Happy Wednesday, Noshers! I’ve been a little MIA lately as I recover from a pretty awesome weekend trip (er…two weekends ago) to Sedona and Scottsdale. I’ll be posting a few photos, so keep your eyes peeled! In the meantime, I’m super excited to share a new project I’ve set up for myself – my very first cookbook cookthrough!
Ok, I’m not sure if that’s a real word, but much like the movie Julie and Julia, I plan to cook every recipe in one of my newest cookbooks. I’m going easy on myself to start – I don’t have a set time limit (yet…if I start lagging behind, I might set some rules in place), and I’m not cooking the recipes in order. Rather, I’m skimming through and picking recipes that most interest me (but I will try all of them), and more importantly, for which I can find the ingredients. And the cookbook I’ve chosen for my very first cookthrough is……the Lucky Rice cookbook!
I actually won this book a while back, and when browsing through it, I realized that I wanted to try making every single recipe. The cookbook features both classic and new takes on Asian dishes, and author Danielle Chang infuses the book with her own personal stories. It’s a fantastic read! I also chose this cookbook because I was super-spoiled in NYC with ethnic grocery stores galore, tons and tons of live seafood, and a bustling Chinatown from which to purchase ingredients. I might have to get a little creative in Kansas City, but it should be an interesting challenge! I’d love if you cooked along with me – it would be so fun for us to cook together and for me to see photos of your cooking! I’ll be tagging my posts/photos with #BigAppleNoshLuckyRice – tag yours as well so I make sure I see them 🙂
The very first recipe I wanted to try was for Japanese Pancakes, or okonomiyaki. Unlike American pancakes, the Japanese version is savory, with meat, scallions, ketchup, and Kewpie mayo. My challenges for this recipe was sourcing the Kewpie mayo (which is delish) – I wasn’t able to find it at my local grocery store, but Amazon saved the day (link here). Yay! Continue Reading