|Another culinary exploration. This one was triggered by a recipe for “easy okonomiyaki” which had for ingredients flour, baking powder, water, eggs, cabbage, ham, salt, pepper, green onions, ketchup, worcestershire sauce and mayonnaise.
Right. Seeing how I’m my own special little person, I adapted the recipe: red cabbage instead of green, only ketchup, regular onions, no mayo but rather fancy mustard.
It’s probably as far from the real okonomiyaki as one can get but it makes a good late lunch or early dinner. The recipe is right after the cut.
Ingredients (for my version):
150g cabbage (chopped)
ham (chopped, about the same amount as cabbage)
1/2 tsp each baking soda + powder
1/4 of an onion (chopped)
Mix flour, baking soda + powder, salt and pepper. Add water. Mix well. Add eggs. Mix well. Add the cabbage, ham and onions. Heat the pan and pour some oil on it. Pour out the mixture and try to make it into a round shape. Cook for about five minutes on each side. Remove from pan, put some ketchup and mustard on top. Enjoy!
You can also google for other variations, there are many of them.
At this stage I realised that when I poured the “baking powder” in it started smelling like vanilla. Yes, I keep my baking powder, baking soda and vanilla sugar in one spot and they all have the same kind of container… except the baking powder one is yellow and the vanilla sugar is blue.
Strangely enough I almost want to say that the slight vanilla taste gave something to the pancakes! It went rather well with the cabbage.
|There is probably a rule as to when one has to add the salt and pepper, I just know how much salt and pepper I like and I add them in the middle. I actually love pepper. I have about fifteen containers with different kinds of peppers. I even put huge amounts of different peppers on my green salads, much to the dismay of my guests.|
|The original recipe called for green onions. It’s not really the season I think because I went to two stores and in both the green onions looked terrible. I figured I didn’t have any hot dates later so I might as well indulge myself with some normal onions.|
|Cabbage. Chop chop. Ham. Pre-chopped in the package. Onion. Chop chop.|
|Mix mix. Bubbles bubbles. (I’m blaming the lack of sleep for my lack of verbal skills today.)|
|Pour it all in a pan. The original recipe makes it sound like the mixture is not supposed to be runny and my memories of these pancakes from jdramas (gosh have I seen enough of those) also make me think my mixture was too runny.|
|Flip the mega pancake over. On days like these I’m glad I have five different spatulas.|
|Prepare the toppings. Yes, I got this one for my birthday along with Nutella. Either I have strange friends or I have a reputation as a mustard and Nutella lover. Seeing how I always bring mustard with me to places and when I go back home my mother buys three jars of Nutella, I think it’s the latter.|
Ah. Well, it’s not all that bad in the end.
Just watch out, the ingredients listed are for a good portion or more like three portions. I still have what to eat for lunch tomorrow!
Conclusion: I should have added more flour or less water or more fillings.
Conclusion 2: It’s a good idea to include fillings besides bananas or blueberries inside pancakes.
Now I have this feeling like I need to go watch Attack on the Pin-Up Boys again. It seems that it’s my choice of film whenever I have pancakes… pseudo-Japanese pancakes count also, I suppose.