I'm an Idiot!
I've always known that I am not the sharpest tool in the box. But this latest discovery has me feeling...extremely aggravated.
I've just discovered that one U.S. measuring cup is not the same as one Japanese measuring cup. Do you realize what this means?
It means I've been baking with my little Japanese measuring cup for an entire year under the mistaken assumption that one cup equals 200ml. Why? Because the stupid thing says quite clearly on its side in happy, cherry red: "200ml - 1 cup." So what did I do? I looked and I believed. I trusted my measuring cup! Well, there goes my innocence, my naive heart, my faith in measuring cups.
For anyone who didn't know (probably nobody but me): one U.S. cup equals 240ml.
I suppose this explains why I've had so many baking disasters since I came to Japan. All this time I thought it was...me. But since we now all know exactly what sort of doofus I am, it should be assumed that I would have found a parallel path with which to mess up. I mean, I've always known that "one cup" in America and Australia were different, but I just nuttily assumed Japan and America shared some sort of measuring cup fraternity. But then, why in the name of god does there need to be so many different versions of something that sounds as singular and assured as "One Cup?" Okay, best not to go there because then we'd have to ask why we couldn't all just pick either the left or the right side of the road to drive on, so that waffle-brains like me wouldn't drive on the wrong side and have car accidents...
Not that I've actually driven on the wrong side of the road--fine, I have driven on the wrong side of the road because when you move about all the time, it can get really confusing. BUT, I've never had an accident from driving on the wrong side of the road. However, that's really not the point I'm trying to make.
I actually don't have a point. I simply wrote this post to unload some self-scorn and to warn others so that they don't make the same mistake.