Moon Cake Class!

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The Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as Moon Cake Day. It is on the 15th day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar. It is celebrated by people in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam and the Phillipines to name a few, with other moon-viewing and autumn festivals in Japan and Korea. The Mid-Autumn Festival and moon worship started way back in the 1700s BCE after the harvest had finished in Autumn. But enough of that!

And what timing, as the Moon Cake Making Class is Saturday, 13 September!

In the Moon Cake Class, we will learn about the history of Moon Cakes while having a cocktail, enjoy tasting different types of teas, and, oh yeah- make fresh moon cakes! We will make the dough and some fillings like lotus root, red bean, and chestnut. You will choose your designs, press out and bake the cakes yourselves. You will be able to take your moon cakes home to enjoy under the moon.

While they are baking, we will have a tasting of different loose leaf East Asian teas!
We will then admire, take photos of, and eventually eat the moon cakes with tea (or BYOB) and box up any you would like to take home to enjoy (and maybe even share).

When: Saturday, 13 September 2014, 1-4 pm

Where: Finchley Central, North London, address given after donation is given

How much: £24 pre-pay donation through EatWith, a reliable way to safely book your meal.

Who: Anyone!

Drinks? Lots of teas. A cocktail is included as a free taster; but please BYOB for yourself or to share.

*No donation refunds. I don’t really make anything off of this, but the money goes to planning the food, drinks, and good times! If you cannot make it, please give your spot to a friend (let me know, it’s no problem!). I hope you understand!

Japanese Night 9

It’s that time again! It’s being organized through global site EatWith.com so you can see all the extra stuff there!

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So what’s on the menu this time? Why, it’s a 5 course meal!
As always, I try to make true Japanese dishes that you cannot find in restaurants. I will also be making some dishes from my upcoming Japanese cookbook.

THIS IS NOT THE COMPLETE MENU! This is because I am getting a fabulous Japanese veg box from NamaYasai delivered before the dinner. As it is seasonal, we will just have to wait and see what goodies arrive to make into extra dishes.

  • Gomadofu: savoury sesame squares with wasabi
  • Edamame, hijiki & potato salad
  • Sesame mizuna greens
  • Stewed soy baby aubergine
  • Spicy lotus root
  • Steamed daikon
  • Tsukemono: mixed handmade pickles
  • Extra dish
  • Extra dish
  • Japanese curry rice
  • Takoyaki: “octopus” balls
  • Traditional miso soup
  • Japanese-style hand made dessert TBA; such as: ohagi, green tea cake, sesame gelato, etc
  • Various Japanese teas to try: sencha, genmaicha, mugicha, etc
  • Free Japanese apertif

When: Saturday, 28 June 2014, 6-9pm

Where: Finchley Central, North London, address given after donation is given

How much: £35 pre-pay donation through EatWith, a reliable way to safely book your meal.

Who: Anyone!

Drinks? A Japanese apertif is included as a free taster; but please BYOB for yourself or to share.

*No donation refunds. I don’t really make anything off of this, but the money goes to planning the food, drinks, and good times! If you cannot make it, please give your spot to a friend (let me know, it’s no problem!). I hope you understand!

Macaroni Mondays

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Now presenting Macaroni Mondays! Book here!

Get your week started right with an inexpensive relaxed evening with my favorite comfort food. All the creamy gooey-ness is all vegan of course. Plus nibbles and dessert!

Example:
Cheezy popcorn
Big bowl of macaroni cheeze
4 Home-made toppings may include: seitan bacon bits, kimchi, sauerkraut, bread crumbs, caramelized onions, crispy leeks, salsa, spicy peas, ranch dressing, etc.
Black and white cupcakes
Tea

Get all the details here or by clicking the Macaroni Mondays link above the post.

5-course Vegan Japanese Night: February

New night; New menu!!
Grab a friend and have some great food.bowls

Menu:

  • Mixed little plates: hijiki salad, yuzu spinach, grilled daikon, kabocha, gomadofu, cabbage salad
  • Somen course
  • Hand-made gyoza course
  • Traditional meal ender of miso soup, rice and home-made tsukemono
  • Japanese-style hand made dessert: Green tea cake with sesame brittle
  • Various Japanese teas to try (sencha, genmaicha, mugicha, etc)

When: Tuesday, 25 February 7-10 pm

Where: Finchley Central, North London, address given after donation is given

How much: £28 pre-pay donation through EatWith

Who: Anyone!

Drinks? A Japanese apertif is included as a free taster; but please BYOB for yourself or to share.

*No donation refunds. I don’t really make anything off of this, but the money goes to planning the food, drinks, and good times! If you cannot make it, please give your spot to a friend (let me know, it’s no problem!). I hope you understand!

Around The World Dinner: Shojin Ryori

I’ve teamed up with the London Vegan God himself, Fat Gay Vegan, to indulge in the Around the World Supper Clubs he is hosting.

Of course my menu is my speciality: Japanese! But not just any old Japanese- oh no! It’s shojin ryori! The traditional Buddhist meal in strict temples that is naturally vegan and usually extremely expensive (go ahead and look it up, I’ll wait). Delicious looking right?! But now you don’t have to buy a plane ticket to go all the way to Kyoto.

The menu has been especially designed to reflect the seasons changing from Winter to Spring following shojin ryori’s special cooking “rules” involving colors and cooking methods.

Menu:

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Gluten-Free Japanese Lunch

Finally!
You asked for it: the Japanese gluten free night! Perfect way to start the new year. And it’s lunch time, so you still have times to play with your friends in the evening!

I wanted to keep the theme of real Japanese food you can’t find in restaurants. I’ve had a lot of fun deliberating the extensive menu as I had so many ideas, so I hope you will agree that this is a magnificent five-course meal for all tastes!

Vegan, gluten-free, five-course Japanese menu:

Lotus chips, yuzu spinach salad, seared daikon, ginger-miso aubergine and Japanese potato salad.

Tofu course: fresh tofu, yuba, agedashi dofu, ganmodoki (Buddhist tofu patty), tofu sesame salad

Tempura zaru soba with all the fixin’s

Traditional meal ender of mixed miso soup, rice and fresh pickles.

Sesame brittle and daigaku imo (candied sweet potatoes fries).

When: Saturday, 25 January 2014, 1-4 pm

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