Happy Valentines Day Sandwiches!
Today I had a winter Valentines Day picnic in Setagaya koen with my friend Hiki-chan!
I packed two simple obento. Maybe the yummiest part of these obento were the quinoa, kale, chilli and hijiki patties I made. (although I burnt the tops of this batch a little oops). I used this recipe but added a few spices like mustard seed, chilli flakes, curry powder and cumin and then I added some renkon and hijiki that I had made the day before.
We set up camp on my little handmade leisure sheet (I love how they call picnic rugs leisure sheets in Japan!) It turned out to be quite a colourful and patternほうだい event! Hiki-chan took this amazing photo and a few others below - ありがとうひきちゃん！
No winter picnic is complete without one of my favourite things about winter - Mulled wine! Hiki-chan is the master of making it and packed this giant thermos full!
We took about a zillion instagram photo and spent the afternoon talking about blogging / Japanese stationery / bike riding / hot carpets and kotatsu.
After our obento it was tea time with tea from Violet and Claire and some Kagawa mini mikan that Hiki-chan bought along. How sweet that they came complete with leaf left on and in their own individual paper bag.
Violet and Claire is one of my favourite shops in Tokyo and is of course featured in my new Hello Sandwich Tokyo Guide. The guide is hard copy only (with no PDF this time) and is selling fast. The previous two zines sold out so please don't miss out on your copy here.
Today was the warmest day this week which is why we picked today for our picnic but for some reason I am freezing now. I'm back at home with the air-conditioner on, five jumpers, a scarf, leggings, winter socks and fluffy slippers and even hokkairo in my slippers but I'm still cold! Hope it's not a cold on it's way...
Happy Valenties Day Sandwiches!