I've been cooking Japanese food at home frequently for around 3 years after an epic 2 week honeymoon to Japan in May 2013, and I love the delicious simplicity of it.
A few weeks ago I was invited to a wonderful masterclass of Japanese cooking with Yuki Gomi and Yutaka, a brand that has my complete trust in authenticity, to learn some non-fussy home cooking. Yuki was fantastic, teaching us 4 dishes which took around 1 hour from start to finish!
We started the evening off with some nibbles and sparkling sake from the Kyoto region, and after an excitable and animated catchup with lovely Claire, we were ready to cook up a storm.
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Beans with sweet and savoury sesame paste which were highly addictive.
Yuki picked up some sushi grade salmon for this refreshing salmon ceviche dish, the addition of shiso leaf (it tastes like a cross between mint and basil) with lime juice made it uniquely Japanese in taste.
We were so ready to tuck in after all the hard work cooking and everything tasted terrific. My favourite had to be the beans in sesame paste, and the salmon was super refreshing. Another delight was the BBQ sauce for the croquette which I can't wait to try at home.
I'll be sharing Yuki's recipes over the next few week, so stay tuned if you want to try these easy Japanese dishes for yourself. You'll need to pick up some Yutaka condiments which can be easily found in the large supermarkets like Tesco's/Sainsbury/Waitrose.
*I was invited as a guest, all photos and opinions are my own.