Wednesday, 15 June 2016

What do you eat/ What do you use? Part 18

·         * It was my first time making pizza from scratch... so it turned more into pizza bread than pizza but oh well. I had some advice from a certain Bread Master: put a teaspoon of yeast in a cup of room temperature water and leave for 5 mins before adding a teaspoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of salt into the mix. Then mix in flour until eventually you can’t use a spatula and you end up mixing the mixture with your hands. I used less than a kilo of flour, maybe 700 grams? Cover a bowl containing the dough with plastic wrap on it for an hour so that the dough will rise. After that, I put it in a tin with oil (so it wouldn’t stick) and I pierced it with a fork so that it would rise evenly but it’s better to use a baking tray if you have one. l baked it for about ten minutes but then had to halve it because it was too thick, so I made two of these pizza things. I think it’ll be much better if you have a proper oven and baking trays – I have neither of these. I fried: some tofu, which had been marinated in soya sauce, sweet chilli, and garlic powder; some chopped capsicum and mushrooms in a pan with oil and garlic powder. You can put whatever you like, it’s pizza. I put tomato puree, a mixture of herbs, the stir fry mix, chopped tomatoes and some fresh basil. I think I put the assembled pizza in the oven for a further 7 minutes. Yeah, this is something to experiment with. I’m looking forward to living in New Zealand (after Nov 2016) again and trying dairy free cheese!
·        * Nice cream – blended frozen banana with almond butter.
·        *  I tried soy meat shepherd’s pie.
·       *  Soy meat spaghetti.
·       * Watermelon

Hydrangeas in Kamakura

Images of hydrangeas are plastered everywhere with あじさい (Ajisai - hydrangeas in Japanese) throughout Kanagawa and Tokyo. They're a big deal here and no wonder, they're beautiful. That is something I love about Japan, how they find ways to celebrate the small stuff. Kamakura is famous for its hydrangeas so I found this article and headed to Kita-Kamakura to check out Meigetsu-in, the Ajisai temple, or the temple of Sho Kannon. Kannon is the goddess of mercy and compassion, and as a result, she is often associated with vegetarianism.

I bore easily of temples, I know I know, what the hell? But I enjoyed this one, and I think it's not only because of the hydrangeas, but also the atmosphere and the animals. 

Because it's Japan, this place was also crowded but enjoyable nonetheless.  

I think a place with a fair bit of animals is always a good place. Watching the squirrels snack with the sparrows was definitely a highlight. I really wish we lived in harmony with animals. The people around me were in awe of these critters, but probably went home to eat animals that suffered for their meals. 

I loved playing spot the rabbit statues. 

This was more of a blue violet but my phone couldn't capture the colour. It's more purple here.

I didn't realise this was blurry until after D : 

Spot the crab. Dead or fake? : ( I think dead. 

Ants crawling around inside. 

A bunny hut wit no residents.