St. Valentine’s Day in Japan is not so much fun for this obachan who was once spoiled in the U.S. about this custom. This site says how it is like in Japan. See, I miss the nice cards and flowers I received on Valentine’s day when I was in the States, but here in Japan, women don’t get anything today. Yeah, of course, White Day comes one month later. But … I don’t mean to deny everything about Japanese Valentine’s Day and White Day, but this part of sending giri (obligation) gifts back and forth just to contribute to the sales of confectionery makers is … it’s not something I like very much. And wait and see. They’ll import the custom of “Black Day” from South Korea next. I'm almost positive.
Though I didn’t take part in the chocolate-giving custom this time, I did something with chocolate to amuse myself. I baked my favorite ponkan bread (or cake?) and coated it with chocolate, in honor of St. Valentine’s Day.
Ponkan oranges from my dad's orchard
Ever since I found this recipe (Japanese) on the net about one year ago, I have made this orange cake many times using ponkan oranges from my dad’s orchard. This is my favorite. The aroma and flavor of ponkan oranges make the cake a little different from regular orange cake, and even my parents liked it when I made it once at their house. I heard that orange and chocolate make a good combination and I had been wanting to try it out. So, today was the best opportunity.
And here’s what I learned today: The ponkan bread probably tastes better without chocolate coating.
Maybe orange frosting would be better. ;P