Anchovy pizza is not a thing you see very often on menus, which seems somewhat strange to me because it seems like such an iconic topping. Maybe it’s that way just for me or my generation, and I suspect it might have earned a permanent space in my mind because of old Looney Tunes cartoons. In writing this post, I found out that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles often ate anchovy pizzas, but that was a little after my time and I never watched them, so I suspect it was Bugs Bunny or even Scooby Doo that put anchovies into my brain.
At any rate, several years ago I first ate them on pizza, and I thought they weren’t very good. Basically salty and fishy. But I actually kept craving them, and after a few more tries, I grew to love anchovy pizza! Thankfully, canned anchovies are readily available in markets so I can have my anchovy fix whenever I want. I am still a little baffled on why I like them so much since I think they are still overly salty, but truth be told, whenever I see the can of anchovies in the pantry just waiting to be used, I get a warm feeling in my heart and a craving in my belly. 😊
What was nice is that Koa (16) made most of it, with just a bit of help from Mariko and I. We have two more Hello Fresh meals in the fridge so I am curious to see if these will be even better than the rigatoni dinner.
Tonight’s dinner was a mix of leftovers and new sides. The casserole on the left is a mix of sliced pork belly (leftover from last night’s yakiniku dinner), kimchee, egg, and cheese. In the casserole dish on the right is Koa-friendly nachos, with cheese, chips, jalapenos, beans, red sauce, and grilled chicken. Then the sides are avocado with ponzu and katsuobushi, and fresh tomato.
I was a good fridge/pantry cleanup day, and a pretty tasty one at that. 😊
We probably shouldn’t eat too much fried food, but how can you resist katsu (deep-fried pork cutlet)? Along with miso soup and shredded cabbage, we had some ume-garlic, which was yummy. My first time trying it!
By the way, Lani likes to eat her dinner while we eat ours, and here she is waiting for us to fill up her food bowl. 🐶