Blog, Spring Food


An onigirazu is a combination of an onigiri and a sandwich basically a rice ball with filling wrapped in nori seaweed. They are great as you can add what ever filling you like and are perfect for the coming Hanami season so you can pack them in a bento for an out door picnic or just to take to work or college as a change from an ordinary sandwich.

This particular one is a variation on the Japanese  tonkatsu sando using a vegan textured soy protein cutlet.

First take your nori and add cooked rice and a pinch of salt then place on top shredded cabbage or lettuce, on top of this place your cooked cutlet .

I made a kewpie mayo mustard and a vegan tonkatsu style sauce ( just tomato ketchup and tamari. Spread this onto your cutlet and then add more rice. Fold over the edges and wrap in cling film. Leave to set for ten mins then cut with a sharp damp knife leaving the cling film off or on that’s up to you.

There you have a perfect tonkatsu onigirazu.

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Macrobiotic Nourishment Bowl

This is a wonderful way to get a balanced meal. Called a macro bowl because you hit all the nutrients carbs,protein and fat with plenty of vitamins and minerals. There are many things you can add to your bowl if you just follow a simple guideline .

You need some kind of grain this could be brown rice,quinoa,millet,amaranth,buckwheat etc.

Then you need carbs think sweet potato but carbs can also cross over into your grains.

What about protein ha ha . Well we all know there no shortage of that ! Tofu or tempeh are my favourites, but again beans are a great source of protein so it’s good to add some beans in there as well like kidney,Lima,black beans etc.

Add some good fats with avocado,olives,nuts or hemp hearts.

Plenty of veggies and salads ( Go wild ) there are so many to choose from. Spinach,kale,sprouts,carrot,bell peppers,cucumber,watercress,broccoli the list goes on.

Why not add some probiotics in the form of sauerkraut or kimchi?

Dont forget sea veg also as it’s a wonderful source of iodine and good for the thyroid wakame,hijiki,kombu and nori.

Lastly it’s always nice to make a dressing maybe a simple miso dressing with miso paste mixed with mirin,brown rice syrup and little lemon.

I think it’s a good idea to have cooked brown rice ready in your fridge especially if your heading into a busy week . Just throw some rice in a bowl add some beans veggies and tofu and you have a meal in under 10 mins.

Hope you now have inspiration to make  some macro bowls for yourself.


Sushi Lunch

A sushi lunch to day.
Mini cucumber sushi rolls and Gunkan maki sushi .
Gunkan actually translates as warship .
This is super easy just seasoned sushi rice wrapped in nori with various toppings . Just make sure you cut your nori a little higher than your rice to hold your toppings.
My toppings included maitake mushrooms with bamboo shoots,avocado and pickled red cabbage, broccoli and asparagus,umeboshi,Sakura,hijiki and sushi ginger.



Miso Soup & My Bento

Oh my goodness I nearly got blown away this morning the wind is quite scary .
Warming up with a miso soup and my bento .
I made onigiri and I had some of those sweet potato okara balls from last nights dinner left over so put in a few of those along with a grilled shiitake and mochi cheese,salad and fruit.


Furikake Onigiri

Furikake onigiri wrapped in nori with a @clearspringuk organic Umeboshi (salt pickled plum with shiso )
These plums have remarkable medicinal qualities. There acidity has an alkaline effect on the body and helps digestion. So many Japanese foods have healing qualities I’m having my onigiri with another a miso soup .
There is so much to be said about miso with its fermentation process promoting a healthy PH in the digestion. A good source of iron,calcium,potassium,protein and some B vitamins.
I have been aiming to have more miso in my diet since I returned from Japan .
This one has daikon leaf,bean sprouts and shimeji mushrooms .
Makes a delicious and satisfying lunch.


Happy Setsubun

Happy Setsubun ?

Setsubun is the day before the beginning of spring,celebrated in Japan on February the 3rd.
It is custom to day to eat an uncut Makizushi called ( Eho-Maki ) facing the lucky direction for the year. This year is north north west.
This fat sushi roll must be eaten in silence while you make your wish for the year ahead.
The eho-maki must have seven ingredients to symbolise the seven lucky gods ( shichifukujin ) I chose tofu,romaine lettuce,yellow pepper,cucumber,butternut squash,Maitake and stem broccoli .
For this picture I was dying to cut it (which I did last year) but you are not supposed to cut the roll as this is supposed to cut off your luck,so hopefully my luck is better this year! So sorry about how untidy the ends look .
I hope everyone has a lucky year.



I made onigirazu using the new vegan quorn crispy fillets they worked so well . A rice and nori sandwich with a tonkatsu style filling . I spread the fillet with Dijon mustard and tonkatsu style sauce and topped it with chopped romaine . I also had spicy schichimi edamame . I received some lovely nori sheets from my friend Shohei they were so delicious thank you


Blog, Summer Food

Sushi Jar

Not got time to make sushi ?
Stick the contents in a jar .
This is my sushi jar perfect to take out to lunch .
Seasoned sushi rice and gomashio with :
Edamame,hijiki,peppers,avocado,pickled ginger,carrot,cucumber,radish and nori .

A really healthy simple meal for on the go .

simply make your sushi rice and layer in your chosen sushi accompaniments

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Sushi Donuts

Apparently sushi donuts are the in thing at the moment .
Not sure about in Japan though.
Has anyone in Japan seen sushi donuts ?
Anyway instead of onigiri why not make these instead?
I like to take sections with my chopsticks and put bite size pieces into these delicious organic toasted nori crispies by @clearspringuk .
Great for bento ?

They are super easy to make if you have a donut pan

just cut some plastic wrap and and place it over one of your donut shapes start to fill it with rice and press down making your donut shape turn out and you have a perfect donut ready for decoration .

top avocado,sushi ginger,sesame seeds,chives and cucumber .

these are also nice with nori you can hold them with the nori like you would an onigiri .