Thursday, August 2, 2007

I am so gay

iwonder shared with me a couple of recipe's, that his father had taught to him, for Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki and Gyoza. As he described these dishes, my mouth started to water and I just had to try them.

Being Japanese, these recipes required a number of ingredients not normally found in the typical American kitchen. So, I headed down to Central Market which is an up scale grocery store near where I live. I was able to find everything except the Okonomiyaki sauce (kind of important when you're making Okonomiyaki).

I planned on making this Japanese dinner on Saturday. As it turned out, my wife had invited some friends over to play games on Saturday; so, I ended up making a Japanese dinner for 3 friends plus my wife and I.

Saturday morning, in preparation for this Japanese dinner I would be making that evening, I looked up a Japanese grocery store and drove 20 miles to pick up a $4 bottle of Okonomiyaki sauce (and then 20 miles back home).

But, I didn't stop there. On the way home I decided that a Japanese dinner needed to be eaten on special plates; so, I stopped at World Market and bought some square plates and some fancy chopsticks.

But, I didn't stop there. I decided that the dinner table needed to be graced with some exotic flowers; so, I bought some flowers and brought them home and arranged them in a vase.

But, I didn't stop there. One of the grocery stores in my area has an on-site sushi chef; so, I went and bought a small variety pack of sushi as an appetizer.

But, I didn't stop there. I did some searching on the internet and downloaded some MP3 files from a contemporary Japanese artist and burned a CD for some background music.

[big sigh] Is there any hope for me? Or, am I just hopelessly gay?

BTW, in case anyone feels so inclined, here are the recipe's (which have earned the iwonder seal of approval).

Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki
Gyoza ala iwonder


Calvin said...

Hey! I just had Hiroshima style okonomiyaki on Tuesday... in Hiroshima! It was delicious and by the looks of it yours was too. Unfortunately my attempts at making it always turn out rather plain and ugly. I'll definitely try this recipe though.

Sean said...

that wasn't gay. that's presentation and entertaining. and there's nothing wrong with that.

it sounded like a wonderful meal shared with friends who probably had a fantastic time.


Kengo Biddles said...

I agree with Sean. You're just a foodie and an entertainer. :)

Brady said...

yumm! Okonomiyaki and Gyoza....

I tried making one of my Japanese recipes for some friends this last week while I was in Provo and it didn't turn out quite like I had hoped. I don't think I'm gay enough. *sigh

MoHoHawaii said...

My BF is a native Japanese and he makes okonomiyaki for me fairly often. I really like it. He tells me that it has the status of Japanese comfort food and that there are special restaurants dedicated to this dish in Japan.

Did you remember to get Japanese mayonnaise? It's an important part. Did you watch the bonito fish flakes dance on top?

P.S. You *are* so gay, possibly with ADD. :-) The technical term for this condition of benign hypomania is "fabulous." Go for it!

playasinmar said...

It could have been just a little gayer...

...if you got two tiny, muscle-bound men to give each other hot oil massages in the center of the table.

Abelard Enigma said...

that wasn't gay. that's presentation and entertaining.

hmmm, I'm not sure what it means when a couple of gay guys say that. but, don't you think the exotic flowers and contemporary Japanese background music were a little over the top on the gayness scale?

Did you remember to get Japanese mayonnaise?

They have special Japanese mayonnaise too? Why doesn't anyone tell me these things? I hope I can remember how to get to that Japanese grocery store.

Did you watch the bonito fish flakes dance on top?

I'm afraid I forgot to sprinkle the katsuobushi on top. I think I might have gotten on iwonder's doggy doo list when I confessed that transgression.

if you got two tiny, muscle-bound men to give each other hot oil massages in the center of the table.

hmmm, must be a Utah thing, eh?

Remus said...

wow! you're japanese!? I'm half japanese on my mother's side

Abelard Enigma said...

wow! you're japanese!?

Not unless there is a community of blond haired, blue eyed Japanese people.

I'm pretty much a mutt; but, I like Japanese food. :)