March 3 Family Lunch – Sourdough Okonomiyaki, Tortang Talong

Lunch with writer Chris Dwyer who brought an heirloom hyperlocal artisanal cake that he made from scratch with only a spoon

Sourdough Okonomiyaki


1/2 cup sourdough starter, unfed/discard
1 cup water
2 tbsp shio koji (optional)
1 cup unbleached bread flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 pc egg
pinch salt

1 head cabbage, shredded
3 pcs medium carrots, shredded
2 pcs red radish, shredded
To taste salt
To taste pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients for the batter. Whisk until well combined. Let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare your filling. Add to the batter.
  3. Heat a non-stick pan and drop about 1/4 cup of the okonomiyaki mixture. Flip to cook the other side. It should be lightly browned on both sides.
  4. Optional: top with Japanese mayo, togarashi, aonori, bonito flakes, etc.

Tortang Talong (Eggplant Omelette)

2 pcs eggplant, roasted and peeled
1 pc egg, beaten
To taste salt
To taste black pepper 
1 tbsp olive oil


  1. Dip roasted eggplant in egg seasoned with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and cook the eggplant.

Sweet Potato and Leeks Nuggets

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Sweet Potato and Leeks Nuggets Yield: 10-12 nuggets The humble kamote is one of the healthiest foods around. It’s also among the best, most affordable, and accessible sources of Vit. A. There is however this push for the widespread fortification of our foods, thus promoting greater consumption of highly processed items like instant noodles, bread, margarine, which is exasperatingly counterintuitive when the more robust whole-food sources of nutrients are easily available. Like kamote. One of the most outrageous biofortified foods is Golden Rice. One would need to consume a kilo of it daily to meet the Vit. A RDA (see link below) that kamote meets without lifting a finger. Golden Rice will be marketed as Healthier Rice, which is really quite a misnomer—at 1 kg of rice daily, healthy is the last thing you’d be. Here is an easy snack or ulam recipe that uses our omnipresent kamote. Feel free to use other mild leafies in lieu of cabbage, or even zucchini, which I also tried (second photo c/o @nettypwety). You can also add spices. This nugget recipe is a great template for different veggies, promoting biodiversity, not biofortification, in our diets. (Mabi) 2 medium sweet potatoes, steamed and peeled 1 T chia seeds or flax meal (optional, as binder) 4 leeks, sliced thinly 1 c shredded cabbage 2 tsp sea salt 1/2 tsp paprika 2 T unbleached white flour neutral oil water Got the ingredients? Link in bio for the recipe! Gorgeous gulay from @goodfoodcommunity . . . #vegan #whatveganseat #veganfoodshare #vegansofig #stopgoldenrice #biodiversity #notogmo #foodfarmingfreedom #plantbased #dietforclimate

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