Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Lazy Morning With Brunch In Bed

Now you know that I have a new oven in my kitchen!!

Well, more precisely, it's an oven-cum microwave. The new one arrived the day before yesterday, and this morning I did my first baking with the newcomer. Yay! I feel -- I'm finally back!!

Of course this equipment is nothing fancy. Actually it was the smallest and cheapest one I could find on the net. JPY9,760 (USD105 ), shipping fee included, for a brand new oven-cum microwave with all the basic functions -- I would say this is a pretty good buy.

The new one is slightly wider but shorter than the one I had before and uses slightly less power. Yeah, the efficiency must have been improved in past years. It was more than 10 years ago when I bought the previous one. I still remember... It was a few weeks after the Great Hanshin Earthquake (1995). The one I had then fell off the shelf and broke, and since the gas service didn't come back for months, I had to buy a microwave to heat food and water to survive the winter. And I bought the cheapest one that cost JPY19,800 (apx.USD213) at Daiei near Sannomiya stn. That's the one that just died the other day. Yeah, it worked long enough, didn't it?

There are a few things I'm not too happy about with the new one, to tell you the truth. It comes in two colors: black and white, and looks like black version is more popular because it is more expensive. So I chose the white one but it sure looks "cheap." The ceiling inside is not high, which means, I would have to use the smallest chiffon tin to bake a chiffon cake. And it beeps three times when heating job is done, which is a bit too much. But looking at, and tasting the cinnamon rolls this rookie just baked for me this morning, I wouldn't complain. Good job, sweetie. ;)

Confession time:
Do you want to know what happened after I enjoyed my "heavenly" New Year's feast? Maybe I was too tired from work (including New Year's eve and New Year's day), stea picking leaves and berries on the roadside (at night when no one was watching) and all the cooking... What happened was that, on the night of Jan. 2nd, I suffered from headache and nausea.

I managed to sleep a couple of hours, fortunately, but on the next day, I was almost dead at work. And it WAS another busy day. I jumped into a hot bath as soon as I got home and went to bed right away. The same routine the next day, too: Went to work, came home, got warmed up in a hot bath, then slept as long as possible. I lived on isotonic drinks, yogurt and vitamin-added jelly those two days, because those were the only things that my stomach would accept. Fortunately the stomach medicine and long hours of sleep helped, and yesterday I was already feeling good enough to have rice porridge and udon noodles after work.

Today I don't have to work in the morning, and I woke up feeling hungry. Good sign. :)

For some reason, I had this cinnamon roll craving. Now, going out to buy bread for breakfast was out of question, but I could manage baking some rolls in my kitchen, resting in bed while letting the dough leaven. It turned out to be a good idea, after all. I was able to pamper myself with "brunch in bed" this morning -- with cinnamon rolls, instant soup, hot tea, tomato juice and yogurt.
Yes, I'm happy again.

How I wish I didn't have to be at work tonight...

P.S. The cinnamon roll recipe I used today is this one (in Japanese). It calls for some rice flour and starch syrup(?) or honey to keep the bread soft and moist even on the next day. Mmmm... does it really work? I'll find out tomorrow.

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K and S said...

Oh my, glad to hear you have a new oven but YIKES don't overwork yourself!! Glad you feel better though. Take care Obachan :)

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear that but I'm glad you recovers. A warm honey drink everday helps a lot during the recovery time.
Nice sweets, Obachan.

Anonymous said...

Aw, glad to hear that you're on the recovery. The food looks delicious as usual, and the New Year's pictures that you added to your previous post look wonderful. :)


Anonymous said...

dearest Obachan,

How I wish I lived just nextdoor to you and take care of you when you needed one.( but the real truth is I get to eat what you cooked:P)

Keep it up dear girl! You are one GREAT GAL.
love malaysiaelayne

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Anonymous said...

Dear Obachan, a HAPPY NEW YEAR first of all, and congrats on your new toy in the kitchen. I've just checked out the recipe for the rolls, and is it alright to check with you... Cinammon and sugar combined to make 3 spoonfuls, or 3 spoonfuls for each? I'm confused. Nahaha!

You've worked so hard, Obachan. I'm sure that it'll be a rewarding year for you. =)

obachan said...

K & S
Thanks. Yeah, I really need a break.

A warm honey drink surely sounds good. I might add a dash of lemon...

I'm glad that you liked them. Food photos are comforting, aren't they? :)

Hey, that's a great idea! LOL

Anonymous commenter
Happy New Year! Hope you had a nice start of 20009.
About the amount of cinnamon and sugar... yeah, I was confused, too. I thought that 3 Tbsp. for each was just too much so I mixed them to make 3 spoonfuls, and for me that was enough. :)