Oh wow, July went by in a flash! It’s really true that time passes faster as you get older. When I was in elementary school in Japan, Summer vacation felt like an entire year.
Anyway, July 3rd was my birthday.
I LOVE strawberry short cakes and wanted to eat one like I always do on my birthday. So we went to a few bakeries in search of a strawberry short cake…
Who knew it was impossible to find a simple strawberry short cake in San Diego?
We went to few bakeries, and called a couple places, but… NO STRAWBERRY SHORT CAKE!
I found this really bizarre. Especially that I couldn’t even find one at Asian bakeries. Strawberry short cakes were like the king & queen of birthday cakes when I was growing up in Japan. Every cake-worthy event there was, such as Christmas, birthdays, etc… we had a strawberry short cake. Well, at least for someone my age. Maybe Japanese people nowadays prefer fancier cakes?
Anyway, we didn’t want to spend my birthday looking for a cake. So I decided to bake it myself.
Non-bento #48: Strawberry shortcake with Totoros!
created and eaten: 7/3/2013
I used Hakurikiko (Japanese cake flour) for the sponge cake, which came out fluffy and pretty good. After it cooled down, I wrapped it with damp paper towel and put it in a ziplock bag and left in the fridge for a while. Then I sliced it, put syrup on the sponge cake, put sliced strawberries in between the layers, covered it with whipped cream, and put in the fridge for a while.
I don’t like piping, because I’m bad at it, but it was my birthday cake so I could do whatever I wanted!
So I added some chocolate covered strawberries on top of the cake to celebrate with me.
Actually I’ve made Totoro strawberries covered with chocolate, as well as the chocolate drawing, like I did in non-bento #31: Totoro chocolate. It’s not hard, just very time consuming. I was lazy and didn’t melt too much chocolate, which made it harder to coat an entire strawberry. That’s why some of them look like melting zombies.
Derek and I don’t eat that much sweet stuff. As I was making them, I was already getting full of chocolate just from licking the chocolate drips.
Derek made me a birthday card just like he does every year. I only post the front of the cards he gives me, because he writes really moving personal stuff on the inside in Japanese. They never fail to make me cry. Here are the posts with photos of the cards from 2009, 2010, and 2011. (I guess I didn’t write a post about my birthday last year… He gave me a card though!)
For my birthday gifts, he got me blu-rays of Totoro, Laputa and Nausicaa!
We have them all on DVDs but we’re slowly replacing our enormous DVD collection with blu-rays, so these were great gifts for both of us! But we probably won’t get rid of DVDs for Ghibli stuff even though we have the blu-ray versions though.
But there was more!
He got Animal Crossing New Leaf (a.k.a. ACNL) for himself so he could play with me!
I’ve been playing ACNL by myself. I have some friends who play ACNL, but I don’t see them regularly. I was catching bugs and running around my town all by myself. I tried to convince Derek to get it too when I started playing but he said that it wasn’t a game for him. So I was very pleasantly surprised that he started to play it!
We went out to eat ramen for lunch, and for dinner we made sushi, including Uni (sea urchin) and Ebi (shrimp) of course. (Our kittens are named Uni and Ebi.)
Derek and I used to get crazy celebrating our birthdays with our friends in NYC before we moved to San Diego. We still do miss hanging with out friends, going to Karaoke, walking from a bar to a bar, and splitting a cab with our friends back home to Brooklyn. We loved it because we were in NY and it was with our friends. We’re both naturally homebodies so we’re perfectly comfortable hanging out at home & playing video games on our birthdays… or maybe we’re just getting old.
Okay, I finally wrote and posted something that happened almost a month ago. I’ll post a bunch of photos from San Diego Comic-con before I get even busier with preparations for PAX Prime, which is in 4 weeks! O_o
For more pictures of my bento, visit Bento and non-bento! set and Bento details! set on my flickr page. (On the photos in the “Bento and non-bento!” set on my flickr, you can see the notes on the food explaining what they are.)