The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Wednesday, 30 May 2007

"Goodbye Rob" dinner & Baking for charity

On Friday, we had dinner with most of the Noto JETs at our apartment as a chance for Rob to meet up with them before he left for Tokyo. I prepared a spicy Thai yellow curry and a non-spicy Japanese stew called Niku-jyaga (which literally translates to "meat and potatoes). Our guests brought salad, yummy bread, drinks, snacks and company. It was an easy-going night, and I think Rob enjoyed the food, company and the games.

The next day, a charity concert was organised by some of the Noto JETs to raise some funds for the Noto Earthquake relief. I was asked to bake some stuff to sell, so I spent a couple of hours on Saturday morning baking brownies and Anzac biscuits. It is not easy to get oats in Japan, and I used the remaining oats I'd brought over from our last trip to Perth to make these biscuits. I used the standard Anzac biscuit recipe, and since it is readily available on the internet, I won't rewrite the recipe here.

The third biscuit batch came out of the oven and straight into the sink because somehow I managed to burn my hand eventhough I used the oven mit which worked fine for the first two batches. I cannot describe the feelings of frustration as I stared (whilst cursing the mit) at the wasted batch in the sink whilst treating my hand under running water.

We wanted to spend Rob's last day in Noto together so we didn't go to the concert (besides, Rob hadn't yet packed his stuff) but instead passed the baked goods onto Alex who brought them to the concert. I think the concert went well.


  1. If you visit us in Japan, I'll bake a batch of cookies just for you :)

  2. comment from honey:
    hope you are not too lonely...*hugs from Perth*

  3. Re: comment from honey:
    *hugs* back. Surprisingly it's not too lonely.. I'll give an update about it later tonight :)