It’s freaking cold out, Jason’s gone off to somewhere much nicer and most possibly warmer and I have a full-on case of the winter blah’s.
I don’t feel like leaving the house, going to the store, shoveling the walk one more time or waking up in the dismal darkness. Isn’t there a name for this kind of thing, seasonal attitude dysfunction or something? Yuck. It also means that I’m forcing myself to survive off the givings of my freezer and that’s been a bit of a hit and miss. The pantry is also getting bare, at least by my standards.
Scraping the bottom, for tonight’s menu a package of ground pork, 1/2 an onion and a jar of kimchi. And you think this is going downhill don’t you? Not so. Not so at all. I adapted this recipe from Saveur, added a few pinches of salt, pepper, a couple of cloves of minced garlic and about 1 tbsp of paprika and voila! I didn’t have any rice flour (see above for reference to bare pantry), so I used AP flour and reduced the water by a bit.
In school we made a similar kind of Japanese green cabbage pancake topped with a squirt of mayo, a drizzle of okonomiyaki sauce and mountain of bonito flakes. Taking the lead from that dish I served these crispy fried kimchi patties up Japanese street vendor style with a mayo and oyster sauce.
Any ideas for buttermilk, oranges and tomato sauce? Maybe it’s time to find that grocery delivery pamphlet.