Since I’m now a working woman, my daily routine as a Tokyo Housewife is no longer. That is a gentle way of saying our apartment is a complete mess, I may have let my kanji study slide, and I now fail regularly at keeping food in the cabinets. These days, more often than not I’m finding 7 pm roll around with nothing planned for dinner. And then I realize I ate cereal for lunch and I’m starving and ready to gnaw off my hand.
So what’s a housewife to do? I pester Dan. Here is what one of our chat conversations looked like this week:
Me: would you like pancakes for dinner? that is not a trick question
Dan: i’ll eat whatever you cook
Me: well, i can cook pancakes, mushrooms, a little bit of leftover rice, pasta with no sauce, eggs (again)
Me: oh, and there is avocado 🙂
Please forgive me for loving emoticons. I could blame Japan, but really, those smiley faces have been in my repertoire for years. (You should see the emoticons available on my cell phone — given the chance, I could compose my autobiography using only those things.) So, with that list of random ingredients, I decided to throw everything (well, almost) into the pot, cross my fingers, and hope for something edible. Dan mentioned he’d heard about eggs in pasta, and a quick Google search confirmed it exists.
I think the creamy-egg-in-pasta idea was suddenly less scary because in Japan, I’m not afraid of eating raw eggs. My new chef friend told me that the date on the egg carton – usually a week after purchase — is for when you need to refrigerate the eggs, not throw them out. They are that fresh. So, I went for it.
This is our kitchen, maxed out for space yet again. Thank goodness we only own two pots. I sauteed some エリンギ eringi mushrooms (if you are curious what they look like whole, you can peek here) and cooked up the pasta. When the pasta was done and drained, I threw in the cooked mushrooms, two eggs, the avocado, salt, and a splash of milk. And some black pepper. And… it was delicious.
OK, so maybe this is the least convincing photo ever, but you have to believe me. I was amazed at how good this was, considering I took (almost) every last bit of food left in our apartment and threw it all together. In the past this plan has not gone so well (translation: anchovies and tomatoes). This time, triumph!
Anyone else out there willing to try the Raw Egg Pasta Sauce?