Les Petits Chefs cook from the Peko Peko cookbook!

For the last Petits Chefs session of the year, I decided to test the recipe I contributed to the Peko Peko Charity Cookbook for Japan: Mushroom and Scallion Tamagoyaki.   In March, when Japan was rocked by the 9.0 earthquake, the food blogging community was fast to react. All across the world, bake sales and other fundraising efforts were organised and I was honoured to be asked to contribute to the Peko Peko Cookbook – the brainchild of three very talented food bloggers (Stacie – One Hungry Mama, Rachael – La Fuji Mama, and Marc – No Recipes).  Featuring contributions from around 50 food bloggers, the book is a wonderful collection of family-friendly Japanese and Japanese-inspired recipes published by Blurb. 100% of the profits will be donated to charity relief in Japan.  Peko Peko is a celebration of the Japanese people, their food and culture.

The book went on sale on Friday June 10th and I received my copy last Friday. It is truly beautiful and I am proud to be featured there.  Every book costs $29.95 and 100% of the proceeds, $11.45 of every purchase, goes to GlobalGiving. Every other penny goes to printing and shipping your order, nothing else. Blurb has waived their cut and every person involved in making the book (including me!) is buying personal copies.  If you’re interested, you can purchase your copy here.

I was so pleased to work with my cooking club on my recipe as it was they who inspired my choice of the bento box staple, tamagoyaki (rolled egg omelette).  Many of the boys’ parents have commented that they have been so excited to make and taste food from all around the world and I thought what better way to introduce them to some Japanese flavours AND promote awareness about giving back to Japan through the cookbook.  Since the tamagoyaki is super easy to make, I threw in a cold soba noodle salad for good measure (and to keep little hands busy on the penultimate day of school!).  I used the recipe I made for the Daring Cooks challenge back in February which you can find here.

I handed out the chopping assignments and we all got to work…

Slicing everything very finely for the soba noodle salad…

Doing an awesome job of mincing ginger…

More fine fine chopping of peppers for the salad..

Fresh peas for crunch in the salad!

Getting to work on the mushroom filling for the omelette.

And getting ready to make the omelette..

I made this whilst the boys watched. We were, shall we say, a little squirrely, by this point and we only had one frying pan.  The boys gave me advice as to how to make sure the roll did not break, though with the filling it’s tricky to keep it from falling apart. I think we did an ok job!

We also made a plain rolled omelette since some of the boys don’t like mushrooms. THAT one was so much easier to make…

And what did the boys and their families enjoy for dinner snack after school?

I can’t share the recipe for the tamagoyaki with you here, obviously but – you can always purchase a copy of the cookbook on Blurb or on Amazon here.

Please note: The product links from Amazon are affiliate links, meaning if you click over and purchase something, I will receive a very small percentage of the purchase price which goes towards maintaining eat. live. travel. write. Thank you in advance!


70 Responses to Les Petits Chefs cook from the Peko Peko cookbook!

  1. Belinda @zomppa June 20, 2011 at 06:38 #

    What a beautiful recipe – and a great source of inspiration.

  2. Annie June 20, 2011 at 06:44 #

    looks like a great book!

  3. Annie June 20, 2011 at 06:47 #

    just Tweeted about your great giveaway!

  4. Monica Lim June 20, 2011 at 07:52 #

    I’ve always wanted to try and do some Japanese cooking!!

  5. Liz June 20, 2011 at 08:04 #

    Wow, it’s wonderful to see these little hands making such a wonderful dish…their teacher should be proud!!!!

  6. Liz June 20, 2011 at 08:04 #

    I’ll tweet this fun give away~

  7. Mr. Neil June 20, 2011 at 08:14 #

    Congrats on another cookbook, another successful term of LPC, and kudos to you and your fellow foggers (food bloggers) for your Japan relief efforts. 🙂

  8. Manu June 20, 2011 at 08:17 #

    What a great recipe and I love the idea of the book to raise money for Japan!!! <3

  9. Manu June 20, 2011 at 08:20 #

    I have also twitted about it!

  10. Jamie S.S June 20, 2011 at 08:57 #

    HI Mademoiselle Michels
    It’s Jamie. I’d just like to say thanks for another great term of cooking club. I really liked all those cool chefs that you invited in to teach us. I learned a lot them and from you!

  11. The Yummy Mummy June 20, 2011 at 09:08 #

    I love you and the Petits Chefs! Aw, Jamie just melted my heart!

  12. Ann June 20, 2011 at 09:24 #

    What a great way for a foodie to donate to help those in Japan. I’m a fan! Your blog is wonderful….

  13. Debbie June 20, 2011 at 09:50 #

    Great way to raise awareness in your students! Our last day of school is June 29 – looking for many ways to keep dreaming students busy!

  14. Mushrooms Canada June 20, 2011 at 10:33 #

    YUM!! Looks delicious! I am happy to hear that only one of the little guys didn’t like mushrooms 🙂
    – Brittany

  15. TK June 20, 2011 at 12:03 #

    Looks like a delicious book for a great cause!

  16. baahoo June 20, 2011 at 14:45 #

    Looks great, I love your photos of the process!

  17. Lynda June 20, 2011 at 15:07 #

    Congratulations on your entry and the publication of this fantastic book for a great cause!

  18. Jessica June 20, 2011 at 15:25 #

    I would love to try this dish! Congratulations on the book. The recipe collection looks amazing!

  19. Jan June 20, 2011 at 15:50 #

    These look great! I love making an extra omelette then chopping it up to add as a protein in salads. Yum!
    That Peko Peko book looks fabulous, plus it’s such a great cause.

  20. Magic of Spice June 20, 2011 at 18:12 #

    What a wonderful thing to get these young chefs involved in…great cause and great job!

  21. Nelly Rodriguez June 20, 2011 at 19:20 #

    Congrats to you and everyone who contributed on the great book! The boys did an awesome job with this recipe!

  22. Nelly Rodriguez June 20, 2011 at 19:21 #

    I tweeted!

  23. Yuri June 20, 2011 at 19:26 #

    Tamagoyaki ga suki 😀 these kids are amazing in the kitchen… Les Petits Chefs is a fun club!

  24. Joan Nova June 20, 2011 at 19:52 #

    Congratulations on your participation in the cookbook. I hope it raises a lot of $$$.
    Your execution of this dish is flawless. Great job!

  25. clara June 20, 2011 at 20:16 #

    it’s so nice to have everyone in the family involved in preparing a meal 🙂

  26. Winnie June 20, 2011 at 23:01 #

    Great job with this post! Recipe looks delicious, and congrats on being featured in the book 🙂

  27. Sheri June 21, 2011 at 01:53 #

    Wonderful! I love tamagoyaki; it’s perfect for bento. 😀

  28. Mike chan June 21, 2011 at 01:53 #

    Awesome! Love what you’re doing!

    Also I’ll tweet this 🙂

  29. Mike chan June 21, 2011 at 01:55 #

    Tweeted and wish everyone goodluck!

  30. Rebecca Shook June 21, 2011 at 01:58 #

    What great looking food! Would love to have this book!!

  31. Greg June 21, 2011 at 02:07 #

    Huge fan! Want book!

  32. Christina June 21, 2011 at 02:09 #

    Cool book for a great cause! I hope it raises lots of support for Japan!

  33. Frisco Tapilatu June 21, 2011 at 02:20 #

    I Jusst Tweeted about the cookbook , hopefully i win :p

  34. Frenz Biver June 21, 2011 at 02:57 #

    Best way to support japan. Those recipies look fantastic!!

  35. Mika Takeuchi / Food Fashionista June 21, 2011 at 03:21 #

    I grew up making Tamagoyaki & your dish looks like it turned out excellent!

  36. Penny June 21, 2011 at 06:54 #

    Great fundraiser! Blurb makes awesome books.

  37. Beth June 21, 2011 at 09:16 #

    Your tamagoyaki looks great! Keep up the great job you are all doing.
    Take care.

  38. Paula June 21, 2011 at 09:34 #

    A great way to end the school year with your Petits Chefs. I hope they continue to cook at home over the summer with and for their parents. Congrats on being part of such a great way to help Japan and her people recover with your contribution to Peko Peko. I hope it *flies off the shelves* so to speak.

    Enjoy your very special summer Mardi!

  39. The Travel Chica June 21, 2011 at 09:38 #

    What a great idea! I’m happy to help spread the word.

  40. Kate@Diethood June 21, 2011 at 10:36 #

    I love seeing those little hands at work…they inspire me.

    Congrats on the book, Mardi!

  41. Peggy June 21, 2011 at 10:42 #

    What a great dish – such great colors and fresh ingredients!

  42. Arlene T. June 21, 2011 at 23:48 #

    This looks like a great dish! I hope to win the Peko Peko Charity Cookbook!

  43. Arlene T. June 21, 2011 at 23:50 #

    I tweeted about the cookbook contest under @cheapskate2009 – I hope to win the cookbook!

  44. Baker Street June 22, 2011 at 07:41 #

    Looks like the book one must get their hands on. 🙂

  45. Baker Street June 22, 2011 at 07:42 #

    Tweeting away! lol.

  46. Renee - Kudos Kitchen June 22, 2011 at 07:49 #

    Hi Mardi,
    I’d like to be entered to possibly have a chance to win this exciting cookbook. I also tweeted this post. I’d love to be able to make some family friendly Japanese recipes 🙂

  47. Jamie June 22, 2011 at 08:09 #

    I love seeing pictures of your Little Chefs cooking. And this is indeed a great project!

  48. MikeVFMK June 22, 2011 at 10:39 #

    Mardi, this is a wonderful book for a wonderful cause and I can’t wait to see all the fabulous recipes inside. Your petits chefs did it again! So wonderful!

  49. Tami June 22, 2011 at 15:31 #

    Even though the pictures look sensational……I’m with the little “no mushies” guys on this one – that’s right up my alley!!

  50. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction June 22, 2011 at 21:41 #

    So great that you had your little chefs testing the recipe for you… Great cookbook for a great cause!

  51. Prerna@IndianSimmer June 23, 2011 at 02:21 #

    Have heard such great things about that book! What a great effort for a great cause.

  52. Jenn June 23, 2011 at 02:32 #

    A great giveaway and an even greater cause. So glad you are doing this!!!

  53. Kulsum at JourneyKitchen June 23, 2011 at 02:36 #

    what a great job with the books! So proud of the fact that bloggers were fast to react to such a calamity 🙂

  54. Sanjeeta kk June 23, 2011 at 02:38 #

    Lovely recipe! …retweeted.

  55. Joli Knott June 23, 2011 at 03:08 #

    Found you via Prerna@IndianSimmer on Twitter and am so pleased I did! Lovely blog and enjoyed this post in particular with it’s emphasis on Japan… I’ve also tweeted about your fabulous give-away–thanks for bringing awareness to such a wonderful project 🙂 (@joliinjapan)

  56. Ethan June 23, 2011 at 03:34 #

    A perfect way to wrap up Les Petits Chefs! Well done guys!

  57. Mai June 23, 2011 at 07:40 #

    This is an awesome project. Congrats!

  58. Johanna B June 23, 2011 at 12:50 #

    I tweeted your message.

    @JohannainTopeka is my handle.

  59. Johanna B June 23, 2011 at 12:51 #

    I hear that there was another earthquake in the same area this morning. Hoping to hear that there wasn’t much damage. They’ve gone through enough.

  60. Leia pugh June 23, 2011 at 12:57 #

    Looks yummy!

  61. Lizzie June 23, 2011 at 13:56 #

    I have just started trying to cook Japanese food-so excited to have these photos to refer to!

  62. Diana June 23, 2011 at 15:23 #

    Beautiful book.

  63. Diana June 23, 2011 at 15:25 #

    Have tweeted under @koalabeartan.

  64. Steve Zussino - Canadian Coupons June 23, 2011 at 15:41 #

    Great fundraising effort!

    We would love to sell this book on Grocery Alerts!

    Thanks, looks great.

  65. Iriebound June 23, 2011 at 15:55 #

    This recipe got my imagination going, I can many different variations to please the appetites of my family. The instructions were clear and easy to follow.
    I thought the photography was excellent as the colors are bold and decisive. !

  66. Iriebound June 23, 2011 at 16:04 #

    I entered to win a copy of the @PekoPekoCharity cookbook at @eatlivtravwrite . You can too! http://bit.ly/mqmkL3 4:03 pm 6/23/11

  67. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen June 23, 2011 at 19:37 #

    Did I miss this giveaway? Oh well, I just wanted to say that your boys did a trendous job with all that chopping of ingredients for their bentos! Your Les Petits Chefs cooking club have inspired me to want to start up a club of my own here, teaching interested children and young teenagers how to cook up a storm! Good luck with the giveaway :-).

  68. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen June 23, 2011 at 19:39 #

    Trendous? LOL. I meant, tremendous job!

  69. Marisa June 24, 2011 at 12:11 #

    Loving the look of that rolled omelette. Yum

  70. penny aka jeroxie June 26, 2011 at 09:30 #

    Super cool! Love the rolled omelette… I hope I can make one as good.

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