Ikebana 5/17/2017

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I had composed this arrangement of Sunflower (ヒマワリ), Carnation (スプレーカーネーション), Solidago (ソリダコ), and Leatherleaf Fern (レザーファン).

This style is called The One-Row Form (multisided). You can also enjoy seeing it from the opposite side.


By the way, I recently found a cook-ahead recipe of bread.

You don't need a bread machine, but it's easier to make. I made dough by hand at first, but I can keep it in the fridge for nearly a week. The dough can ferment in the fridge little by little. You have consumed it day by day, and little by little.

I made a few rolls of salt bread yesterday.

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I put some butter on the dough.

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I added some egg yolk, olive oil, and some rock salt, on the top.

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I then made a few cheese buns this morning.

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You can make only what you eat at a time. After you take out the dough from the fridge, you add some ingredients such as cheese. You cover it with wet cloth and make ferment it in a warm place for about 15 minutes. Finally, you put them in the oven at 170℃ for 15 minutes.



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Mother's Day

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I took these photos at Oniushi Park in Mori Town. Some cherry trees were in bloom still then.

As I had known that my son wouldn't do anything for me on Mother's Day as usual, I asked him to make dinner instead of me because of the Mother's Day. Actually, I wanted to teach how to set up a rice cooker. He can use a knife, but I realized that he had few opportunities to make rice using a rice cooker.

He came to the kitchen reluctantly. I taught how to make rice to him. I then left the kitchen and went to my own new room. As you may know, I had put away things in the storage room and I made my space. There are some cardboad boxes still there, but it's cozy! I left cooking dishes to him.

After a while, he called me that dinner was ready.
He prepared some fried sausages, French fries, and egg soup. As for the French fries, he referred this recipe. He was satisfied with the French fries. They were very good.
I thanked him and enjoyed the dinner. Actually, the amount of the dishes was not enough for us, so, I made another dish later though.




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a nuisance

The latest nuisance for me is sodium hydroxide.

I bought it at a drugstore a long time ago to make some olive oil soap. I used to make it by myself, but recently I haven't made it at all. I didn't think that I would make it again in the future, so, I decided to throw away tools which are the sodium hydroxide, the pot, the ladle, and so on. I then I threw away everything except the sodium hydroxide.

However, as I didn't know what kind of garbage the sodium hydroxide was, I called a garbage office to ask which garbage collecting day I should take out.
To my surprise, he said that the best way is to make soap!
"What? I beg your pardon. What does it mean?" I asked.

The sodium hydroxide is one of the hazardous substances, so, you can't throw away easily. If you want to throw it away, it will cost you very expensive. If you do that, you should ask the special office in Sapporo because our city garbage office doesn't deal with it.

I was at a loss to hear this. I had already thrown away the tools. To use up all of the sodium hydroxide I have, I will have to make a lot of soap. Besides, I will have to buy the tools again. Anyway, I don't want to make soap again.
What should I do it? What a headache!





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The Golden Week holidays 2017

I didn't travel so far away during the Golden Week holidays.


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↑I went to Goryokaku Park (五稜郭公園) to see cherry blossoms. I took some photos from the opposite side of the usual one.

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↑Although Goryokaku (五稜郭) is famous in Hakodate, there is also Shiryokaku (四稜郭) in Hakodate. I went there for the first time. There were few people there.

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↑Shiryokaku (四稜郭)
I saw some cherry blossoms there.

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↑Shiryokaku (四稜郭)

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↑Ishizakijinushikai Shrine (石崎地主海神社) is also famaous for cherry blossoms.

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↑There were many double-cherry (八重桜) trees in front of the gate, but it was too early.

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↑I then went to eat icecream located between Ishizakijinushikai Shrine (石崎地主海神社) and Hakodate Airport.

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↑I also had a milk croquette and some milk there.

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↑The view from the milk shop. You can see the sea over there.

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↑The view from Kijihiki Highland (きじひき高原) was breathtaking. You can see Mt. Komagatake (駒ケ岳), swamps called Onuma (大沼) and Konuma (小沼), and so on.
There was a melody road nearby. I caught its melody was Akatonbo.




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book / HOLES

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After four sessions of putting the mini tomatoes in the oven at 150℃ in total, dried tomatoes have done. I put them in a bag and in a freezer. The taste became dense.
When I made spaghetti for today's lunch, I added some of the dried tomatoes, some salted squid guts (Ika no Shiokara), basil sauce, and so on.

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I've finished reading a book 'HOLES'.
As I had mentioned before, I bought this book at a used shop a few years ago for about $1. I occasionally go there to find a good foreign book. New foreign books are more expensive than Japanese ones, so, I like to go there. However, since the shop doesn't have many foreign books, there are few oppotunities to find my favorite books.

As for the book, HOLES, to be honest, at first, it was not so interesting for me. So, I gave up reading it on the way, and started reading another book. However, since the next book was not so exciting, I resumed reading the previous book (HOLES) in my bed little by little. I'm always sleepy at night, so, I can read a few pages at a time, sometimes even a few lines.
After I had read more than half of the book, it became interesting. The latter story of the book was written about a friendship and a survival.
I enjoyed it very much.

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I like reading, but I'm often bored to read first one third or first half pages. Especially, at first, many characters confuse me.
I hope that it doesn't take a long time to finish reading the next book.






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Sakae

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I'm married and we have a son. I live in Hokkaido, Japan.
I like handmade things and Ikebana(arranging flowers).
I hope that you enjoy my articles and photos.

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