This is a blog for people to discuss what they are eating. There is a theory that by journaling eating habits, people will eat healthier. I am trying to cook more at home and feed my family a wider variety of foods. People can just read or join as co-authors. Topics don't have to be recipes with nice photos. You can write about eating habits, special diets, culinary cultural differences, etc.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

FOOD DIARY - Japanese & Pizza nights

Hubby's homemade pizza
Remember that I'm totally not the baker in my family.. so hubby totally does this for me all the time :) We've tried a BUNCH of recipes for the crust. Quite frankly if the crust sucks.. I won't like it.. so imagine trying pizza over and over trying to get it right. Too much sauce, not enough sauce, there's no such thing as too much cheese.. LOL nvm.. Either way he finally settled on a recipe we got from a Jewish Baking book. Lemme run over to the Library to see which one. Okay it's called "Secrets of a Jewish Baker". Hands down it has the best pizza dough I've ever tasted out of a home recipe using a real oven. My favorite still is "mafia style" pizza but I don't have a brick oven that goes to 700-900°F.. Ever since hubby got that new stand mixer he's been very happy to bake again since everyone knows how tiring making your own dough can be over an extended period of time. The bigger the batch as well the more it takes from you. This recipe does 3 pizzas.

Leftovers from Tokyo Mandarin - Seafood Yaki Udon

Over the weekend we went with friends to eat at our favorite Japanese Food restaurant - Tokyo Mandarin (Chinese/Japanese food heaven). I wanted to try out something different this time but still have a slice of what I like normally.. I mean.. I was sooooooooo created for the Buffet it's not even funny.. Hubby laughs at how much I like "a taste" of something and I take a bite from his plate... of course proceeds to laugh at me as I go to a buffet and eat 1 thing off each container so I can try it all.. At least I don't get sick like he does so there! P.S. his sesame beef was fantabuloso...

Leftovers from Tokyo Mandarin - Chicken Tempura Rolls

As you can see from the menu - I tried something new and something old :) New was the Seafood Yaki Udon (and to think THIS was my leftovers.. the plate was HUGE!!).. It also came with my favorite salad (Tokyo salad which is tossed lettuce with carrots, cucumber and tomato (I take out the tomato) in a light orange ginger dressing that's actually pretty sweet and not hot at all! Other restaurants versions are much more "ginger".. (to quote Andrea's brother John.. "In an F' you Italy kind of way".. ). I ate my gyoza as well.. sorry... I had to.. and even ordered my favorite Chicken Tempura Rolls (believe it or not out of all the restaurants they have associated with this franchise.. the one I go to is the ONLY restaurant to offer this and also has the largest menu to pick from). I knew I was doggie bagging most of this so I just ordered it all.

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Blogger pamwax said...

Elsie the Pizza looks so good. Leave it to a Jewish cook to come up with the recipe. Tell me next time the Hubby makes it and I will be right over.

November 11, 2008 at 3:20 PM

Blogger chaki said...

Elsie, made seafood yakiudon last night. It is easy to make and to like. Looked incredibly like your photo, I almost thought I uploaded it!! LOL. Going to tell you an easy no-fuss way of making your friggin chicken tempura rolls. Just hold on.

November 11, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Blogger Arsenette said...

Thehehehe definately Pam :) I found most recipes I love are Jewish. :D

OH chaki let me know LOL (I prefer the rice on the outside but hubby is getting frustrated so we are doing it inside I think..)

November 11, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Blogger Jeannie said...

Oh, Elsie, how can you do that to me? I've been craving pizza so bad. I went to the store today and had a hard time not putting one in my cart. Then I come home to this? And my goodness, it looks so good! My favorite is plain cheese.

Do you deliver? :D

November 11, 2008 at 4:22 PM

Blogger Arsenette said...

LOL sorry!!!

yeah.. well.. if you make it homemade.. doesn't that magically make it more healthy? LMAO Yeah that's my story and I'm sticking to it :p

November 11, 2008 at 4:36 PM

Blogger tricia said...

Homemade = healthy is like Diet Cokes cancel calories Elsie?

Pizza does look great.

November 11, 2008 at 8:59 PM

Blogger Arsenette said...

ROFL only problem is that Diet anything tricks your body into storing fat... Glad I never got addicted to it.. poor women all over the world are gasping going "omfg" LOL

November 11, 2008 at 9:01 PM

Blogger chaki said...

How do you get the crust crispy? You know how even if you buy a Costco pizza, it never turns out the same as the ones you buy ready cooked? What works for me is flour tortillas to achieve that thin crust taste.

About your chicken rolls, mine's a cheater's recipe. You've got to do two years of origami before taking on the inside out rolls!!!

November 12, 2008 at 3:22 PM

Blogger Some Kinda Wonderful said...

Oh Elsie, the pizza looks so yummy. I have a fairly good pizza crust recipe that I use sometimes. I admit that I do the tortilla pizza thing a lot, tho. It's so much easier. :) Your leftovers look pretty tasty too.

Hey Pam, do you know how to make challah bread? I love that stuff. It's so good it makes me want to cry.

November 12, 2008 at 6:50 PM

Blogger Arsenette said...

The crust is completely homemade. One of these days I'll copy the recipe from the book. I'm feeling really lazy right now and drained from couch potato'ing Ninja Warrior 21 atm so I'll check on it later :) I like the dough he makes and it took a few recipes to find it but it's awesome.. it's crunchy and soft at the same time. Had the last of the pizza dough tonight :)

November 12, 2008 at 8:55 PM


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