A few days ago I saw a homemade poptart pin on Pinterest and I had to make some. That particular recipe called for one cup of butter. My image of poptarts is junk food that you eat once in a while for fun. I probably haven’t had one since I moved to Japan and I hadn’t given them a thought until I saw that pin. If I’m going to use a cup of butter I’m going to make something like shortbread, not poptarts. I searched a bit on google and came across the recipe on Peas and Thank You. A quarter cup of butter is more reasonable for me. I made a non-vegan version of them but if you are vegan use the recipe as is.
Changes I made to the original recipe:
- 1 cup of all purpose flour, 1/2 cup barley flour (麦こがしmugikogashi)
- butter instead of margarine/coconut oil
- honey instead of maple syrup/agave
- skipped the icing
These were really good. They didn’t taste like actual poptarts, they were better. I really liked the taste of the barley flour. I found the barley flour in the section of the supermarket that has the ingredients for making traditional Japanese sweets.
I bought my first waffle iron about a month ago and I have made a copious amout of waffles since then. I first tried these oatmeal waffles but they just tasted like oatmeal – same texture and all. I then tried using my pancake recipe and found success. Yesterday I decided to give my usual cornmeal pancake recipe a try in the waffle iron. It was a good idea. I loved how crunch the outside was. I had them with cassis jam but I think just a bit of butter would be best.
You can find the recipe here on Taste of Home.
This is the first time in a while I made something that required me going out to buy every ingredient (except spices). I added thyme to the omlette for the first time, fabulous.
In the omlette: mushroom, green pepper, tomato, cheese, basil, oregano and thyme.
It’s an exciting time of year. It has cooled off enough to eat all things kabocha. I can’t eat much of it in the heat for some reason. Here are some of my previous kabocha recipes. Just click on the picture to take you to the post. I’ll be trying and posting new ones soon.
Angela at Oh She Glows did a post on healthy kids snacks. Apple sandwiches caught my eye. Yum.
Basically you slice an apple into an even number of slices, cut out the core and spread with a nut butter of your choice. Last week I made them with homemade cashew butter and this time I used almond butter. I sprinkled cinnamon and ground flax on the inside. This was a good, light breakfast for a hot summer day.
For those of you in Japan, check your grocery store. If you see New Zealand Jazz or Envy apples buy them immediately. I found them in small town Saitama and haven’t seen them here in Chigasaki. SO.very.good.