Japanese pancakes

Sunday, 17 January 2021

A few weeks ago I was at the Milton Markets in Brisbane and ordered delicious Japanese pancakes from one of the stallholders, who made them with chicken teriyaki and avocado.

It seemed amazing that something with so much cabbage could taste so good.

Savoury Japanese pancakes, more correctly known as Okonomiyaki, contain a variety of ingredients in a wheat-flour-based batter. The name is derived from the words okonomi, meaning “how you like” or “what you like”, and yaki meaning “cooked”.

The extras and toppings vary by region and according to personal taste.

I recently saw this recipe which made me think it should be possible to cook these myself. [Read more…]

Topics: food, Japan

Big Bash cricket

Sunday, 3 January 2021

I appreciate cricket in all its forms for skill and strategy. I grew up when ODI was on the rise but Test matches still held sway as the pinnacle.

Oddly enough, one-day matches became boring because the tactics were so predictable. A winning formula rarely varied, especially for the team batting first.

The arrival of T20 cricket was the biggest revolution since Kerry Packer’s World Series in the 1970s.

Suddenly the game was popular with kids again and women for the first time.

I’ve been to a few matches in Adelaide and yesterday went to a Big Bash game at the Gabba in Brisbane between the Heat and Sixers.

A group of South African women sat beside me and chatted all evening, with occasional interruptions to sing, dance, clap and play the virtual bongo drums. They didn’t seem particularly interested in the cricket but had a good time. [Read more…]