Monday, December 10, 2007

Menu for Hope 4 - Obachan's Prize from Kochi, Japan -

mfhlogosmall_2Yes, I’m in. Again.
I just can’t let the year end without being part of this good-hearted project in December, you know. ;)

For those who are not familiar with this event --
Menu for Hope is an annual, worldwide campaign by foodbloggers and this is its fourth year. It is an online raffle which gives you a chance to win one of the great prizes donated by foodbloggers all over the world. And by buying the virtual raffle tickets, you make a contribution to the effort to make this world a better place, because the money raised will be used to support the UN World Food Program (more specifically, the school lunch program in Lesotho, Africa this year).

For more details about the Menu for Hope campaign, visit Chez Pim, and check out the full round-up of prizes worldwide! (Isn't the list amazing?!!) Also, take a look at the regional round-up on Grab Your Fork by Helen, the regional host of the Asia-Pacific region.

Now, here’s my donation this year,

“Gourmet chef's hamper from Kochi, Japan”
Prize Code: AP10
The package will include:
  • 1 x jar of Yuzu Miso (a yuzu citrus flavoured fermented soybean paste perfect for marinades or dressings)
  • 1 x tube of Yuzu Kosho (green chilli paste flavoured with yuzu citrus zest);
  • 1 x pkg Kanbaiko (special rice flour for making Japanese sugar cakes called rakugan);
  • 1 x pkg Wasanbon sugar (for making rakugan); and
  • 2 x ceramic rakugan molds in the shape of a plum blossom and maple leaf
  • (And 1 pkg shiroan as an extra gift)

    Yuzu miso is an excellent marinating paste for fish and meat, and it also makes great dressing for tofu or vegetables. Yuzu kosho is also a versatile and flavorful condiment that is widely used not only for typical Japanese dishes like nabe, yakitori, etc. but also for various dressings and pasta dishes these days.

  • * Here are some recipes with Yuzu miso. Click on the photos. :)

  • Rakugan is an easy-to-make Japanese sugar cake. With the special rice flour, sugar and the molds I'm donating, you will be able to make cute-looking rakugan like these:

(Click here to see how beautiful maple leaves are in Kochi now.)

Of course I'll include a rakugan recipe with step-by-step instructions and photos. :)

You want to be part of the fun?
OK. Here's what you should do...

1. Go to the donation page at (
2. Make a donation: each US$10 will give you one raffle ticket toward a prize of your choice. In the 'Personal Message' section in the donation form, please specify which prize or prizes you'd like, using the prize-code and detailing the number of tickets per prize you'd like to purchase. For example, a donation of US$50 can be 2 tickets for AP01 and 3 for AP02
3. For US donors, if your company has agreed to match your charity donation, please remember to tick the box and fill in the information so we may claim the corporate match.
4. Please make sure you tick the box to allow us to see your email address so we may contact you if you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.
5. Winners will be announced on Chez Pim in mid-January 2008.

The campaign runs from December 10th to 21st.
And I'll keep updating this post during this campaig with additional info. on my prize and/or more photos, so check back on this entry if you are interested.
Thanks for your participation! :D

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kayenne said...

hi! is this prize available for shipping internationally without extra cost to the bidder?

obachan said...

Hi! Thanks for the very first comment to this post.
Right. There will be no extra cost. Bidders don't have to pay for the shipping. The cost of my prize and the postage are my donation to the campaign.

 gmirage said...

Those oysters are big! They look so fresh too...last time I ahd 'em was in the Philippines...

Momiji...I like them too as well as Sakura, they're a wonder too look at.

Let us know what you won for the raffle. =)

Anonymous said...

Dear Obachan,

would you let me have a copy of the recipe for Rakugan? I am interested in making them and somehow, got the ingredients ready. Now waiting for a recipe.