When I was in Japan I found myself marveled at the various food stalls scattered all about Tokyo. I missed out on trying many of their treats since I was on a strict gluten-free diet at the time. The one I wanted to try the most was the takoyaki (たこ焼き), grilled octopus balls made from a pancake like batter and chopped ocotopus (tako たこ in Japanese). poured in to a cast iron grill of little half domes and grilled. I found myself mesmerized as I watched skilled takoyaki chef's hands fly across hot griddles 100 takoyaki wide with a small tool in hand, which looks like the metal nut pick my parents always kept in the nut dish around the holidays for picking walnuts out of the shells, flipping the octopus balls 180 degrees with such speed and precision all with out missing a beat flipping rows and rows of the little octopus balls putting on quite a show.
So as I have still never had takoyaki, I find myself quite obsessed with the idea of a grill that will allow me to make them at home. My husband reminds me that a takoyaki grill is a uni-tasker, which Alton Brown disapproves of. But today I can across this:Behold-the Aebleskiver pan, the dutch version of a takoyaki maker, which lets me know that it was meant other uses which I do not need to make up. This is meant to be in my home making octopus balls, mini jelly doughnuts, apple dumplings, brownie balls, croquettes and the most amazing sunny side up eggs that protect the yolks.
As I was writing this post I stopped and I ordered it. My new aebleskiver pan will be here in 5-8 days according to Amazon.
We are going to a BBQ on Kuma's side of the family on Saturday and then having one here on Sunday for my sister's birthday, here's the things I plan I cooking this weekend:
Pesto pasta salad
Lemon Blueberry cake
Herbed roasted potatoes
Homemade Ricotta cheese
Something with the cannoli filling I plan to use the ricotta for.
Possibly a fruit salsa too.