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16
Oct
18

lo mein

With the abundance of fresh veggies and with the addition of noodles, lo mein was an easy choice, though prep would be essential to the recipe.

A slicing of the veggies was done using the rotary slicer of the kitchen aid attachment.

One of those recipes, the more you look the more variations you find , you settle as with most “authentic” recipes to the ingredients you have available to the village or are grown locally.

I didn’t  get to list all the sauce ingredients and amounts, but loosely followed several recipes that I researched by listing all the ingredients that compose the sauce to get an idea of the basics. I modified it by adding a bit more cornstarch and a good amount of stock as I prefer s saucy-er thick coating to the dish.

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The sauce was a build up from the basic soy sauce/rice wine/sugar combo. Some of the associated components are: soy sauce, rice wine, fish sauce, shrimp paste, chili paste, ginger root, galangal root, garlic, sugar, honey, salt and pepper with sesame oil.

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The sauce, less the stock.

The veggies are the same deal, use what you have. Pea pods and the baby bok choy were included as they were fresh and attractive from the market. The carrot was also crunchy as they were fresh, large diameter and not very tapered as the packaged carrots were.

Stir fry the veggies in oil.

 

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While stir frying the veggies, prep the noodles, I used rice noodles instead of the wheat noodles, so just a brief toss in hot water is all that’s needed, drain and add to wok.

 

Mix well , then add the sauce… serve….

 

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The result is as good or better result than restaurant  because you have control of the ingredients. So if you like salad with noodles with a sauce here it is.

I made this dish twice and this post is a compilation of the pictures from both.

18
Aug
18

Cookie bars (chocolate)

The actual title is Black Bottom Cookie Bars denoting that the cookie is half chocolate and half plain. Not a big cookie and brownie fan, but other household members are.

Cocoa, vanilla, sugars, coconut oil,eggs, chopped chocolate, flour/salt mixture. 8 inch by 8 inch pan is prepped with baking paper.

A substitute for the butter is coconut oil, which due the current weather had to measured and refrigerated to a solid consistency. (lower left)

 

I also did not have bits, so I had to go to the reserves

 

Blend coconut oil and sugars. Whisk attachment.

Once mixed, add flour gradually.

Finish adding the flour, mix till just moistened.

 

Divide the dough in half, weighed it out but note: the chocolate 1/2 should be a bit less than half because the chocolate bits will take up some volume. (just being picky)

Mix in the cocoa and bits to 1/2 of the plain dough mixture

Spread the chocolate dough, then the plain dough in the pan. Happily

Off to the oven

In the convection oven , still warm weather so no running the gas oven for now.

Chillin out till cool !

cooled finished bars, some of the chips still oozy.

I could have probably left out the chocolate chips, deep chocolate flavor. No comment from the the brownie expert so all is good. I just have about 1/2 of one of the squares, enough for me. Would be good tempered with vanilla ice cream.

11
Aug
18

chicken and mushroom dumplings

quickly made and frozen, good for soup or sauce.

  • diced sautéed mushroom
  • diced cooked chicken (preferable from chicken carcass)
  • salt and pepper
  • grated turmeric and ginger
  • shredded lettuce.
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beech and white mushrooms

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added cooked chicken meat from simmered chicken carcass a small grating of ginger, turmeric

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ready to go, water for sealing dumplings

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I find that some plastic wrap placed over the dumpling maker makes them easy to remove.

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trayed for the freezer, didn’t trim the excess wrap.

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the cooks sample, boiled, the wrappers are very thin and hold the content well. Deep fried, steamed or pan fried?

24
Jul
18

Corn Dogs

A while back we had the opportunity to be served a meal of corn dogs. I have never had them before. Served with a salad they are certainly a different way to have hot dogs. Frying in oil is usually not used too much as a method of cooking. Even a better meal when made by sister in law and her daughter.

If you make these, having the batter in a tall glass makes coating the hot dog easy as was demonstrated.

recipe from photo:

  • oil at 350 degrees for 3 minutes
  • 3/4 cup yellow corn meal
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 4hot dogs

flour for rolling

crisco for frying

 

21
Jul
18

Rice noodles with sesame seeds

This was modified from a soba  noodle recipe. (Nigella Lawson)  it turned out very well as a cold dish considering you don’t stir fry it. I made 1/2 the recipe, it served 2 as a light meal in hot weather. You probably could serve it as a hot dish.

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  • 75 grams sesame seed
  • salt
  • 250 grams noodle, soba, (or rice noodle)
  • 2 teaspoon rice wine vinegar, (red wine vinegar)
  • 5 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 5 spring onions
  • optional sauteed mushrooms

Toast the sesame seeds in a pan over high heat till golden brown. If you use toasted sesame seeds often they can be toasted in advance, during cooler weather to reduce the heat in the kitchen. Store them stove side in a airtight jar.

Prepare the noodle with salted water as directed by the type, the rice noodle is soaked in cold water,  then  bring to a boil. Like pasta, watch over it and avoid mushy texture. Brake the cooking with drain and rinse with (ice) cold water.

Mix the other liquid ingredients like a dressing, and toss with the cooled noodle along with the thinly sliced green (spring) onion. Toss and add the toasted sesame seed.

If possible, let the dish marinade for some time. I put the dish in the fridge and served later for supper, a cool noodle, suprisingly  savory for a no stir fry dish.

I did taste the sauce and added more honey as I use double black soy sauce and dark sesame seed oil. I could see adding more components to the dish like pea pods or green peas. We like mushrooms so some sauteed  shitake and brown beech mushrooms were added as an ingredient. Broiled beef strips would also be a  good addition.

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15
Jul
18

Thai spice paste

  • 1/2 Teaspoon cumin (ground/seed)
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Teaspoon pepper (triple blend black,white,  Szechuan)
  • 2 Teaspoon red pepper (dried hot red pepper)
  • 1 Teaspoon lemongrass (diced)
  • 2 Tablespoon garlic (minced/granulated)
  • 2 Tablespoon ginger (minced/ dried)
  • 2 Tablespoon coconut
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar (palm or unprocessed)

the above is the basic ingredients , some were (substituted) and the measured amounts can vary.

Basically all ingredients minced by the food processor into a paste.

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Stored in a mason jar for use, marinade and seasonings.

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18
May
18

Carasau bread

caraseau bread
https://riseofthesourdoughpreacher.wordpress.com/2017/11/10/maroggias-mill-cookbook-pane-carasau-il-ricettario-del-mulino-di-maroggia-pane-carasau/

Baked during the previous Holiday season.

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A light crispy bread, similar to a toasted pita bread.




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