The Way to a Japanese Heart….

Yesterday I went with my friend Megumi to what seemed like the edges of nowhere in Sanda to teach a cooking class.
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My friend Kazuyo had asked me months again to come, and as the details fleshed out I found out I would be teaching about 55 moms and their elementary-aged kids! I learned from a similar experience last year to pick simple recipes, as it can take 30 children a LONG time to take turns crunching up graham crackers..
I taught Hawaiian Teriyaki Hamburgers and my mom’s recipe for strawberry cheesecake (no bake!). I’ll put the recipes at the end.
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Aren’t the kids SO cute? They ALL wore aprons and bandanas…so part-way through I decided I better wear one too…
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Here is the group of us! I’m thankful that some of these relationships will continue, as Eric is teaching English to a number of these great kids.
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When Kazuyo first asked me to teach this class several months ago, I wasn’t thrilled. (I am really reticent to speak Japanese in front of larger groups of people). But I have been praying for Kuzuyo for three years! I meet weekly with a Japanese church friend for accountability and prayer. We have been meeting for 3 years, and praying every week since then for Kazuyo. She and her daughter have both studied English with me and Eric at times. So, for the sake of this relationship I agreed to do the class. Pray with me that she will know the love of Jesus!
During the class, I just HAD to ask her if she thought the whipped cream smelled bad… (look closely at her nose — some things I still just can’t resist!):
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Here’s the recipes:
Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger (these are a family favorite!)

1 ½ pounds ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 egg
¼ Cup shoyu
¼ Cup sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger
2 stalks green onion, chopped
1 Tablespoon sesame oil

Combine all ingredients; mix well. Form into patties. Fry or grill.

Strawberry Cheesecake
1 package cookies, crushed
¼ Cup sugar
¼ C softened butter
Press into pyrex pie pan.

Cream Cheese:
1 package softened cream cheese
1 cup sugar
Mix above;
Mix 1 package whipped cream; combine with spoon

Pour into crust.

Strawberry Filling: (My mom always canned cherries, but we can’t buy them here, so any kind of frozen fruit would work)
1 bag of frozen strawberries
½ Cup sugar
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
¼ water
Stir and cook over medium heat; let cool. Pour on top of cheese portion. Chill cake for 3 hours.

As we left the community center, a group of kids and moms followed us out….That, and the snow falling, made it a great day…
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One thought on “The Way to a Japanese Heart….

  1. thanks for the reminder of cherry cheesecake, Sue! I am going to make some for tea time at work tomorrow, to celebrate Valentine’s day. I haven’t made it in years—such memories…

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