Category Archives: Workshops/classes

Christmas Cooking Classes in Yokosuka

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I have four Christmas cooking classes coming up. Sign up at the bottom of the page.

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Christmas Bark

December 5th, 13:00-14:45
Cooking room (調理講習室) on the 5th floor of the Yokosuka Lifelong Learning Center aka. Manabikan
Parking available for 310 yen for 3 hours onsite.
3000 yen per person or parent and child pair

*For safety reasons, only children cooking can attend the class

Gingerbread muffins

Gingerbread Muffins

December 5th, 15:00-16:45
Cooking room (調理講習室) on the 5th floor of the Yokosuka Lifelong Learning Center aka. Manabikan
Parking available for 310 yen for 3 hours onsite.
3000 yen per person or parent and child pair

*For safety reasons, only children cooking can attend the class

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Grinch Cookies

December 12th, 13:00-14:45
Cooking room (調理講習室) on the 5th floor of the Yokosuka Lifelong Learning Center aka. Manabikan
Parking available for 310 yen for 3 hours onsite.
3000 yen per person or parent and child pair

*For safety reasons, only children cooking can attend the class

Christmas cupcakes

Christmas Cupcakes

December 12th, 15:00-16:45
Cooking room (調理講習室) on the 5th floor of the Yokosuka Lifelong Learning Center aka. Manabikan
Parking available for 310 yen for 3 hours onsite.
3000 yen per person or parent and child pair

*For safety reasons, only children cooking can attend the class

 

Sign up here at the bottom of the page.

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Iron Chef Serendipity Pi Day Edition

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It’s time to put your cooking skills to the challenge. Two teams, two boxes of mystery ingredients, one kitchen.
Come join in the fun as two teams compete to make the best meal from a box of mystery ingredients.

Date: March 14th (Pi Day)
Time: 4-6pm
Cost: 2500 per person
RSVP: Here or on Facebook
I might be able to accommodate dietary restrictions, so please contact me to check.

Children are welcome to participate or play in the the background.

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Cooking Getaway

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I haven’t mentioned this on the blog before but I run an AirBnB apartment here in Yokosuka. We are 30sec from the beach and have a fantastic view of Mt. Fuji from the living room window on a clear day. I also offer cooking classes for guests. If you are looking to get away for a couple of days and learn something new, I’d love to host you. I can accommodate up to four guests at a time, so you can come with a group. We are a 25 min bus ride from Zushi station.

Classes: Okonomiyaki (savory pancake), yakisoba (fried noodles), Japanese style beach BBQ, traditional Japanese breakfast, hotpot, kabocha squash feast, hummus, how to use a whole daikon and many more topics.

I take apartment bookings through AirBnB and you can inquire about cooking classes below.

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Oreo Cookie Truffles

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I’ve got an easy one for you. It violates my general policy of not using processed food in recipes. But it involves Oreos, so I’ve made an exception. It is not healthy either…

This is really flexible as it goes be weight ratios. That means you can make them with one Japan-sized sleeve of cookies (nine cookies) or a whole package. I use white chocolate because I prefer it for the taste and aesthetic reasons. White chocolate is on the sweet side so if you are making these for people who can’t handle North American levels of sweetness, use dark chocolate. Double stuff Oreos are not readily available in Japan but for those of you outside of Japan, most of the recipes on the interwebs say they are not suitable for this recipe. You could probably try some of the flavored Oreos though. The recipe below is based on this one.

Oreo Truffles

2 parts (by weight) Oreo cookies

1 part (by weight) cream cheese

Chocolate for melting

Optional: mint extract

 

Food processor instructions

Put the Oreo cookies in the food processor and pulse until you get crumbs. Add the cream cheese and pulse until you get dough. Form small balls with the dough and place on a plate covered with saran wrap. Cover and refrigerate until firm. Try at least an hour. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or a double boiler. Dip the Oreo balls in chocolate and decorate. Cool to harden.

 

Manual instructions (more fun)

Put the Oreo cookies in a large Ziploc bag, seal and smash the cookies (I use a rolling pin) until you get crumbs. Place the cookie crumbs in a large bowl and add the cream cheese. Combine until you get dough. Form small balls with the dough and place on a plate covered with saran wrap. Cover and refrigerate until firm. Fifteen minutes in the freezer also works. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or a double boiler. Dip the Oreo balls in chocolate and decorate. Cool to harden.

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Hot Chocolate Spectacular (Cooking class)

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Hot chocolate is the nectar of the gods.

It is time to experiment with different chocolates, add-ins and bases to construct the ultimate hot chocolate.

There will be a competition at the end so come with your creative juices flowing.

Date: Feb 28th 4-6pm
Place: Serendipity Cafe, Chigasaki
Cost: 2500 yen per person (includes baked goods to munch on)

 

To register, head over to Facebook or to my Akiya Kitchen Cooking School website.

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Oreo Truffle Cooking Class (family friendly)

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We’ll be making a box of oreo cookie truffles. This is family friendly class so feel free to bring kids. Pricing is by number of truffles so two people can work on one box.

Date: Feb 28th 2-4pm
Place: Serendipity Cafe, Chigasaki
Cost: 2500 yen for 12 truffles

To register, head over to Facebook or to my Akiya Cooking School website.

Pizza Parties in Chigasaki

It’s time to kick off the new year with pizza. I’ll be hosting pizza parties at Serendipity cafe on the 24th and you are all invited.

Kid’s Pizza Party

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At the kid’s pizza party we will make dough and tomato sauce, assemble and bake the pizzas. Each child will make a pizza that is suitable in size for both the child and accompanying parent.

Date: Jan 24th
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Serendipity Cafe, Chigasaki
Cost: 2000 yen for one child or 2500 yen for a set of siblings (each will make their own pizza)
RSVP:  Here or on Facebook

Adult’s Pizza Party

pizza-party-chigasakiWe will make everything from scratch and then feast on our creations.

Date: Jan 24th
Time: 4-6pm
Location: Serendipity Cafe, Chigasaki
Cost: 2500 yen per person
RSVP:  Here or on Facebook

*Older children are welcome to participate in the adult pizza party. Many of the children who go to the kid’s events are in kindergarten or early elementary school. There are toys at the cafe so you are welcome to attend the class with your child playing in the background.

 

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Gingerbread Cookie Class

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My second class on December 20th will be a gingerbread cookie class. This is also family friendly, like the chocolate snowflake cupcake class.

Gingerbread Cookie Class

Dec 20th, 3-4:30pm
At Serendipity Cafe, Chigasaki
3000 yen for 12, 4000 yen for 24
*pricing is by number of cupcakes, not person so feel free to come as a family or with a friend

To sign up, click here.

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Chocolate Snowflake Cupcake Class

chocolate snowflake cupcake classI have two classes coming up on December 20th at Serendipity Cafe. The first is chocolate snowflake cupcakes. This will be a family friendly event and pricing will be number of cupcakes made/decorated per group. Please feel free to sign up with a friend or as a family.

Chocolate Snowflake Cupcake Class

December 20th, 1-2:30pm
At Serendipity Cafe, Chigasaki
3000 yen for six, 4000 yen for twelve

*pricing is by number of cupcakes, not person so feel free to come as a family or with a friend

To sign up, click here.

 

Iron Chef Serendipity Recap

Sunday was Iron Chef Serendipity and it was really fun.

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The ingredients: Gluten free quinoa pasta (order from iherb), Chinese cabbage, enoki mushrooms, green peppers, Okinawa black sugar, yuzu, onions, ground beef, dried edamame, tomatoes. A bonus ingredient for one team was a kabocha squash and the other team got pumpkin seeds. I brought most of the contents of my spice cupboard for communal use.

 

You can see the results below. All of the participants were impressed with what they made. Everything tasted good.

I’ll be running it again in the new year for those of you who missed it. I can’t wait to see what they will make next.

Team Pavess

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Kabocha squash dessert pizzasQuinoa pasta with chinese cabbagebuns with pumpkin seeds

Gluten free Meat pieStuffed green peppers Fried gluten free quinoa pasta Curried pumpkin seeds