The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon (this month's Cornflower Book Group book) rather stumped me regarding the usual accompanying baked goods. Rice cakes and heitan cakes were mentioned, and although I searched for recipes I didn't find anything that would do, so I have failed this time.
However to mark - in culinary form - our reading of the book, I did make a point of having lunch on Saturday in a Japanese restaurant, and I can thoroughly recommend Edamamé in Oxford's Holywell Street, whose welcoming (and very welcome) cup of toasted green tea you see here.
The restaurant is tiny and was packed from opening, and as quite a number of the customers were Japanese, I take that as a good sign. Service was fast, servings were very generous, and the food was delicious. I look forward to going back and exploring more of the menu.
Don't miss the little Oxford giveaway on Cornflower Books today.