Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Puzzling Pot

Finally! I found something about my mysterious cooking pot, Iwachu Nabe or Mabe or Nebe.

Eating from this pot which is placed on the table over a heater usually, and dipped from by the whole gathering is supposed to bring relationships into being and bring folks together as they share from the pot. What a cool present.

I baked a chicken in it and the wooden lid infused the chicken with a delicate wonderful flavor, the skin browned nicely and I was so tickled. Can't wait to try to traditional Japanese fare now. But no Pufferfish, (a prized fish that if prepared carelessly can kill the diner), I promise.

The cast iron is great for anemic people as the iron leaches out into the food.

I waded into reading some of the history of Japanese cooking and its really quite interesting. Nationally, I am told the Japanese have a low incidence of overweight individuals. Looking at some of the dishes, I don't wonder why! But some look incredibly delicious, so I definitely need to make a visit to the Japanese warehouse market for ingredients and begin to put the pot through its paces.


Wandering Coyote said...

Man, do I ever miss sushi! You just can't get decent stuff easily here in the boonies!

I got a funky new pot for Christmas, too. Cast iron, no less! It's pretty awesome. I did a post on it over at ReTorte.

tweetey30 said...

Wow. That sounds neat. I have always wanted a Wock myself. I like stir fry.

Candy Minx said...

The chicken sounds good! I bet you could cook all kinds of things in that new pot. It also sounds like another version of peasant cooking and shepard cooking...like the fondue. I like community table dinners like fondue where you cook as you eat or racleette. Yum!

tshsmom said...

Thanks for clearing that up. It sounds like you could use that pot for a LOT of things, and the extra iron sure won't hurt YOU. ;)