Canada Day Workshops

July first is coming fast and it’s time to celebrate. Come join me on June 29th for an early celebrations. I’ll be running two cooking classes – Oh Canada cupcakes and poutine.

Poutine cooking class japanIn the poutine class we will make homemade fried and gravy and then construct the classic dish beloved by Canadians.

Date: June 29th
Time: Time: 4-6pm
Cost: 2500 yen
Location: Serendipity Cafe
RSVP: on Facebook

Red velvet cupcake class Japan

The cupcake class will be family friendly so you are welcome to bring your children. Families do not have to be related. Feel free to find a friend and form a family. Each “family” will make and decorate six cupcakes.

Date: June 29th
Time: 1-3pm
Cost: 3000 yen per family/pair (includes six cupcakes)
Place: Serendipity Cafe, Chigasaki
RSVP: via Facebook

 

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Homemade Sushi Vinegar

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I had been craving homemade sushi rolls for quite some time but after two weeks of not remembering to pick some sushi vinegar up, I decided to make my own. I searched Cookpad.com and found a good one. [click to continue…]

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Banana Oatmeal Cookies (gluten free)

Banana Oat Cookies

I often see two ingredient cookies or three ingredient cakes on Pinterest. Usually this means a cake mix plus eggs or even a can of coke. If you combined the ingredient lists of these mixes you would probably have around fifty ingredients, not one of them unprocessed. All food is processed on some level but there is a bit of a difference between the ingredients list on a cake mix box and the ingredients list on butter. Anyhow, those “three ingredient cakes” make me angry.

On to the topic of the day. These cookies have only two ingredients, bananas and rolled oats. These are really easy and also kid friendly. You can make them gluten free by using certified gluten free oats.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

2 ripe bananas
2 (250mL) cups of rolled oats

Optional add ins: nuts, raisins, dried fruit, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, cinnamon, vanilla, flax seeds, chia seeds

Preheat the oven to 170C (350F). In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas. Add the oats and mix until combined. You should be able to shape the dough into balls but it will still be sticky. If your bananas were on the large side, you may need more oats. If you are making these for smaller children, you can put the oats in a food processor or blender to make them smaller. Shape the dough into balls  the size of your choice. Place on a cookie sheet that has been greased or on top of parchment paper. Bake until they start to brown on the edges. Cool before serving.

For more oaty goodness, try my baked oatmeal snack bars.

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Gluten Free Feast (Workshop)

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I had originally scheduled this for Mother’s Day (unbeknownst to me) and was wondering why so few people were signing up. I have had several people ask for something like this. Now I know that Mother’s Day is not the best day for a cooking workshop. So now we have a new date. [click to continue…]

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Knackebrod – Scandinavian Flat Bread

knackebrod-flat-breadOne of the things I like to get from Ikea is Knackebrod. It’s basically a large rye cracker and is fantastic with almost anything you can think of on top. One day I decided to try making it myself. Summer is coming and it would be good to have it in the arsenal. I searched on pinterest and selected this recipe. It is a modern recipe with sesame seeds added. It was absolutely delicious. They are rather hard so if you have small people in the house they may not enjoy them. My son found them too hard so I had to eat the whole batch myself (not complaining).   [click to continue…]

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Homemade Cadbury Cream Eggs

homemade-cadbury-cream-eggAs mentioned in my last class post, Cadbury Cream Eggs are pretty much impossible to find in Japan. This year it occurred to me that I could make them. It only took ten years… I was so excited to find this recipe and adapt it to make it more Japan friendly. Corn syrup can be rather hard to find in Japan and the alternative I came up with likely tastes better than the original. You can get tiny packets of powdered sugar in many supermarkets but I usually buy from Amazon. Mizuame (みずあめ 水あめ)can be found in almost every supermarket. This is what a package looks like. And this is what it looks like inside. [click to continue…]

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Spinach soup

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Spinach is in season and I bought two massive bunches of it from the local farmer’s market. The first thing I did was search on Cookpad for spinach soup. I wanted something that wasn’t really creamy since I don’t really do dairy products.

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Chocolate Easter Egg Class

homemade-chocolate-easter-eggs-japanOne of the biggest hardships of living in Japan is the complete and utter lack of Cadbury Cream Eggs. I kid you not. Getting one or two in the mail from a family member is a big deal. This year I finally gave a homemade version a shot and was very pleased with the results. By pleased, I mean I ate the entire batch within 24 hours… It’s time to spread the love in the form of a Easter egg cooking class.

This will be a family affair. The definition of family also includes friends (no more than two adults please). Each family will make the same amount of eggs so you can divide them as you wish. [click to continue…]

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Pi Day 2014

I almost didn’t celebrate Pi Day this year. This morning I was supposed to be at a graduation ceremony at my son’s school but he’s home with the flu. I ended up making some festive goodies.

Tourtière using this pie crust. Changes: 5/8 white flour and 3/8 a mix of rice and whole wheat flours.

pi-day-2014Cookies using this recipe. Change: reduced sugar to 1/2 cup.

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Did you make anything special for Pi Day?

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New Workshop: The Hummus Feast Part 2

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hummus-workshop-japanI’ve got another workshop coming up at the lovely Serendipity Cafe in Chigasaki. As it is starting to warm up, it’s time for another hummus feast. In the last one we ended up making ten different flavors of hummus. This time we will experiment with using different kinds of beans and adding vegetables to the hummus.

We won’t just have hummus, we’ll make an entire healthy feast.

Date: Sunday, March 9th
Time: 4-7pm
Place: Serendipity Cafe, Chigasaki
Cost: 2500 yen per person

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