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05:57 pm: Kicked off the stage
Well, the English club's plans have changed again. Our plan to do a stage performance was vetoed by the committee because there are too many stage performances. (Keep in mind we were originally asked to do a stage performance.) So we're back to food.

The first idea was to make cookies. At this point I confused the heck out of them.

Me: What kind?

Students: ?

Me: My favorite to make are peanut butter cookies. There's also chocolate chip.

Students: Cookies have KINDS?

Me: Or oatmeal cookies...

Students: What's oatmeal?

Me: <by now I'm simply being evil> Or gingerbread...

Students: Just NORMAL cookies!

Me: What kind is "normal"?

Students: ...Normal cookies are normal cookies. They're just...cookies.

Anyway, in the end, they decided upon Baby Castella, a type of cake made in a takoyaki pan.

This is the cover page as it currently stands. I wound up adding flowers after all. Most of the decorations came from the Photoshop shape tools, but the camellia and rose I converted to CG from scans out of my sketchbook. This is, of course, a reduced-size/low-res version...it looks much more impressive in the original.



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From:kataren
Date:July 11th, 2005 02:11 am (UTC)
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Just what kind of cookies have they been eating/exposed to before? Don't think I've had "normal" cookies. Are they nice? :)

You've made me hungry, can't wait to go back & get some takoyaki. With extra wasabi.

Photoshop IS a drug, isn't it? I'd hole up with it if they'd let me. Looks good. When will the final version be ready?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 11th, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)
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Just what kind of cookies have they been eating/exposed to before?

I think they mean plain vanilla cookies. I know they have other kinds of cookies in stores (chocolate chip and such), but when they think of making cookies, they only make plain ones.

Photoshop IS a drug, isn't it?

I could hardly pull myself away when it was time for class. ^_^;

When will the final version be ready?

I don't know. The students have to turn in their pages by...Wednesday? I'm not quite sure, since they're being turned in to my team teacher.
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From:mangaroo
Date:July 11th, 2005 03:15 am (UTC)
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Your poor students. Snickerdoodles!

a type of cake made in a takoyaki pan

Anything made in a takoyaki pan is fun...as long as it doesn't have tako in it.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 11th, 2005 04:30 am (UTC)
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Anything made in a takoyaki pan is fun...as long as it doesn't have tako in it.

Or ebi? <g>

I'm going to have to try out the recipe at some point this summer to see what it's like.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:July 11th, 2005 06:16 am (UTC)
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Anything made in a takoyaki pan is fun...

The other day I spent more time than I'm going to admit thinking about whether it was possible to make takoyaki into bunny shapes.

I think I need help.
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From:mangaroo
Date:July 11th, 2005 11:10 am (UTC)
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By applying bunny ears and letting the round ball be the head? Or were you aiming for full bunny bodies?

I suppose what the bunny ears are made of would depend entirely on what you're cooking in the takoyaki pan (tako, of course, is not an option). If you're exceptionally skilled, you could fry up little batter bits on the in-between parts of the pan and try to apply them. I am not exceptionally skilled, so I would burn all of my fingers and some of my toes if I even owned a takoyaki pan.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:July 11th, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC)
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I am not exceptionally skilled, so I would burn all of my fingers and some of my toes

As long as you didn't break any of them. :-P
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:July 11th, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC)
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If you're exceptionally skilled, you could fry up little batter bits on the in-between parts of the pan and try to apply them.

Yes, I considered this. But you would need to apply the batter bits before they cook, and you need to rotate the head while cooking it, so I just don't think it would work out.
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From:firesign10
Date:July 11th, 2005 04:00 am (UTC)
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Keep in mind we were originally asked to do a stage performance

Of course!! What's another day without another confusing message??

Cookies have KINDS?

OMG.........what a wonderful world awaits them hehehehe!

I love the cover! So pretty :-)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 11th, 2005 04:33 am (UTC)
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What's another day without another confusing message??

<sigh> Ah, well, I think it will be fun cooking. Particularly if the number of other people cooking is lower--more customers for us...

OMG.........what a wonderful world awaits them hehehehe!

I am SO tempted to make up a batch of oatmeal cookies and bring them in for the girls to taste.

I love the cover!

Thanks!
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From:amilyn
Date:July 11th, 2005 05:56 am (UTC)
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It is SO fun to break kids' minds.

Do you want I should send you oatmeal and stuff so you can make an assortment of cookies and REALLY break them?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 11th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
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Do you want I should send you oatmeal and stuff so you can make an assortment of cookies and REALLY break them?

That's a really generous offer. I did manage to find oatmeal at the import store, but if you have any favorite recipes, I would love to hear them. The only one I have at the moment is for peanut butter oatmeal cookies, and I don't know if the students could survive a double whammy.
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From:amilyn
Date:July 11th, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC)
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Go check out tastebuds. LOTS of great recipes there.

And I can send you baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar...let me know what you need to make some REAL cookies. :-)
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From:amilyn
Date:July 11th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)
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Jennie has a post a bit down with a link to the memories section, so you can look at a list of all the cookies there in a chunk. Also, there are some great vegetarian soups listed (though if you still don't eat vegetables, you'll dislike many of them.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 12th, 2005 01:26 am (UTC)
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Jennie has a post a bit down with a link to the memories section, so you can look at a list of all the cookies there in a chunk.

Thanks for the advice! I will definitely check it out.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 12th, 2005 01:19 am (UTC)
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let me know what you need to make some REAL cookies.

I can get most main ingredients. Every once in a while, though, there's something they just don't carry at the grocery store. Pecans, for example. I can get peanuts, almonds, and walnuts, but I've never seen pecans. (I had a craving for pecan pie a couple months ago, but I gave up on it when I couldn't find any.)

The other thing I haven't yet located is molasses. I had a friend bring me some a while back, and I've been using it sparingly, so I still have about 1/2 cup left.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 12th, 2005 03:21 am (UTC)
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I should add that I could probably buy things online and have them shipped to me...that's what I used to do when I lived in Niigata. But once I get in the habit of that, it's hard to stop buying things. So I've been trying to avoid shopping for food online. (Only being able to buy as much as I can carry home is a good way to put a brake on spending.)
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From:mvrdrk
Date:July 11th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
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favorite recipes for oatmeal cookies or cookies in general?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 12th, 2005 01:22 am (UTC)
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favorite recipes for oatmeal cookies or cookies in general?

I was thinking oatmeal, since most of the students haven't got a clue what it is. (Even at the import store, it's advertised not as a breakfast cereal but as a porridge-type soup with fish broth and mushrooms.) However, I'm always open to recommendations.
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From:megory
Date:July 12th, 2005 05:52 am (UTC)

By the way,...

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when we got home from Japan, did I ever tell you, we tried oatmeal with mushrooms? It was excellent! We didn't use any sugar at all, just a pinch of salt. I didn't think of using a broth or gravy powder with it. I'm sure that would be good, too.
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From:megory
Date:July 11th, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC)

I love it too!

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What a nice cover!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 12th, 2005 01:26 am (UTC)

Re: I love it too!

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What a nice cover!

Thank you!

I added the date and the class number and then gave a copy of the finished image to my team teacher today. She's hoping to have the finished product copied for me by the 20th, though that will depend on whether all the students hand their pages in on time.
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