Sake Cosmopolitan

Sake cosmopolitan Fiona Uyema fused summer recipeSake is an integral part of Japanese cuisine in the same way as wine is to French cuisine. It’s traditionally drunk from small cups called ‘choko’ and can be served either hot or cold. It’s a popular option for cocktails and has a lower alcohol content than vodka. Asian speciality stores now stock a decent selection of sake, including sparkling sake.

Makes 2 cocktails

Ingredients:
90ml sake

30ml Cointreau

30ml lime juice

90ml cranberry juice

mint leaves to garnish

Instructions:
1 Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add all the liquid ingredients and mix well together until well chilled.

2 Serve in a cocktail/martini glass and garnish with mint leaves.

Matcha ice-cream

Matcha Ice cream quick and easy recipe Fiona Uyema Fused summerThis is one of my favourite summer recipes, it’s quick and easy to make at home. You don’t need an ice-cream maker for this recipe and it takes about five minutes to make. So give it a try and I’m sure you’ll be experimenting with different flavoured ice creams once you see first-hand the rewards of making your own.

Serves 8

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons ingredient matcha powder, mixed with about 4 tablespoons water

500ml double cream

300ml condensed milk

1 tablespoon lemon juice

 

Instructions:

1 Using a fork or a small whisk, mix the matcha powder and water together until all lumps are dissolved. Set aside.

2 Whip the cream until soft peaks form.

3 Stir in the condensed milk, lemon juice and matcha mix using a large spoon. Mix well together.

4 Transfer the ice cream into an airtight container and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Poke Bowl

Poke bowls have become one of 2017’s biggest food trends and I’m not complaining. It’s basically a deconstructed sushi roll. So it’s filled with healthy ingredients, really easy to make and there’s lots of room to get creative and use your favourite toppings.

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Ingredients:

4 portions of freshly steamed  rice, white or brown

600g sushi grade salmon/ tuna (alternatively smoked salmon/trout), cut into cubes

Half mango, peeled & cut into cubes

2 avocados, halved and thinly sliced

Pickled ginger/ shredded nori seaweed, to serve

Sesame seeds/ Japanese seven spice, to garnish

Caviar, optional for a special occasion

For the dressing (mix all ingredients well together in a small bowl)

4 tablespoons Japanese soy sauce

4 tablespoons rice vinegar

Pea sized dollop of wasabi

Instructions

1 To prepare for assembling the poke bowls place all the ingredients listed above in separate dishes.

2 To assemble the poke bowls arrange four bowls alongside each other.

3 Fill the bowls about halfway with rice.

4 Start to build the poke bowl with your preferred  fish and the other selection of toppings.

5 Finally drizzle the dressing over the poke bowl. Eat and enjoy!

 

Healthy Edamame Hummus

Apart from eating them directly from the pods, there are lots of other different ways that you can use edamame, such as tossing the beans into salads and stir-fries. This recipe is one of my favourite ways to use edamame. You’ll need a pestle and mortar and a blender to make this recipe.

Serves 2–3

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

200g edamame (out of the pod)

2 tablespoons olive oil

½ teaspoon sesame oil

½ clove of garlic, crushed

juice of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons water

Freshly ground salt and pepper, to season

Instructions:
1. Toss the sesame seeds into a roasting tray and place in a fan oven preheated to 150ºC for about 5 minutes.

2. Using a pestle and mortar, grind the hot sesame seeds until most of them are cracked and ground.

3. Cook the edamame, then drain. If still in the pods, remove by using your fingers to gently squeeze the beans out.

4. Place the cooked edamame beans, ground sesame seeds and the remaining ingredients in a blender and blitz until the texture is nice and creamy.

5. If you think the mixture is too dry, then add a little more olive oil or water.

Sushi Rice for Beginners

Making sushi at home is so much fun and has the added benefit of being more economical and super fresh. Once you follow my step by step instructions you’ll master this recipe and impress your friends and family!

Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 cups Japanese rice uncooked (using a measured rice cup this weighs 320g)

100ml Japanese rice vinegar

2 tbsp sugar

½ tsp salt

Instructions:

1. Combine the rice vinegar and sugar in a non-aluminium saucepan and dissolve over a medium heat for a few minutes (avoid boiling). Stir in the salt, take off the heat and allow to cool.

2. To season the rice, transfer the hot cooked rice to a shallow pyrex dish with a flat base. Sprinkle the cooled sushi vinegar evenly over the rice and use a rice spatula to fold and turn the rice covering each grain in the sushi vinegar. Do this gently and take care not to break the rice grains. Use a fan or a piece of cardboard to fan the rice to cool it to room temperature as quickly as possible and absorb the excess sushi vinegar.

3. If you’re not using the sushi rice immediately then cover it with a damp cloth and store in a cool place (avoid putting it in the fridge as this will harden the rice and ideally sushi rice should be served at room temperature).

Salmon Teriyaki

Everyone loves this salmon teriyaki recipe so it’s perfect for a family meal – it’s one of the most talked about recipes at my cooking classes. The perfect combination of flavours in the salmon and the sweet teriyaki sauce make this an all-time favourite in households across the world and on menus in both Asian and non-Asian restaurants.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

Vegetable oil
2 fillets salmon
Handful of sesame seeds to garnish

For the teriyaki sauce 

4 tbsp Fused Clever Classic soy sauce
2 tbsp honey

Instructions:

1.  Combine the soy sauce and honey in a small bowl, mix well and set aside.
2.  Pour a little vegetable oil into a non-stick frying pan on a medium to high heat.
3.  Place the salmon fillets (skin-side down) on the frying pan and sear both sides of the fish.
4.  When the fish is nearly cooked (place the salmon fillets skin-side down at this point) pour the teriyaki sauce over it.
5.  Use a large spoon to continually pour the sauce over the fish fillets while continuing to fry.
6.  Fry until the teriyaki sauce is reduced to the consistency of a syrup.
7.  Garnish with sesame seeds.

Tip:
Keep a close eye on the teriyaki sauce as it can quickly reduce on a high heat and start to burn.