|=Anime Nerikiri×No-Face (Kaonashi)=|
It is a spirit in Hayao Mayazaki’s animated film, Spirited Away. I used homemade caramel as the filling, resembling the sweet humane part of Kaonashi. It is too cute to eat~! 💞
-The picture of "Spirited Away" - https://www.google.com/amp/s/comicbook.com/anime/amp/news/ariana-grande-spirited-away-tweets-fans-relationship-goals/
6 1117 June, 2020
|=The Filling of Nerikiri= (Video inside!) The common nerikiri fillings are sweetened white bean (shiroan) or red bean paste (anko). Since the nerikiri dough is made of white bean paste, using fresh fruits, vegetables, even sweets or drinks like tea or coffee as the filling is a good way to enrich the varieties (and boost creativity!). The mixture of filling ingredient and the white bean paste needs to be heated at a “low” temperature. The heating time varies depending on the water content in the ingredient you select. Make sure the mixture is stirred regularly until it is dehydrated (but not too dry) and formable.
|=Comparison of White Bean Paste=|
Purifying white bean paste is important. It influences not only the taste, but also the appearance. The paste at the left-hand side only went through simple sieving that removes larger granules. It appears a bit yellowish.
The one at the right-hand side was completely purified until the water runs clean. It is obviously brighter and clearer.
|=Marsh-Marigold – Transformed from 3-Color Chrysanthemum= (Video inside!)
To make the dough smooth again, I added a bit of water to the surface of the dough and blended the lines. Then I used a fine tweezer to curve the peddles. Finally, placing the flower bud made of sugar pearl on the center gave the final touch to the marsh-marigold nerikiri.
|=Tea Ceremony & Wagashi=|
The essence of Japanese tea ceremony reflects the Japanese spirit of hospitality (omotenashi), which aims at providing each guest a once in a lifetime experience.
Wagashi is the collective term for traditional Japanese confectionery. There’re different categories of wagashi, out of which, the sweeter ones are served with stronger tea, and vice versa.
Wagashi is served at the beginning of the ceremony to complement the bitterness of the tea. The varieties of wagashi design not only bring startling experiences to taste buds, but also cater enjoyment for eyes.