Foodie Friday First: Dutch Baby

Dutch baby: a fluffy breakfast food, that's served all puffed up Nope, I'm not posting about a smiling infant today. Although I do know some sweet Dutch babies. Actually, this dish isn't even Dutch. It's a German pancake, but people misheard the word deutsch during its origins. A unique breakfast item that you can make on your own, some of its traits are: Boasts an amazing puffy structure Consists of eggs, flour, sugar, and milk Bakes in a cast iron skillet Offers lemon, butter, … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday Firsts: Okonomiyaki

I ate my first... Okonomiyaki: Japanese savory pancakes, often filled with seafood The name comes from blending together the words, okonomi ("favorite") and yaki ("grilled"). These savory pancakes are often known as "Japanese pizza." At restaurants, you can grill one yourself or have the chef make it in the kitchen: The batter ingredients are simple: flour, dashi stock (or water), and egg.  (I've heard you can even buy boxes of the batter at Japanese markets.) Then you add in whatever … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Beef Roll

Beef roll: slivers of beef wrapped up in a scallion pancake Like a burrito, this wrapped-up treat delivers a hearty taste. Flavored with hoisin sauce, the traditional appetizer can also double as a meal. I was amazed when I first sampled this dish. Who knew you could one up scallion pancakes, those yummy green onion eats? But the beef roll has a tantalizing array of flaky pancake, fresh herbs, and tender beef to draw you in. What's your favorite appetizer? … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Fish-Shaped Pancakes

Fish-shaped pancakes: traditionally known as taiyaki, and filled with sweet red bean paste I remember visiting night markets in Taiwan and getting these amazing pancakes. They come in all sorts of shapes, but different types of animals were the most popular ones. (In fact, I enjoyed the experience so much that I referenced it in my novel.) In the United States, you can buy your own waffle maker--or pancake maker (see a Hello Kitty machine here). The fish-shaped pans can be bought at … [Read more...]