Friday, 31 July 2015

Hands-on Japanese Cooking Classes Dublin with Fiona Uyema

My hands-on Japanese Cooking Classes are starting in Miele Gallery in Ctiywest Dublin on Saturdays from this September. The cooking class includes drinks on arrival and lunch at the end of the class (to enjoy all the great food we make together!).

The cost is €65 per person and can be booked by emailing or sending me a private message on my facebook page

This class will introduce you to the basics of Japanese home-cooking and give you the confidence to try Japanese cooking at home.

Here are the current dates available:

- Saturday September 12th from 10.30am to 1.30pm
- Saturday October 10th from 10.30am to 1.30pm

Dishes include teriyaki, yakisoba and miso soup.

Hope to see you there!


All photos were taken by Smiles! Photography

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Japanese Food Made Easy by Fiona Uyema

It's such an exciting time for me as I'm doing the final edits of my cookbook "Japanese Food Made Easy". I've been working on this for the past year and the recipes are inspired by the three years I lived in Japan and also by the ingredients available to me here in Ireland. I can't wait to share this with you and hope you like it!

My book is now available to pre-order from my publisher Mercier Press at a discounted price so be sure to check that out, here's the link:

I will officially launch my cookbook in mid September 2015. I'll be giving cooking classes, demos and book signings around the country so be sure to keep an eye on my website to see an upcoming events that might be close to you - My book will be available in most bookstores across Ireland however for people living outside Ireland you can buy my book on Amazon or

Thanks for supporting my food journey. 

Fiona x

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Taste of Dublin 2015 - Sushi Masterclasses Fiona Uyema

It was great to be part of Taste of Dublin again this year. I arrived on Thursday morning to kick off the festival with the traditional Taste of Dublin photo in front of the fountain alongside a fantastic line up of well known chefs.

One of the highlights of the festival was to be shoulder to shoulder with Michel Roux Jr. and Kevin Thornton talking about Japanese food.

I was overwhelmed with the demand for my sushi masterclasses in the SONY tent with every session booking out from Thursday to Sunday along with a waiting/cancellation list.

I was truly impressed with the knowledge and interest from the public in not only sushi but Japanese food in general. I had so many interesting conversations with people who came up to me after the demos learning about how they became fans of Japanese food.

I was lucky to have the wonderful staff from Banyi Japanese Dining next door to me who were serving delicious sake cocktails and freshly made sushi.

The Goastbridge trout caviar proved very popular as a topping for the temaki rolls!

When I wasn't giving demonstrations I was enjoying the live music and delicious food with my family and friends. If you haven't been to Taste of Dublin be sure to stick it in your calendar for next year as it's such an incredible festival for everyone. The Minions appearance was the highlight of the festival for my little boy.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Powerscourt House & Gardens - Japanese Garden

After visiting the Powerscourt Gardens last week I'm not surprsied it was voted "No.3 Garden in the World by National Geographic". Powerscourt House and Gardens are nestled in the Wicklow mountains near the village of Enniskerry. It's a short distance from Dublin and less than an hour drive from where I live in Kildare. 

Inside these spectacular gardens lies the "Japanese Garden" which was laid out over 100 years ago in 1908.

My favourite time to visit the Japanese Garden is during Spring when you can view the cherry blossoms and Autumn when you can admire the different colours of the Japanese maple trees. Although the gardens are stunning all year. 

We were very lucky as the sun was shining all day and the cherry blossoms were in full bloom.

The Pepperpot Tower was the kids favourite place in the gardens as they can climb up the winding stairs inside the tower to reach the top

We enjoyed the amazing scenery during our lunch outside in the Avoca Terrace Cafe. There is so much to see inside the gardens I'd give yourself plenty of time to wander around. 

For more information go to

All photographs in this post were taken by Smiles! Photography who I would recommend highly for these type of photos but also family photos as she has a unique way of making kids smile naturally in photos.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Japanese Courgette (Zucchini) Fusion Salad

Here's my refreshing Japanese courgette salad. I hope you like it. Let me know what you think! 

1 courgette
2 tbsp rice vinegar (30ml)
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp sugar
Salt and pepper, to season 
Black sesame seeds, to garnish

1.Wash the courgette and then grate. 

2. Place in a serving bowl. 

3. In a separate bowl mix together the olive oil, rice vinegar, sugar and salt and stir until the sugar is fully absorbed into the vinegar. 

4. Pour over the grated courgette and mix well together. 

5. Garnish with black sesame seeds. 

If the courgette is large then double the ingredients for the salad dressing.

Serving suggestion:
I served this salad with oven cooked sweet potato fries and leftover roast chicken breast with milled dillisk sprinkled over it. 

Monday, 12 January 2015

Salmon & Spinach Miso Soup on TV3's Late Lunch Live

Here's my winter miso soup recipe which I demonstrated on TV3's Late Lunch Live today. Click here to see the video.

Japanese people have one of the longest life expectacies in the world and one of the reasons for this is their consumption of miso. Miso is a fermented paste made from soy beans, rice or barley, salt and koji (a fermentation starter). It’s known for its undeniable health benefits including anti-cancerous properties and aiding digestion. It’s also one of the richest sources of protein and vitamin B12. 

You can find miso paste in health stores, large supermarkets and Asian speciality stores. One packet of miso paste costs between €4 and €7. It should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge once opened.

Irish Kelp Seaweed & Shiitake Mushroom Stock
1 litre water
Few thin strips of dried kelp seaweed (about 20g) 

3 dried shiitake mushrooms

1. Put 1 litre of cold water in a large saucepan. 

2. Add the kelp seaweed and shiitake mushrooms to the water and leave soaking for at least 30 minutes. 

3. Heat the water until it comes to the boil. Then remove the kelp and mushrooms immediately. 

This can be stored in the fridge for about 3 days or you can freeze it.

Salmon & Spinach Miso Soup
Serves 2-3

1 litre Irish kelp seaweed and shiitake mushroom stock (see recipe above)

1 fillet of salmon (cut into bite sized cubes)

Handful of spinach leaves (washed)

1 medium carrot (peeled and cut into thin strips)

2-3 tablespoons miso paste (depending on your own taste)

Cayenne pepper or Japanese seven spice (shichimi togarashi), to season

1. Heat the stock in a saucepan. 

2. Once the stock is boiling add the salmon pieces and carrot strips. When it comes back to the boil reduce to a simmer for about 3 -4 minutes. 

3. Using a whisk or fork dilute the miso paste in a small cup of stock taken from the saucepan. Then, add to the saucepan and gently stir into the soup until mixed through. 

4. Place the spinach into the bowls before pouring the miso soup

5. To serve pour the miso soup and equal amounts of the ingredients into bowls. Garnish with cayenne pepper or shichimi togarashi.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Fiona Uyema's Review 2014

I've created a short video to share with you some of my highlights from 2014. It was a really exciting year for me and I was lucky to learn so much and have so many new experiences in the foodie world. I can't wait to share some of my 2015 projects with you. 

Wishing you all a great 2015 and may all your dreams come true this year. Fiona x 

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