Stay Home: 5 Simple and Delicious Drinks to Try Making During the Lockdown

09.April.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we post news and information about Japan in six languages. Our aim is to deliver a variety of content related Japan for those who love and enjoy Japanese culture.

 

Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan.

 

The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.

 

In this edition of Stay Home, we’re taking a look at five cute and tasty-looking drinks that are featured with the trending Japanese hashtag #おうちカフェ (“Cafe at Home”). Try making one of these drinks recipes yourself then sit back, relax, and savour every sip.

1: Dalgona Coffee @kaopan

This dalgona coffee recipe was provided by Kaori who has a series here on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON called Kaori’s Easy Recipe where she shows how to create fun and simple character recipes. It has a bitter taste but is temptingly creamy, giving it a flavour you’ll become addicted to.

 

Ingredients

☆Instant Coffee ☆Hot Water ☆Powdered Sugar (Granulated works fine too) ・Milk

 

Method

1: Add one tablespoon each of all the starred (☆) ingredients into a bowl and whip well.

2: Simply add cold milk to the sweetened coffee and it’s finished.

3: Mix while drinking and enjoy.

 

2: Dalgona Matcha @miwa__go

This dalgona matcha was made by Yuka Onoda. This is a you’ve got to drink to try if you’re not a fan of coffee. The amount of milk will change depending on the size of your mug, so give it a go.

 

Ingredients

☆2 tbsp sugar ☆1 egg white ☆2 tbsp matcha powder ・8 tbsp fresh cream ・Milk

 

Method

1: Whip all of the starred (☆) ingredients together well.

2: Mix in fresh cream until it thickens.

3: Pour in your milk and you’re done.

 

3: Cherry Blossom Cream Soda @banakooooo

This homemade cream soda recipe was made by Banako, one of our MOSHI MOSHI FRIENDS who writes articles on cafes and cream sodas in Japan. This is the perfect beverage for those unable to enjoy the cherry blossoms.

 

Ingredients

・Soda/Carbonated Water・Pink coloured juice・Pickled cherry blossom leaves*・Vanilla Ice cream

*The pickled cherry blossom leaves were bought online

 

Method

1: Add ice to a glass and pour in the soda.

2: Pour in some pink coloured juice to your liking to change the colour of the water.

3: Add some of the pickled cherry leaves and a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

4: Top with some more pickled cherry leaves to garnish.

 

4: Oreo Cookie Milk @kotone9558

Kotone’s home cafe drink is a dessert-style beverage made using Oreos. This one’s a must-try for anyone who loves Oreos.

 

Ingredients

・3 Oreos (2 without the cream)・Milk (to taste)・Fresh cream (to taste)

 

Method

1: Lay two Oreos into a glass.

2: Add the milk. Whip fresh cream and add.

3: Finish by topping with an Oreo.

 

5: Orangeade @onew_tc72

Chihiro serves us a refreshing orangeade from their home cafe. The perfect refreshment for the arrival of the warm spring weather.

 

Ingredients:

☆1 orange ☆100g sugar ☆1 tbsp honey ・1 bottle of soda/carbonated water・3 orange slices・2 thyme sprigs

 

Method

1: Peel the starred (☆) orange, then place that and the rest of the starred ingredients into a bottle that has been sterilised by boiling. Leave in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.

2: Slice three piece of orange and cut them in half.

3: Add the syrup you made from step ① into an ice-filled cup. Pour in the soda/carbonated water and add the orange slices and thyme.

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    Step 1


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    Step 2
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    Step 3

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    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡
    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page → @kaopan72

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    Mikan & Yellow Peach Jelly Ingredients:
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    1


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    2

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    Make sure the chocolate is properly fixed to the glass at this point.

     

    3


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    Kappy | Comment

    “I have a daughter who is 1-and-a-half years old. Me and my wife are working together to bring her up. But we’re also swamped with work, so when I’m not in tiptop shape there are times I feel like I can’t raise her to the best of my ability. UNICEF release their own message about this, but I think the most important thing in all of this is to lay down a daily routine so you can live a more peaceful life. And it doesn’t have to be something special. It might be something ordinary that you can do which will benefit someone else. Myself, for example, all I can do right now is draw manga. So if me drawing manga as I usually do helps somebody else in some way, I don’t think there’s a more economical way of doing so. If parents can bring back a sense of normality I believe the kids will be able to relax too. When I hear things about fighting at home and domestic violence my mind automatically wants to think that that has no relation to us. But in these times when we can’t even do the things that are the most natural to us, spending time with family is important, and so I hope [this manga] helps people remember that.”

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  • Top 10 Instagrammable Drinks and Desserts to Try Making While You #StayHome

    06.May.2020 | FOOD

    Japan’s biggest social media photo aggregator Snaplace has curated a Top 10 menu list of the most popular drinks and desserts people have been posting on Instagram Japan with the hashtag #おうちカフェ (“Cafe at Home”) with which people are making their own tasty treats to bring the cafe experience indoors during the lockdown.

     

    The line-up features coffee, ice cream, cream soda and lots of other delights which have ranked due to how little preparation is needed and how easy the recipes are to follow. Let’s take a look.

     

    1sr Place: Dalgona Coffee

    Dalgona coffee has taken the internet by storm for its beautiful two-layered appearance. Popular in South Korea, the drink has also garnered much attention in Japan. And you can substitute the coffee part to create a completely different beverage like a matcha, strawberry latte, chocolate, and so on.

    How to make Dalgona Coffee: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/312230

     

    2nd Place: Candy Strawberries

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    3rd Place: Toast Arrangements

    Top your toast with ingredients like fresh cream, Greek yoghurt, cream cheese, sliced cheese, fruits, vegetables, and so on to change up your morning breakfast. There are so many different recipe inspirations for toast arrangements to find on social media.

     

    Related Article: Stay Home: 6 Toast Arrangements to Bring the Cafe Experience to Your Home During the Lockdown

    Related Article: Stay Home: 6 More Toast Arrangements to Bring the Cafe Experience to Your Home During the Lockdown

     

    4th Place: Marshmallow Cookies
    5th Place: Fruit Sandwiches (Check out recipes here)
    6th Place: Cream Soda
    7th Place: Eggs Benedict
    8th Place: Snoopy Gyoza
    9th Place: Candy Marshmallows
    10th Place: Deko (“Giant”) Ice Cream

     

    Try making your own Instagram-worthy menu at home.

  • Stay Home: 6 More Toast Arrangements to Bring the Cafe Experience to Your Home During the Lockdown

    05.May.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we post news and information about Japan in six languages. Our aim is to deliver a variety of content related to Japan for those who love and enjoy Japanese culture.

     

    Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan. The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.

     

    In this edition of Stay Home, we’re taking a look at six more cute, easy-to-make toast recipes that were featured with the trending Japanese hashtag #おうちカフェ (“Cafe at Home”). Try making them yourself at home for breakfast, lunch, or as a snack.

     

    Related Article: Stay Home: 6 Toast Arrangements to Bring the Cafe Experience to Your Home During the Lockdown

     

     

    1: Orange Toast | @candyrose914

    Candy Rose’s recipe shows us how to make orange toast. Orange and chocolate is a tried and tested combination. The fresh cream adds a dessert-like quality to the toast.

     

    Ingredients
    ・Bread  ・Navel Orange & Chocolate Jam  ・Orange Jam ・Fresh cream ・Orange

     

    Method
    1: Simmer the orange in white wine and granulated sugar.
    2: Toast bread and smear with the jam.
    3: Add a dollop of fresh cream on top.
    4: Top with sliced orange and tuck in!

     

    2: Mini Strawberry & Red Bean Paste Butter Toast | @__yk._

    yk.’s toast recipe is a combination of Japanese and western flavours with red bean paste and buttered brioche which looks cute when it’s cut thick and small like in the picture♡

     

    Ingredients
    ・Brioche toast ・Strawberries ・Red bean paste ・Butter ・Fresh cream

     

    Method
    1: Toast the bread and add the red bean paste.
    2: Top with a strawberry and fresh cream.
    3: Finish with a knob of butter and enjoy!

     

    3: Apple Toast | @ruko_0519

    KAORUKO’s toast recipe is a great dessert idea too. It’s a super simple recipe made with microwaved apple compote.

     

    Ingredients
    ・Bread ・Apple ・Lemon juice ・Sugar ・Fruit granola

     

    Method
    1: Slice apple with the skin on.
    2: Add 1 tbsp of lemon juice and 30g sugar to the apple and microwave for 3 minutes.
    3: Slice a thin slice of bread and toast. Add the apple compote to the toast and finish with a sprinkle of fruity granola.

     

    4: Marshmallow Toast | @woo.rrei

    Rei has added marshmallows to their toast to create a fluffy, dessert-like, and cafe-worthy recipe.

     

    Ingredients
    ・Bread ・Marshmallows ・Chocolate Sauce

     

    Method
    1: Slice a thin piece of bread and toast. Top with marshmallows.
    2: Toast once again under a grill until the marshmallows take on colour.
    3: Drizzle with chocolate syrup and you’re done!

     

    5: Open Avocado Sandwich | @keijunrin

    Keiko’s recipe makes a fresh open-style sandwich with lots of avocado. The egg yolk adds a melt-in-the-mouth texture. The texture of the whole thing is nice and smooth.

     

    Ingredients
    ・Bread ・Avocado ・Pink pepper ・Egg yolk ・Mayonnaise

     

    Method
    1: Add the avocado to a slice of bread and grind on some rose pepper.
    2: Drop on an egg yolk and lightly toast under a grill.
    3: Drizzle with mayonnaise and enjoy!

     

    6: Bread Gratin | @izumxx_37

    izumi’s recipe is a combination of bread and “naporitan” which is a Japanese pasta dish. It’s a hearty serving that makes for a great lunch.

     

    Ingredients
    ・Bread ・Naporitan pasta ・White Sauce ・Cheese

     

    Method
    1: Make naporitan and white sauce in advance. Cut the naporitan into small pieces.
    2: Slice 1 thin and 1 thick slice of bread.
    3: Cut out the inside of the thick slice. Place this hollowed-out thick piece on top of the thin slice of bread. This thin slice forms the bottom of your bread.
    4: Add the naporitan inside. Drizzle in white sauce so it’s like a lid over the pasta.
    5: Sprinkle on cheese, toast, and you’re done!

     

    Bring the cafe experience into your own home by making your own fun toast arrangements.

  • #StayHome and Enjoy Art With Pola Museum of Art’s Creativity Packed Website

    05.May.2020 | SPOT

    Pola Museum of Art, an art museum in Hakone, Kanagawa, has launched a new page on its website for people to immersive themselves in the world of art while at home. From gallery talk videos to painting activities that kids and adults alike can enjoy, the web page is packed full of fun and diverse content.

    The page is split into four sections: “Watch,” “Read,” “Create,” and “Learn About Pola Museum of Art.”

     

    <Watch>

    A menu of videos showcasing exhibitions and artwork from the museum. This includes videos hosted by the museum’s curators who talk about certain works of art, paintings, art tools, and more.

     

    <Read>

    Learn more about art by reading commentary about artists and their works. This includes manga, life drawing, and much more. Discover the history of these artists, see how scientific research has brought to life the process of how they created their works, and more.

     

    <Create>

    A wide selection of video tutorials encourage you to simply move your hand to create something yourself. From painting to cutouts, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

     

    <Learn About Pola Museum of Art>

    This section is a chance for people who have never heard of the Pola Museum of Art, or who have never visited it, to get to know the place. It covers everything from Fuji Hakone Izu National Park where the museum is located to the work that goes on behind the scenes at the museum.

     

    Pola Museum of Art will continue to update the page, so be sure to check it out.

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