December 10, 2016


Christmas 2016


Season's greetings
from An Astute Assembly

& a dream Christmas brunch recipe.


The years just seem to keep getting faster! 

The festive season is just around the corning (unless you’ve already made a head-start) and we’re here to do what we can to make it as easy as possible, so you can spend more time enjoying the fun stuff.

There are plenty of special gift ideas in our online store that are built to last and designed to impress. We have a range of eco-friendly and 'small-production' products made by Japanese and New Zealand boutique workshops and craftspeople that are hard to find anywhere else. We can also ship direct to the recipient almost anywhere in the world.

Take 5 minutes to have a look for yourself.

We'd also like to take this opportunity to express our big thanks to all of you. We had an amazing year with plenty of challenges and exciting ventures. We don’t think we could have done it without all your generous support.      

Thank you so much ! We really appreciate it.



Ricotta & Yoghurt Hotcake Recipe

A perfect idea for Christmas brunch !

I’ve been enjoying cooking Ricotta hotcakes for Sunday morning breakfast lately and thought what a perfect recipe to share with everyone, especially with holiday season racing towards us!

I found a Nigella recipe and had enough for half a batch but then needed to make a full batch as I had surprise visitors arriving so I substituted some of the ricotta with yoghurt and they were delicious! I then did a full ricotta batch soon after and found I enjoyed the yoghurt ones much more, so my own version is now created.

Not complicated but a little different from the normal pancake recipe, has a lovely texture from the ricotta and egg whites and flavour from the yoghurt. Pair with your favourite berries or fruit and you have a pretty and elegant breakfast to enjoy with friends and family.

The AAA team and I got together to test the recipe out for you on the weekend, it was a beautiful late spring, almost summer morning in Yuka’s lovely garden to show you idea’s for a holiday or Christmas breakfast celebration table ❤





Ricotta and Yoghurt Hotcakes

  • 125 grams ricotta cheese
  • 125 grams unsweetened pro-biotic yoghurt
  • 125 ml milk
  • 2 large eggs (separated)
  • 100 grams plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • butter for the pan (you may like to try coconut oil too)
  • strawberries, blueberries or other berries/fruit that you enjoy
  • maple syrup and yoghurt


Combine the ricotta, yoghurt, milk and egg yolks into a bowl.

Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. Gently whisk to make a smooth batter.

Beat the egg whites till they just reach soft peaks and fold them into the ricotta mixture.

Heat the butter in a large frying pan on a medium heat and drop in heaped dessertspoons of batter.

Cook the hotcakes for about 1 minute until golden and then flip them over and cook for another minute.

Keep the cooked pancakes warm with tinfoil on a large warmed plate.

Batter makes around 9 - 10, medium sized hotcakes (ie approx 10cm wide)

Serve with maple syrup, yoghurt and berries, enjoy!


In this shoot:

Hasami Porcelain Bowl & wooden plate (it can be the lid)
Shotoku Usuhari Glass Beer set
Yachimun Miyagi pottery Plates and cups
Kobo AIzawa Cutlery  
Markantonia Soy Wax Candles

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