Wagashi Lesson in June

If you are interested in making, seasonal sweets, please contact me. English class is available upon request. min 2 people (max 5).

What to make :

- Minazuki (Uiro) : Made from rice flour. It is a traditional sweet eaten at the end of June, ‘Nagoshi no harae’

- Uiro: Beautiful season for Hydrangea. Let’s make hydrangea using Uiro dough.

Price: 6000 yen
Duration : 2.5 hours including tea time

Food in London

Good food / restaurant in London

Barrafina(Soho)

Spanish seafood restaurant

They have good seafood, simple cooking, taste very good.

Cougette flower Tempura, Honey and goat cheese perfect match

 

Princi (Soho)
Stylish Italian cafe, Their bread and pizza are nice.

 

La Fromagerie (Marylebone high street)
French cheese shop, their selection of cheese are amazing. Particularly, I love the cheese with truffle.

 

Daylesford (Marylebone high street)
Pretty cafe. They have a farm in cotswolds.

Higgins Coffee(near Oxford street)
Coffee and tea shop.

 

Merlose and Morgan (Primrose hill)
I just like their soy latte and baked well tart.

Oliveto (Victoria)
Sardinian restaurant. There are several shops, but I prefer the most Oliveto. They offer stone bake pizza.

Burrata

Bottarga Pasta

Buffalo mozzarella pizza

Blueberry yogurt ice cream

 

 

Supermarket, Waitrose.
so many cheese !

In England, they have really good dairy products, yogurt, butter, double cream and cheese.

My favorite yogurt

’London Journey ’ the weekly magazine

 

When I lived in London, I was in charge of writing recipe to the magazine called ’ Journey’- Japanese community weekly free magazine.
Since in a while, I had a chance to cook for them during my stay.

Recipes will come out around summer, still secured, but using these spices.

Shooting like this.

I was glad to see them again. It was concentrated hours cooking 9 dishes and chatting.

Now, I finished everything and relax.
Will enjoy beautiful season in London.

Lesson in London

I wanted to do this lesson for long time.

Finally, I held Wagashi lesson in London thanks to my friend’s help.

- Mugwort Mochi

- Yokan with dried fruit and nut

- Nerikiri (white beans), rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful roses, they are so different. It is shaped using spoon.

Regent park, rose garden. It is not yet full in bloom. but still beautiful

Hope you enjoyed.

Now in London

Finally arrived in London.

I feel like I came home.

Cold and chilly weather last week, but it is London

Then, yes!,  beautiful weather. Let’s go for a walk.
My favorite place without doubt. Regent park.

I just love so many greens in London. Even in the busy street, greens.

Beautiful scenery and food in Lisbon

After the class, I enjoyed a bit of sightseeing and local food in Lisbon.
One of Portuguese friends kindly took me around the town.

Beautiful blue and red contrast.

Lisbon is quite hilly, sometimes I am surprised its steep narrow streets, but it is beautiful.

Good food in Lisbon. As it is so close to the sea, fresh seafoods are available. Great sunlight makes fruit and vegetable very ripe and sweet.

Tempura, now we feel like Japanese food, but it comes from Portugal.

Squid ink past, it is very colorful.

I am just obsessed with fresh orange juice sold everywhere. It is so sweet and costs less than one euro.

I am impressed with this natural gas mineral water called ‘Pedras’. Portuguese are very proud of this water. Yes, it is indeed good taste.

There are many sweets in Portugal, too. Japanese popular sweet called ‘Kasutera’ is also originally made from Portuguese ‘Pão de lós’ .

Of course. Famous sweet, Pastel de Nata.

I enjoyed my stay in Lisbon. I will definitely come back again.

Class in Lisbon

I am now in Lisbon to give the class at Macrobiotic institution. Had a great time with local students teaching Japanese vegetarian dishes. I had a nightmare two days ago to come here ( Missed the connected flight at Brussels, delay, then lost baggage arriving mid night) , but I am super happy that I could manage to deliver the class. Everybody seemed to enjoy. Appreciate great helps from school,translater, assistants and special thanks to Simon Brown, who is my macrobiotic teacher and arranged everything to make this happen.

 

 

Muito Obligada!

Ceramics market

10 days public holidays this year, because of new era, Reiwa starts.
I went to famous Ceramics festival at Hasami and Arita in Saga Kyushu.

Unfortunate rain, but still I enjoyed a lot.

 

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My favorite, pottery Isshingama (一真釜)
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Coffee break at Inozaki cafe, very pretty.

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Cannot wait to use new bowl and pot.

 

Yomogi mochi & kashiwa mochi

Fresh green season. This month, we made two different Mochi.

Yomogi (mugwort )mochi and Kashiwa mochi.

Yomogi is herb, which is also used as an oriental medicine. It has very distinctive aroma.

Kashiwa (oak leave )mochi. We eat this sweet on children’s day (5 May) wishing prosperity for their descendants.

bye bye cherry blossom

Finally, cherry blossoms are over. I enjoyed cherry blossoms a lot, but also like ‘after cherry blossoms’. Pink carpet and the moment of transferring to green

 

So, I tried to express such seasons with Wagashi.

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