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An Attempt at Japanese Pizza

I think it may be my stubborn nature, but I can never seem to follow a recipe’s directions. Let me clarify – while I am very capable of following the directions, I never seem to want to. I think that bread is the only recipe I will follow to a T. Sadly, this lack of discipline often leads to my recipe not coming out as planned. This is a perfect example. I bought what I thought was small head of cabbage for making 101 Cookbook’s Japanese Pizza. I cut the cabbage in half and chopped it up, thinking it would be the perfect amount – it was WAY too much. I don’t know what possesses me to do this, but I figured I would improvise. It is usually at this point when I just start doing my own thing with still expecting the recipe to turn out. This recipe, however, is one where I needed to flip the mixture over and after looking at it in the pan, I knew there was no way that was going to happen. So instead I decided to mash it up and make a kind of cabbage slop. Luckily Jason will try anything, so I asked him to try and let me know what he thought. Surprisingly, he loved it. He said it reminded him of a hearty pie filling – SUCCESS! However, since it was a success, I definitely did not learn my lesson in following directions.


Okonomiyaki Crumble
Adapted from 101 Cookbook’s Okonomiyaki (Japenese Pizza)

Ingredients
  • 3 cups of chopped cabbage
  • 1 cup of onions
  • 1 cup of frozen peas, not thawed
  • 1 cup of frozen corn, not thawed
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • salt 
  • pepper
  • olive oil

Directions

  1. Combine the cabbage, leeks, peas, corn, and flour in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Whisk eggs in a separate bowl and then add to the mixture. Mix until everything is coated.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add at least 1 tbsp olive oil, but more if you’d like. Pour in mixture and push down. Let cook at least 5 minutes. If you can flip it, go ahead and flip it. If not, crumble it up like scrambled eggs and mix it around so everything cooks. It will take about 10 minutes total. 
  4. Serve with salt and pepper.’

**I plan to try making this into a pie. I would preheat an oven to 375F. Make a standard pie crust and fill with this mixture. Bake for maybe 35 minutes, or until the filling is set and browned. If the crust is browning but the middle isn’t done, cover the crust with foil. I don’t know for sure about the temp and times, but that is what I would guess. Let me know if you try this!

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Posted by on March 27, 2009 in Egg, Vegetarian

 

Vegetable Quiche

Ingredients
Nonstick cooking spray*
2 ounces of shredded, low-fat, part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 cup broccoli, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
2 green onions, diced (include both the bulbs and leaves)
6 eggs
3/4 cup evaporated fat-free milk
1/4 tsp garlic
1/4 tsp basil
dashes of salt and pepper to taste
Slices of whole wheat bread

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 375F.

2. Coat a square baking dish with non-stick spray and line the bottom with slices of whole wheat bread, 1 layer thick.

3. Scatter vegetables on the bottom of the pan (if you prefer soft vegetables over crisp one, saute them in a pan for 3-5 minutes prior to adding).

4. In a mixing bowl, stir eggs, milk, and seasonings.

5. Pour over the vegetable mixture and top with cheese (if you like the cheese mixed in, you can really add it at any point).

6. Bake for 40-50 minutes, depending on your oven, until an inserted knife comes out clean. If the cheese is starting to brown but the center is not cooked all the way through, cover with tin foil and continue to bake, checking every 5-10 minutes.

*many non-stick surfaces can be ruined if you use aerosol non-stick spray on them (yes, I know, they are already non-stick, so technically I do not need to add more non-stick, but I just hate when the food sticks to the pan and I need to scrape and soak forever to get it off), so I recommend buying your own oil mister. This way, you can also put whatever type of oil you want in the mister (I usually use extra virgin olive oil). Here is a link to some examples: http://www.google.com/products?q=oil+misters&rls=com.microsoft:*:IE-SearchBox&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7&rlz=1I7GGIH&um=1&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&resnum=4&ct=title.

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2008 in Egg, Vegetarian