Friday, July 10, 2009

Full at last

My mom calls it the hungry horrors. That hungry feeling that lingers even after you have snacked. And snacked again. I get it once a month, and when it is that time of the month, I don't fight it. I need the extra chow to get through my thingy without breaking down. But the rest of the month? I really need to drop a few pounds, for my health, and I wouldn't mind looking a little better. So how to feel full (enough to get my mind back on work)?

When at Mitsuwa, we ate at a shop called Katsuhana, apperently named to remind folks of the the name Katsuhama, THE katsu house of Manhattan. It was pretty durn yummy despite the accusations of impersonation. Along with your slab of fried meat comes a haystack shaped pile of green cabbage slaw. You add your own dressing at the counter. The hunk of chicken was split between us, so it didn't go far. What is really filling is the stack of cabbage. So once back home in MA, I tried my own Japanese cabbage dressing, based on this one I found on the Internet:

1/4 c Safflower Oil
1/4 c Sesame Oil
1/4 c Rice Vinegar
1/3 c Sugar
1 tb Soy Sauce

I also added sesame and poppy seeds. The trick is, I think, that you don't add the dressing until right when you are about to eat the cabbage. Don't let it sit and marinate. About a cup of shredded cabbage tossed with a couple T of that dressing made the most filling snack. And I was at last undistracted enough by the "Hungry Horrors" to sit and blog today. Should I add a picture of my snack to complete this entry? Maybe I will... later.

1 comment:

  1. Hmm... I have to tell you that dressing needs some ginger and garlic. Try adding some.