Monday, 3 March 2014

Tuesday Recipe - Shrove Tuesday Japanese style.

Shrove Tuesday (also known as Shrovetide TuesdayPancake Tuesday and Pancake Day) is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Shrove Tuesday is determined by Easter; its date changes annually.
The expression "Shrove Tuesday" comes from the word shrive, meaning "confess". Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christian denominations. Many Christians, on Shrove Tuesday, "make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God's help in dealing with." Being the last day before the penitential season of Lent, related popular practices, such as indulging in food that one sacrifices for the upcoming forty days, are associated with Shrove Tuesday celebrations, before commencing the fasting and religious obligations associated with Lent. The term Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

Pancake Day!
As I was rather busy with my daughter's wedding, I didn't cook this weekend. As I probably won't cook on Tuesday either I am cheating a little today. Forgive a little self-indulgence!

My daughter and her new husband!

I have previously featured a recipe for Japanese pancakes, Tamagoyaki (recipe TAB), but found another which is often festival street food. 
Okonomiyaki comes from two different regions, Osaka and Hiroshima, both places that I've had the privilege to visit. The Osaka version is the simpler of the two and is featured below. It also suits the timbre of the day by using up what is left in the fridge.

Quick and Easy Okonomiyaki Recipe

(makes about 5)
* ½ cabbage
* 1 carrot
* 3 spring onions
* 1 sq. cm ginger
* 3 mushrooms
* 3 green beans
* 2 eggs
* 100g plain flour
* 200ml water
* 60g cheddar cheese
* Some sliced bacon
* 50g brown sauce
* 5g oyster sauce
* 2g ketchup
* ½ tsp English mustard
* 5g honey
* Mayonnaise and nori seaweed for topping

How to Make Japanese Pancakes

1. Cut vegetables into small pieces and put in a bowl.
2. Add the flour, egg and water and mix really well. Add the grated cheese and mix this in, too.
3. Heat a little oil in a large frying pan at a very low heat. Add the bacon and vegetable mix and tilt the pan until the mixture forms a circle. Don’t touch this until really well baked on the bottom side. Then turn it onto the other side to fry for a few minutes. Push it using a spatula to make sure it’s flat and well cooked.
4. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Put all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
5. Once both sides are well cooked, put the pancake on a serving dish. Spread over the sauce, add some mayo and nori seaweed and enjoy!

As I haven't attempted this dish I will refrain from putting it on the Recipe Tab and that is because the actual preparation of the dishes I include sometimes produces issues that need further exploration.

God Bless