I did it. After 2 long months, I have once again returned to baking.
Okay, so not “baking” exactly, but making dessert.
If you haven’t been following my posts lately, I have been in Japan studying abroad since the beginning of September. I have been living with a host family whose kitchen is incredibly small and doesn’t have an oven. I had decided to just hold in my urges to bake until I returned home, but then one of my Japanese friends offered me his kitchen!
Needless to say I was thrilled, especially when he told me he had a small oven like thing. I decided to stick to something easy anyhow, and just inspect his kitchen before trying anything. Also being a young, male college student who lives by himself, I knew he didn’t have any cake pans or other such tools, which would make actually baking something quite difficult.
The day I was going to bake, I went to something I call the “gaijin store” or “foreigner store” in the train station. If you live in or have been to Japan I am sure you know the kind of store I am talking about. They carry a number of foreign–mostly American and British–products, which are fairly expensive but are worth it for that once-in-awhile taste of home. I got some cream cheese, cookies, caramel, and canned pumpkin there.
Later when I met my friend, I went to a “hyaku-en” or dollar store to get a whisk, a large bowl, and plastic serving cups. And let me tell you: it is a good thing I did.
I entered my friend’s apartment…and while I was expecting it, I was still surprised. His kitchen/hallway with a sink in it was smaller than my host mom’s and his cupboards literally had nothing in them–everything he owned was in a small shelving unit next to the sink. Continue reading