Shrimp and Green Onion Pancakes

Green Onion Pancake | Rookery

So it’s probably not fair to complain about a recipe when I didn’t actually follow the directions that closely.

I got excited because I love green onion pancakes, so the idea of making them myself was intriguing. I especially liked that I didn’t need to buy a lot of new ingredients that I would only use once.

But then I fell into the trap that’s pretty common when recipes just show one beautifully food-styled photo of the end result, with no pictures of the in-between steps. I had absolutely no idea what looked right so I just had to wing it. Oh, and I blatantly ignored a couple of pretty direct instructions. There was that too.

Green Onion Pancake | Rookery

Even so! These weren’t so bad. They were¬†good [said in that over-excited way when someone asks you how their new haircut looks]. I think they could be better with practice, especially to get them nice and crispy. The thing is, though, I can’t imagine myself spending time practicing. So I post the recipe and the steps with that sort of disclaimer, and shall file this under “kitchen experiments.”

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Green Sushi Salad

Sushi Salad | Rookery

I often find myself craving sushi. It’s an expensive craving to have, mostly because once I get to the restaurant I cannot stop eating it. My friends and I even coined a term for the feeling you get when you leave the restaurant and only then realize how full you are: Rice Expansion Disorder (RED).

There’s also the environmental aspect. Some of my favorites, like ahi tuna, are on the Seafood Watch “avoid” list. Ugh.

Sushi Salad | Rookery

That’s why I’m such a big fan of this sushi salad. Because what I’m really craving when I want sushi is UMAMI. I want the salty savoriness, combined with rice and a little bit of wasabi. And this is a great, vegetarian – vegan, in fact! – healthy and non-expensive way to get it. Continue reading