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In which our readers will remember that our heroine is not blogging about chocolate because she has ovaries, but rather because of a complex cultural system of gender-policed foods that have led her down the path of chocolate consumption and–

And because chocolate cake is damn awesome and you can make it in your Japanese rice cooker.

Chocolate Cake

It's a piece of cake to--no, let's not start that.


Recipe after the jump.
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And indeed, a battle it was.

My friends tease me for blogging/discussing food basically non-stop, but I think about food preparation A LOT these days. I want to experience the food of this country, and so I wind up buying bags of vegetables, nuts, and fruit that I have no idea how to prepare, then learn–and then I have all sorts of Iron Chef war stories to tell. Remember my post on edamame?

Well, chestnuts are in season right now, and what is more delicious than chestnut-flavored everything? I got some chestnut gelato from the local gelato place; I’m sure grocery stores that actually carry Kit Kats have chestnut-flavored Kit Kats right now. Fall is in the air, and it was time for GAIJIN CHEF: CHESTNUT BATTLE.

From www.familiesonlinemagazine.com

I found a simple recipe for chestnut rice in my bilingual cookbook and a recipe for matcha-chestnut cake in my rice-cooker cookbook, so I decided I was going to cook all my chestnuts and go crazy with the cookery.

First, how do you cook a chestnut? There are several methods, all of which are PAINFUL.
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I had planned to do my next cooking post about my struggles to cook dinner in a place where I don’t know how to make the local cuisine, but, in the gap between the first cooking post and today, I have discovered something wonderful. Something magical.

Baking cake in the rice cooker.

What is going on here?!

What is going on here?!

Oh, yes. That’s right.

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