Matcha Cupcakes

Makes 6 cupcakes

Ingredients 

For the cupcake mix

2 eggs (preferably free range)

125g caster sugar

125g soft butter

125g self raising flour

1 tsp matcha powder

For the matcha icing 

200g Icing sugar

2 tablespoons matcha

100g soft butter cubes

20ml milk

Matcha Pocky, to decorate (available in Asian supermarkets)

Method

  1. Preheat a fan oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahreinheit).
  2. Sieve the flour and matcha together a few times to make sure the matcha powder is completely mixed into the flour.
  3. Whisk all the ingredients for the cupcake mix in an electric mixer for a few minutes or until it’s well mixed together.
  4. Place the cupcake cases in the baking tin. Using a large spoon to  fill the cases over half-way with the batter.
  5. Place in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the cakes are well risen and firm on top. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  6. To make the green icing, sieve the icing sugar and matcha together a few times to make sure the matcha powder is completely mixed into the icing sugar.
  7. Using an electric whisk, beat together the butter cubes and icing sugar until smooth and creamy. Finally add the milk and continue to whisk for a few more minutes.
  8. Use a piping bag to decorate the top of the cupcakes with the green icing.
  9. Break a few pocky sticks in half and place on top of the cupcake to finish decorating.

Matcha Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 250ml buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 180g flour
  • 1 tablespoon matcha (green tea powder)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bread soda
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Toppings

Savory

  • bacon, smoked salmon, tomato, mushroom, selection of cheese (cream cheese, goats cheese etc)

Sweet

  • figs, mixed berries, banana
  • honey/maple syrup, to garnish

Method

  1. In a large bowl mix the buttermilk and egg together.
  2. In another large bowl mix all the dry ingredients together (flour, matcha, baking powder and bread soda). To ensure that the matcha is evenly dispersed through the flour, pass the mixture through a sieve 2 or 3 times.
  3. Add the dry ingredient mix to the buttermilk and egg, whisk until the batter is smooth with no lumps.
  4. Add vegetable oil to a non stick frying pan and set the heat to medium/high.
  5. Using a large spoon, place one spoon of batter carefully on the frying pan.
  6. Fry for 1 – 2 minutes until bubbles form on top, then flip and continue to fry on the other side for 1 – 2 minutes.
  7. Serve on a plate along with the recommended toppings and garnish with honey or maple syrup.

Kaki Halloween Fruit Cake (Barmbrack)

I’m really excited to share my Japanese inspired Barmbrack. Barmbrack is a traditional Irish fruit cake that is the centre of Halloween here in Ireland. The name comes from the Irish words “báirín breac” which translate as “speckled bread”. The recipe is full of flavour with  mixed spices and dried fruit. The Japanese “kaki” fruit adds a lovely moisture to the cake also. Traditionally the dried fruit is soaked in tea overnight however in busy households like mine I need to be able to make the cake at the last minute so I’ve removed that step.

Traditionally a ring is placed inside the cake which signifies a wedding in the near future. As a child I remember the excitement around the table to see who would find the ring in their slice of cake!

Ingredients:

225g self-raising flour

125g raisins

150g brown sugar

150g kaki (peeled and grated)

3 eggs

Pinch of cinnamon

Pinch of nutmeg

Pinch of bread soda

Kaki (peeled and sliced), to decorate top

You’ll need

Loaf tin

Large bowl

Ring, optional if you want to add a little Irish mystic!

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170˚C/327°/Gas Mark 3
  2. Place all ingredients (apart from the kaki slices for decorating) in a large bowl and mix well together.
  3. Grease a loaf tin and pour the mixture into it.
  4. Optional, if you want to add a little Irish mystic wrap a ring in greaseproof paper and add to the middle of the batter.
  5. Place the kaki slices on top to decorate.
  6. Put in the oven for up to 1 hour or until it’s baked. To check if it’s baked through insert a skewer or knife in the middle and if it comes out clean it’s ready.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before placing on a wire rack to cool. Once cooled wrap in grease proof paper and tin foil to keep fresh.
  8. Serve in slices with a fresh cup of tea or coffee.

 

 

 

 

 

Shichimi Lamb Kofta Kebab

Sheep are a big part of Irish culture and heritage. As a nation, we’re very proud of our lamb meat and it’s exported all over the world. I was brought up on a sheep farm, so needless to say I ate a lot of lamb during my childhood. So for these reasons I had to dedicate at least one recipe to lamb. I season the lamb meat with shichimi togarashi (Japanese seven spice) and serve it with a natural yoghurt dip, as we have fantastic yoghurt producers in Ireland who make excellent quality yoghurt.

Japanese style lamb kofta stewers Fiona Uyema Fused Japanese recipe cookingMakes 8 skewers

Ingredients:

vegetable oil

1 medium onion, peeled and finely diced

500g good quality lamb, minced

bunch of fresh parsley, finely chopped

1 tablespoon shichimi togarashi

salt and pepper to season

8 skewers, soaked in water for 20 minutes

Yoghurt and mint dip

5 tablespoons natural yoghurt

large bunch of mint leaves, finely chopped

2 teaspoons lime juice

zest of ½ a lime

1 teaspoon olive oil

salt and pepper to season

Instructions:

1 Heat the oil on a frying pan on a medium heat and add the diced onion. Slowly cook the onion, allowing it to sweat, and then fry until translucent (do not brown). Remove from the heat and let it cool.

2 In a large bowl mix together the minced lamb, parsley, shichimi togarashi and onion. Season with salt and pepper.

3 With dampened hands take a handful of meat and using a firm hand form a rectangular shape. Push a skewer through the meat.

4 Place under a grill on a high heat for 10 to 20 minutes (or until cooked to your liking). Place a cup of water on the base of the grill to stop the meat drying out.

5 Mix all the ingredients for the dip together in a bowl and serve on the side.

Tuna & Mango Tataki Salad

When making this recipe make sure to lightly sear the tuna as I truly believe tuna tastes better either raw or lightly seared. Once tuna is cooked it becomes tough and loses its flavour. This salad is particularly nice eaten while the tuna is warm, so don’t waste any time once it’s ready and try to eat it straight away.

Tuna and mango tataki Japanese salad Japanese cooking recipe Fiona Uyema FusedIngredients:

Mixed sesame seeds to coat the tuna

Salt and pepper to season the tuna

100g fresh tuna steak/loin

Vegetable oil

A few handfuls of mixed salad leaves

1 ripened mango, peeled and cut into strips

For the dressing:

2 teaspoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon rice vinegar

½ teaspoon sesame oil

Instructions:

1 Mix together the sesame seeds, salt and pepper on a flat plate.

2 Place the tuna on the plate and coat each side in sesame seeds.

3 Heat a little vegetable oil in a non-stick frying pan on a medium to high heat.

4 Place the tuna on the pan and sear each side lightly (less than 1 minute for each side).

5 Transfer to a chopping board and, using a sharp knife, thinly slice the tuna.

6 Place the mixed salad leaves on a serving dish along with the mango strips.

7 Carefully place the tuna slices on top.

8 Mix all the ingredients for the dressing in a bowl and, just before serving, pour over the salad.

 

Gyoza (Dumplings)

Gyoza originated in China and is a popular side dish in ramen shops and tapas-style restaurants called ‘izakaya’. It is served with a dipping sauce made of equal amounts of soy sauce and rice vinegar with a few drops of sesame chilli oil. You can make these dumplings using different fillings such as minced pork, prawns or vegetables only. I usually make a large batch and freeze them as they cook well from frozen. Remember to steam cook the dumplings for longer if you’re cooking them from frozen. Makes 25–30 gyoza (dumplings)

You’ll needGyoza dumplings Fiona Uyema Fused Japanese cooking recipe

25–30 gyoza skins

bowl of water for sealing the dumplings

vegetable oil

80ml cold water for steaming

sesame oil to season

Ingredients:

For the filling

200g minced prawn/ chicken or add more vegetables

100g cabbage, finely diced 1 spring onion, finely diced

1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

2 cloves of garlic, peeled and grated

3 shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon sake

1 teaspoon sesame oil salt and pepper to season

2 tablespoons potato starch

Dipping sauce

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

a few drops of la-yu (chilli-infused sesame oil) to taste

Instructions:

A: How to make the dumplings

–       Mix all the ingredients for the gyoza filling in a bowl together and set aside.

–       Place the gyoza skins, a clean water bowl, teaspoon and large serving dish on the counter top before you start making the dumplings.

–       Place a gyoza skin on the palm of your hand, take a heaped teaspoon of the filling and place it in the centre of the gyoza skin.

–       Moisten the edge of the upper half of the gyoza skin by dipping your finger in the bowl of water and sliding it along the edge.

–       Fold the bottom half of the gyoza skin over the filling so that it meets the moistened upper half

–       Start to pleat by folding the edges (make one pleat in the middle and two pleats at either side)

–       Press firmly on all pleats to ensure that the ingredients are secure within the gyoza skin.

B: How to cook the dumplings

  1. Heat oil on a non-stick frying pan on medium to high heat.

 

  1. Place the gyoza on the pan and fry until the base of the gyoza is slightly golden.

 

  1. Pour cold water around the edges of the pan and cover with a lid. Leave cooking for 10 minutes or until almost all of the water has evaporated.

 

  1. Remove the lid and continue to fry until the water is fully absorbed.

 

  1. Finally, drizzle sesame oil over the gyoza and fry until the base of the gyoza is golden brown.

 

  1. Serve with the soy sauce and rice vinegar dipping sauce.