Recipe as a result of: My attempt to make something Halloween-ish that is spooky and sweet but does not require baking (and I got it)
I was in elementary school when my dad took us with him from Tokyo to San Francisco, while he was invited to attend a 6-month business training program at the headquarters of the American company he was working for. It was the first time for all of us to live outside of Japan, even for a short term. We arrived late summer, spent a hectic few weeks getting settled in, then October came around.
Halloween is fairly established and enjoyed by many in Japan nowadays, but at that time not many Japanese even heard of it unless they had been in the States. So, imagine you are in the 3rd grade, never had Halloween before, and your mom (who probably just learned what it is, too) explains to you what will happen.
This is EXACTLY how it was processed in my 8-year old brain:
Wait – Let me get this straight.
… I get to dress up.
… Then I go around neighborhood, while still being dressed up, knocking on everybody’s doors.
… And they give me candy?
NO. FREAKIN’. WAY.
We went back to Japan in following winter after dad completed his program, but this miraculous event was thoroughly ingrained in my memory. To this date, Halloween is my favorite holiday – It MAY be somewhat responsible for the fact that I now live in US. Continue reading