Essentials of Japanese Cooking

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 in Hiroko's Blog

Thank you for joining the Fifth Essentials of Japanese Cooking Course. It was great to cook with all of you – both professional chefs and seasoned home cooks – from all over the world. Please keep practicing the dishes that you have learned during the Course. When you have mastered them, move onto new dishes, which you can find in The Japanese Kitchen, The Sushi Experience and Hiroko’s America Kitchen. Enjoy Japanese meals at home and stay healthy. Let...

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News from El Cielvo y El Oso

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 in Hiroko's Blog

If you are a repeater to my blog posting you remember the story of the restaurant, El Cielvo y El Oso, which I posted last year. El Cielvo y El Oso became the Most Favorite Restaurant in Bogota 2013. Big Congratulations to chefs, Marcela Arango and Camilo Ramirez. That is not the end of the story about these facinating young chefs. Marcela and Camilo was nominated as one of the six best young chefs of 2014 by La Barra organization. It is a Bogota version of James Beard...

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/SpringAsparagus/Kishibori shoyu/Espellete chile

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 in Hiroko's Blog, Recipes

The warmth of the sun that I was feeling yesterday as I write this definitely suggests that spring is around the corner. We had too long and too very harsh winter. Now I am looking ahead to the return of asparagus to our neighborhood Greenmarket. Growing asparagus is packed full of energy. The shoot, after breaking out of the ground, grows as much as 10 inches in a single day. I need to charge my wintered-out body with their spring energy. When we purchase just harvested...

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Rei’s Dishes are Shining in Snowed-in Tivoli, NY

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 in Hiroko's Blog

I had a wonderful dinner again at Panzur in snowed-in Tivoli, NY. Against the cold weather the restaurant were packed with his jolly regulars. Chef Rei Peraza never gets tired of producing something new, magical and flavorful dishes to his dinners. Here are the dishes which we very much enjoyed. Starting with his special Winter cocktail. He has 7 different kinds. This is one of them – Diplomatico: fennel infused dolin dry vermouth, dolin rouge vermouth, onion seeds,...

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Big Happy Birthday to Judith Jone, March 10th

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 in Hiroko's Blog

It was ten years ago something, which I could never have dreamed, happened. I was given the most precious gift or opportunity from the God. At that time I was looking for the publisher for my second book, sushi book. One day my agent, Janise, called me: “Alfred Knopf is interested in your manuscript and we, together, will go to see the editor, Judith Jones, next week”. I pinched my cheek. “Am I working with Judith Jones?”  How many times I heard from...

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