Wednesday, February 27, 2008


I'll do the exciting news first.  Or rather, here's what I made today to celebrate the exciting news:

Excited yet?  Well I am, because I am interning in Tokyo this summer!  For two months!  Tokyo!  Ahhh, I am really too happy for words!  So instead of talking, I made Onigiri and Tamagoyaki.  Aren't they happy?  This is pretty much the closest I come to making "real food," and its also pretty much the Japanese equivalent of peanut butter sandwiches and macaroni and cheese, which is actually what I live on unless someone else feeds me.  But mmmm these are sooo much better than sandwiches!  

The big rice balls are Onigiri.  I generally stuff my Onigiri with whatever I have leftover in my fridge or cupboard, but my favorite is to use tuna or salmon, mixed with things like garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and mayonnaise.  I also normally wrap them in seaweed (nori), but alas, today I did not have any...
See here for forming instructions and filling ideas!

The yummy looking rolled up egg things are Tamagoyaki.  To make these...

4 eggs
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp water
3/4 tsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp salt
Vegetable oil

Whisk all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
Brush a pan with vegetable oil, and pour about a quarter of the mixture into the pan.  It should spread out and coat the entire bottom of the pan evenly.  Cook over medium heat until it is cooked mostly through.  
Starting at the end near you, tightly roll the egg up until you reach the other end.  Leave this roll in the pan, on the edge farthest from you.  
With the first roll still in the pan, pour another round of the mixture into the pan.  Lift the first roll a bit so that the raw egg flows underneath it.  When you put it back down, it should be sitting in the raw egg.  When it is cooked mostly through, roll this up too, starting with the end that the already rolled up egg is attached to.  Repeat this process until all of your egg mixture has been incorporated into one big roll.  
Slice the roll into pieces, and enjoy!  It can be eaten hot, warm, cold, room temperature... anything is good!

And now onto the MeMe!

I've actually been tagged twice!  Once a while back by Deborah of Taste and Tell, and then again today by the wonderful Astra Libris of Food for Laughter.  They both have awesome blogs, so you should go check them out!

Rules:  1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.  
2. Share 5 facts about yourself.
3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them)
4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs. 

How fun... and now for 5 oh so interesting things about myself:

1.  I'm a college student (studying film), but I live more like an old lady - I don't drink or party... and I stay at home baking whenever I'm not doing work!

2.  I name everything (you know, random squirrels I see, pencils, etc.).  I especially like to name those few cookies in every batch that just don't bake as perfectly as the rest.  I think it makes them taste better.  One time, I had a cookie named Giraffe.  It was the best cookie I'd ever had, even though it was sooo burnt.  

3.  I can speak Japanese and French pretttttty well (though I have been known to answer French questions half in Japanese), and I am starting to learn Mandarin!  Languages are so fun!

4.  I watch Asian dramas and drool over the beautiful, girly men who spend more time on their hair than any girl I've ever known.  Yeah, that one is kind of incriminating... but seriously... they're really attractive.  =)

5.  I've had really bad luck with pets over the years, but I absolutely can't wait for the day when I have my own house, with a big backyard, so that I can have sheepdogs!  Because they're just so fluffy and huggable, how can you not love them?

Ooooh and now I get to tag more people...

Amy of Fruitlust
Coco of Ambrosia
Lunch Buckets (I don't even know your name!) of Lunch Bucket Bento
Catherine of Munchie Musings


Catherine said...

Thanks for the 'tag'. I enjoyed your blog and your unique recipes. I'm looking forward to trying some of them. Have an awesome time in Japan.

Deborah said...

Congrats on the internship! How fun!

Thanks for participating - it's fun to learn more about you.

coco said...

Looks like we've got quite a bit in common. Both like purple and both prefer stying at home and cooking/baking instead of partying/drinking! :)

Have fun in Tokyo!

Astra Libris said...

Allison, thank you for answering the MeMe! I loved reading your answers - it's too awesome that you name everything! Such fun! :-)

Huge congrats on Tokyo!! Soooo awesome! Your rice balls look and sound scrumptious...

Lunch Buckets said...

My name is Lisa :) And I just saw this. So yeah, I suck.