Join me in making Scandinavian charcuterie, smoking meats, mead making, other nibbles, and whisky tasting.
We're providing a well researched cultural spring board for folks in the Houston area. You could discover and craft a variety of Nordic and Scottish dishes.
Skál i botn agus slàinte mhath!
A piece of me...
Both my parents’ ancestry is Scandinavian, but our families moved to America centuries ago. My dad’s Skarðaborg family were Íslendingar from Norway. They emigrated to Eastern Yorkshire from Iceland by way of Orkney and became the Skarburghs, Scarths, and Scarboroughs. They were senior native Norse family landholders for the Clan Sinclair in Orkney. My mom’s family were Orkneyjar, and emigrated to England from the direct line of the Norwegian Jarls of Orkney. Both sides were Norse Scots and my grandfathers' names are written in the great Sagas and after. Both sides were related to Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, and Scottish kings, jarls, and warrior-poets.
After finding the documents recording my family ancestry and genealogy, I also found a cultural responsibility to re-instill pieces of this culture into my own family.
But before all of this in 2004 I graduated from the best Japanese culinary school in The U.S. as Class Captain, and in 2010 traveled to Japan with my master to work in his family's restaurant. Using my experiences in travel, living, and culinary education abroad I was able to bring a number of these things home.
My formal Japanese culinary education gave me the background and skills to continue my pursuit of both Washoku and Nordic cuisines. I like the excitement of trial and error bearing good fruit, so to speak. I love making new converts to new discoveries in food… especially when those techniques or dishes may be centuries old.
Skills I have, and can share with you
Scandinavian style fish and meat curing
Basic charcuterie and head cheeses
Basic Scandinavian style meat and fish smoking
Japanese “shari” prep and traditional “sushizu” mixology
Japanese style fish and shellfish prep and presentation
Proper “neta case” and sushi bar setup
Simmered, Steamed, Grilled & Deep Fried Japanese dishes
Formal “Kaiseki” dish techniques
Traditional and fusion rolled sushi
Traditional Osaka box, and pressed sushi
Nigiri and Temari-zushi Kansai and Edomae Styles
Traditional and fusion appetizers
Traditional “chinmi” and sauce making
Skilled “togishi” and minor knife edge repair
Health Department issues, concerns, and proper food handling practices