I love Japanese culture. I love anime. Some anime have lots of food in them and I really want to try if not all, at least a lot of them. I already successfully made omurice, curry, and onigiri.

I was really curious about taiyaki. The fish-shaped buns with sweet filling…mmmm.

But, of course, I don’t have the pan with the fish shape. I had nothing that resembled that and had no idea what I could do. Also, I have no idea where to find the red bean paste filling.

Until today…

No, nothing changed, I haven’t got a pan or anything. But I was just thinking that I can’t keep waiting and just thinking.

So I got my waffle maker out. I have a small waffle maker, which makes thin biscuit type waffles. And I also have sour cherry jam, homemade by my parents. What could go wrong?!

I am not going to post the recipe, because this is not a cooking post.

If you want to try making taiyaki, click this link and try it. It’s super easy and super yummy.

It was not easy, making these fluffy treats, with a thin waffle maker. It was messy (as shown in the picture). Took me a couple of tries to get something ok-ish, but oh boy! They were yummy.

And my son’s face, after eating one and storming the kitchen for more…priceless!

Of course, having the fish pan is great, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from trying new things.

If we don’t try, we never do anything new. If we don’t jump in, we never accomplish anything.

I postponed a lot of things for many years because I was dreaming of having the perfect setting, the right tools until I realized that that is not how you grow. That is not how you enjoy life. That is not how you accomplish your dreams. Of course, some dreams change over time. But enjoying what you do is the key to happiness. Who says you can’t have more than one dream? And if you don’t try anything, how will you know if you really like that, how will you know that that is truly your dream?

Yes, having the right tools is great, but we can adapt, use the things we have and ta-da! We have taiyaki. I will try baking them, next time.

photo by yours truly

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