Last week Mum (a.k.a GG) arrived on island for a weeklong visit and while she was here we got to celebrate her birthday!
I decided to gift her an ‘experience’ as opposed to something she would have to squeeze in her luggage and cart all the way back to New Zealand.
About a week before she was due to arrive I settled on doing a cooking class with Nao at Andy’s Workshop; it has been something I wanted to do for a while but for whatever reason kept putting it off.
Mum loves sushi and really enjoys cooking so I knew it would be a hit with her…and it was!
Despite the relatively short notice Nao was extremely accommodating with my request, not only did she put on an extra class for us, because the classes she had scheduled that week wouldn’t have worked for us, she also slightly altered the class to better fit our needs.
Nao offers a variety of classes not just sushi-rolling and will post upcoming classes on her Facebook page, however, if you don’t see something that you are interested in she also does private classes and like I said earlier is extremely accommodating.
Anyway onto our ‘lets roll sushi’ class!
We arrived to Nao’s in Yomitan around 10.30am, we were both warmly welcomed and invited into her workshop where Nao had all the necessary utensils that we would be using already laid out.
Before getting into the cooking Nao talked us through the menu and the order in which everything would be prepared and then we got stuck in!
Firstly we had the option of cooking the rice for our sushi in a rice cooker or on the stove top; we picked the stove top!
While the rice was cooking we moved on to making possibly my favorite item of the day; a Japanese egg omelette which we would later use to fill our sushi rolls. I am SO excited to make this again as I think both girls will demolish it and will be a great addition to their lunch boxes.
Then it was time for the soup, unfortunately I can not remember the name of the soup, although I know it wasn’t miso.
We prepared all the vegetables and fish for our sushi rolls and once the rice was cooled we got rolling!
Then it was time for the best part…eating!
One thing I immediately loved about Nao was that she didn’t simply instruct us but explained WHY we were doing things a certain way.
It wasn’t all just cooking and eating, we also got plenty of time to talk with Nao; about Japan & Okinawa, her favorite restaurants, even her twin’s and Nao also took the time to learn a few things about us, it was a really nice day.
I highly recommend getting a group of friends together or even making it a day-date with your spouse and signing up for one of Nao’s classes, it will be a great few hours and I am positive you will leave with a full belly a few recipes and some great cooking related tips!
For more information check out…
Cooking Class with Nao at Andy’s Workshop on FACEBOOK
Cooking Class with Nao – Okinawa WEBSITE