Going back to work after a holiday is never easy, and going back after a three-week holiday is really hard! I had one non-work thing to look forward to at work today – getting my Secret Santa present. I didn’t expect much – Secret Santa gifts are usually really silly, aren’t they? However, it looks like I got lucky! I don’t know who my Secret Santa was, but they clearly know me quite well, because they bought me this:
I didn’t realise I had made enough of an impression on anyone at work for them to buy my something so spot-on, but clearly I have. And for them to have chosen a Japanese cookbook which I don’t already have is another lucky thing!
As some of you know, I try to cook something Japanese once a month, and I always share my experiments on Haikugirl’s Japan, so perhaps next month I can try something from this new cookbook. It’s a lovely full-colour book, full of mouth-watering glossy photos. After explaining the ‘basics’ – soy sauce, miso, sake, mirin, dashi etc. – there are some useful pages explaining (with photos) how to slice fish for sushi and sashimi, how to make different kinds of sushi, and how to make tempura. Recipes are then split into ‘novice’, ‘apprentice’ and ‘samurai’ sections. I think I had better start with ‘novice’ and see how I go!
For a bit of fun, I’m going to list here a selection of the ‘novice’ recipes I could try making for my Monthly Recipe next month, and I would like you to vote for the one you’d like to see me try. Here goes…
You’re allowed to choose up to three recipes, and I promise to cook the one with the most votes in February! There might be something on the list which is a bit puzzling, but I won’t be answering any questions about the details of the recipes – you’ll just have to vote and see! ;)
Yo! Sushi – The Japanese Cookbook by Kimiko Barber was published in 2007 by Collins. Although the cover is different, you can find the book here on Amazon.