Kitchen Library 2012.12.13

Taiwanese food, women and alcohol, colonial Christmas cake, all the cauliflower, and some jam-making updates this week:

Whole-Wheat Pita (Bread Revolution Series)

More Bread Revolution and Guide to Flour. “Pita pockets” didn’t excite me as a kid. Toted as a kid-friendly food, the charm of stuffing sandwich fillings into a bread with a pocket was lost on me. I rediscovered pita–fresh pita–in university at Middle-Eastern diners and as (store-bought) hummus became more mainstream. In Japan, I sometimes…

Bread Revolution: Flour

More Bread Revolution and Guide to Flour. One of the biggest challenges–and triumphs– for me during these 2.5 years living in Japan has been creating bread products I could easily purchase back in the US: pitas, tortillas, flatbread, pizza dough. I experimented (usually disastrously) with a few things in year 1, namely pizza dough, which…

The Quest for Kabocha Curry, Part 2: Raisin Flatbread

Note, 2018: My attempts at recreating curries and naan I ate in Indian restaurants in Japan were part of my interest in non-Japanese cuisine and food narratives in Japan. The chefs had adjusted for the local palate but imported certain ingredients in bulk, and I had adjusted for my home kitchen, where I didn’t have…