Let’s start really, really simple.
Rule #1: Your basic caveman kitchen should be filled with four main categories of food – meat/eggs, vegetables, oils, and spices.
Stock your cave with some oils (coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, olive oil and butter are a good start) and some dried spices (salt and pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika powder and garlic).
Later you can branch out and get adventurous but until you earn your Bad Motherfucker Wings (Japan edition)* in the kitchen you want to stick with the above, and buy meat/eggs and vegetables fresh one or more times a week.
Rule #2: Until you find your feet, or if ever you aren’t sure what to do, remember “meat ‘n’ two veg”
I’ve basically taken the Australian classic “meat ‘n’ three veg” and stripped out the potato. Of course, there was never any doubt that it is a dish versatile enough to appear as the centerpiece on a blog about primal eating in Japan!
Examples would be:
- Asparagus (vegetable) + mushrooms (vegetable), panfried in butter (oil) with garlic (spice) and salt (spice). Chicken pieces (meat) grilled in macadamia nut oil (oil) seasoned with salt & pepper (spice).
- Eggplant/nasu/aubergine (vegetable) and bell pepper/capsicum (vegetable) stir fried in olive oil (oil) with garlic (spice) salt and pepper (spice). Grill some pork strips (meat) in salted butter(oil) with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper (spice) separately and serve.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. I know you’re thinking, “that sounds shit-boring. Never gonna be able to subsist on this crap.” The good news is, not only do you get used to this simple eating, you begin to prefer it. And you start to look forward to the trips to the supermarket, “What vegetables will I buy today?” “Last time the butter was good with the carrots, but I’m going to try olive oil this time and a bit extra salt,” etc.
And those are the only rules! This is how I got my start and I still keep coming back to these rules whenever I get stuck. Now, I never said that this was the cheapest way, nor the most nutritious – we’ll look at this more later, including some fine-tunes for Japan. But this will get you started in Japan on a primal eating course with minimum cry-baby tears.
* Not a real thing.