Japonisme by Erin Niimi Longhurst

Japonisme by Erin Niimi Longhurst

Japonisme is one of those books which is actually a piece of art, thanks to the love and attention that’s been put into it. Erin Niimi Longhurst’s debut is a wonderful collection of insights and how you can incorporate the best of Japanese culture into your life. But more than this, Japonisme is full of beautiful illustrations by Ryo Takemasa and stunning photographs taken by Erin herself. 

I have been so lucky to have two weeks’ of Japonisme in my life – from the launch of the book, to reading it, to a Supper Club hosted by Erin and Toral Shah from The Urban Kitchen celebrating the best in Japanese flavours and their culture. So this post is going to cover all of that and include a competition at the end on how you can win a signed copy of Japonisme! 

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Kale, mushroom, peanut, and garlic salad

Kale, mushroom, peanut, and garlic salad

Over the weekend I found myself at home, hungry, with a bag of kale and not much else. I wanted something delicious to eat. Usually I reach for the spinach – it is a my go-to green food – but as I said, I had kale and the desire to do something with it. After a little rummaging I ended up with mushroom, peanuts, and garlic. I could see the beginning of a warm salad forming and couldn’t wait to start cooking.

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Drinks before The Literary Hour's Supper Club

Drinks before The Literary Hour’s Supper Club

Earlier in the month I found myself travelling around the world in one evening. I didn’t leave London but made my way to Hong Kong, Dover, India, Japan, and New York. This was made possible by The Literary Hour’s latest supper club, where we all joined Phileas Fogg as he travelled Around the World in 80 Days.

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Learning to cook - Avocado and Lemon Zest Spaghetti

Learning to cook – Avocado and Lemon Zest Spaghetti

At the age of 20 I hosted my first dinner party. I invited my university friends over and channeling my mother I made too much food for the two people who would be coming. I had spent the day sweating, cursing, and wrapping my finger in a plaster after I cut it on a can. Until then I didn’t know how hard it was to cook with only nine digits.

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Roasted asparagus coated in garlic and sesame seeds

Roasted asparagus coated in garlic and sesame seeds

Asparagus (asparagii?) are a delicacy. I grew up having them rarely because they were so expensive. Even as an adult I see the price for the smallest amount and walk away. This is actually what I almost always do with avocados too, except with them I remember how cheap they were when I was a child and how inflated the price now it.

Anyway, back to the asparagus and the recipe of my dreams.

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