Green Tea Matcha Cake

On account of the Zen River – Japan connection, there is occasionally some spare green tea flying around the kitchen. The other day Ranka had found some matcha (green tea powder) and Shuho-san – who is here from Ottawara, Japan, to train and practice koan study – explained if it’s too old to drink, you could always […]

Blueberry Muffin Cake

There was a time when I considered blueberry muffins downed with large mug of French Roast coffee as breakfast-on-the-run. These days, they are more likely to show up at the slow-paced coffee break in-between meals, and probably better so! This version has a lovely fine crumb, packed with (dried) blueberries and finished with a crisp sugary topping. […]

Coconut Snowflakes

The weather is warming up, spring is finally in the air and I find myself thinking of sandy beaches, palm trees and beach towels. Well, not quite. But the change in weather did conjure images of cooling and hydrating foods, and coconut happens to be one of them. Maybe that’s why these ended up on the coffee table the […]

Chocolate Rocks

Chocolate Rocks. Decadent crunchy morsels with chocolate buttons melted through them. After testing the recipe three days in a row, Senko mentioned that if we would have to make them every day, no-one would really mind. Say no more… This is loosely based on an old recipe that was often used during World War II, as it used less sugar and eggs than […]

Boiled Fruit Cake

Now and then my mother sends recipe clippings from magazines that she thinks might be of interest. This Boiled Fruit Cake originates from one of those clippings that had worked its way to the back of the kitchen drawer, almost lost and barely remembered. I found it wedged between the Tenzo notebooks and random slips of paper scrawled with recipe measurements. The […]