I make my own miso, so I haven’t bought any in years. I was surprised to learn that not all miso still has a live bacterial culture. Some of it has flavoring and additives. Last time I went to the supermarket I snapped some pictures of the ones that were still living and are additive free. As an aside, I didn’t see any that were one or the other.
What to look for:
生 (nama)- live (as in live culture)
無添加 (mutenka) – additive free
酵母が生きている (koubo ga ikiteiru) – the yeast is living
生詰 or 生詰め (namatzume) – “packed with life”, as in the culture is still alive
Note: the miso I make has three ingredients soy beans, rice malt and salt. Some misos will have barley as well.
After a summer break I am going to be back at Serendipity Cafe for another season of workshops. If you would like to see the schedule for September to December for both Serendipity and my new cooking school Akiya Kitchen, click here.
Come join me on September 28th for taco night. In the class we will be making tortillas, guacamole and all the fillings. If you are gluten free we can do lettuce wraps instead of tortillas.
Taco Night Cooking Class
Date: September 28th
Place: Serendipity Cafe in Chigasaki
Cost: 3000 yen per person (includes dinner)
Sign up: http://www.akiyakitchen.com/class-sign-up/
The other day I wanted to make a cake on a whim. The problem was that I didn’t have any milk or much butter in the house. That is usually a problem. I remembered that you can bake with yogurt so I gave Pinterest a little look. The second recipe I clicked on looked like a winner. It was. It is a nice moist lemon cake. With the sugar reduction, it would not be too sweet for most people here. This is definitely going on my recipe list since I usually have all of the ingredients in the house.
Lemon Yogurt Cake Modifications
Get the original recipe here.
- I used 200ml cups instead of American sized cups
- I added 2/3c of sugar to the cake instead of 1c. The amount in the icing remained the same
- I used meyer lemons
- I used regular full fat yogurt instead of low fat Greek yogurt
Just a quick note to let you know that the cooking class schedule for fall 2014 is up. I have some holiday specific classes and other yummy delights.
You will notice that I’ve added a new location for classes. I have opened a cooking school in the Akiya area of Yokosuka. For more information, check out my website here.
I bought a head of cabbage for the first time and thought I would try something new. Simmered Cabbage. Continue reading