Seafood Nanban style class

The maindish choice by ladies from Australia was seafood, so I picked up swordfish and salmon Nanban style. I use a lot of fresh vegetables in Nanban marinade sauce.  Fillet of fish are deep fried and this may sound a little heavy, but the combination with veggies and vinegar, Mirin etc. turns into a healthy and rich harmony. No special skill needed of course!

A couple from Poland also were both  seafood lovers and we all worked hard in the whole morning hours, ended up with a traditional homy Japanese lunch at table.  Itadaki-masu!

One of side dishes was also using poplular seafood in our country, salted cod roe,  with lightly boiled  lotus root,  plus a hint of Yuzu citrus.

My guests were very interested in Dashi soup stock and I had a lot of questions, my excuse for not taking any photo while cooking…

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

Gyoza and various side dishes

This was a class filled with happy voices for a group of French girls reunion.

Their choice was a perfect food for intimate gathering; Gyoza with home made filling of pork, leek, garlic chives etc.

We also prepared a several side dishes includig salmon & avocado etc. One of their favorite was Miso soup using potato. Yes, potato is something from Americas and often used in European cooking, but it is actually a popular ingredient for our Japanese Miso soup as well.

My guest girls successfully mastered how to make nice and even frills on Japanese style dumplings. I am hoping maybe they are making Gyoza again on their next occasion together.

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

 

Temari Sushi class for friends’ reunion

The main dish was Temari Sushi. ‘Temari’ is a palm-sized ball for children, often decorated with fine colorful embroideries. As you can easily guess, Temari Sushi is shaped like this small ball. It is a one bite Sushi with a variety of toppings.

At this class, we used boiled prawns, thinly sliced cucumbers, fresh sashimi-quality maguro(tuna) & salmon, Takuan(pickled Daikon radish), Shiso leaves etc.

There were also Mentaiko(salted chilly cod roe) and salted cherry blossoms as a few challenge items but my guests tried everything and their plates are all empty after lunch hours. Yes, I love seeing empty plates after the class!!

We put the heads of prawns in our Miso soup and I think my guests liked it as well. Believe me it makes your soup amazingly delicious!

It was a reunion vacation trip of old friends from Maryland and Florida, US. I enjoyed being a part of their happy moments in Tokyo.

Many thanks for coming!
Akiko

Tempura, Sushi and Gyoza class WOW

This was probably one of the most challenging class this year but we made it!
Thankfuly we had 5 very skilled participants from BC Canada and Michigan US at this class.

The main dish choices are Tempura of prawns, Maitake mushroom (my favorite!) and vegetables, plus Sushi roll with Maguro(tuna), salmon and greens. For side dishes we prepared a small portion of Gyoza with pork and shrimp & spinach with our flavorful sesame sauce.

We started grating smoked bonito for Dashi soup stock, then prepared Sushi rice with seasonings, chopped veggies and wrapped Gyoza, and finally deep fried Tempura and rolled Sushi!

And I was astonished that one of my guest lady was going to be a speaker at a medical conference held in Tokyo that same evening! Indeed some people are super talented.

I have also learned one new thing at this class. My guest told me that avocado in Sushi rolls are first created by a Japanese chef in British Columbia, although we often call it ‘California’ style. I must visit ‘Tojo’s’ in Vancouver one day.

Many thanks for coming!
Akiko

Seafood but No Sushi Class

The main dish request for this class was “something seafood, but not Sushi” as the couple has already learned how to make Sushi before. So we did our popular seafood main dish Nanban style marinade of fried salmon & swordfish.

For side dish choices, my guest picked a menu using Kaki, the seasonal fruit of autumn and one of few indigenous kinds for land of Japan. Plus sweet & savory Miso sauce with grilled eggplant.

My guest couple told me they were living in a motor house and I was as curious as always, so they showed me some photos, and it was way beyond my imagination, truly gigantic! Their kitchen in the motor house is much bigger than mine in Tokyo apartment, with every nice equipment.

I am sure they can cook anything at their beautiful kitchen. Hope they have tried out our Japanese home cooking recipe back home.

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!

2 main dishes class

Today was “ 2 main dishes” class.

Okonomiyaki! “Japanese pan cake” is for the lunch or the dinner not for the dessert. We put pork, Shrimp and Cabbage and yam and one more ingredient which is secret:-).

Salmon-NanbanZuke. Salmon marinated in sour sauce which you can arrange with other white fish or Chicken too.

Itadakimasu! thank you for coming!

Sake no chan chan yaki and Gyoza

Today’s students are from Santa Monica L.A ! I used lived in L.A for 8years so I felt I knew them for long time.

They don’t eat pork so we made chicken Gyoza (dumplings) and Making gyoza is always fun !

Always so exciting to wait until The bottom turn golden color !!! 

Here is she is hitting cucumbers! This is one of side dishes called TATAKI-KYURI and very good combination with Gyoza ! 

 

 

 

 

We we also made SAKE NO CHAN CHAN YAKI (Salmon grilled with vegetables and miso sauce) and one more side dish.

It was fun class and thank you for coming!

Itadakimasu !!!!!!

 

 

 

Sushi Roll & Karaage class for foodie Swiss boys

The main dish was Sushi Rolls with salmon, avocado, Shiso leaves, Takuan(pickled Daikon radish) etc. We also cooked some prawns, heads for Miso soup and the flesh for ball-shaped Temari Sushi.  

On this day, I welcomed two big Swiss guys who arrived at Tokyo just 2 days ago. For their body clock, it must be like cooking after midnight, but they were very happy and active, with lots of questions and fun talks! 

We also prepared Japanese style fried chicken, Karaage. Batter is not very thick and outside is crispy, inside of the chicken thighs so tender and juicy with good flavor of garlic, ginger and soy sauce. 

Of course, I asked my guests to shred our most important staple food, Katsuo bushi (smoked bonito fish), which we used in our Dashi soup stock for Miso soup. We Japanese are almost addicted to this Umami taste & aroma.  My Swiss guests found our home-made Miso soup very tasty, too.  He even took a very nice photo and send it to me. 

Our cooking classes are always REALLY hands on so I am afraid my jet lagged guests might go straight into bed afterwards… but I hope they enjoyed their first home cooking experience at Tokyo apartment. 

Many thanks for coming! 

Akiko