Jul 27th ’16 Halal food cooking

Today’s class was requested by Japanese woman, Ms. M, who wants to give a class to her Egyptian employee, Ms.D.  Very kind boss!

Ms. M and I take time to decide the menu; what we can cook as Halal food for Ms. D, I decide to cook Tempura, since her food restrictions are either  no alcohol  no pork.

    Today’s menu  Jul 27th ’16

Tempura

various kinds of salt (matcha, seakelp, shiso flavor)

Cucumber sesame vinegar dressing

Steamed eggplant with bonito flakes

Bonito sashimi

rice and miso soup

Matcha cake

I’ve  tested several times to make nice Japanese dashi seasoning without sake and mirin.  Sake and mirin are fundamental seasonings for Japanese food. Finally I found out using mixed dried dashi ( mackerel, shiitake, bonito and sea kelp) instead of using simply dried bonito flakes.  The mixture produces  the complexity of Umami flavor to dashi stock.

I also prepared matcha salt, sea kelp powder and salt and shiso flavored salt as accompany for tempura.

I’m so glad to hear that Ms. M gave me email later, Ms. D enjoyed the class very much.   I did enjoy the class very much, too!

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Many thanks!

Kisshy

 

Japanese Cooking Class Jul 9th ’16

Cooking class as a birth day gift

I had a request  to book from a mom for her daughter’s birthday.  She lives in UK and her daughter lives in Japan.  She wanted to invite her daughter’s friends as well.

What a nice idea to give  a cooking class as a gift!

It seems not easy to handle all four students who were busy for their final term in this season.   Finally we could scheduled on Saturday the 9th.

They are maturated, very polite, lovely young people.

 

Menu on Jul 9th

 Horse Mackerel sashimi and *namerou

Shiitake *namerou tempura

Fried vegetable marinated in soy sauce dashi

Cucumber sesame vinegar dressing

Edamame rice  and Miso soup

Desserts

The birthday girl’s request for the main menu was sashimi.    After the birthday girl and I  exchanged email several times, then I decided to give sashimi class, but I couldn’t have them eat sashimi, why?

I was afraid the existence of anisakis,  food poisoning. Anisakis is a parasitic worm, and there is possibility to live in even sashimi grade horse mackerel.

According to wiki….

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anisakis

You don’t need to scare too much to eat raw horse mackerel. Fresh horse mackerel is sold as sashimi, and I do eat sashimi at home with my family. However, I can’t take risk a risk for just in case of very rare case of the food poisoning.

 

Anisakis is killed by cut up, so it is safe if horse mackerel is chopped up finely by knife. Therefore, I decide cut horse mackerel sashimi up for other dish instead of eating as sashimi.

We made fillet from whole horse mackerel , then prepare as sashimi.  Sashimi was chopped up  and mix with miso and Japanese herb, myoga, shiso leaves and grated ginger.   We call the dish as Namerou. This dish came from fisher man’s idea.

The participants did well filleting of horse mackerel. Then they enjoy cooking  with chatting and laughing.  I believe the birthday girl enjoyed a lot in the class!

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Happy Birthday Ms. E, and have a great summer!

 

Many thanks!

Kisshy