We love to learn new skills or find out more about the history and culture of a place. Read on for reviews of cookery classes, food and travel books, plus informative posts about the places we visit.

Andrew Kojima’s No Sushi

Book cover for No Sushi by Andrew Kojima

‘No Sushi’ is part autobiography, part cookbook, written by chef restaurateur and winner of Masterfchef 2012, Andrew Kojima. The title is a reference to the (gradually eroding) British perception of Japanese food being all about sushi, the topic of a conversation Koj had with his Japanese father shortly before he died. It’s also the name ... Read more »

Lockdown Musings | Thoughts About Spice

Black peppercorns

Stories are powerful, they shape our cultural identity, teach us how to behave in our communities and tell us what is valuable. In the process of storytelling, speaking and listening refer to realities that do not involve just the imagination. The speech is seen, heard, smelled, tasted, and touched. It destroys, brings life, nurtures. ~ ... Read more »

Tim Anderson’s Japaneasy

Tim Anderson's Japaneasy cookbook

Recently, I reviewed Tim Anderson’s Vegan Japaneasy. Now I want to tell you about his previous title, Japaneasy. Stylistically – in voice and in approach – both cookbooks are stamped with the humour, personality, skill and enthusiasm of their author, so I’ll avoid duplicating my own equally enthusiastic approval of all four traits (warning: probably ... Read more »

Vegan Japaneasy Recipe | Chocolate Mousse with Boozy Cherries and Miso-Roasted Pecans

Chocolate Mousse with Boozy Cherries and Miso-Roasted Pecans Recipe from Vegan Japaneasy Recipe by Tim Anderson

Nicky made and recommended many recipes from Tim Anderson’s Vegan Japaneasy. With kind permission from publishers Hardie Grant we are sharing three of Nicky’s favourites from the book with you. We have already shared Cauliflower Katsu Curry and Rough Night Rice. The last of the three is this decadent Chocolate Mousse with Boozy Cherries and Miso-Roasted ... Read more »

Vegan Japaneasy Recipe | Cauliflower Katsu Curry

Cauliflower Katsu Curry Recipe from Vegan Japaneasy Recipe by Tim Anderson

Nicky cooked and loved many recipes from Tim Anderson’s Vegan Japaneasy. With kind permission from publishers Hardie Grant to share three of Nicky’s favourite recipes from the book with you. Yesterday, we shared Tim’s Rough Night Rice. Today, we have a vegetarian katsu made with sliced cauliflower. Caulflower Katsu Curry The ‘katsu’ in katsu curry refers ... Read more »

Vegan Japaneasy Recipe | Rough Night Rice

Rough Night Rice Recipe from Vegan Japaneasy Recipe by Tim Anderson

In her review of Tim Anderson’s Vegan Japaneasy cookery book, Nicky shared her many cooking successes and identified some of her favourite recipes from the book. With kind permission from publishers Hardie Grant we have three delicious recipes from the book to share with you. The first is this delicious Rough Night Rice, perfect hangover ... Read more »