Monday, May 11, 2015

Yes Chef: My pseudo Japanese style tea ceremony!

For dinner last night, I prepared a yummy feast served along with bowls of tea and Japanese treats. The history and procedure articles I wrote about on the Japanese Tea Ceremony really got me thinking about the whole intricate event and especially the food!

My meal for the evening!

Living in a place like Toronto allows me access to the many different foods from around the world. I was able to find a Japanese shop called Sanko that offers all sorts of foods, confections, and housewares. As I went about purchasing a variety of cakes in various colours and textures, my eyes kept stealing glances at the beautiful kyusu teapots on display. I will definitely have to return to make good use of my credit card!

Sweet treats!

Since the weather is getting warmer and warmer, I did not want a heavy meal especially with the many sweets I’d be indulging in. I went with a few different vegetables and a piece of protein. My final menu consisted of the following:

  • Fillet of salmon glazed with teriyaki sauce
  • Rapini with butter, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt
  • Red peppers and onions with butter, salt
  • Button mushrooms with butter, salt
  • Edamame with a sprinkle of salt 
  • Japanese confections
  • Bowls of Sencha tea

Main dish.

It was an easy meal to prepare that did not require much cooking either. I wanted to keep the vegetables simple and in tune with their own flavours. Nothing overpowering with sauces and seasonings to diminish their natural appearance and tastes.

The rapini was boiled first for about 2 minutes and then shocked in an ice water bath so that it keeps its vibrant green colour. Then it was sautéed with the garlic and butter mixture and a squeeze of lemon juice. The red peppers, onions, and mushrooms were quickly sautéed for a few minutes with butter and salt. The edamame was boiled and sprinkled with salt.

For the salmon, I massaged a little teriyaki sauce, placed it in a pan on high heat for about two minutes on each side. Just before removing it off the burner, I brushed a little more sauce on top.

I did not have any Matcha, which is traditional in a chanoyu, so I went for my everyday green tea, Sencha, which I always have on hand.

Everything looked so appetizing once they were all laid out just waiting to be devoured! 


Pick me, pick me!

My empty dishes said it all!

Satisfaction guaranteed!

It was a delicious meal and I took my time enjoying each item rather than inhaling it like I do with most meals I have! I even enjoyed the quietness of my place while taking sips of tea and bites of the various Japanese cakes.

The whole meal then had me thinking about re-creating an English style Afternoon Tea right at home. Menu planning is underway, so look out for it!

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