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Gyoza Cooking Workshop Photos

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Thank you to everyone who came to our Gyoza Cooking Workshop last Sunday, Apr 9th.  We hope you enjoyed!  ...and we hope you will now be able to make your own gyoza at home! :-)

Special thanks to Patti V. for sharing her photos with us!

(Image courtesy of Patti V.)

Hands-on with the gyoza wrapping!

Before cooking. (Image courtesy of Patti V.)

After cooking. (Image courtesy of Patti V.)

Japanese Home Cooking Workshop: Gyoza

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2nd Update 26-Mar-2017:
A second workshop will be held on the same day, Apr 9th (Sun), 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Please call or email if you are interested!


Update 26-Mar-2017:
Thank you very much for your great response! Currently, the 10:30-12:00 workshop is fully booked. If you are interested in this workshop, please let us know. If we get enough people, we may open another session later in the afternoon of the same day (tentatively 2:30-4:00 p.m.).


Gyoza (餃子)are Japanese style dumplings.  Dumplings, of course, have existed in many shapes and cooking styles across Asia.  We hope to introduce you to a typical Japanese way to prepare gyoza.

In the same way that French fries are a sidekick of the fast-food burger here in North America, gyoza normally accompany ramen in Japan. (But we won't be making ramen in this workshop!)  Keep that in mind when planning your next ramen party! :-)

Image Source: Flickr

Image Source: Flickr


Workshop Details:

In this workshop, you will learn to prepare the stuffing, wrap and cook the gyoza in the Japanese style.  Be ready to get your hands a little messy!  Of course, you will eat what you make too!  At the end, Ice cream and tea will follow.

Date: Apr 9th, 2017 (Sunday)
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon.
Venue: the ikebana shop, 6417 Quinpool Rd., Halifax NS

Cost: $15.00 plus HST (total 17.25) per person.  All materials included.

Max 6 persons.  
Advanced booking and payment required. First come, first served!

**New**  
We will accept bookings by email or over the phone (902-407-0487) but the reservation will be confirmed after payment is made. Payment can be made in person at the shop, over the phone with your credit card, or online via Paypal (let us know and we'll send you an invoice.) 

Our cancellation policy:
Cancel by Apr 6th (Thursday): 50% refund
Cancel after Apr 6th: No refund

Please inform us of any allergies when you sign up.
Note: The gyoza wrappers are not gluten-free.  The gyoza stuffing contains pork.

Hope you can join us!
 

Japanese Home Cooking Workshop: Vegan Teishoku

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2nd Update 3-Feb-2017:

The 2nd session at 4:30-6:00 p.m. is also going to happen and it is now fully booked as well.  Thank you all!


Update: 3-Feb-2017:

Thank you very much for your great response! Currently, the 10:30-12:00 workshop is fully booked. If you are interested in this workshop, please let us know. If we get enough people, we may open another session later in the afternoon of the same day (tentatively 4:30-6:00 p.m.).


A teishoku (定食)is a set meal.  Typically, it will consist of rice, soup, a main dish and some side dishes.  We are offering a workshop on how to make a typical Japanese meal.  We thought we'd make it more interesting by creating a vegan meal of common Japanese food.  All ingredients are readily found in Halifax!

In the workshop, we will show you how to prepare the food.  Participants will be asked to help in some of the tasks.  Then we all share the meal together.  


Workshop Details:

Date: Feb 19th, 2017 (Sunday)
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon.
Venue: the ikebana shop, 6417 Quinpool Rd., Halifax NS

Cost: $19.50 (plus HST) per person.  All materials included.

Max 5 persons.  Advanced booking required. First come, first served!
Register by phone (902-407-0487) or email.


We are making....

Kenchin-jiru けんちん汁, Miso-based soup with many yummy stuff inside!

Hourenso no goma-ae ほうれん草の胡麻和え. Spinach with sesame seed.

Tofu steak 豆腐ステーキ.

Nasu no yakimono 茄子の焼き物 Grilled eggplant.

Nasu no yakimono 茄子の焼き物 Grilled eggplant.

Served with rice, of course! 
At the end, we'll throw in some soy-based ice cream with matcha for dessert!

itadakimasu!

Ikebana Workshop At SMU

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About a month ago, we had the opportunity to present ikebana to a class in Japanese culture at St. Mary's University.  A number of students were very interested to learn more and so a hands-on workshop was organized on Nov 15th, 2016.

The students learned about how to view branches and discern the front and back. They also practiced measuring and clipping to gain proper proportions in the arrangement.  It was great to see how seriously they took to the task.  Their attention to detail was commendable.

After the hard work, everyone was happy with their arrangements!  It was indeed a pleasure to study ikebana with the students.  Thank you for being wonderful participants in the workshop!

A big thank you to St. Mary's University President, Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray, for his gracious support. And, special thanks to Dr. Alexandre Avdulov of the Department of Modern Languages for organizing everything!

March Break Tulip Origami Workshop

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Let's welcome spring with tulips!

We are offering an origami workshop, making tulips and a small bunny too!  We will put them in a flower pot.  The flower pots will be decorated (using acrylic paints) by the participants too!

Date: Mar 16th (Wednesday)
Time: 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Place: the ikebana shop
Cost: $8 + HST.  All materials included

Max 10 persons.
Advance registration required. First come, first served!

Please call or email to book your spot!

Hope to see you there.

March Break Cupcake Workshops

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We are offering 2 workshops on March 14th, Monday.  We will be decorating cupcakes!

The venue will be at our studio above the shop.

1. Cute Animal Cupcake Decorating Workshop
Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Date: Mar 14th, 2016 (Monday)
TIme: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $10 + HST per person.  All materials included.

2. Totoro Cupcake Decorating Workshop
Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Date: Mar 14th, 2016 (Monday)
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 + HST per person.  All materials included.
 

Max 10 persons per workshop.
Advanced registration is required.  First come, first served!
Please call or email us to register.

Let's enjoy decorating cupcakes together!

Please note that the workshops are not nut-free.  Please alert us to any allergies.

Japanese Home Cooking Workshop: Ganmodoki

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This is our pilot (trial?) Japanese home-cooking workshop!

We thought: Why not introduce Japanese food?  ...the ones that are not well-known outside of Japan.  Of course, you can always search up the recipe online but wouldn't it be more fun to have someone show you how it's done? :-)  Besides, you might not be able to find all the authentic Japanese ingredients in Halifax.  Our big advantage: we know how it should taste like!  So we will suggest appropriate substitutes and still remain true to the spirit of the cuisine.

We will introduce "Ganmodoki" (がんもどき) in our first workshop.  

 
 

"Ganmodoki" can be loosely translated as "that which resembles goose".  Not a very appetizing name eh?  But it is quite yummy.  Ganmodoki is one kind of "shoujin-ryori" (精進料理), the food that Zen monks eat.  They do not eat meat and so they have this kind of food made from tofu and other non-meat ingredients.

Portuguese filhós.  (Click to see source.)

Portuguese filhós. (Click to see source.)

In the Kansai region, this dish is also called "Hiryouzu" (飛龍頭)...literally translated as "flying dragon head"...but really, it is just the Japanese phonetic equivalent for the Portuguese snack called "filhós" -- a kind of fritter made from flour, eggs and, oftentimes, pumpkin.  In Portugal, they are a traditional Christmas dessert. 

They do look similar!


Our version of this dish brings together simple yet savoury ingredients including shrimp, bacon, green onions and mushroom, all in a tofu base. The tofu's neutral flavour helps tone down the intensities of each filling, while allowing their distinct flavours to come out and be appreciated. These patties are also highly versatile; you can customize your ganmodoki with the ingredients of your choice.  Once you master the base, make it your own and experiment with different ingredients. The possibilities are endless! 

Workshop Details

Let's make ganmodoki* with ingredients available in Halifax!

Date:    Feb 21st, 2016 (Sunday)
Time:    2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
Venue:  the ikebana shop
             6417 Quinpool Road, Halifax NS B3L 1A7

Cost: 12.50 + HST

Up to 4 participants only.  Pre-registration is required.
Participants are asked to bring with them a whisk, a spatula and an apron (optional).
We will prepare all the ingredients and other utensils.

Then, we taste our cooking together.  (We'll show you how to make the sauce that would go with it too!)

Register by phone 902-407-0487 or email.  Hope to see you there!

*Note: Not strictly vegetarian.

Itadakimasu!

Origami-In-Motion Workshop

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UPDATED 20-Jan-2016:
We are postponing this workshop to Jan 31st, Sunday, same time 2:00-3:00 p.m.

The weather forecast for Jan 24th, Sunday, doesn't look very good.  It looks like a considerable amount of snowfall is expected!  

Apologies for the inconvenience.


We are planning our first for 2016 origami workshop on Jan 24th,  Sunday.  In this workshop, we will make origami that go in motion.  One is a pinwheel that will spin when you blow on it and the other is a spinning top! 

See a quick demo of the spinning top here!

 
 

Date: Jan 24th, Sunday
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Venue: our studio (right above the shop)

Cost: $8 plus HST per person.  All materials are included.
Max 10 persons.  Advanced registration is required.  First come, first served!

Please call or email to book your spot.
Tel (902) 407-0487
email: shop@theikebanashop.com

Hope to see you there!

Ikebana At The Biscuit Eater

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We went to Mahone Bay to share a little ikebana joy.  The Biscuit Eater kindly let us use their beautiful space again to set up some ikebana arrangements. (Yes, we did this a couple of years ago too!)

Miyako and two of her students--Susan & Val--put arrangements in some corners of the café...

...including one in the ladies' room...

 

Oh...and the ladies did not forget about the men's room either.  They decided to have a bit of fun there too!.  Not ikebana...just mischief! :-)

The big table at the entrance was host to multiple arrangements that could be taken as one harmonious piece.

We plan to have ikebana workshops at The Biscuit Eater, outdoors on the deck, weather permitting.  Aug 14th (Fri) and Aug 28th (Fri) both 3:00-4:30 p.m.  Miyako will teach basic upright moribana on the first date and basic slanting on the second.  We put sign-up sheets on the table so please join us.  Or, you can contact us directly to register too. (Cost: 35.00 plus HST).

Of course, a trip to The Biscuit Eater always includes a lovely meal.  Food there is always good!

Thank you very much Cara and Frederick for allowing us to intrude into your charming space!

L-R: Susan, Cara (co-owner of The Biscuit Eater), Miyako and Val.