I received a gift from a coworker who shares the love of food and cooking like me. She got me a small mortar and pestle. I am assuming from World Market. Now I'm excited, but also at a loss. What to use it for? Husband doesn't like curries so there goes grinding my own spices down for a curry powder. What else can I use my new toys for?
This version of the Nanaimo bar is dressed up for the holidays with a gingerbread base and a "blonde" white chocolate topping. The spicy gingerbread works superbly with the classic Nanaimo bar filling, which is made with Bird's custard powder, an ingredient which can typically be found in the International aisle of grocery stores (with the British imports). These bars are very sweet, very rich, and very perfect for holiday parties or cookie exchanges. If you feel like overdoing it in a very pleasurable way, go ahead and pair them with eggnog.
This classic Japanese dish of chicken cooked with egg is at once delicate and comforting.
Japanese gyoza dumplings are the perfect nibble: great on their own, but made even better with a cold beer. The classic pork gyoza recipe in Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat's new cookbook, Japanese Soul Cooking, is a fine example of the form, filled with a piquant mixture of ground pork, garlic chives, ginger, cabbage, and minced garlic.