People often ask me why I love Japan. Often the things that spring to mind are things I like about Japan - the warmth of the family kotatsu (the best invention - a table with a built-in heater and blanket!), the Japanese meticulous attention to detail, their respect for one another, family, friendship, pride in … Continue reading Japonisme: A New Book by Erin Niimi Longhurst
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
You've probably got the hint by now that I'm a bit of a fan of Japan and Japanese food. I heard about Namayasai when Mark and I did our udon making class with Yuki from Yuki's Kitchen. We were discussing how to get hold of particular Japanese vegetables in London and Yuki-san told us about … Continue reading Namayasai: Organic, UK-grown Japanese Vegetables
Last week I celebrated my birthday with the hubbie at the Japan Centre Group's new Mayfair restaurant, Sakagura. They specialise in Japanese washoku which is a traditional way of serving food in Japan with a number of small plates accompanied with rice and miso soup. I've had my eye on their tasting menu since they … Continue reading Sakagura restaurant: My birthday and Japanese tasting menu
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
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.