Monthly Archives: January 2011

Craving some Asian

No, not craving an Asian – that would be some Asian food!  Noodles to be exact!

Wes and I watched some random show (probably on PBS) about Soba noodles and how they are eaten all over Japan and it is the ‘fast food’ of their culture.  Been craving them ever since and wish we had a really good soba noodle shop here in Atlanta.  *Anyone know of a good place??  Buford Highway? Doraville? Hit me up with the info!*

We had vermicelli rice noodles in the cupboard and pork in the freezer, so I decided to make some Asian style noodles for dinner.

Prep for stir fry of any kind is key, things cook really fast, so you have to have all your items cut up ahead of time.  Prep has to be done prior to starting any cooking or you are screwed.

2 pork chops, thinly sliced – marinated in lime juice, soy sauce, ginger, fish sauce, rice wine vinegar

4-5 carrots, julienned on the mandoline (if you don’t have a mandoline, just cut them into 1-2 inch long matchsticks)

1 head broccoli cut into small pieces

4 sliced green onions

2 minced cloves of garlic

Heated up the wok with some sesame oil mixed with canola oil and cooked the garlic for about 2 minutes, always stirring, then the pork first – stirring constantly and cooking for about 8-10 minutes

Added the veggies and cooked for another 4-5 minutes

Added about 4-5 oz of dry vermicelli noodles into the wok stir fried that with all the other cooked ingredients.  Kept stirring and added about a 1/4 cup of shrimp stock (you could add water or other flavored stock)

Just kept cooking and stirring until it was done *actually, Wes did this part

Made just enough for us to eat it that night.  Sadly, not the best leftover food as reheating the rice noodles just isn’t as yummy as you would think it would be.

Asian Noodles

And a close up –

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Snow Day Chili!

We are snowed in here in GA.  There is about 7 inches on the ground and we are now getting sleet and icy rain.  No one is really out on the highways and there are no planes flying anywhere.  What better solution than to make some yummy chili?!

-diced celery and onion with some chopped garlic with a little olive oil in the crock pot

-added ‘Slap Ya Mama’ cajun seasoning, chili powder, salt, crushed red pepper, cocoa powder, bay leaves, a little ginger, and some white wine

-2lb ground beef, 1 large can crushed tomatoes, half can chicken stock, 1 small can black beans – partly drained

It is in there cooking – I will add a little more chili powder later if necessary and then some fresh chopped cilantro towards the end.  Going to let that cook for about 6 hours today!

Yum and photos to be added later!

Missy’s Morning Mix Up *named by Wes

This past weekend, had a few things left over in the fridge and it was breakfast time – this was Sunday morning, as I slept in on Saturday morning due to it being New Years Day!

So I had a leftover baked potato, 3 eggs, 1/4 log of sausage, 3 slices of turkey bacon, part of a scallion, and some fresh spinach that was getting wilty- decided to make some hash.  Sliced the potato and cooked that first, then added the sausage and bacon once the potato was brown, put in the eggs after I mixed them up with s&p and grated cheese and then poured it in, put in the spinach and sliced scallion last and let that all cook and served it up!

YUM!  Great idea when you have just a few random items and need to feed more than one person.