Thursday, October 28, 2010

Steamed eggs and pancakes...for dinner????

The last few days I have been doing research and gathering recipes. As of right now I have over 130 recipes from 27 different countries. I kind of got all sorts of caught up in the research and didn’t realize how many recipes I had gathered. There are still more countries I am eager to look into, so I am sure the number will continue to grow. I’m going to try to not let it get too out of hand though. There are just so many yummy things I want to try!!!!

Today I started with two Korean recipes I found online. I watched these videos with an adorable Korean lady who demonstrated how to make the recipes. I got so enthralled in the website that I watched video after video for quite a few days, lol. I’m sure everyone in the house was annoyed of hearing her voice after a while (Once or twice “Are you watching that Korean lady again?” could be heard in the background). She is so cute I can’t help liking her though. Especially the segments where she cooks in Halloween costumes (a giant ladybug flipping pancakes anyone?). I can just see myself becoming totally obsessed with her website, lol. Anyway, I chose two of her recipes to try today: Spicy Steamed Eggs and Zucchini Pancakes. Now, don’t get confused. These are not the fluffy pancakes one has for breakfast or brunch with syrup and whipped cream. This is more like a fried zucchini substance in the shape of a pancake (and boy is it yummy!).

The first thing I did was the steamed eggs. It really could not be simpler. You gather all the ingredients and mix them in a bowl. Really, the most labor intensive part of the whole process is cracking open the eggs. Once they are in the bowl, drop in the rest of the ingredients, stir, and your work in pretty much done!

All you have to do is stick it in the microwave for 5 minutes on high and voila! I highly suggest keeping your eyes on the eggs when they steam. I was quite mesmerized. They start to puff up really quickly and grow and grow. Next thing you know you have this fluffy ball in the microwave and as soon as the timer rings...POOF! The egg ball completely disappears into the light, airy deflated egg mixture seen below (next time I will try to take a picture of the egg ball while it's growing).

Then came the Zucchini Pancakes. Now this recipes I am going to have to do a little tweaking with in the future (and the pictures did not come out so well, so I will post more soon). It starts off simple enough with chopping the zucchini into rounds and then later julienne style.

Next, throw it into a bowl and mix together the rest of the ingredients: flour, water, and salt.

According to the recipe, you then plop the zucchini mixture into a hot, oiled pan. You are supposed to make one large pancake. Once the bottom browns you simply flip it.

Now, here is where I came into some difficulty. The pancake was too big for the largest saute pan I had, so what happened? I had a very chubby zucchini pancake which took, and I kid you not, what felt like an eternity to cook and not evenly at that. Not to mention it was a pain in the royal @$* to flip! Next time, I will definitely be making several smaller zucchini pancakes or will be using a larger pan (then hopefully I won’t be cursing at it as I try to flip it in the air. To my defense, I did manage to keep it intact). Nonetheless, it did eventually cook and was quite tasty. The sauce that you make to accompany it is simply divine! I’m going to be craving that for some time.

All in all, today’s culinary adventure was worthwhile and the generous people I tested the recipes on seemed to enjoy it! I will definitely be making the Zucchini pancakes again (more picture to come) very soon.

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