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For some reason, I had an urge to make a photo story, I don't know why And since this is my first photo-story please be easy on me, I also would be glad to hear your comments and suggestions

So, it was a regular evening for entire family. Everyone in the house was occupied with something, for example Hina-chan and Rabbitto-kun were watching a cartoon
Hina Ichigo & White Rabbit


Autumn Kyoto, day 1: Tofuku-ji, Tenshi-no-Sato.

So next day came and we headed to Kyoto. Getting there from our hotel was an easy 23 minutes train ride (that set us back for something like 540 yen/person).

The day in Kyoto was preplanned in a way, it's when we planned to meet a friend that we have met at SC'10. He lives in Kyoto and also has Suigintou that Ksusha and our Hina-chan wanted to see very much, yes, Hina-chan also came with us to Japan ;)

Anyway we've got to Kyoto and the first stop was at Tofuku-ji temple, a famous zen temple. It was established in Kamakura period, about 750 years ago. The name was taken from two major temples in Nara: Todai-ji and Kofuku-ji.

Center outer gate
Central outer gate.


Looking-glass cake for VolksUSA 6th Anniversary

On November 19, 2011 USA branch of Japanese company Volks - the VolksUSA were celebrating its 6th anniversary! Hooray!  So, on this occasion me and Hina-chan made a rich dark red cake with cream sweet frosting at home. This cake is very nourishing so, it would be very useful for a big party. And thanks to combination of the colors of this cake it would be looking very beautifil on your Christmas or New Year's table and I think it will impress every sweet tooth! 
So, today in the menu we have:

Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.


Summer Dessert.

Ah, summer! Beach, sun and fresh fruits! Do you like fresh fruits? Such as strawberries or raspberries. How about fruit desserts? Of course there are also many other tasty fruits that summer gives us. But today I want to introduce a very delicate English berry dessert with strawberries and raspberries to you, or alternatively with the strawberries and bilberries or blueberries, or even blackberries! As your prefer ;)
So, today in the menu we have:

Summer Berry Fool
Berry Fool


Crocodile! Where?! On a table!!!

So today we will talk about how to catchprepare a crocodile! Not just any crocodile, but very delicious, prettyruddy and fatfancy one! The idea of ​​catchingpreparing the crocodile have been noticed long time ago in the vastness of Kuking (only in Russian).
And like you might have guessed
already, today in the menu we have:

Crocodile Pie.


Crunchy and Creamy Mashed Potatoes from Little Cook.

Not so long ago we saw one interesting story about a poor cadet Cloud, typical general Sephiroth and of course about a bag of red potatoes! We have been sorry for cadet Cloud, but thank God we are not in an army here but almost like at a restaurant, so both of as Hina-chan and me inspirited went to the kitchen to spoil everybody with a delicious crispy baked potatoes. Of course we would be glad to treat cadet Cloud for his trouble and initiative because in our case it's not punishable but even commendable.
So, to indulge ou
rselves for this recipe we will need red potatoes between 1½ to 2 inches in diameter. Not peeled but washed. ;) For those who don't happen to know how to choose red potatoes they should be firm with smooth-skinned and have bright-red coloring and with few shallow eyes. If it's available then let's begin.
Today in the menu we have:

Roasted Smashed Red Potatoes.
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Little Chef in the kitchen!?

It became cold outside and we wanted something soul-warming with tea such as pie! We already had apples and cranberries at home. I was thinking what cake to make and with what filling but received request for cranberry. So I decided to make a new cranberry cake. And just at the same time a new outfit from Japan arrived for Hina-chan. She immediately decided to try the outfit. ;)
That is why today in the menu we have:

"Upside-Down Cranberry Cake"

from the Little Chef ^^


Hina Ichigo at the kitchen! Let's take a look and see what is she doing there!?

My husband came to me once and said "you will write about your cooking in our blog!". "What a surprise" I thought. How do I start? Because I know so many recipes! And then Hina Ichigo gave us an idea by saying "I helped to prepare cake not so long ago! Let's start with it!" ^^ So we agreed :)

Ah, for those who don't know who Hina-chan is, let me tell you in a few words. Hina Ichigo is one of the seven dolls from an anime Rozen Maiden, this is if we talk about the character. A limited edition dollfie Hina-chan got to us from Volks company. Originally released for Dollfie Party 18. And we are thankful to them!
Hina-chan loves strawberries a lot, and her name means just that. It means Baby Strawberry. Thet's why she can't resist the cake, which I wanted to do for a long time because I love strawberry very much too! In order to make it tastier, Hina-chan volunteered to help in cooking.
So today in the menu we have:

"White Chocolate Strawberry Mousse Cake"

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