Monday, 31 December 2012

Outside the comfort zone

Lula is studying Japanese and has is showing an increasing interest in Japanese food.  She is a typical tweenager when it comes to vegetables and as we don't eat meat she has to embrace them or eat cheese but the influence of East Asian cookery is certainly helping as did some bento style Christmas gifts from here and here. We all ate Omrigiri- moulded rice cakes.
She made herself a bento lunch.
 She is cooking us a Wagamama recipe tonight- think buckwheat noodles, soup, vegetables and salmon.   This is my favourite kind of food, clean, fresh and an antidote to roasted roast veggies.  And we have mochi to finish with a nod to Japanese new year traditions.

Embracing new things is important in life.  Nobody wants to stagnate, we have to leave the safety of our comfort zone. From a textile point of view I have little to no purple.  I have always found it a difficult colour although some combinations- orange/purple, yellow/purple delight me so I have been buying the odd purple FQ where I see one I like.  The left kitchen print and the Heather Ross mice are from Frances at Miss Matabi, she has a sale on at the moment too.  The Bo Peep print is a 30s repro from Country Threads, Bath.
New Year, a good time to try new things.  I have some bad stuff going on but also some incredible, exciting and happy stuff to counteract and exceed the bad.   There is always something good somewhere, always important to remember that.   Happy new year x
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24 comments:

  1. I hope 2013 is a wonderful year for you with a hint of purple!

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  2. Eh sugoi! 明けましておめでとうございます to you all! By the way, did you know that each year there are mochi-related deaths in Japan over New Years and they report it as the mochi death toll? Choking hazard as it's so sticky. Happy New Year indeed...

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  3. Your daughter is amazing, not only learning the Japanese language but the cooking too! Very impressive. Sorry to hear you are having a bad end to the year but I hope 2013 brings you and your family lots of happiness xx

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  4. Ove purple myself and with yellow too ;) take care!

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  5. So good.. I love Japanese bento...oh...I (need) the little BoPeep print.. So so so cut.........

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  6. I love Japanese food. They have an Asian buffet place near me and Chief and I like to go for Tepanyaki. It's fun selecting what food you want them to cook on the hot plate and it all tastes so unbelieveably fresh when it's cooked. I love purple and think it's so under represented in fabrics so excited to see what you do with yours. Happy New Year!

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  7. I really hope ther new year is kinder to you than this one has been. Take solace in the blessings around you.
    Here's to a happy, healthy and prosperous new year xxx

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  8. My husband learned Japanese while in business school ~ we lived in Hawaii where there are quite a few Japanese. One time we were on an elevator and a group of tourist were wondering about what floor to get off and my husband answered in Japanese. They thought it hysterical that this tall, white, skinny man would know Japanese. That's a nice memory ~ he died 20 years ago. He didn't mean to be funny but he was always saying or doing silly things (he was a really serious guy). Thanks for that memory ~ haven't thought about it in a long while.
    Love the fabric and I love Japanese food too!

    Happy New Year to you and yours ~ may 2013 be a much better year for us all!

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  9. Happy New Year
    Julie xxxxxxxxx

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  10. Love the yellow with the purple...edgy!

    I would like some Heather Ross Mice in any colour!

    Happy New Year!

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  11. A very happy new year and all the best to you and yours for 2013. Thank you for being a constant inspiration to me.

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  12. Great sentiments.
    I love purple which is just as well as I am fast approaching being old enough to wear it often!
    All the best for 2013 Kerry.

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  13. Sounds like fun things to be embracing :o) Happy new year!

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  14. Happy New Year my friend - and when you are feeling low, just pull out that purple kitchen print with the boobies on ;) xxx

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  15. Heel veel GELUK in 2013 from The Netherlands!!
    :o)

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  16. Happy New Year Kerry. My son will graduate in Japanese next July, he is at SOAS in London. His japanese girlfriend visited for xmas and I did the traditional meal- she loved it! I eat a lot of japanese food, it is delicious and healthy. You should take a trip to Japan if you get a chance- it is a wonderful country. Heather x

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  17. Here's to embracing new things! I think it's wonderful to push your boundaries a little, even if it's just food. It can lead to such incredible changes in attitude and perspective…

    I'm wishing you a very happy new year, Kerry. While it sucks that you have to deal with crap right now, my wish for you is that it is the ONLY crappy stuff you have to deal with this year. May the rest of the year be nothing but sunshine and roses!

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