In America, hospital food, public school lunches, and prison food is some of the least nutritious and most unappetizing food available. It looks like Japanese prison food is both nutritious and delicious. I am not surprised that Japanese prisoners eat well. America has a lot of poor quality food. I wish America had higher standards.
It would be a real treat to try this, I'm sure.
Nonetheless, this dutch baby in my mini cast iron skillet (5-inch skillet) hit the spot this Friday morning. I am particularly fond of the bacon and cheddar flavor combo!
See fancy dutch baby photos from Yelp: Tilikum Place Cafe
Recipe for a 5-inch mini skillet:
- 40g (one serving) rolled oats
- 1 egg
- 1 over-ripe banana (about 90g to 100g)
- 1.5 to 2 TB of peanut butter
- 1 to 2 TB water or milk
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- pinch of salt
- butter for greasing the skillet
- Set the oven to 300 degrees
- Add the egg, vanilla, water, half the banana, and 1 or more tablespoon of peanut butter together in a bowl. Blend together with an immersion blender, hand mixer, or whisk.
- Combine the oatmeal, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder in a separate bowl.
- Once both wet and dry materials are prepared, pour the dry oatmeal mix into the wet egg and banana-peanut butter mix and stir to combine.
- Melt some butter in the mini skillet and swirl it around to help prevent the oatmeal from sticking during baking.
- Pour the oatmeal mix into the mini skillet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Top with remaining banana and peanut butter and serve warm.
My goal to taste the best Japanese food in Seattle compelled me to wait in line for over one hour on a beautiful, but cold, morning in December. You see, the window of opportunity to try the highest-rated ramen in Seattle is as short as their customer service: Tsukushinbo only serves their Tokyo-style shoyu ramen on Fridays from noon to 2 pm. On my visit, the line started with me at 10:20 am and had already wrapped around the building 40 minutes later.
With confidence, I will declare that Tsukushinbo's ramen was the best ramen I have ever tasted in my life thus far. Living in America, I do not have a lot of options. However, of all the restaurants I have tried, Tskushinbo's ramen was just outstanding. After waiting in the cold for a little over an hour, the prize of a piping hot bowl of the best ramen I've ever had made me forgive the grief I endured to obtain it.
The sushi served at Tsukushinbo is expertly prepared with huge pieces of fish, which is another win for them.
If you get the chance, I would recommend Tskushinbo for their high-quality food despite their sub-par manners. Your efforts to get in will be rewarded.
In addition to a range of classic American desserts, Hot Cakes also makes grilled cheese sandwiches and egg breakfast sandwiches. They also have something called a grilled chocolate sandwich that piqued my interest. Oh, and they have alcoholic shakes and desserts as well. Basically, the entire menu sounds amazing and it makes me want to go back!
They have a vegan menu, too, which means everyone can enjoy.
Hot Cakes sells chocolates, sauces, and at-home baking kits so you can make sweets at home. The most interesting of their items is the cold-smoked bag of chocolate chips. I imagine they would go great with s'mores or even basic chocolate chip or hot chocolate recipes.
I spent too much money and ate too many calories, but I do not regret my choices one bit. That means this place is pretty great.