Additive Free Miso

Additive free live miso 6

I make my own miso, so I haven’t bought any in years. I was surprised to learn that not all miso still has a live bacterial culture. Some of it has flavoring and additives. Last time I went to the supermarket I snapped some pictures of the ones that were still living and are additive free. As an aside, I didn’t see any that were one or the other.

What to look for:

生 (nama)- live (as in live culture)
無添加 (mutenka) – additive free
酵母が生きている (koubo ga ikiteiru) – the yeast is living
生詰 or 生詰め (namatzume) – “packed with life”, as in the culture is still alive

Note: the miso I make has three ingredients soy beans, rice malt and salt. Some misos will have barley as well.

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Taco Night Cooking Class

After a summer break I am going to be back at Serendipity Cafe for another season of workshops. If you would like to see the schedule for September to December for both Serendipity and my new cooking school Akiya Kitchen, click here.

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Come join me on September 28th for taco night. In the class we will be making tortillas, guacamole and all the fillings. If you are gluten free we can do lettuce wraps instead of tortillas.

Taco Night Cooking Class

Date: September 28th

Time: 4-7pm

Place: Serendipity Cafe in Chigasaki

Cost: 3000 yen per person (includes dinner)

Sign up: http://www.akiyakitchen.com/class-sign-up/ 

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Lemon Yogurt Cake

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The other day I wanted to make a cake on a whim. The problem was that I didn’t have any milk or much butter in the house. That is usually a problem. I remembered that you can bake with yogurt so I gave Pinterest a little look. The second recipe I clicked on looked like a winner. It was. It is a nice moist lemon cake. With the sugar reduction, it would not be too sweet for most people here. This is definitely going on my recipe list since I usually have all of the ingredients in the house.

Lemon Yogurt Cake Modifications

Get the original recipe here.

  • I used 200ml cups instead of American sized cups
  • I added 2/3c of sugar to the cake instead of 1c. The amount in the icing remained the same
  • I used meyer lemons
  • I used regular full fat yogurt instead of low fat Greek yogurt
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Fall 2014 Cooking Class Schedule

Just a quick note to let you know that the cooking class schedule for fall 2014 is up. I have some holiday specific classes and other yummy delights.

You will notice that I’ve added a new location for classes. I have opened a cooking school in the Akiya area of Yokosuka. For more information, check out my website here.

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Simmered Cabbage

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I bought a head of cabbage for the first time and thought I would try something new. Simmered Cabbage.  [click to continue…]

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Curried Pan Fried Japanese Pond Smelt

Curried Pan fried japanese smelt wakasagi

I whipped this up one morning to put in lunches. As it was cooking, I found myself getting excited for lunch. It smells great. Not having grown up near the ocean, it sometimes doesn’t occur to me to buy fish. I love fish but we rarely ate it when I was a child. I went through a fish poor couple of weeks and decided to try something new. Small fish are good for you so I picked up some Japanese pond smelt (ワカサギ wakasagi) on a whim. When I find a new ingredient, I often turn to Cookpad.com (I use the app so it is the Japanese version but the English site is supposed to be great). This recipe is so simple and tasty.  It takes less than five minutes from start to finish. [click to continue…]

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Guest Post: Gluten Free Cupcakes with Blueberry Buttercream

gluten free vanilla cupcake blueberry buttercream

I was contacted by KA Japan a while ago asking if I’d like to contribute a recipe. Of course, I said yes and I sent them the gluten free cupcakes with blueberry buttercream recipe I used in my recent gluten free cooking class. Hop over to the KA Japan website for the recipe. Enjoy!

Looking for my next cooking class? Head over to this post to find out what I have coming up for Canada Day.

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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

homemade sushi vinegar

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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