Many homes in Japan do not have an oven. I have one that is a microwave, a toaster and an honest to goodness oven all in one. It small, holding only about 5 cookies at a time, so I don't make cookies. I do make things like banana bread and Southern Batter Bread (I've talked about this yummy stuff before). I also have been unable to locate anything like an oven-proof casserole dish, so I used my nabe pot. My Japanese friends laughed, but it works.
Southern Batter Bread, Nabe Pot Style
So, I used to say that there were basically only about three restaurants in my area of my tiny town. Two are closed on Thursdays, the other any date that ends with an 8, and so, if it's something like the 18th and a Thursday, there are no dining out options (though, in a pinch, unlike back home, the convenience store meals do not suck and are a viable option). Then I found out that there actually *is* another restaurant. It's done up log cabin style. They serve pasta and waffles. Proper waffles are hard to find here. These are small, but they are otherwise the real deal. This
cozy cabin restaurant is in the middle of nowhere. I don't get it, but I went, and it was good.
Log Cabin, With Waffles. And Pasta.