cherry crumb tart. sweet tart dough, kirsch-spiked almond cream, plump sweet cherries, orange- and cardamom-kissed streusel. you can't see all the cherries in it but they are decidedly there! one to make when it's 'cherry time'. :) recipe from @doriegreenspan's #bakingchezmoi book.
chocolate peppermint tarts with strawberries. cocoa pastry shells smeared with melted chocolate, filled with peppermint infused panna cotta, and topped with fresh strawberries. on another, slightly (ok, closely) related note, it was major overdue but i have surreptitiously updated my *spring* (duh) fruit tart blog post.. so if anyone is interested at all, it's there up and ready on my blog (link in profile). or maybe you can go check it out next spring. meanwhile, i'm a little at a loss as to how to get on with the next one i.e. summer fruit tart post that's bound to be beyond huge.. *groan*
Made in Oakland, California and found their way into the little woods here in Nagano, Japan: black walnut spatula and scoop, created and delivered with care and thought by Park & Leslie of PARK Woodshop. these handcrafted beauties are gorgeous to look at, and feel sturdy and friendly in my hand when i hold them - can't wait to start using them in my kitchen. thanks for sharing your beautiful products and your philosophy @parkwoodshop!
chocolate, cherry and raspberry tart. shortcrust pastry, bittersweet chocolate ganache, wine-poached cherries, vanilla-flavored whipped cream, and fresh raspberries. i made it earlier this month when fresh raspberries were around at my local green market. tasted as good as you'd expect from the description of it. recipe on @gourmettraveller.
came home back in the mountains and happy to find more summer fruits, especially stone fruits, showing up at my local green markets. yellow and white nectarines, plums, blueberries, and some flat-leaf kale (for smoothies).
picked up at a Dean & Deluca shop in Tokyo: pretzel croissants (my long time fave!), a cheese pretzel (i think), and a bacon marmalade croissant, the last of which i was curious about the most. didn't taste marmalade too much but gave me some ideas to play with in my kitchen..
i've been spotting (and occasionally buying from) this guy, selling fresh produce directly off his truck on Aoyama street on Saturday afternoons. this time of the year he's got fresh raspberries and blackberries way cheaper than at high-end Tokyo grocery stores.
an iced coffee and some coffee cream-filled pastry which i completely forgot what it was called but was delicious nonetheless. at Coutume's third cafe in Japan, inside Tamagawa Takashimaya department store.
books & electronics, and a bunch of other things in between. at the newly opened Tsutaya Electornics in Futako-Tamagawa. just think about how much time (and money) i would have spent in this place had it been there back when i still lived in the area..
a cup of coffee and a glass of coffee gelatin dessert (with ice cream!). at a small cafe called Kapo, run by a kindly, pleasant old lady. the place's hard to find, open only three days a week (mon/tue/wed), and i'm not even sure if she has an english menu - but it felt like a friendly little haven in the middle of the big city.