Coconut Cake, #The Cake Slice Bakers

Whether I’m strolling with my 88-year-old mother in a quiet Northern California neighborhood or whether I’m striding down Main Street in Southern California, birds are singing! My fine-feathered friends won’t let me forget to celebrate this season of rebirth.

Japanese haiku poetry master, Basho expresses with elegance the lighthearted hopefulness that accompanies spring:


“April’s air stirs in
Willow-leaves…a butterfly
Floats and balances”

~Matsuo Basho

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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. Also, Dixie Crystals is gifting...

 

Japanese Omurice Omelet

Japanese omurice (pronounced omu-raisu) is a marvelous culinary mix of the East and the West. Kernels of tomato-sauce-covered rice sprinkled with chicken are typically stuffed into the Japanese-style omelet. Omurice is like the American hamburger - readily available, easy to make AND kid and budget friendly.

Espresso Cake with Kahlua Chocolate Ganache, #The Cake Slice Bakers

Smooth as that first sip of coffee, sophisticated as a Kahlua cocktail, Carole Walter’s Great Cakes’ Espresso Cake is as soothing as jazz. Espresso flavors play rich and deep but the timbre of the cake is feather light. (Perhaps blending the butter with caster sugar for 8 minutes contributes to the fluffy sponge.) Lemon zest adds another layer of complexity. (Amazing what a ½ teaspoon of citrus zest can do!)

Combining elements of Carole Walter’s recipe for Kahlua syrup and Ganache Glaze, I created a Kahlua Chocolate Ganache to pour on top of the espresso cake. 

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