star of this meal is the dessert, an
pan, sweet bread with anko (sweet red bean paste)
in the middle. I've loved the stuff ever since I bought
a roll a Japanese grocery, not knowing what it was.
It took a long time to find a recipe for it, and when
I finally did, I made it ASAP. And... well, I'm very
inexperienced at baking. If you want to know just what
happened, and share in my pain, here's the blow-by-blow
of my first experience making
an pan. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be amazed
that the stuff actually turned out quite well.
Then we have breakfast
sushi, one of my own inventions. I've seen tamago
sushi - a rice block with egg on top - so why not take
it a step further and use bacon and eggs in a roll?
Sounds weird, but it's plenty tasty. Above that is edamame,
aka boiled soybeans. Yes, those are soybeans, from which
tofu, soy sauce, and just about everything else is made.
And, finally, the everpresent, easy-to-make-in-large-batches