Evening sushi making class

I am pleased to let you know that Kimiko’s Kitchen is offering evening class now. Please join us our first evening class on March 12th, Tuesday from 6:30 – 8:30pm at St. Catherine’s Church in North Vancouver, just off Edgemont Village. Please check more detaisl at www. kimikoskitchen.com! Hope to see you there!

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Simple eggplant side dish

I love eggplants, so as my husband. I had one Japanese (Chinese) eggplant in my fridge and decided to make simple eggplant dish. Japanese (Chinese) eggplants are longer and thinner than regular eggplants you see in large supermarkets. Japanese (Chinese) eggplants can be found in Asian supermarkets.

I chopped up a eggplant into bite sizes and place them in glass dish, put a clean wrap loosely and  microwaved for 2 minutes. (I used 800w, but please adjust how long depending of your microwave). After 2 minutes, I put about 100g of enoki mushroom and microwaved another 1 minute. Take out the dish and leave it till you can handle safely.

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Meanwhile, chop up a handful of cilantro and set a side. In a small bowl, whisk 3 tbsp of rice vinegar, 1 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 tbsp of sugar and a dash of sesame oil.

Squeeze gently liquid from eggplant and enoki mushroom. Add chopped up cilantro and pour the vinegar mixture over the eggplant, enoki and cilantro. Mix well and serve.

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For lunch, I had this leftover side dish salad from yesterday along with homemade miso soup and Japanese style potato salad. Yum!

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Cooking Classes for Jan, Feb and March

Let’s eat healthy in 2013! My cooking class schedules have been updated in www.kimikoskitchen.com and hope to see you to cook together. I will be offering evening classes this year, so please check my website for further information later on. For January 31st class, I have only 4 spots left, so please let me know if you are interested.

All classes are held at St. Catherine’s Church in Edgemont Village in North Vancouver and all fees are $55/person.

 January 31st ,Thursday

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

 Menus:

Various sushi rolls and cones

 

Feb. 28th, Thursday

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Menus:

Miso Soup

Shiraae (side dish with tofu dressing)

Gyoza

 

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Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Menus:

Various sushi rolls and cones

For sign up and questions, please email at kimiko@kimikoskitchen.com

Bento lunch boxes

As a mother of three young children, I want to make healthy and delicious lunch everyday which my kids look forward to lunch time. For one of Christmas gifts I gave them were Thermos food jars and since they are back to school this week, I have been packing them miso soup and hot chocolate and they are loving it and I love it too that I know they are enjoying lunch and when they bring home empty jars, I feel so happy that they liked it and they are being fed healthy food.

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Persimmon (Kaki) Yokan

Persimmons are the edible fruit they are sweet, and slightly tangy with a soft to occasionally fibrous texture. I remember when I was a little girl in Japan, I climbed up to a persimmon’s tree and grab some fruits and they are so fresh, sweet and delicious.

A small parcel arrived from my parents in Japan the end of last year containing lots of Japanese sweet and snacks for my kids and there they put one of my favorite Japanese sweet yokan with persimmon flavor.

Yōkan (羊羹) is a thick jellied dessert made of red bean (or white bean) paste, agar and sugar and sometimes with match flavor or cooked chestnuts in it.

This week is a quit hectic that kids are back to school, waking up early again and making lunch, but I could find a little time to enjoy this persimmon yokan and strong green tea. My mom says when you are tired, have a little bit of sweet and tea. They make you relax and happy and more energy. Sure they did and they were delicious.

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