Happy Valentine’s day!!
To those of you who celebrate this commercial day, hope you’re having a good one!! It’s a rather cold one here in Kodaira as it started snowing again. Recently it has been quite cold and I haven’t been feeling well 😦
For those of you who don’t know, Valentine’s day in Japan is when only women are supposed to give chocolate to men, whether it be their boyfriend/colleague/boss/friend. The men reciprocate and give gifts to women on March 14th (known as White Day).
Anyhoo, Valentine’s day was an excuse for me to make chocolate since I love doing this kind of thing – getting creative and making food!
I had previously made chocolate using a teddy-bear mould that I bought from Loft a few weeks ago, and since it went relatively well I decided to do that again today!
I’m afraid there isn’t a recipe to go with this blog post because I didn’t follow one myself. I know when you make chocolate you should use a thermometer etc. but I don’t have one so I just winged it and just melted the chocolate in the microwave! I didn’t even weigh out the ingredients!! HAHA but it still turned out tasty!
For the first batch I made, I just smooshed some banana and melted some chocolate and decided that was going to be the filling. It was a bit runny but it tasted good!
Here’s what the Banana chocolate truffles looked like! A bit scruffy round the edges, but I don’t think it looked that bad from the front. The underside was a bit dodgy though as I couldn’t seal the bottoms neatly…
The next batch I made were Chocolate Orange ones. I just melted some chocolate, mixed in some Orange candied peel (from the 100yen shop), poured that into the mould, and that was it! I have to say that they tasted pretty good! The orange peel was soaked in some syrup so I think that gave the chocolate a softer, more ganache-like texture.
After all that chocolate making, there was a Valentine’s Party at the Plaza. They had all these super cute heart shaped balloons dotted across the ceiling.
They even handed out chocolate to everyone!! I’m actually eating them right now while doing this blog post! Hehehe
Oh, here are a few photos from the farewell party the other week. Did I mention that I won a prize in the Bingo game? I won this HUGE box of oranges – Thank you, ISDAK!!
Bit of a random blog post, but I will be doing another one summarising what I’ve been up to this past week!!
Thanks for reading!