Make your own yaki manju: a step-by-step guide

When I first met Evan, we were both living in Yellowknife NT, some 5,000 km away from home in Canada’s subarctic. Periodically, he would receive care packages from his Japanese- Canadian family which contained a variety of delectables I’d never seen or heard of. One of these was homemade yaki manju. If you’ve been fortunate… Continue reading Make your own yaki manju: a step-by-step guide

This Finnish New Year’s tradition promises to reveal your fortune in 2020

December is over. Coniferous corpses are starting to appear along the sidewalks. There is no snow this year to cover their nakedness. It’s 11 p.m., just one hour left until glasses are raised, and kisses are shared to celebrate the end of another solar rotation; the end of a decade.  Entering Janus’ month, we stand… Continue reading This Finnish New Year’s tradition promises to reveal your fortune in 2020

My New Year’s Resolution

He that can have patience, can have what he will.Benjamin Franklin The day I wrote this, I decided to clean and rearrange the living room, put away all the Christmas decorations and make the space more friendly for a soon-to-be-mobile baby. When Cordelia woke up from her nap, it still looked like a bomb went… Continue reading My New Year’s Resolution

Cupcakes are a (pregnant) girl’s best friend

Once upon a time, a long time ago, some old wives made a few assumptions about pregnancy. They claimed to know what gender you were carrying based on a number of random, and mostly unattractive, symptoms. The medical community has since proven none have any basis in science. Who is right? The pregnant ladies seem… Continue reading Cupcakes are a (pregnant) girl’s best friend