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Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas This Weekend

If you have even the slightest leanings towards being an otaku ie Japanese geekdom, you absolutely have to go to Hyper Japan Christmas this weekend.Even if you haven't, it's a wonderful day out anyway.

I went to the Spring Hyper Japan event in February, and it's the closest I've come to feeling like I was actually in Tokyo - the clothes (and that includes the visitors), the shops, the food, the games. 

There are street fashion shows, martial arts and technology displays, sushi workshops, sake tastings, music and film showings and even a cosplay parade.

Hyper Japan definitely tends towards the trendy side of Japan, although there is also traditional food, drink and even beautiful pottery.

The pictures I took will explain better. Just go and immerse yourself in Japanese culture!

Meemalee on the Good Food Channel; Woman & Home's 100 Best Food Blogs

Some nice bits of news to share with you all:

Firstly, I've been invited to join the chefs on the Good Food Channel website, so stay tuned to see more of my recipes there. 

This is a massive honour - I'm rubbing shoulders with the likes of Michel Roux Jnr and Nigella Lawson, and I've also joined my friend Uyen Luu, the Vietnamese chef, supperclub host, stylist and writer of Leluu.

Secondly, I've been picked by Woman & Home magazine as one of their 100 Best Food Blogs
There are so many other wonderful blogs on the list, so I'm very proud to be there in their International category.

Lastly, I'm delighted to be part of the first Blog Carnival on the marvellous Betty from author of The 52 Seductions, Betty Herbert - the theme is "Sex, Love and Relationships" ...

Marbled Tea Eggs Recipe

I've not been able to eat soft-boiled eggs recently, so I've been trying to find ways to pimp hard-boiled ones to make them more interesting.

One of my favourite methods is to turn them into Tea Eggs (aka Marble Eggs and Tea Leaf Eggs) - a classic snack throughout Asia which probably originated in China, where eggs are hard-boiled, cracked gently, and then simmered in a mix of tea, soy and spices to achieve a beautiful crazy paving effect all over - and a flavourful kick.

Tea eggs are easy to make and it's incredibly satisfying to see the cobweb patterns appear.

Marbled Tea Eggs 6 eggs2 tbsp black tea leaves or two black tea bags - I like Lapsang Souchong for smoky flavour, though Pu-Ehr is more usual2 tbsp dark soy sauce 1 tbsp light soy sauce2 tbsp sugar 4 star anise 2 cinnamon sticks1 tsp five spice powder1 tsp of cracked black peppercorns
Hard boil the eggs in a saucepan of water that's just big enough to fit them, and then drain. As soon as the eggs are cool enough to …