Would you like, the use of wholesome Japanese ingredients, demystified?


The knowledge and skills this course provides, will surely, increase your confidence, in the making and enjoyment of eating these insanely delicious and nourishing foods 

If you love eating Japanese food but prefer not to eat, additives and highly refined sugars, learn from me, how to make a wide range of delicious, satisfying, Japanese style dishes.
These are dairy, gluten and refined sugar free and predominantly, plant based.
All made with, additive free Japanese wholefood staples; to provide dense nutrition and optimum digestibility.

Learn to make meals your whole family will enjoy for, breakfast, lunch, dinner, a quick supper, a snack and some, you could offer at festive events and dinner parties.

Make these with, wholesome grains, beans, including tofu & tempeh, a wide range of vegetables, small amounts of the highest quality meat, fish and egg recipes too. Learn a range of quick and easily made dressings, sauces, marinades and condiments; to excite palates, create quick pickles, ferments and seaweed dishes, to  nourish and delight.

This course is also likely to fulfil your needs, excite and delight, if...

  • You would love¬†a better understanding of what wholesome Japanese foods are, where to buy them and how to prepare them, simply, at home.
  • You want to expand your cooking skills, understand how to adjust flavour, so all the dishes you present are well balanced
  • You have good quality Japanese ingredients you love but you only know one thing to use them in and you would like to expand your repertoire. ¬†

I am a wholefood* chef, author and educator, with a special interest in fermentation. I have had a lifelong fascination with Japan, its customs, arts, crafts, people, nature, traditional foods and ferments. 

I became enamoured with macrobiotics and the concept of 'food as medicine' engendered by it, when I was just fourteen. When applied to eating, macrobiotics is a means for, understanding the energetic properties of foods and what is appropriate, for your immediate circumstances. 

I spent my 23rd year in Tokyo, working, and studying macrobiotics; revelling in all that was unknown to me. After coming to Australia, Willem Venter (1958-1991) and I co-founded Sydney's, Iku Wholefoods Kitchen in 1985. I sold in 1997. We founded Iku, based on our shared love of Japan and macrobiotic principles. We pioneered hand made, organic wholefoods. If you ate there, you will likely recognise some of the dishes within the course. At the start, Iku served small amounts of dairy, fish and eggs and since this is how I continue to eat, the course recipes reflect that. If you prefer to eat as a vegetarian or vegan, all the recipes taught can be adapted to suit.

I have spent all the years since Iku, expanding my knowledge of and refining my use of Japanese wholefood ingredients, always with the aim of making, enticing, nutritious and digestible meals. In this course, I will pass on some of my understanding, so that you may enjoy a little of what these delightful foods can offer, you and your table.


 *Wholefoods, are ingredients that are as close to their origins as possible. Processed only to the point, of greater digestibility and nutrition and ingredients, transformed to greater usefulness by the process of natural fermentation



Develop a relationship with...

Your Japanese Pantry 

You will learn about artisanal and more commercially available options.
All are versatile, easy to use and delicious to have on hand
Learn which ingredients to choose
Why to choose one over another and have more than one recipe to use these in 

Creating balanced meals

Apply Holly's principles of taste, texture, nourishment, simplicity and beauty; combined to produce, delicious, attractive and nourishing dishes

Balancing flavour

Get familiar with and put five element theory, as it relates to the seasons, flavours, colours and cooking styles to use. Use sour, bitter, sweet, pungent and salty ingredients and the appropriate cooking style, to create delicious well balanced dishes every time.  Learn how to adjust flavours to your preference

Wholesome Dishes

Best quality ingredients need the least doing to them.

Learn to make simple, versatile & desirable dishes for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. 

Learn how time, water, pressure, salt and heat are used, to transform ingredients, to suit you and the season

You will develop confidence in...

  • Choosing the best quality ingredients and knowing you can use them in many ways
  • Considering what to cook, based on the needs and wants of those you are feeding
  • Making and using stocks, soups, grains, noodles, beans, vegetables, sea vegetables, beef, pork and fish, pickles, ferments and something gently sweet too
  • Knowing how, to cook relatively simple meals, to delight and satisfy the needs of your diners
  • Making meals, that offer fantastic flavours, textures, nutrition and digestibility
  • Using the principles taught, for creating a wide range of balanced dishes
  • Altering recipes to account for the season you are in
  • Knowing what cooking process to use, for what ingredients
  • Making longer term ferments and a range of quick pickles 
  • Putting a few choice ingredients together, to make fantastic sauces and dressings


$297 Aud



  • Lifetime access to all included content
  • Drop in,¬†to a monthly live Zoom Q&A session whenever you wish¬†
  • 30 + recipes and components taught in detailed videos¬†¬†
  • PDF¬† Workbook with pantry staples, resources & glossary
  • Recipe book with additional recipes
  • When¬†the next¬†live round dates are set, you will be offered¬†an upgrade, for the difference in cost
$297 AUD
Gift to an enthusiast $297 AUD

Self paced, online learning 

Take advantage of all these features...

The core course - recorded and online

3.5hrs+ of high quality video content

Including - Intro to pantry staples, Japanese meals & the five elements of flavour

19 videos, teach 29+ recipes and components

Rewatch whenever you wish & cook along with me

Invaluable resources include

Your workbook with glossary pdf

Detailed recipes, to accompany the videos + extra recipes pdf

An expanding resources page, for sourcing ingredients and equipment

A linen tea towel to buy if wanted, outlining the five elements of flavour & how to create balance in your dishes and across a meal

Drop in to a monthly live Zoom Q&A

Ask any questions related to this or any other of my courses you own

Share your insights and queries with like minded students from across the globe 

Learn together, everyone has something valuable to offer.

Your questions expand everyone's learning


Ferment, a guide to the ancient art of culturing foods

I am thrilled to say that people are using my most recent book Ferment, a guide to the ancient art of culturing foods (Murdoch Books 2017) in the UK, USA, Hungarian, Czech & Korean publications. I have Australian imprint copies for sale in the shop on my website. Translations are available in the relevant countries and online.

Add to your Japanese skill set and learn to make your own Miso and Tofu from scratch

If you are the sort that likes to make rather than buy ingredients, you might consider these courses, for learning how to make tofu and or miso from scratch. Just $160 for both or buy individually for $95 each 

Comments from this community ...

Sally Mc Shane

Art & Alchemy online, June 2023

I have been lucky enough to enjoy a couple of your classes but this one is next level - everything is so beautiful to look at and a real visual feast!

The care and respect you give every ingredient really demonstrates how to transform often humble ingredients into their delicious and nutritious best.  I love that you demonstrate Japanese wholefood cooking with a Holly twist born from long experience. 

I live by the sea and am learning to incorporate seaweed into our diets. And wow - a ferment in under 5 minutes!!


Terese Hayward 

Online student Art & Alchemy June 2023

It’s great to start understanding more about the ingredients and pantry stores, the course is easy to learn from.

I’ve been following your work for a long time and have bought your books for myself and friends.

I like the production of the videos - they are communicated at the right pace.

Alison Rex

Online student

Art & Alchemy October 2023

This course took my cooking to the next level. Holly is a generous and clever instructor. Highly recommend this course.


Elizabeth Spencer

Art & Alchemy online, June 2023 - Mittagong 

I LOVE the classes, and videos, and recipe book, and how easy it is to find everything. All SO beautiful and engaging. Did anyone tell you that you're a great cook.. and  teacher? I can watch you for hours.  I find the sugar in Japanese food acrid, in restaurants and bought products. One of the things I LOVE about your cooking Holly, is the lack of processed sugars

Diane Young

 Online student

Art & Alchemy October 2023

Thank you for your time, your vast experience and the wonderful and generous sharing of that. 




Pauline O Callaghan

Art & Alchemy online June 2023 - Sydney

I know it's going to take me time to assimilate all of this wonderful information and ideas, but having the videos, recipes and community chat notes is invaluable! You just can't get this from a recipe book. I love that your food is so wholesome and nutritious. And I especially love the respect and appreciation you have for the foods you use.

Sheryl Simpson

Art & Alchemy Online June 2023 - New Zealand

Your classes were mesmerising, artful, thoughtful and calming. Your knowledge and steady voice provided a completely immersive experience, the space you curated with beautiful bowls, vessels, jars and produce was a visual feast.

Thanks for creating and holding that space for us all, where there seemed to be time for everything....including five minute ferments! to watch you tend your nukadoko was like watching a moving meditation.


Brooke Burton

Art & Alchemy online June 2023 - Victoria

The table spread with such delicious food is very inspiring. 
I have loved the course Holly. I think your confidence in the kitchen, your well timed humour, the way you move from one thing to another, and answer questions in between has been a really wonderful way to receive. 

Thank you so much for trusting us with your knowledge. Invaluable 
I look forward to re watching the videos. A very generous way of keeping the community alive 

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