New Workshop: The Hummus Feast Part 2

hummus-workshop-japanI’ve got another workshop coming up at the lovely Serendipity Cafe in Chigasaki. As it is starting to warm up, it’s time for another hummus feast. In the last one we ended up making ten different flavors of hummus. This time we will experiment with using different kinds of beans and adding vegetables to the hummus.

We won’t just have hummus, we’ll make an entire healthy feast.

Date: Sunday, March 9th
Time: 4-7pm
Place: Serendipity Cafe, Chigasaki
Cost: 2500 yen per person

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New Date: Chocolate Cooking Class


Update: New date 

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. And while I think the whole holiday is a marketing scam, it’s not going to prevent me from taking advantage of all of the chocolate available. Plus there are great baking supplies available around this time.

I’ve got a new class coming up. Like the cupcake class, this one will be family friendly.

Date: February 23rd
Time: 2-4pm
Cost: 3000 yen per pair or family
Place: Serendipity Cafe, Chigasaki
Facebook event link:

I hope to see you there.


Cupcake afternoon


I had a great time at my cupcake event on Sunday. The kids had a great time – especially when decorating. They unleashed their creative sides, as you can see from the pictures above. Most of those were done by the children. I showed them print outs of a couple of designs like a Santa hat, a snowman and a Christmas tree, and then let them go free.


This is the most notable design, done by a girl who looked no more than eight.

The mothers requested I do more events in the future so it looks like there will be more family events on the horizon.

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Christmas Workshops in Chigasaki

I logged into Facebook yesterday to discover two Christmas workshops, in addition to my own, happening right near my old house in Chigasaki.

First up, as a reminder, my Christmas Cupcake Family Afternoon on December 1st at Serendipity Cafe. (Japanese details on their site). If you would like to join, please head here to the Facebook event and RSVP. Maximum of six families. As of right now there is only one spot left.Christmas-cupcake-workshop-japan

Second up is a Christmas Cooking decorating workshop at Serendipity Cafe on December 5th and 7th. For more information, comment on their blog post in the link above.Christmas-cookie-decorating-workshop-japan

And third up is a Balloon Christmas tree workshop at Bunchkins English Playroom on December 4th. What a creative way to use balloons. Contact the email address in the picture below for more information.



Family Cupcake and Movie Afternoon


Back to the reason for the post. I will be hosting a Family Cupcake and Movie Afternoon at Serendipity Cafe on December 1st from one to four in the afternoon. I use the term family loosely. Any two people can be a family. So if you and a friend would like to come, you are more than welcome. Children are welcome to participate.

The details

  • November 30th, 1-4pm
  • At the Serendipity Cafe, Chigasaki (map link)
  • 3000 yen per family/group (children are welcome to participate)

What we will be doing

  • baking two kinds of cupcakes, vanilla and chocolate
  • making buttercream
  • playing around with decorating six cupcakes per family/group with a Christmas theme (see the pic above for ideas)
  • eating said cupcakes
  • watching “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” animated version (the newer Jim Carrey version does not exist as far as I’m concerned)

What you should bring

  • an apron (if you use them, I never do)
  • a container to take home leftover cupcakes
  • a sense of adventure


  • This is not a decorating class, but a relaxed family (or non-family) event. We will be doing some simple decorating but techniques will not really be taught.
  • If you lead a gluten free lifestyle you are welcome to bring a gluten free flour mix along to try to make a gluten free version of the cupcakes. Please note that we will be using wheat flour at the event so if you have a gluten allergy, you probably would not want to attend.
  • We will be using eggs, soy or rice milk and flour. There will be an option to use food coloring in the icing.

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