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