Give me cake or give me death cookies.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

The Gekkeikan Masters Cooking Competition Finals

So this happened.

I think I still need that pinch.

(Now updated with official competition photos!)

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Strawberry Sake Mousse 2 . 0 with White Chocolate Shell – Recipe

Remember my original Strawberry Sake Mousse recipe for the Gekkeikan Masters Cooking Competition? And that I'll be taking part in the live finals in a week tomorrow? Well as it turns out, I won't have six hours to make that recipe: I'll only have about two.

Also, I won't have access to an oven.

Challenge accepted.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Fruit Sushi for Breakfast & Gekkeikan Sake Competition News!

Frushi anyone?

We have 'breakfast Friday' every week at work, and it was my turn to provide the goods last week. Since a lot of people are watching their diet after the holidays, I made raw cocoa chia energy balls, sugarless fruit bread, fruit salad with plain bio yoghurt and honey, and a whole lot of fruit sushi, as you can see above. The yellow ones have thin slices of mango on the outside, and the rice is cooked with coconut milk. These are pretty easy to make – the only thing to note is you still need to use sushi rice, as it's sticky enough to handle being spread out, rolled up and sliced.

In other news, I'm a finalist in the Gekkeikan Masters Cooking Competition! I entered last October with my Drunken Hainanese Chicken Rice and Sake Strawberry Mousse recipes, and was notified recently that I've gotten into the final live cooking round. This will be on Sunday 24th at Shoryu Liverpool Street, I'm so excited. Even better, one of my friends also got in with her recipes, so I'm really proud of both of us. We'll both be competing with another five contestants for a trip to Japan: that's seven people cooking up their dishes for the top prize. Exciting times!

Friday, 1 January 2016

Sugar-Free Date Cake with Pistachios, Cranberries and Coconut – Recipe

Happy New Year! I kicked my workout regime up a notch last month by joining a better gym and going more regularly, and now I'm starting 2016 sugar-free and eating clean(ish). Sugar-free January, let's do this!