The other day we went to a Mexican friends birthday lunch, where they had hired a chef and one of the courses was steamed mussels. YUM. It was so nice to see that all the little kids were just as excited as the adults and were fighting over the last few pieces of mussels. Except my kids. Horror! I then realised I need to introduce my kids to more types of food, not just what we are used to cooking at home.

I decided I will start introducing my kids to all sorts of international cuisine and see what they like. My husband was happy with this idea as it means I would be testing all the new recipes on him as well! When cooking for the kids, I make sure what they eat is the same as the adults. No kiddies meals (hate!). I'm determined to grow the next generation of foodies!

Being who I am, I of course started with JAPAN. I love seeing little kids eating sushi. It warms my heart. And kids LOVE sushi - as long as the parents are able to open their mind to it, and not let them think YUCK! Raw Fish!? We don't get many good sushi restaurants where we are so I often just order fish from the local market and have sushi parties with friends. All our sushi parties with kids have been a success and I was so happy to see all my international friends and their kids loving every bite!

Here are some simple recipes:

New Style Sashimi
Salmon, tuna or white fish, sliced thin
2T minced garlic
Ginger (chopped up)
Scallion or spring onion (chopped up)
4T Shoyu
4T Lemon juice
12T Extra virgin olive oil
4T Sesame oil

Arrange the fish on a plate and put the garlic, ginger and scallions on top. Pour the shoyu and lemon on top. Heat together the olive oil and sesame oil until it's hot, then pour over the fish.  Serve.


Seared Tuna
30ml Shoyu
8ml Mirin
8ml Honey
15ml Sesame oil
8ml Rice wine vinegar
340g Tuna steaks
35g Sesame seeds
8ml Oilive oil
wasabi paste

In a small bowl stir together shoyu, mirin, honey & sesame oil. Divide in 2. Stir rice vinegar into 1 and set aside as dipping sauce.  Coast fish with sesame seeds after basting in the remainder of sauce.  Heat olive oil on high heat, place for about 30 seconds on each side.  Serve.