Private Class for Vegetarian Dishes with Autumn harvests

 

The main dish was chosen as Vegetarian Ramen for a guest lady from Israel who has been vegetarian for many years. Side dishes include cold fresh cabbage with Konbu marinade, Gyoza dumplings with lotus root, Kaki (persimmon) & greens dressed with creamy Tofu sauce etc.

My guest was very interested in Japanese Dashi soup stock with dried Shiitake mushrooms & Kombu kelp. Both are essential products for Umami in our cooking.

Kombu is very rich in glutamate or glutamic acid, which is contained in most vegetables but by far the most in dried Kombu. Another ingredient known for richness in glutamate is dried tomato.

Dried shiitake is known for its richness in guanylic acid or GMP, like many kinds of mushrooms around the world including dried porcini. This may be explaining why many Japanese people are deeply in love with Italian food!?

My guest lady was a medicinal food professional with a vast knowledge about Chinese herbal medicine & dietary, so it was very inspiring to share some time with her in the kitchen cooking and talking about various vegetables and foods!

Many thanks for coming!
Akiko

Seafood lovers from Down Under

 

The main dish request was something seafood but not Sushi, so I recommended my favorite dish, Nanban Marinade of salmon!

My guest couple was from Australia and they were also visiting Taiwan and Hong Kong prior to their arrival into Tokyo. Both are dream destinations for foodies in Japan and I had a lot of questions to ask!

To be honest, I have spent a lot of time working as a travel writer so I am good at asking questions, rather than answering them. But of course I answered all my questions from my guets, too (I hope I did).

We also cooked two side dishes with great sauces; sweet & savory Miso sauce for grilled eggplants & sesame sauce for spinach, full of aromas!

My guest liked sesame sauce very much that she told me she was going to get a traditional sesame pounder.

I hope my guests liked their home cooked food at Tokyo apartment…
Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

Lots of seafood for a US athlete couple

This was a 2 main dish course request from an American couple. We cooked Salmon Nanbanzuke marinade and Okonomiyaki pancake as our main dishes, plus a few side dishes with vegetables and seasonal fruits.

My guest couple was both very fit as regular climbers and bouldering experts, so salmon was a good choice for their muscles. We also chopped some squid and put in our Okonomiyaki, as well as pork, cabbage, leek and Naga Imo potato, which is exactly how I make it for my family.

When I asked him if there is any favorite Japanese ingredients, he replied

” Unagi and Uni (eel and sea urchin)!! ”,

so I knew he is quite familiar with our dietary, then it turned out his Mum is Japanese!

Obviously he has been eating yummy Japanese home made dishes all his life, and I  do hope that he & his girlfriend liked what we prepared together at my kitchen.

Many thanks for coming!

Japanese home dish Mckerel Nanban Marinade

I have welcomed two young people from Toronto. They had just graduated university.

 

Since both of them are a good cook,  I would like to introduced Japanese great taste of summer ingredients for lunch.

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Mackerel nanban marinade

Cucumber with creamy sesame sauce

summer vegetables with miso sauce

Edamame rice

Miso soup

Thank you for coming and sharing your life in Toronto!

Kisshy

 

 

 

 

Seafood & Nuka-zuke class

The menu was seafood(Swordfish & Salmon) Nanban-zuke, eggplant with sweet Miso sauce, fresh seasonal Bonito marinade with garlic & ginger, Miso soup with fried Tofu and Choy Sum greens.

At this class, I welcomed young Swedish boys from Stockholm, a couple from Chicago, USA and a Canadian traveller from Ottawa .

A lady from US is very knowledgeble about fermented foods and she is making her own Kimchee, Sauerkraut etc. Naturally she was very interested in our fermented pickles i.e. Tsukemono. I was very happy to have a chance to show my Nuka bed and  we all tasted my Nuka Zuke-ed cucumbers and carrots.

A gentleman from Canada asked me what kind of wood chips Japanese use in making Katsuo Bushi (Smoked Bonito). That was an unusual question but later he turned out to be a semi-professional chef and makes his own smoked food. No wonder!

Congratulations my team  our lunch turned out really yummy !

At our lunch table, my Swedish guests also told us about their exotic fermented food, a kind of canned fish but my old brain hasn’t got enough memory to store this Swedish  name…

He told us that some Swedish people were trying to export this product to Japan at one stage, as we are known as  seafood crazy but not quite succeeded yet.

Thank you all for lots of interesting stories, many thanks for coming!

Akiko

 

 

 

Swordfish Nanban and more ~May 2018~

The menu for  the class was;

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Swordfish & Salmon  Nanbanzuke sauce (fried and marinade with soysauce, vinegar & fresh vegetables)

<Side dish>

Eggplamt with sweet Miso sauce

Spinach with sesame sauce

chicken Karaage

Miso soup with clams & rice

I tend to spend a lot of time explaining about basic ingredients we use for Japanese cooking, such as Katsuo Bushi (Smoked Bonito fish), Konbu, Mirin etc.  Sometimes the tastes of them  are too different for first timers to my country but my two beautiful guests on this day were doing very good.

With Katsuo and Konbu, we made soup stock and used it for Miso soup, as well as spinach sauce and swordfish marinade. They all worked out nicely  &  my guest completed our delicious and authentic lunch!

Later  I learnd that one of my guests was a professional model, another was a title-holder of marathon ( in business suit!?!?  )

Japanese food are rich in nutrition, low in calories so isn’t our food just perfct for them?

I hope they will enjoy cooking our food again in US.

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

 

A private class on August 7th

I welcomed a lady from UK this morning.  She requested salmon-nanban marinade as a main dish.

During our cooking, she asked me how to cook tempura, so I decided to cook vegetable tempura as a side dish. She liked shiso leaves tempura, crispy green leaves, as you see in the middle of tempura plate.

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She said she will use fresh sage leaves in her garden instead of shiso leaves.  That is such a great idea!

Many people from outside of japan  keen to cook this shiso tempra at their home, but it is not easy to find except Japan unfortunately.  Then her advise reminds me for cooking school in NY, I learned the crispy fried sage garnish, which is slimier to tempura.  I’ll let the people that sage leave is good substitution  from now on!

 

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She liked the food we prepared very much. We have time to talk about her life in London and her trip in Japan.  It was really interesting and time flied.

Hope you cook fresh sage tempura to your loving grand children!

Many thanks!

Kisshy

Salmon nanban marinade class on August 6th

I welcomed 3 girls today for my cooking class.  We cooked salmon – nanban marinade, cucumber dressed creamed sesame, pan fried eggplant with miso sauce, rice and miso soup.

I served fresh bonito sashimi as extra seasonal dish.  I’d love my guests to taste something seasonal small dish, which may not encounter the taste for non-Japanese people  at common restaurants.

Serving fresh bonito sashimi with julienne fresh Japanese herbs is one of our Japanese summer delight. We eat the bonito sashimi with ginger and vinegar sauce instead of wasabi and soy sauce.

Also we prepare edamame-rice. Edamame is also now in season. I thought  fresh edamame, I meant non- frozen, might be unusual for visitors.

I’m glad to share the people come to my class and find something new “real” Japanese taste.

Today’s participants enjoyed those tastes pretty much so I’m glad to hear that.

 

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Hope you enjoy the trip in Japan, and hope you will become familiar to cook Japanese food!

 

Many thanks,

Kisshy

 

Chicken Karaage & Gyoza class with Melbourne & NY couples

I welcomed 2 couples at this class and both happened to be newly engaged, one of them had got engaged just the day before coming to my class, on top of Mt.Fuji, enjoying the panoramic view of sun rise up there! 

So the class was full of happy feeling from the start and lots of fun talks. The only incident was that  I was too busy chatting to take photos of what we prepared but believe me, they were yummy!

The menus include; pork Gyoza, chicken Karaage (deep-fried with potato starch), Bok Choy style stir fried Komatsuna green. No miso soup for this class as it was a boiling hot summer day. 

My happy guests liked Gyoza and chicken very much. To make Karaage, we marinade chicken pieces in a bag of soy sauce etc. Don’t forget to put some garlic and ginger. You may prepare this a day before if you have time. 

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While wrapping Gyoza, I was asked many questions about our culture and life. Some are not necessarily related to food and very interesting, such as “Why are there no garbage bins on streets nor stations?”, “Do you really eat KFC for Christmas gathering?” etc.  

I simply give my answers on each topic. It may not be accurate, but I suppose it is a good chance to get to know the Real Housewives of Tokyo!? 

I hope they enjoyed their time at my kitchen.

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

Sushi roll and cooking fish class on Jul 5th ’17

I had special request to make sushi roll and cooking fish by a couple from UK.

Regularly our cooking class offers one main dish, two side dishes, rice and miso soup. However, we can cope with extra main dish or side dish if someone requests with additional fee.

Then we decided to cook Salmon naban marinade which is Japanese style escabeche, sushi roll, cucumber with sweet sesame dressing,  fried eggplant with miso sauce at the class. I assumed the class will be busier than the regular class, so I prepared the ingredients elaborately.

Making sushi roll is challenging, but mostly the participants has done very well, embarrassedly, sometime better than me(!).

The participants were well done for chopping ingredients and major the seasonings to make sauces.

 

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Making an egg omelet for center of sushi roll. Little challenging at the begging of the part, but I’m sure you will get accustomed and finally make a beautiful omelets.

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Spread out vinegar rice over nori seaweed to make base of the roll. .

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They made beautiful sushi rolls and enjoyed for lunch.

I appreciate your amazing review for Trip Advisor. I’m glad you and your wife enjoyed the class.

Thank you for coming!

Best,

Kisshy