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Month: February 2013

Month End But Still a Feast!

Month End But Still a Feast!

To day is the 28th of February and the end of the month.  I have mentioned this year already how I am trying to make the most of my well stocked cupboard and full freezer and today is a perfect example of that. Tonight’s supper […]

Breakfast Club: Because breakfast should be more interesting than tea & toast or coffee & cereal!

Breakfast Club: Because breakfast should be more interesting than tea & toast or coffee & cereal!

Breakfast Club is the brainchild of Helen from Fuss Free Flavours and is a fun and popular way to get more recipes to keep everyone interested in breakfast, the most important meal of the day. I have been given the honour of hosting the Breakfast […]

Sozai – First Sushi Cooking Class

Sozai – First Sushi Cooking Class

Last week I attended the Launch Party of Sozai, London’s first dedicated Japanese cooking school and tonight I attended their first cooking class. It was totally sushi making and rolling and loads of fun.

There were seven of us which was really nice, we were able to chat and get to know each other better than in a crowded class.

A warm welcome, a glass of wine and let’s get rolling.

We learned how to make the perfect sushi rice, much easier than I thought it would be. You just have to be organised and let the rice soak for at least a couple of hours or better overnight.

One of the fillings we were going to use in our sushi rolls is a sort of omelet but made in a special square omelet pan. These can be purchased in Japanese food and equipment shops. 

 

You build up the omelet in layers and this keep it moist and makes sure it it thoroughly cooked as well.

The rice is straightforward to cook but it is essential that you cool it quickly to stop the cooking process so you don’t end up with sticky, soggy rice.  There are a couple of ways to do this; a small fan as in this photo (but this does take time and wears our the fan waver!), a large fan like you would have in your home or a hair dryer on the cool setting.

Beautiful pieces of the freshest tuna, salmon and sea bream being sliced with a very sharp knife ready to be used for our sushi rolls.

 

Yuki, our teacher for the evening, showing us how to make a really simple hand roll, quick, easy and eaten in a couple of bites!

 

Sea bream and sushi rice ready for rolling. Once you get the technique it is really a lot of fun.

The topping trio, sesame seeds, black sesame seeds and flying fish eggs,

Two views of the three sushi rolls I made!!

 

The three rolls carefully cut into slices

 

The finished tray including wasabe and pickled ginger ready to take home for Mr R to try too. He is also a sushi fan and was very impressed his wifey had made it!!

 
 
Next week I am visiting Yuki at her home for some more insight into Japanese cooking. Keep coming back to the blog to see how my new hobby is progressing!
 

Sozai – Japanese Cooking School Launch Evening

Sozai – Japanese Cooking School Launch Evening

When I was 13 my family made a trip to California (from New Hampshire where we lived) and one evening we went to a Japanese restaurant. The thing that sticks in my mind is the green tea ice cream we had for dessert.  Between then […]

Unearthed – a Night of Olives

Unearthed – a Night of Olives

I was recently given the opportunity to attend an olive focus group in Camden Town, London last week.  The focus group was organised by Unearthed and after a welcome glass of white wine my niece and I started to work our way through the tasting […]

Valentines

Valentines

Usually Mr R and myself stay home Valentines day and we have a special meal together along with a special bottle of wine.  We hate going out for a meal where the prices are hiked up and the quality suffers. We have a brief discussion about the meal but it is usually up to me to buy the food and wine and cook it. (Occassionally Mr R will pick the menu and shop and cook it.)

This year we have had my niece from America visiting the week before which involved the rest of the family and lots of sightseeing in London and around where we live.

I just hadn’t had much time to my self so wasn’t really sure what we would have for our special meal last night and hadn’t been able to shop yesterday so a fridge raid was the matter of the day.

 

I did have some tiger prawns in the fridge so I made a prawn cocktail. For the sauce I mixed ketchup, mayonnaise, horseraddish and a small spoonful of Gran Luchito mexican chilli paste.  The sauce was spicy and smokey and really went well with the prawns.  Served on a bed of iceberg lettuce with sliced tomatoes and a slice of lemon it was a lovely starter.

We exchanged cards, Mr R gave me a box of luxury chocolates and I put a Euromillions lottery ticket in his card (fingers crossed we win a couple of million tonight!!)

Cross Pens – My Kind of Candy!

Cross Pens – My Kind of Candy!

Recently Cross the enigmatic pen company asked me if I liked pens. Do Italians eat pizza? – I love pens and always have.  The highlight of my new school year each September was always a trip to the stationary store with my dad to stock […]

Rachel’s Yoghurt Coconut & Blueberry Muffins

Rachel’s Yoghurt Coconut & Blueberry Muffins

I was recently sent some Rachel’s Organic Greek StyleYoghurt to try.  I do like this range of yoghurt but I didn’t just want to have this on its own or over some sort of breakfast cereal so I though I would try to make some […]