Monday, July 18, 2011

spaghetti eastern

i likes the food. all of it, pretty much. so finding new food to like is easy and as frequent as my trips to chinatown.
check out this weird pasta i found!

turn your head, i can't deal with this technical issue right now.
the dry rice pasta product can be viewed (sideways) from behind the interesting instructions, which i of course followed because this is like no other rice pasta i've ever seen or cooked.
though i may have soaked it a tad too long for summer, (huh?), my diligence payed off. 
the result was dim sum meets pasta bolognese in a collision of grease. pretty much the same as being wrapped in a soothing blanket of calories. mmmmm. 
at least i had that salad a few days ago.

as per the instructions:
- i soaked the pasta in water overnight (ok, maybe it was over 2 nights, but whatever).
to prepare (also, kind of according to instruction): 
- i fried some garlic, onion, and ginger in a bit of oil, then added chopped yellow zucchini, and a 'maple and chinese 5 spice' sausage *ya, i've never seen that at my butcher's before, it was serendipitous. to 'sauce' it up, i used a bit of sesame oil, soy sauce, and of course, whole green chili peppers!
- i let the whole thing cook in its delicious fat and then served it up for a pal with some fresh cut tomatoes, course salt, and thai basil to add a bit of freshness.

the consistency of the pasta, once cooked, was much like the soft, chewy, offerings of chinese dim sum, totally pleasing and not too heavy.

yum yum gimme sum!

Monday, July 11, 2011

health (drop) kick

go big or go home! am i right?
when it comes to "health food", salad has been locked in at numero uno for EVER. so much so, that even if you take a bunch of nutrient-poor lettuce, smother it in calorie-rich, creamy dressing, add some of the most delicious/fatty toppings: bacon, croutons, and can still fool most people into opting for this "light" alternative to a meal. 
i'm looking at you caesar.
sure, fat is good for you, but let's be real here, there's a reason why bacon and almonds don't taste the same.

here's my salad solution! expect it to taste good. don't expect it to taste like a bacon cheeseburger.
and when it comes to salads, creativity is key. if you hate tomatoes, you don't have to put them in your salad! add a different veggie. if you hate ALL vegetables, suck it up! life isn't all rainbows and unicorns, you'll learn to like them.

check it out!
i braised some chopped green cabbage, purple kale, sprouted mung beans *read more about these here* and onion in a little bit of olive oil, sesame oil, white vinegar, and water. -this helps start the process of breaking down the otherwise difficult to digest mountains of fibre in these foods.
then i added shredded carrot and beet, and salt and pepper to taste. SOOOO much fibre!! (i'm obsessed)

ya, it's a salad.
not a leaf of lettuce nor a slice of tomato in sight.

what of it?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

dads are rad

there's nothing like going to a food industry event where everyone is discussing their latest blog/article/publication about food to make you go, "blog?, what the eff kind of - oh ya....i used to write one of those!" and be thoroughly ashamed of your lack of content updating. trust.
well here i am! ready to write my wrongs.

first off, i'm fully aware i am being exposed as the weather opportunist that i am, and i'm owning up to that. second, i just checked my views and i gotta say a big WHAT UP, UKRAINE!!!?! i don't know how you heard about this blog, but thanks for stopping by, friends!

ok. apologies aside (i AM sorry), i'm going to show you my tricks for keeping your name in the will. be it father's day, mother's day, or any old day you want your parents to remember that they didn't make a horrible mistake when they opted to reproduce, you'll want it to be special, effort is key.
here is the dinner my bro and i made for father's day. i'm giving little bro credit where it is not due, but that's just one of the awesome things about being an awesome older sister, right?

on father's day eve we appetized with heirloom tomato slices topped with avocado, basil, bocconcini, fresh ground pepper and olive oil and balsamic drizzled on top. that, with mom's home-made poppy seed bread, was kinda amazing.

i'll admit that i struggled with the main course. i had king crab legs, fresh pasta, mushrooms, giant shrimp..and not a clue what i was going to make of all these promising ingredients.
i ended up sauteing the mushrooms with butter, garlic, thyme, and cambozola cheese (camembert/gorgonzola hybrid? oh, you haven't lived). and then pureeing it to make a pasta sauce. huh? ya. i did it.
then i cooked the fiddle heads (don't even get me started on those damn things) read what health canada has to say about fiddleheads. those folks know what they're talking about, right?
anyway, i cooked the fiddleheads with garlic, and the shrimp with parsley and garlic, and the crab legs with butter and garlic. if you want to make something taste good, put garlic on it*.
*in my opinion.
salt, pepper, chili flakes. the dish is complete.

the next day, on father's day proper, there was a breakfast replete with oat pancakes, eggs, veggies, fruit and cappuccinos. 

kill them with kindness, and ye shall receive the inheritance.

love ya dad and mom!