Yesterday we went and saw a man about some rings.
It was very exciting. We were supposed to go on Sunday, but I wasn't feeling well, so we rescheduled. I met daz after work and luckily he has acquired the skill of detecting when I am cranky because of hunger. Yes, it happens. I swore I was fine, but after sharing some takoyaki I realized how much I had needed that food. So back to the rings, we are having our wedding rings custom-made by Ken Kobayashi, who runs a tiny metal work shop in Kichijoji. By chance we had met his son (who also works as a metalsmith) at our 4th of July BBQ this year. He plays the digeridoo very well. He had mentioned that he worked at a shop that made wedding rings, so we went and met his dad (although we did not know they were father and son at the time). Ken has come up with a top-secret engraving technique that allows us to draw (in our own handwriting) anything we want on the inside of the ring - here are some examples. This is the main drawcard for us and also the fact that we know who is making our rings and that they will make them exactly as we want them. I am figuring that robots will make an appearance on our rings.
So apart from thinking about what I am going to write/draw on daz's ring, I have (as I mentioned yesterday) been day-dreaming about stuffing. I know it seems silly, but I really do love the stuff (no pun intended). As I was looking up recipes on the web, I was happy to come across this article in the New York Times that confirmed that I am not the only one who obsesses about stuffing. So, to be honest I have never made stuffing myself, but this year I will be attempting stuffing for the first time for Thanksgiving. What are your favourite stuffing ingredients? Do you have a special recipe? Considering we only have a
small tiny oven, we will be buying a whole roasted turkey chicken (turkey is just too expensive - I found one place in Tokyo that will cook a whole turkey for you, but the smallest one costs over 6000 yen). However I will be roasting pumpkin, making fresh stuffing and a potato bake (this was popular last year). We of course cannot forget the gravy and cranberry sauce.
So far here are my stuffing ingredients:
- day-old breadcrumbs
- Aomori apples (we just received a box of 24 top-quality apples from my host family in Aomori yesterday - woohoo!)
- pepper, salt
- maybe pine nuts
yum, yum, yum. can't wait.