March 11, 2014 § Leave a comment
I love Japanese food.
I think many people have the wrong idea though: it’s not just sushi, sashimi and ramen. Yes, those are all delicious, but there’s so much more: light tempura, meaty tonkatsu, chicken karaage, udon, women, nimono, mochi, and one of my favourites: okonomiyaki.
Theres not really anything I can compare it to, than a savoury pancake. It’s not like a crepe, where filling are inside, but more of a thick pancake batter with vegetables mixed in. You can really make it your own, whether you want meat, seafood, vegetables, mochi or even cheese! for this recipe, I have made two types: one that I’d suitable for vegetarians (and vegans, if you sub the egg for a flax/ chia egg) and one with meat in it. However, there is no need to follow the recipe exactly, as okonomiyaki means ‘as you like it’.
I think a really fun idea would be to have an okonomiyaki party! Just make the batter and refridgerate it and when guests come, get them to add ingredients they want and cook it!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
80g plain flour
1 medium egg
5-10 leaves sweetheart cabbage, shredded finely
4 scallions, sliced thinly
Vegetarian ingredients: carrot, zucchini, kale
Optional ingredients: thinly sliced pork, grated cheese, mochi
Flavourless oil, such as sunflower or rapeseed
To serve: Bulldog sauce (Japanese brown sauce), Hellmann/ kewpie mayo, bonito flakes, seaweed
Mix the flour and water together and leave to rest in the fridge for an hour or so until use.
When you are going to make the okonomiyaki, add the egg.
Mix in the cabbage, scallions and any other ingredients you may be using.
Heat a pan and add oil liberally, so it wont stick.
Add a quarter of the mixture (or less if you want smaller ones) into the pan and cook for a few minutes and just before flipping, add some bonito flakes to the wet side.
Flip and when cooked, serve immediately with mayo and brown sauce.
March 4, 2014 § Leave a comment
EASIEST. RECIPE. EVER. Like, seriously, this isn’t even a recipe. You literally just mix a bunch of ingredients into the pan and…
Boom-shakalaka, your done.
Bob’s your uncle.
Ok, I’ll stop now, but I hope you get the message – it’s just so friggin easy. Even if you think you can’t cook, try this! All you need is one pan, a spoon and a container to bake in! No fancy tools needed!
Oh, and did I mention, its only FOUR ingredients. Yep, you read that right – FOUR.
This is a recipe for the classic flapjack, I can imagine cinnamon and dried apple chips would be nice, or peanut butter chips and mashed up a banana or dehydrated banana, or coconut pineapple… I could go on forever, but feel free to add in nuts, fruit, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, ANYTHING you want!
Makes 12 (the images above show half the batch)
60g brown sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons golden syrup (you can also use honey, which I’ve tried before)
250g rolled oats
Preheat oven to 180˚C.
Melt butter, sugar and golden syrup in a pan. (Yes, you can stir it – we’re not making caramel here!)
Once melted, add oats and mix.
When thoroughly mixed, push compactly into a pan and bake in oven for about 20 minutes, or until golden ontop.
Make sure you let it cool for atleast 10 minutes! This is vital. (or it will fall apart when you cut it!)
February 23, 2014 § 2 Comments
Puntarelle with anchovy dressing (£7.50). To be honest, I expected very little from this dish as I thought it would be a very standard salad, but I couldn’t be more wrong! It was bitter, but in the best possible way, with salty bites of anchovy and great quality olive oil. It complimented the sweet caponata very well and I’m sure it would be great paired with anything fried or rich.
Chocolate and marzipan ball with rum and raisins (£3). I’m not a sweet fan, but my parents tried this and thought it was delicious. It’s only small, but if you want a bite of something to finish your meal, I’m sure this is for you!
I was eyeing up these dishes but didn’t get to try them:
Tagliatelle with venison ragu (£8)
Baked hake with fresh tomatoes, black olives and basil (£10 – one size only large)
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