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Homemade Egg Rolls!

One of my most favorite memories from growing up is when my mom and dad would work in the kitchen together and make homemade egg rolls.  They would cook all the ingredients together, drain it, roll them in the kitchen together (laughing and being silly) and then fry them in the electric fryer which made some other YUMMY items like pancakes, city chicken, and special breakfast!

Mom, Wes, and I went to Buford Highway Farmer’s Market yesterday and I told her
I was craving these homemade egg rolls.  Interestingly enough, she was all eager to make them, as she herself had been craving them and would love to make them – so we got all the ingredients there!

Lean ground Pork, snow peas, mung bean sprouts, carrots, peppers, onion, egg roll wrappers, and stuff to make sauce for dipping!

Cook the pork first and then add all the veggies, as well as Sriacha, Garlic, Ginger, Fish Sauce, Soy Sauce, Cumin, Crushed Red Pepper, and a little S&P – cook all that in a taller pot and put a lid on it and let it sit and cook for about 20 minutes.

Drain the mix (saving the juice for a soup or something else – do NOT throw it away)

and make the rolls – putting the mix in the square and then folding – doesn’t that make TOTAL sense?!?!?  And make sure you put a little water on the end before you seal it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we fried them in our little fryer on the lowest heat

and ate them with a few sauces:

-mustard & soy sauce

-black bean sauce

-ketchup & strawberry jam (dad and mom used to make this with grape jelly and ketchup – YUM)

 

 

 

 

SO YUMMY!

very happy and brought back happy memories for me and mom!

**and a little tidbit of info – dry fried things on a paper bag instead of a paper towel – less soggy!!

 

 

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I clearly suck at blogging

In order to ‘BE’ a blogger, you have to blog more than once a month…right?  I am not very good at this right now.  I have been doing South Beach diet for a few weeks and I assure you, nothing exciting and ‘blog-worthy’ about that!  You just pretty much eat egg whites and salad with tuna or chicken or fish.  I can make that exciting…but only so much!

I did make some yummy turkey cabbage rolls.  I froze the cabbage and peeled it off after I thawed it (SUPER NEATO trick from Dolores!) and then I used ground turkey with garlic, basil, s&p, wine, little bit of mustard, balsamic vinegar, grated mozzarella cheese, diced tomatoes, and some oatmeal.  I wrapped it up in the cabbage and then cooked it in a pot on low heat with tomato sauce (which also had balsamic and garlic in it) for about an hour or so – YUM!

 

 

 

 

 

and I made some YUMMY pork tenderloin with a lemon zest, rosemary, garlic ‘crust’ that you bake at about 500 degrees for about 12 minutes a pound per side

 

 

 

 

 

So I will try and be more ‘blogger friendly’ and post more than once every 2 months…..I know I have ‘tens’ of followers who want to know what we are eating on a daily (or at least weekly) basis! 🙂

Hmm..thought we took more German food photos…

Apparently, we were too busy drinking yummy Alt Bier and the number of food photos I thought we had were not taken….however – I still have some GREAT shots of key, yummy dishes.

Do I wish there were more photos of Wes & I eating 2,50 euro bratwurst and curry wurst at the Christmas Markets?  Yes!  But we were too busy eating to take them!  The Japanese tourist was hungry and it was raining a lot of the time.  (BTW – Wurst is pronounce Verst) 🙂

First stop – UERIGE – where the Barader works.  I HAD to get a taste of my favorite Alt Bier in the awesome glasses from a Koebbe (waiter).

Our first meal was at Fuechschen Braurei where I started with Mett Broetchen – which is RAW, MINCED PORK on a Rye Roll (yum) with onion – you add a little salt and pepper and it is DELICIOUS!

This was my starter (Wes had a bite or two, but he does not love it as I do).  We ate dinner there (me – Bratwurst with Potato Salad, Wes – Choucrote garni (ham and other sausages) with sauerkraut)!

JM, Wes, & I took a train (with a 1.5 hour delay) to Brussels, Belgium Friday afternoon and headed to Delirium for beers from midnight to 4am!  Belgium Beers on TAP, people!  YUM-tastic! *and 9% average

Next day, Saskia joined us and we went to dinner (ok) and then Sunday AM went to breakfast where each couple got a basket of homemade bread and there were all these homemade jams and spreads on this community, large table we sat at.  Wes & I ordered extra meat and cheese and JM & Saskia got soft boiled eggs (JM butchered his and Saskia is a pro).  Mole was there, as he travels with JM & Saskia.

Back in Germany on Sunday night we went up the street to this yummy place we went to with Juergen and Helma last time we were there (Saskia’s parents…Yur-gen) . Where we had another YUMMY dinner.

I had schnitzel with SPINACH AND HOLLANDAISE..I know!!!  GENIUS!

Wes had Schnitzel with Hollandaise and *something we can’t remember* with Pommes (Pom-miss) – but it was good! *Pommes come with Mayonnaise, which Germans love..Wes, not so much!

JM had Gruenkohl, which is cooked kale with potatoes (which we made homemade our last night there!) and sausage – YUMMY!  And Saskia had her favorite (and mine) Curry Wurst with Pommes!

We went into Duesseldorf at one point and hopped off the train at the main station (Hauptbahnhof) and got (our favorite) – a DOENER KABOB!   There is a large Turkish population in Germany and these delicious “gyro on crack” sandwiches have a different bread and a spicy curry sauce on them (Dee, that’s for you) as well as marinated cabbage, a lighter ‘cucumber style’ sauce and some salad mix – these are chicken..and, as you can tell, we are HAPPY to be eating them!

We went to Essen for the day and after a bummer of a trip to the coal mine there, as it was raining, JM took the train from Kettwig and met up with us for an AMAZING ‘Bavarian style’ dinner at a place he was a little skeptical of that we stumbled upon (turns out we should have just called Saskia, as she had heard of the place) – service was great, beer was served in a huge glass, and food was SO GOOD.  But before dinner, Christmas markets and Gluehwein!!!

Cue to Friday afternoon and it is our last day to go to Duesseldorf (I know – BOO) and we meet up with JM before we head to his house to make dinner.  And here it is – our last draft Alt bier together for this trip 😦

The next day we headed to Hattingen for another Christmas market – very cute, smaller town, very quaint and again, yummy Gluehwein and then back to Kettwig for cookies and a cordial with Saskia’s Opa and Oma (so CUTE – they sent something home with us for my mom – a Stollen) and then dinner with Saskia’s parents and homemade Gruenkohl with the awesome meats and ‘schmaltz’ that I don’t know if you can get in the states and you cannot (disappointingly) bring back to the states.  Again, boo.

Dinner lasted until 2am thanks to Saskia’s parents and their generosity and the sharing of liquor by her father, Jurgen.  The 7am wake up call for the plane hurt a little bit!

Such a GREAT trip and such WONDERFUL memories!  We hated to leave and I love you Germany!!!

Germany – you are a Culinary DREAM!

Wes & I were in Germany visiting the Barader and the German from November 29-December 12.  I am not sure what the Culinary world thinks about Germany, but I personally think German food KICKS ASS!

We had some of the BEST food in Germany.  I have photos and will be posting tomorrow/Thursday.

Sure, it is a lot of meat and sauerkraut and pork – but YUM!

Stay tuned for photos!!!

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 –

Simple Dinner

Boneless Pork loin chops/Butterflied – marinated in red wine, garlic, pepper, lemon juice – cooked on medium heat in a non-stick pan, browning both sides – cooks them perfectly/not too tough

Cauliflower – mashed with a laughing cow cheese mixed in and some S&P and a little butter – just like potatoes….but a little better for you!  *cook it in the microwave, lightly covered with a little bit of water in the bottom of a bowl for about 10 minutes – then mash it up and add what you would add to potatoes – Laughing Cow Cheeses are perfect – one wedge for one head of cauliflower -my niece Karina LOVES mashed cauliflower!

Fresh tomato salad with balsamic and extra virgin olive oil with salt and pepper and a little bleu cheese or feta cheese – totally forgot I had fresh basil until JUST NOW (damnit!)

Simple, took hardly any time at all – healthy!