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Sansho calling from Tokyo
Thu 25-Aug-11
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sanshojapan

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Hello everyone,

I just jumped in last week and started posting, I was so excited to find this place. It was a bit rude not to introduce myself, sorry!

 

I am originally from England, but have lived more than half my life in Tokyo. I was married to a Japanese, divorced a long time ago, and have two sons. One of them lives in Beijing and runs 2 bars there. He is currently working on an organic restaurant project. I am so lucky as China is very near Japan, and so I visit often. My other son lives and works in Chicago. As a matter of fact I am in Chicago right now typing this. here for a week's holiday before school begins. I am a high school teacher.

 

I love cooking, and find it rather frustrating not to have a family to cook for any more. I like trying out lots of new things. I just heard about rumtopf on this forum and am going to try that. I often make jams, and recently got a dehydrator from the States.

When I first came to Tokyo, there was practically no western food generally available, and so I learned how to make the things I missed, or the things I wanted my sons to try. (I remember how excited everyone was here one Christmas when the British Embassy arranged a special shipment of cheddar cheese!) The first thing I did was Hot Cross Buns! It was so easy that I felt really encouraged and learned to make bread thanks to Elizabeth David! Other things were bacon (smoked on my verandah after dark, as I was worried about the neighbours), bangers, shortbread, lardy cake, baked beans (but they didn't taste the same as Mr. Heinz's ones), mincemeat, Christmas pud, oh everything really. I tried to smoke herrings as I yearned for kippers, but I think the smoke was too hot, and they just dripped oil, which then burned and stank!). My Ambrosia Creamed Rice clone came out well! I read in one of the posts here about someone wanting to make a Branston Pickle type chutney. I tried that, too.

 

Now we can buy almost everything here, even tinned kippers, which are really not too bad, although a bit soft.

 

I have a tiny garden in the middle of Tokyo, and I grow far too many things in it, so nothing does really well, but I have such fun. Yesterday before I left for Chicago I picked a couple of green peppers. No time to eat them, so I gave them to a neighbour. The boy upstairs has promised to water!

 

I like knitting too. I am really busy but I usually have some project going. The summer is just too hot to knit. Your hands get all sweaty!

 

I seem to have gone on rather a lot! I am really enjoying this site, and am working my way through the forum posts. I had a question about my runny (rhubarb and ginger) jam, and lo and behold I found an answer there. Thanks a lot.

 

よろしくお願いします!(Don't know if this will come out if you don't have Asian fonts installed). Untranslateable really, but here it means something like 'Thank you for having me!'

 

sansho

Thu 25-Aug-11
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Hi Sansho,

Thanks for telling us about yourself....I guessed you might be British, but how fascinating having lived so much of your life in Japan & being able to visit China so often....I am very jealous as they are two countries I have never visited; the nearest I got was working in Hong Kong & Singapore for short periods & visiting Thailand in the 1970's.

It is going to be great having you as part of the forum & I am sure everyone will be asking lots of questions about life out there....I know I will.

 

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Thu 25-Aug-11
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A terrific introduction Sansho, thanks for all the info.  I think you'll fit in very well here.  I guessed that you were British too; I suspect that your Japanese is fluent?  No your Japanese text didn't work.

I'll try that again!

Thu 25-Aug-11
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Toffeeapple said:

A terrific introduction Sansho, thanks for all the info.  I think you'll fit in very well here.  I guessed that you were British too; I suspect that your Japanese is fluent?  No your Japanese text didn't work.

tongue Did so ! must be your puter give it a spork.      runaway

On the other hand could be that when English TV is rubbish Sky 507 gives you Japanese tv. QI

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Thu 25-Aug-11
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Oh, the Japanese text worked on my lap-top.   ok 

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Thu 25-Aug-11
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Don't care! tongue

I'll try that again!

Thu 25-Aug-11
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It also works if you "quote" - just to have a looky ....  big_laugh

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Thu 25-Aug-11
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Nah, all I get is little boxes with numbers in them, without numbers on Chrome!

I'll try that again!

Thu 25-Aug-11
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Beautiful pictures on Haw-haw thread.  When I was in Beijing I only remember the locusts on sticks and didn't manage to get to see the delicacies that you find with time. I only had three days there before I started my cruise stopping off at various places along the way to Thailand.  Nagasaki (very poignant) Hong Kong, Shanghai, Vietnam, Malaysia and then three days in Thailand.  One thing about cruising...you only unpack once and then when packed up again the suitcase (when identified) is delivered to the airport for you.

So welcome....there's just a few of us who bat between sane and insane and it depends on the time of day, whether medication has been dispensed or about to be or it's time to open the bar. wink  Talking of which.....wave

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Thu 25-Aug-11
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Fascinating story Sansho, thanks for introducing yourself. Your Japanese letters worked for me too cheers

Thu 25-Aug-11
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wave  Hi Sansho and welcome.  big_hug They worked for me too.

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Thu 25-Aug-11
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Hi again sansho, I think I've replied to one of your queries, nice to learn a bit about you..great site isn't it...lovely people

Mon 12-Sep-11
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Feeling very comfortable now! Please call me Liz.

 Sansho is the Japanese for the  Prickly Ash tree. The husks of the seeds of this tree are what they use for Sichuan pepper. About twenty years ago I noticed a little twig growing in the garden, presumably the seed brought by a birdie, and it has grown into a handsome shrub (it wants to be a tree, but I don't have the space!) There are male and female trees ” I was so lucky it turned out to be a female, and I get seeds every year!

 

Liz

Mon 12-Sep-11
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wave Hello Liz!!!  big_laugh  Love the story of the wee tree.

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Hello Liz, welcome and thanks for all the interesting background information. Have fun and look forward to hearing more.  Chris

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