Monday, July 15, 2013

Donabe cooking class report...Summer Shojin Class

First off, I have a very exciting news.
Our donabe website, TOIRO KITCHEN has a whole brand new look!

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The front page has links to various pages and news feed.

Recipe page is very easy to navigate with many photos.

Now, here's the report from my last Saturday's Donabe & Japanese Cooking Class. The theme was Summer Shojin Dishes. "Shojin" is  Japanese Buddhist-style temple cuisine and it's based on vegan diet. Shojin cuisine is not only a base of Japan's kaiseki cuisine, but also has influenced Japanese home cooking deeply. Here are some photos from the class as well as from my test kitchen.

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After a short presentation about shojin cuisine and today's menu, we all got down to work to make 5 dishes!

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The star dish of shojin cuisine, "Goma Tofu". It's a sesame jelly, and requires some techniques and lots of patience (long labor of grounding sesame seeds)!

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Summer "Yaki Nasu" (grilled eggplant) with grated mountain yam.

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Spinach "Goma-ae" (tossed in ground black sesame sauce), and donabe ginger corn rice.

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"Yu-dofu" (simmered tofu hot pot) was cooked in Kyoto-style shallow donabe, "Kyoto Ame-yu".

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Great fun to cook all these dishes. After everything was ready, we sat down and enjoyed all the dishes with wine. I was so happy to hear everybody loved everything and they complimented how delicious the meal was and definitely want to try them at home.

Here's the menu:

Donabe and Japanese Cooking by toiro kitchen


Theme: Summer Shojin Dishes
Date: July 13, 2013

Sesame Tofu (“Goma Tofu”)
Grilled Eggplant Salad (“Yaki Nasu”)
Spinach in Black Sesame Sauce (“Horenso Goma-ae”)
Simmered Tofu Hot Pot (“Yu-dofu”)
Ginger Corn Rice

Wine Selection

2011 Van Volxem, Saar Riesling (Germany)