In 2015 I had the privilege of staying with my Japanese friend's family in Tokyo for two weeks in February/March. They were such kind and generous hosts and I took away so many amazing memories from that experience. My trip happened to coincide with the Japanese festival of Hinamatsuri, also known as the Doll Festival … Continue reading Hinamatsuri – Celebrating Japan’s Girls’ Day
When it comes to birthday and Christmas gifts, Mark and I both like to get each other vouchers for experiences rather than "stuff" as a general preference. Sometimes they are real vouchers, and sometimes they are handwritten "IOUs" depending on the situation. Cooking classes are perfect gifts because we both love to cook, and there … Continue reading Learning to Make Udon and Tempura with Yuki’s Kitchen
There are few dishes as comforting, delicious and warming as a bowl of Japanese curry udon. The udon noodles are served in a thick curry broth that is perfect for warming you up after being out in the cold. I love to eat curry udon after a long winter training run - it feels like … Continue reading Curry Udon
In case you hadn't noticed the weather getting colder, the days getting shorter, and just about everyone on Twitter talking about pumpkins, autumn leaves and all things hygge, October is here! I spent most of today wandering around Kew Gardens. The weather was bright, but crisp, and we came across this little patch of pumpkins … Continue reading Autumn vegetable udon
Ramen is possibly my favourite thing - like - in the world (and the hubbie of course...but also ramen). You can imagine how excited I was when Ladies in Blogging invited me to learn how to make it from scratch - broth, noodles, the whole shebang - at Sozai Cooking School, a school that focuses … Continue reading Sozai cooking’scool! Learning to make perfect ramen from scratch.
I'm a huge fan of mochi, a Japanese sweet made with rice flour that's mixed with water and heated to become glutinous and sticky. It's often filled with sweet red bean paste to make daifuku. This strawberry version is really popular during Spring in Japan. When I was staying with my Japanese friend's family in … Continue reading Japanese Strawberry (Ichigo) Daifuku
Pham Sushi on Whitecross Street is an oldie but a goodie! Well...I don't know about old, but it's not a new opening - I just had to write about it because it's so darn good. I am pretty lucky to have such a great Japanese restaurant so close to where I work. You can see … Continue reading Pham Sushi, Whitecross Street
I want to share this yuzu ponzu recipe with you after making some to have with some yummy dumplings. Yuzu is a Japanese fruit with distinctive and tart flavour similar to grapefruit. It's started to gain a lot of popularity in the UK over the past couple of years and you can buy small bottles of … Continue reading Yuzu Ponzu