Tonight's dinner turned out very Japanese. A lot of vegetables and fishjust the way I like. My mom would be proud of me. Mom, I cook! Nowadays, you can get various Asian groceries around here. More variety of exotic vegetables have been seen at grocery stores especially last five years or so. Some shimeji and maitake mushrooms are grown in Canada. I find them at the local grocery store next to crimini mushrooms. Plus, I have learned what can substitute for certain groceries and ingredients to make Japanese dishes in America. Adaptability is one of the great features of animals. We find a way to make ourselves comfortable and happy. This time, I found some burdock roots and nice thick shiitake mushrooms. I made Onishime shown in the middle with them adding carrot and daikon radish. It's a simmered vegetable dish.
American food is one of the things I have never been able to adapt though I love eating and trying different foods. I like Italian, Chinese, Thai and Greek. Naturally I love Japanese food the best. That is the food comforts me anytime. This won't change in my life. Adaptability hits a wall here. I have adjusted my diet with what's available in America to meet my needs and wants. Now, I add: Adjustability is one of the great features of animals.
To make up for the fish, I made Oyako-don for Chad. It's a rice bowl dish. Onion, chicken, green onion and egg are cooked in stock called "dashi" with sugar, soy sauce and mirin, then poured on hot white rice. It tastes a little bit like teriyaki, but much lighter and more flavorful. It's a quick one pot dish, perfect for weeknights' dinner. It's filling as well. You can try it at a Japanese restaurant.
It sounds like we always eat Japanese food. That's not true. Italian and Chinese dishes often appear on our table. I like them and I enjoy them. But, when I eat Japanese dishes, my body reacts differently. I can feel my body is happy. Is this something to do with my gene? My body might be missing Japan.