And let me make you some Japanese food, which I just learned to cook.
The ad appeared last Sunday and mom pointed it out. So I went, checked out the place and the menus, and signed up for it. On Monday we learned how to make miso soup (that’s this week’s recipe) and more yummy things such as kamaboko. Since I was eager to try out my newly acquired skills, on Tuesday I went shopping for all the ingredients and for dinner, made the miso soup.
Now, I know it’s a very easy recipe and pretty much everyone knows how to make this and it’s also easier to order it in. But for those who are hands-on and didn’t have the recipe or needed to see it be made (as was my case), here it is:
4 to 6 persons
- 200 grams (or 4 spoons) of miso base
- 4 cups of water
- green onion cut up
- 1/4 of a tofu block, cut in small square pieces
- a hand full of wakame (dry algae)
- Bring the water to a boil. Using a strainer, dilute the miso base into the boiling water (the strainer sifts out hard parts of the miso, which a lot of people don’t like on the soup)
- Add the wakame and the tofu. Let it boil for ten minutes. Taste, the mixture should taste to the miso but not be too salty. If not to your taste, add water (to lessen the flavor) or miso base to add more flavor. Serve hot, with the green onion as a garnish.
My first home-made Miso Soup!!
And it tasted just as it should! Yay!! And I had the sushi class to look forward to on Wednesday. But I woke up with a mini-fever and pain all over my body. All I wanted to do was sleep. Why? Because also on Tuesday, I had gotten a Tetanus and a Yellow Fever shot (two shots, one on each arm, ouch!), which I was due for. My good body, reacting to the vaccines, was creating antibodies and I was feeling it. So I stayed home and dragged myself out to the sushi class. When I got there, coffee in hand, I felt like going home. Thankfully, the coffee kicked in and woke me up, and… I guess the excitement of the food, made me forget the pain and I got to learning.
It was sooo much fun, everything step-by-step and me in the first row taking it all in. I made diagrams and all in my booklet, because I wanted to take remember it all. We learned how to slice the fish, cook the special vinegar for the rice, how to make nigiri, futomaki and hosomaki sushi. And I also learned that “sushi” means “rice with vinegar”, not raw fish, as many people think.
When we were done, we had 30 minutes to “play”, as the teacher put it. I was very quick to jump at the opportunity and started building my own roll. I was very bold and stopped asking for the fillings. Instead I found the fish slices (which had been put aside) and added them to my roll. I put everything I could find yummy: palmitos, asparagus, some trout, roasted sesame, avocado…. I rolled it, just as I had learned, sliced it… and it looked good!
Pardon the immodesty, but not bad for a first time, huh? And as far as I know, I was the first one to finish! 🙂 🙂
My teacher got excited when she heard I live in NY (“You’ll be able to get everything you need and way cheaper than here” she said). We’ll make a sushi party at the apartment when I get back, don’t worry!
Next week, I have the other class. “Asian dishes” is the title, and I will learn how to make spring rolls, some Indonesian and Indian food, as well as some other stuff. I can’t wait!