I now know what an episode of “I Love Lucy” making tempura would have been like. I have lived it.
Tempura has always seemed hard to me. One of those dishes best left to the Japanese restaurant chefs. Tempura embodies the elegance and simplicity of Japanese culture and life. So simple. Yet so complex.
Yet, I find myself grateful for the Daring Cooks challenge this month, because I NEVER would have made tempura otherwise. Not in a million years. But I am grateful that I did, if only for the knowledge of how hard it is to create the zen of the perfect tempura bite. I will appreciate this dish immensely now whenever I order it.
My whole kitchen was taken over for a whole afternoon while I tried to get the tempura just right. Bowls everywhere – batter dripped everywhere – oil spills everywhere. Flour dusting in my hair. Gloppy batter-coated fingers. Oily paper towels. Wire racks. Chopsticks. Ice cubes floating in batter. I think you get the idea. “I Love Lucy” does tempura.
Lisa from Blueberry Girl – if you’re reading this – THANKS for a very challenging challenge. I learned a lot. One of the things that I learned is that I am ordering my tempura from now on!
My boys loved this challenge, I must say. They gobbled up all the shrimp first and then even ate the veggies, too. Amazing how a thin crispy batter can make ANYTHING taste delicious. One of them smiled and said “What’s cookin’ next month, Ma?”