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06:01 pm: Party at my house!
Sorry I didn't post yesterday...belated birthday wishes to Dad!

I decided to make a carrot cake with the English club today so I could pretend it was healthy. We gathered in the home ec room and set about the task. We did okay mixing together all the ingredients...but then I ran up against the sad fact that there are no 9" X 13" baking pans in Japan. That's simply too big to fit in a Japanese oven. So we had to make do with what they had available, a couple of little round pans with removable bottoms.

First the batter leaked out of the bottoms of the cake pans. We had them on trays, though, so at least it only got the trays messy and not the oven itself. We had to turn the heat down a bit to keep the top from burning, but then they took a LONG time to finish. By the time we pulled them out of the oven, no one wanted to wait for them to cool down. So, we dumped them right out of the pan. They crumbled, of course, but hey, that doesn't make them taste any different.

The students took a couple extra pieces up to the faculty room for some of the teachers. I saw them when I went to grab my stuff to go home...eating the cake with chopsticks.

Anyway, the students debated over what they wanted to do at the next couple meetings. They spontaneously decided to come over to my apartment and have a party next Monday. I think that means I'd better clean the place again...

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Date:April 25th, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)
Heheheheh, eating cake with chopsticks. That's a beautiful image. :)
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Date:April 25th, 2005 03:09 am (UTC)
*G* The eating cake with chopsticks reminded me of the time a friend of ours told my hubby "there's no way you can eat ice cream with chopsticks!" So, of course, the hubby proved him wrong. *VBG*

And hey, knitting Barbie clothes has given me an advantage, I can now use the chopsticks for my entire meal, as opposed to having my hand cramp bad enough I had to stop and use a fork.

Of course, the hubby told me the tale of someone he worked with...co-worker's wife--I *think* was Korean, but don't quote me--anyway, the hubby was telling mine that she could eat *steak* with her chopsticks. As in, not cutting it with a knife first. I live in awe. *G*

Do they have muffin tins? You could always line a muffin tin with cupcake cups [or parchment paper if you can't get your hands on those] and cook the cake that way. I've done it with brownies, and it works all right with that.

And *wow* that has to be a small oven...I can't imagine not being able to fit a 9x13" pan in it.
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Date:April 25th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC)
Do they have muffin tins?

There were a few of the paper liners in a cupboard, but I didn't see any tins anywhere.

Okay, maybe I exaggerated and large pans exist somewhere in the country. But there certainly weren't any in the home ec room.

And *wow* that has to be a small oven...

Imagine a microwave. Stretch it tall enough to fit three racks inside.

Instead of actual racks, however, they use solid metal trays with wide rims that can be grabbed with a metal handle that looks vaguely like a can opener (so potholders aren't necessary). The wide rims mean that's just that much less space available for the actual baking pan.
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Date:April 25th, 2005 09:29 am (UTC)
there are no 9" X 13" baking pans in Japan. That's simply too big to fit in a Japanese oven</i>

Just HOW small are Japanese ovens? 'Cause that seems darn small to me.
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