March 31, 2008

The Truth

Ok, so it might be obvious by now that I have not been paying close attention to the Poopdeck Challenges.... including what is arguably the most successful to date, the Jedlebrity Fat Club.

Well, I have a confession....

Shortly after starting these challenges, I got myself an Xbox 360. Ever since then, my free time has been devoted to both that, and the Wii. Yes, it is true... I am a video game addict.

Things aren't looking either. Not only am I addicted to such titles as Rock Band, Halo 3, Call of Duty 4, and Super Smash Bros (to name a few), but April is not going to help things. Sometime this month, Mario Kart for Wii will be released, as will the new Grand Theft Auto for Xbox. Mario Kart and GTA have been my favorite 2 video game titles of all time, along side the classic Mario games, some sports games, and a few racing games. These two games, though, are games I wait for. They are games I preorder. They are the reason I buy a console... and they are both coming out this month.

So, it is with a heavy heart that I officially cancel my bid at project 365, and I also won't fool myself into thinking I'll get to 12 books this year (though I am halfway through A Cook's Tour, and I hope to read at least a couple more). Furthermore, due to a few bow outs, a couple late weigh ins, and my own personal lack of motivation, I am also canceling this years Jedlebrity Fat Club competition. I do say, though, that Meghan and Lauren were giving it a good fight, and if they'd like me to continue posting their results, I will be happy to do so.

So here we are... what do we do now. Well if there is one thing I learned during this years diet competition, it's that I truly and sincerely love food. I won't deny it- I love to make food, and I love to eat food. I still plan to exercise (we just got an elliptical, so I have no excuse) and I do know when to draw the line with fatty foods and snacking. But truth be told, I love to eat, and I'm gonna continue to do so.

This brings me to my final subject of the evening. Some of you may remember a food we used to eat in Japan, called Okonomiyaki. Well, this just so happens to be one of our favorite foods from Japan, and quite possibly one of my favorite foods of all time. Turns out, it's really easy to make, as long as you have the proper ingredients, so that's exactly what we did. Please note, however, if you want to make this, it is *essential* you have the two most important ingredients: okonomiyaki sauce, and Japanese Mayo (both can be ordered online, I think even at Amazon.com.) ¹

All it takes is: (per serving)

1 Cup Flour
1 Egg
1/3 cup water
Approx 2 - 3 cup cabbage, chopped (but not finely chopped, keep to about 1 - 3 inch pieces)
Ground Beef, Pork or Bacon, etc (optional)
Okonomiyaki Sauce
Japanese Mayo
Bonito Flakes (if possible)
Dried Seaweed (if possible)

Simply mix the flour, water, egg and cabbage together (plus meat, if you want it) to form a batter.

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Place on a non stick or greased frying pan, or griddle. Let it cook for probably 8-10 min on medium heat.

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Flip over, and cook for an additional 5-10 min. When both sides are just about a dark dark brown or even black, it's probably done.

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Top generously with Okonomiyaki Sauce and Japanese mayo. Add dried seaweed and bonito (optional). Serve hot.

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Easy! Piece of cake! It's doesn't sound that appetizing, but the sauces are what make it. There is nothing better than plain old cabbage beef doused with those sauces and served in pancake form.

I also uploaded some pics from our trip to Puerto Rico. I didn't take too many as I was truly as lazy as lazy can be, but if you're interested you can find those on my Flickr page.


That's all for now, cheers!
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¹ Some quick research verified that you can indeed get the sauces from Amazon.com. You can get there by clicking the following links:

Okonomiyaki Sauce

Japanese Mayo

You can also buy a kit, which includes both of the above, a small packet of dried seaweed, and a special type of flour. We used this the first time, and it does make a bit of a difference, but overall you can get by without it (plus it's all in Japanese). If you're interested though, click the link below:

Okonomiyaki Package

Posted by jed at March 31, 2008 09:23 PM
Comments

Woohoo, I can eat again!
:)

Posted by: Meghan at April 3, 2008 12:50 PM

I have to try to make it alone!

Posted by: resume writing at August 1, 2011 07:33 AM
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