I had a moment of panic when I realized my blog post was coming up and I had no idea what I was going to write about. And, when I don't know what else to talk about, I talk about food. If you've read Reservations for Two, you know this :-)
I've been on a pancake kick lately, cooking up a big batch of pancakes for dinner and eating them for lunch throughout the week. Only, I don't like traditional breakfast pancakes. They're okay, but I'm not a big sweet-fan, so a pan-fried quick bread with a heavy coating of syrup doesn't appeal to me. I've been making a bunch of savory pancakes.
The kick started with a recipe for Vegetarian Okonomiyako (Japanese pancakes) with Spicy Mayo from Big Girls, Small Kitchen. With cabbage, zucchini, green onions, lots of eggs and a spicy topping, it was a given I would try this recipe. And I've made it a couple times, adding steamed green beans or cucumber sticks to my lunch for a more balanced meal. These are delicious and eggy and fluffy--more like a souffle than a traditional pancake.
It was a quick trip from the okonomiyako to kimchi pancakes. I love kimchi and I don't know why I hadn't thought of making these pancakes before; they're one of my favorite things to order at a Korean restaurant. If you don't know what kimchi is, it's fermented cabbage (think sauerkraut) with lots of garlic and hot chili. There is kimchi made with other types of vegetables, but the most common one is cabbage. These pancakes were good, but not filling enough for me to keep around for lunch, so I'm going to try the kimchi pancake recipe in Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. That recipe has more stuff in it and I think will be more filling.
Then, I saw a recipe for Savory Parmesan French Toast. I've not tried this yet, but if I'm going to make savory breakfast for dinner (there was a T.V. show that called it "brinner," though the name of the show escapes me), why not savory french toast? The pictures look so good and with a salad, it would be a complete meal. I even have tomato jam I can put on top (as the recipe suggests).
I wonder what else I'll try before this food kick ends. If you like to cook or bake, what was the last food kick you went one? What did you eat and make? If you don't like to cook or bake, what do you wish someone would go on a food kick on so that you could eat the results?