No crafting going on this week, as I'm away from home, but it gives me the opportunity to do some overdue thank yous. Firstly to Momma Pajama, for the cute sushi purse she sent me. I told you I used to live in Japan didn't I? So it stands to reason that I love sushi and this little purse just makes me laugh. The writing says 'sushi' in hiragana (the one form of Japanese I could manage to read). Paula's blog has some wonderful illustrations - go and check it out.
And secondly to Tasha Hock, my partner in the kids cooking swap (who doesn't have a blog). She sent this Mollie Katzen cookbook for kids. It has a great layout, with a recipe written first for adults and then in simplified pictoral form for children to follow.
I first came across Mollie Katzen on holiday in California about 12 years ago. I bought a copy of the Moosewood cookbook - partly, I have to confess, because I was so enchanted by the layout and line drawings. But I've come to love some of the recipes too - the banana bread is still the best one I've come across yet.
I'm fairly American recipe literate (have cups!) but I still struggle with a stick of butter - does a stick weigh 4 ounces? Someone please weigh one and tell me once and for all. And while we're on the subject, corn syrup? Is this like golden syrup? runny honey?