Japanese cuisine is just one of those cuisines that you can't get enough of once you've tried it, and if you are not familiar with it, it is so much more than just sushi.

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.

Brand endorsement. I was just copying the other bloggers... hehe.

Yuki on the right, showing us the way of Japanese cooking.

Preparing our pork and vegetable stock for soup noodles later.

Making healthy sweet potato croquettes with shiitake mushroom, onion, chives rolled in toasted panko crumbs and sesame seeds. Instead of deep frying, they go in the oven which is far healthier.
Homemade BBQ sauce to go with the croquettes. It was utterly delicious, I'll certainly be replicating this at home!

Cooking fun with my partner in crime who is super funny and so much fun to be around. look at her dazzling smile!

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.    

Thank you so much to Yutaka and Yuki for an exceptional evening of Japanese cookery, we even took home a super generous goody bag including Yuki's cookbook which I can't wait to dig into!

*I was invited as a guest, all photos and opinions are my own.


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    Betty x
    The Betty Stamp

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      I hope you'll be back to read some more and yes my blog name always makes people laugh hehe x

  2. This looks like such a fun cookery class, I've always wanted to try Japanese cooking but I have no idea where to start!

    Lyndsay | Fizzy Peaches Travel & Lifestyle Blog

    1. I definitely recommend it Lyndsay, Japanese food is such a delight to cook. You could try some of my Japanese recipes and if you can't find Japanese condiments in Brighton, you can order from Japan Centre online who offer delivery =)

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