Sunday, 23 August 2015

Birthday Foodie Tour in Dublin City

Hubby organised babysitters and brought me up to Dublin for a foodie adventure for my birthday. Rather than going on a pub crawl we went on a cafe/restaurant crawl! It was a late Sunday morning and a really enjoyable way to explore Dublin's best foodie spots. 


After parking the car we found a quirky little coffee and pastry bar called SASHI HOUSE PETITE . The have a selection of different coffee beans and will give you guidance to which one you'd like best. I went for the Brazilian coffee bean in a cappuccino. It made sense as hubby is Brazilian/Japanese! What coffee are you?!


Next we popped into a restaurant called SUPER MISS SUE. We'd read good reviews about this place and I noticed that they had the weekend papers for customers to read (this is a big treat for me as with two little ones reading the paper is a real challenge these days!).


We ordered a glass of prosecco and a dish to share from the brunch menu "Marinated Salmon, watercress & wasabi mayo, mini brown shrimp omelette, bonito crumb". I loved the fusion element of this dish. The Japanese bonito flakes mixed with breadcrumbs worked really well as a topping.


The streets off Grafton Street are full of shops with character. We loved this chocolate boutique called COCOA ATELIER. Ketty from FRENCH FOODIE IN DUBLIN wrote a detailed review about this place, definitely worth a read and a visit if you want to treat yourself or someone special.


As we were passing the ASIA MARKET I had to pop in to say hello and pick up a few things.


They stock unusual vegetables that are used in Japanese cooking. I usually replace with local root vegetables but every now and then it's nice to use these for my cooking (Japanese mushrooms, renkon (lotus root), gobo (burdock root).



We stumbled across the INDUSTRY home and lifestyle store which I read about on twitter a few times. I love their household items and now they have a cute little coffee shop inside. 


It was time to eat again and we spotted organic pulled pork in COPPINGER ROW.  


This dish was a nice twist on a traditional Irish breakfast, we loved it and would recommend it. 



By pure coincidence we noticed that they their cocktail of the month was "TURNING JAPANESE"! 


We couldn't leave Dublin without browsing through some bookstores. In Japan they call this YOMITACHI, literally translates as reading and standing. It's used when people spend hours reading books and magazines on display!  


Unfortunately, it was time to go home so we grabbed a take away juice in ALCHEMY JUICE CO.....








and a sushi bento in KOKORO SUSHI BENTO.


What a day and a really enjoyable way to spend my birthday. You should try a foodie crawl around Dublin. Fiona x

Saturday, 15 August 2015

O'Hara's Sorachi Ace - a beer with Japanese roots


As a craft beer lover I'm so excited to see that O'Hara's has added a beer with Japanese roots to their collection. Sorachi Ace is named after the Sorachi region of Hokkaido in Japan. The Sorachi Ace hop was developed by a large Japanese brewey in the late 1970s. 

This craft beer is definitely worth talking about, it's a great introduction to the world of Indian Pale Ales as it's not bitter and has a nice crisp and smooth finish. It was definitely refreshing! O'Hara's describe it as having truly distinctive and unique flavours. They say that people have reported aromas and flavours of lemongrass, dill, coconut and bubblegum all at once from this hop. To see more about it go to O'Hara's website


I'm looking forward to using Sorachi Ace in my Japanese cooking too!


I'll be returning again this year to Savour Kilkenny to give a sushi and craft beer tasting demo alongside Seamus from O'Hara's after the fantastic feedback we received from last year's interactive demo (Sunday October 25th). 

Remember! 
If you are interested in reading/learning about Irish Craft Beer & Cider Caroline Hennessy and Kristin Jensen co-wrote an amzing book called SLAINTE.

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 fiona.uyema@gmail.com or sending me a private message on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FionaUyemaChef.


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!

Note:

All photos were taken by Smiles! Photography
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Smiles-Photography/493625327322795?fref=ts

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 - www.fionauyema.com. My book will be available in most bookstores across Ireland however for people living outside Ireland you can buy my book on Amazon or  www.mercierpress.ie.

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 http://powerscourt.com/

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! 

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

Instructions:
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. 

Tip:
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. 




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