First I need to apologize. I got so wrapped up in everything (trying to finish cooking on time, get our son fed, making sure everything looked pretty, etc.) that I forgot to take pictures, except for the dessert. That however, was probably the best plated dish anyway. As usual I shot for the stars, but hey, I landed on the moon so that’s still a pretty good outcome.
Here was our menu, and please use your imagination.
We started off with Miso soup (I made fresh soup stock) and California Rolls which didn’t look very pretty, but they were sure tasty!
For our main dish I made broiled teriyaki salmon.
2 lb salmon
1 TBS finely chopped fresh ginger
1 medium onion, chopped fine
2 TBS sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup water
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
Cut salmon into serving pieces and marinate with a sauce made with the ginger, garlic, onion, sugar, soy sauce and water for 1 to 2 hours. Spread fish out on a shallow pan and broil 3 to 5 minutes on each side.
The side dishes included green beans gomae (which is basically ground sesame seeds with soy sauce) and tempura.
And for dessert…
Fruit tart with shortbread crust and vanilla bean pastry cream. I used strawberries, bananas, peaches and raspberries. YUM!