in charge of... Read Full Article

Coconut Cake, #The Cake Slice Bakers

The Cake Slice Bakers are a group of bakers from around the world. We vote on a recipe and then bake the sweet from the same cookbook every month. Our current book is Carole Walter's Great Cakes. This month's sweet assignment? Coconut Cake!   Coconut Layer Cake was this month’s Cake Slice Baker’s challenge.  Layer cakes are grand. Especially coconut ones. Yet, the image of a coconut layer cake... Read Full Article

Cinnamon Coffee Meringue Cookies, #Creative Cookie Exchange

Courtesy of the Internet, current news appears with lightening speed. Images and information whoosh into our computers in nanoseconds. But nature needs time when nurturing true learning. When mastering the cuisine of another culture or a new baking technique, permission to make baby step progress is crucial. Letting go of the expectation of perfect results is required for peace of mind. At least for this Ninja Baker. How... Read Full Article

Bee-Bim Bop Sushi Rolls, #SundaySupper

Who is your role model? Newbery Medal winning author (and former food journalist) Linda Sue Park is one of mine. Her bestselling books are an artful glimpse into Korean culture. The pages of her novels for middle graders and young adults sing with insights into humanity. She also turns a phrase like no other in books like A Single Shard.   (At age 4 she won a poetry contest in a magazine with her haiku submission!) Bee-bim Bop!... Read Full Article

#FitTeaDetox, $500 Target Gift Card Giveaway

This post is sponsored by FitTea who is giving away a $500 dollar Target gift card. (Scroll down for details.) All opinions are my own.  FitTea's slogan is "Give us a few weeks and we'll give you a new waistline." Usually my eyes will roll when I see promises of promos for slimmer bodies. As one who modeled in Tokyo, I am all too aware of what it takes to squeeze into a smaller dress size. However, the critic... Read Full Article

Sesame Sake Brownies

Sesame seeds and sake wine are kissing cousins in a Japanese bento lunch box. Salted salmon (or other center piece protein) are often zapped with sake wine. A bed of rice dotted with black sesame seeds typically snuggles next to the fish. I tossed sesame seeds and sake together with everyone’s best friend – chocolate! Why? Chocolate makes everything better.   Sesame Sake Brownies drizzled with... Read Full Article

The Ninja Baker's Japan, Part 2

If spring fever has you thinking about travel..You may want to sashay your way to Japan. Here's why! Hope you enjoy The Ninja Baker's Japan, Part 2      Soundtrack provided by   Ms. Mao Asada: 3-Time World Figure Skating Champion She lost her mother, stumbled in Sochi but is coming back strong! On 29 March 2014, she garnered her 3rd win at the World... Read Full Article