#SundaySupper

Fantasia Cakes, #SundaySupper

Tokyo hums with sophistication. Neon ads rivaling New York’s Times Square abound. But Tokyo is also a city where temples and tranquility live content next door to skyscrapers. A move to LA from Tokyo as an 18-year-old in the late ‘70s took a toll on my nervous system. Culture shock greeted me at every turn...

The love and comfort of times with dear ones was rekindled as I watched Fantasia. Classical pieces conducted by Leopold Stokowski soared; cheerful Disney-drawn characters pranced in idyllic Elysium fields soothed. It was the perfect antidote to the overwhelm of being on my own in a new country. I related to the befuddled Mickey Mouse in the Magician’s home...

Japanese Easter Petit Fours & Flowers, #SundaySupper

Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines are where the masses go to celebrate the holidays in Japan. Japanese partake in water rituals at the entrance. The Ninja Baker's YouTube features Ryo Shimizu who demonstrates the ritual.  (Ryo-san and I met on a TV set in LA where Japanese-English bilinguals were needed.)

In addition to respecting the rituals of the Buddhist and Shinto religions, my family attended church on Christmas and Easter. After the inspirational songs and sermon given by the Australian minister at St. Alban’s, we often headed over to the Tokyo American Club buffet. Petit four cakes and artistic ikebana floral arrangements were the pièce des résistances of the day.

Lemon Roll Cake, #SundaySupper

Spring ushers in showers, flowers and a slew of goddesses who bring renewal to the world...For those of us who are domestic goddesses, closets are cleaned out and windows are flung open to welcome in a new season. Along with the physical cleaning, many of us allow cobwebs of old thinking to be cleared from our minds. Such as throwing out any fears surrounding cream roll-cake-making.

Corn Soup with Crispy Tortilla Strips for a Souper #SundaySupper

Whether enjoying awe-inspiring snow sculptures in Japan or creating snow angels in your own backyard, winter is a good time to have soup ready for the dinner table. So the #SundaySupper team of food bloggers will gather on Twitter at 7p.m. ET on 24 February to share their favorite belly warming concoctions. You are definitely invited to participate and divulge the secrets of your family’s favorite soups. For the Ninja Baker's Corn Soup recipe, read on.

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Strawberry Valentine Cake Hearts, #SundaySupper

'Tis the season when cherubs string their bows, aim at the hearts of mortals and watch the merriment of St. Valentine's Day. And sometimes the tears. (Spoken by one whose personal cupid didn't aim quite right until much later in life.)

In addition to the shenanigans of February 14th, my guess is that the chubby-cheeked cherubs are giggling at all the delights food bloggers are concocting for the special day. Especially the foodies who congregate on Twitter at #SundaySupper every week.

A Chocolate Twist on the Classic Japanese Strawberry Shortcake, #SundaySupper Retro Recipes

Gazing at the pictured strawberry shortcake on the back of the Bisquick box (sent in a care package to Tokyo from my grandmother, Nona, in Colorado)  I marveled as a kid at the American concoction. The biscuit heaped with mounds of cream and topped with strawberries was certainly different looking from the delicate strawberry shortcake slices sold in Japanese pâtisseries.

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