Christmas Partied Out
|A photo from the Munich Christmas Market by DH. This is what I wish I was doing this year!|
Thankfully we don't have any more commitments until our own family Christmas celebration which we will be having on the 23rd of December this year as that is a national holiday (for the Emperor's birthday), and the 24th and 25th are just regular work days here.
|Newspaper swimming pool was a big hit at one of our many Christmas parties.|
Which brings me to the next problem. What to cook for Christmas dinner that is doable in Japan, ingredients and oven size/capability wise. My friends have suggested all kinds of things, but really all our oven can manage is a very small chicken, but then I would have to run it for 2 hours which would probably cause our oven to explode. Anyway, we will probably go with baked chicken legs or something small and easy to manage.
Last night I attempted the great Kiwi (New Zealand) Christmas dessert: Pavlova - a giant meringue that is a cake which is crunchy on the outside and fluffy like soft marshmallow on the inside.
I used my sister's recipe. It turned out quite well for a first attempt with not quite the right ingredients. I thought it would take hours to make, but it was just 10 minutes prep and then 30 minutes cooking and another 30 minutes to cool in the oven.
|Sorry, another photography disaster but you get the idea.|