i’d like to think most food bloggers would agree that often times, your first try is never your best. some of the great food bloggers i read regularly don’t try to pretend they are perfect. when they botch a meal, they write about how they botched it and what they will do next time. mistakes, after all, are how we learn to cook.
after all, what is the point of writing recipes if you can’t revise them? if you really love a food, i find the best thing to do is to cook it often and gradual refine it. evaluate the recipe and isolate the parts you like and the parts you don’t. replace some ingredients to make it more cost effective, faster to cook, or more impressive in appearance.
i’ve talked about reishabu as one of my favorite salads of all time on pmk (you can find the mark I recipe here), and as such i owed it to myself to give it another go. normally, i just make a large portion for myself, but on this particular occasion, i happened to be making dinner for six people on a particular hot summer night a few weeks ago. the response was overwhelmingly positive.
i’ll admit it, i loved summer break as a kid. summer meant making nachos everyday in the microwave, playing video games, and frolicking outside until i got so sunburned my skin started to peel. ah, memories.
but looking back, i never truly appreciated summer for what it was when i was a kid. it was just a long period of time without school, which made it inherently good. i could have spent my summers in a junkyard or on the sub-zero front lawn of a gulag and i probably still would have had a blast.
in other words, summer isn’t for the kids. it is for the teachers.
here’s a quick list (in no particular order) of what i did this summer vacation.
- hopped on a plane and went to the good old usa
- saw my family for the first time in six months
- spent as much time as i could with my best friend/love of my life
- drank cheap beer
- enjoyed top-notch missouri humidity
- ate a truly appalling amount of meat and starch
- evened out my heinous farmer’s tan
- played with my cats
- fired up the smoker
and so, as summer draws to a close here in japan, i figured i would cook a tremendous (see: over-sized, far to big for one human to finish) meal to celebrate all the good times i had. and here’s what i came up with.