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Jul 13

Where is the sun?

My daughter always asks me every morning “Where’s the sunshine?”. I know I would like to see some lovely sunshine too. It has been so cold lately that she’s now given up on waiting to see a summer this year.
We have a BBQ whenever it’s a sunny day, and I would like to show you Japanese BBQ which is served with soy sauce and a ginger base, and you may also add chilli so the meal suits your taste.

All you need –

A packet of Chicken wings (containing about 12 wings)

Sauce-
2 Table spoons of soy sauce
4 table spoons of white wine or sake
2 table spoon of Mirin
2 table spoon of Honey

Optional -
1 tea spoon of Japanese chilli (or normal chilli is fine)

Add chicken and the sauce in a seal-able bag and mix well.
Leave it for 2 hours in fridge and cook on a grill for 15 mins both side with 200c or freeze it and use within a month.

I love seal-able bags because your hands stay clean, and it’s easy because all of the ingredients are in one place.

What I do usually do is I make them a lot of them and cook half of them for our dinner and freeze the other half for next time.
You can freeze them for a month. Make sure you defrost in room temperature and then cook.
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Adding Sake or white wine makes the meat softer and honey makes it have a nice, golden colour.

You can eat it hot or cold, and it’s perfect for picnics and BBQs.

Enjoy! x

chicken cooked


26
Jun 13

Tsunami charity – 2 years on

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It has been over 2 years since the Tohoku tsunami, yet I still have this sadness every time I see photos of the city and people suffering.

We can’t do anything to prevent nature, but what happened on that day should never be forgotten.
I have helped many charity events for the Tohoku tsunami in the UK. I appreciate how generous people are in this country and my family and I will never forget the support we have from the rest of the world. Thanks to all the help, we are able have greater hope.
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I helped at a charity event at an Independent primary school in my area last week.
A mother of some children, who attended the school, held a classical music concert, and asked me to serve sushi and Japanese alcohol at the event.
It was a fantastic day and again, many people generously donated money. I am so grateful to see so many people asking me about the current situations in Japan, and giving kind words of hope and luck for all those affected.
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They also enjoyed my sushi and finished it all during the interval and they all asked for more! I ended up making sushi at high speed, but when I finished making a single set, it would disappear in a flash. This was very tiring and challenging, but it was very fun and I enjoyed myself greatly.
 
The thing I love about London is that it’s full of people of so many different cultures; I’ve learned so much throughout the years of living here.
I hope that the people suffering all around the world can have hope, and it’s our job to never lose hope for them. 
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2
Feb 13

Flower garden

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I haven’t added any dishes lately… The problem is I forgot to take photos of my food…I realised this when I finished eating…

But I have some dishes this week and I didn’t forget to take some photos!

We had some sashimi platters tonight requested by my children.

My youngest daughter called this ‘Garden flower’.

150g of sushi rice and with all kinds of sashimi on top, and yes it looks very pretty like a flower.

And we have sashimi soy sauce with it. Sashimi soy sauce is different compared to normal soy sauce.

It’s a little bit sweeter than normal soy sauce. You can buy it from any Japanese store.

I am going to try to make sashimi soy sauce at home soon as it’s delicious and perfect with any fish dish.

We had:

Salmon, Tuna, Yellow tale, Roasted eel, cooked prawn, and Salmon roe.

I didn’t eat rice tonight but all the sashimi filled me up. Delicious.

 

More to come tomorrow!

Makiko

 

 


4
Jan 13

Changing my mind…

Hi

I was busy doing my sushi lessons today I forgot to get some pork mince…

This is my lunch…

Can you believe its just 550kcal ?

I can have some desserts too… later.

 


2
Jan 13

Japanese sweets and paper work

Its 3:45am and I am finishing my paper work with Japanese sweets and the best Japanese plum liquor ‘ Hoshiko’.

The Japanese sweets are ‘ Gluten, daily and nut free. Yummy.


2
Jan 13

A healthy bento box

Hi, Maki here!

I had some soba left from yesterday, I decided to make a bento box for my dinner.

First I made japanese omelette called ‘ dashi yaki tamago.

And roasted eel with brown rice.

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healthy bento box

Many people think that japanese omelette is very hard to make but it’s actually very easy to make at home.  You can also prepare few at once and freeze them. It’s ideal for bento box and you just need to place it in the bento in the morning. It will be defrosted and ready to eat by lunch. I will show you how to make it later but ingredients are here for you.

This is my mother recipe:

  • 8 eggs
  • 16oml bonito stocks
  • 3g sea salt
  • 15g sugar
  • 4 table spoons of Mirin
  • 2 table spoons of Sake

I have some soup for soba left so I will make a nice vegetable soup with it tomorrow morning.

Makiko

 

 

 

 


1
Jan 13

Happy New Year!

Soba noodles

Hi everyone!

Happy new year or “akemashite omedetou gozaimasu”, as we would say in Japan!

We japanese, have a habit of eating soba ( Buckwheat noodles) in the evening of the 31st of Dec just before 12 am.

I have been abroad since I was 16 years old but I always had Soba noodles at the end of the year even when I was in Mexico.

Tradition of eating soba started in 1800, and has a few meanings which my grandmother taught me;

  • Soba noodles are easy to cut in your mouth so think of something bad happened during this year and cut and chew soba to get rid of them and start a brand new year.
  • Soba is a kind of  healthy noodles, so think of having a healthy life in the new year.

 

I remember my grandmother cooked Soba for me and all my cousins ( 13 cousins in total!) every year and I always helped her to cook and serve so I could have it first.

Soba is a very light, healthy dish as well as very filling, and which has only 350 kcal per person.

I was hoping to have a healthy, positive year in 2013 when I was eating last night and also remembered of my grandmother who kept the tradition habit every year.

Makiko

 

 

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