|Library, Lori Nix 2007|
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Sherlock Holmes is one of the most beloved characters in English literature and whether you've read the stories or not, you certainly know his name. I read some of the short stories as a child and young adult and enjoyed them immensely. I had read the usual and most popular of the Sherlock Holmes canon, i.e. The Hound of the Baskervilles, but never got beyond that. Since I've had so much, um, "free time" in my job this past year I decided to try to read the entire canon. What the canon is exactly is slightly debatable but I'm making the call and saying it's the following.
- A Study in Scarlet (1887)
- The Sign of the Four (1890)
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1891-1892)
- The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1892-1893)
- The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901-1902)
- The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1903-1904)
- The Valley of Fear (1914-1915)
- His Last Bow (1908-1913, 1917)
- The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1921-1927)
Mrs. Allonby: They say, Lady Hunstanton, that when good Americans die they go to Paris.And this short quip from Lord Illingworth, "The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years." Ha ha, very funny Oscar. (Don't worry I still love you.)
Lady Hunstanton: Indeed? And when bad Americans die, where do they go to?
Lord Illingworth: Oh, they go to America.
|Word cloud for A Study in Scarlet|
Thursday, December 2, 2010
So, Sean and I went to Nikko, Tochigi with friends on the 22nd and …
Woke up at 7am, misery!
Had a crazy rash. Allergic to hotel soap/sheets/air?
Took a ton of Benadryl, checked out, snuck Sean out, got food, hit the metro for Asakusa
Difficulty getting seats on the train together. We realized we couldn’t buy group tickets (7 of us) from the Tobu counter so we ran down to the tourist info center around the corner, after speaking for 20 seconds in Japanese everyone suddenly switched to English. (David, who was speaking Japanese, is CLEARY WHITE. But it was nice of them to keep up the Japanese for a while.) There was some confusion from the young woman helping us because she didn’t understand why we didn’t want return tickets back to Tokyo. My brilliant contribution to the planning session was to tell her that we lived in Fukushima-ken. The look that crossed her face was indescribable. “Fukushima?” she repeated in not slight, but ENTIRE disbelief. Yes, yes, we live way up there in Inaka-shima, just please give us our tickets so we can make this train already. We got to go through a secret entrance and then run to our train 20 seconds before it left. Fun.
Benadryl made me sleepy and crazy. Got custard all over myself before passing out.
Was poked awake as we arrived in Nikko. It was cold and raining. I brought umbrellas but Sean didn’t want THAT umbrella so he bought a new umbrella.
Ate yuba-don. It was acceptable. Acted a little more crazy because of rash and Benadryl.
It was still raining. Hopped in a cab to the main temple complex. Was like 1300 yen to go into the park, expensive! Saw the stupid famous monkeys and sleeping cat. It was actually really pretty in the rain. Walked up 900 stairs to see some more temple stuff. Super elaborate decoration on everything.
Walked to The Sacred Bridge. It was cool.
Walked back to the station. Ate age-yuba-manju. DELICIOUS red bean past wrapped in tofu skin battered and fried and salted. The things I now think are delicious since moving to Japan are interesting.
Bought omiyage, bought a new keitai strap. Caught a train to Utsunomiya around 5.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I can't take credit for this one. My friend Leah, a CIR in Ishikawa, translated this recipe from a Japanese Cookbook
called Make Delicious Sweets and Fluffy Bread in Your Rice Cooker. Being a Japanese cookbook, everything was
measured in grams. I used this conversion chart to convert everything in volume measurements. This cake turned out
surprisingly well and is perfect for fall!
Ingredients 3 eggs ⅓ cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 ⅓ cup of flour 5 g (about 1 teaspoon) of baking powder [ベーキングパウダー] 1 teaspoon cinnamon 40 grams of butter/ Just under ¼ of a cup (Hokkaido brand butter has lines on the wrapper for every 10 grams!) 1 small apple chopped (about ½ cup) Chopped Walnuts- as many as you like!
Glaze: 2 tablespoons of sugar 2 tablespoons of water Directions 1. Mix the eggs and sugar. In a bowl, beat the eggs. Add the sugar and mix well with a whisk until the sugar is mixed in.
2. Add the dry ingredients and butter. Mix flour, baking powder, and cinnamon together in a separate bowl, then sift the mixture into the egg and flour mixture. When the flour is mixed in, add the softened butter.
3. Prepare the apple and the nuts. Add the apple slices and chopped walnuts to the batter.
4. Set the rice cooker. Remove the bowl of the rice cooker and grease the inside of the bowl with butter. Pour in the batter and set the bowl back into the rice cooker. Make sure it’s flat and level. Close the lid and press the 炊飯 (cook rice) button.
5. In some rice cookers, one cook cycle may be enough to bake the cake. Stick a knife into the cake to check if it cooked through. If not, you may have to flip the cake over in the rice cooker pan and run it through another cook cycle.
6. Once the cake is thoroughly baked, flip it onto a plate and prepare the glaze by mixing the sugar into hot water. Pour the glaze over the warm cake and serve!