Saturday, December 8, 2007
Lately I've been trying to figure out how to combine literature and food into a master's program. American cookbooks as literature? There must be someone as crazy as me who has done this. Anyone know of something? If I was a filmmaker I could make a movie about food, and no one would think I was crazy. "Waitress" was perfect. If you haven't seen it, do. I've never been a huge pie fan (I've only recently gotten a better handle on baking), but I'm dreaming of pies from that movie. I hope there is a real recipe for Lonely Chicago pie.
I bought Harumi's "Japanese Home Cooking" this last week and have looked at the whole book three times already. I keep planning meals, but when I went to Shirokiya today to get some ingredients, I seriously blanked out because I was so frazzled from spending 45 minutes trying to find a parking space, and the length of the lines in the store. I bought 3 packages of shiso leaves, natto and red miso, some food for lunch and got (insert appropriate expletive) out of there. Now that I'm home I wish I'd picked up about 10 more things. Including rice. And when I got home I realized I accidentally bought shiitake natto, and I hate shiitake. Oy.
I also came across a blog called "Kitchen Wench" (http://www.insanitytheory.net/kitchenwench/) when looking for a bi bim bap (my new food obsession-- but I need to get a stone bowl somehow) recipe. I made a pretty good version last week, and even Jake liked it.
http://vegetablejapan.blogspot.com/ This blog is by a Japanese vegetarian woman. It's quite awesome, even if her pictures aren't as delectable as kitchen wench's.
When I was in Shirokiya, wandering past all of the specialty made items for convenience eating, I really wanted to jump on a plane and go to Japan. Can you have homesickness for food?
And is there really any question why I have not lost a single pound in the last 18 months? Sheesh.
Scribbled by Mariko at 5:19 PM