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Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

June 17, 2018
  • 1 dried ancho chili pepper
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 14 ounces fire roasted tomatoes with chili
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup hominy, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14 ounces black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 medium zucchinis, washed, the seeds taken out and diced into ½ inch pieces
  • Salt

For Garnish

  • Tortilla chips
  • 1 avocado, chopped drizzled with lemon juice and sprinkled with salt
  • Crumbled queso fresco
  • Cilantro

Heat a small cast iron pan and break the chili into pieces and roast in the pan including the seeds on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Keep aside.

Heat a medium heavy pan with olive oil. Add the onion, garlic and ancho chili. Saute on medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the cumin, tomatoes and stock. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the homini and simmer for 10 minutes. Take off heat and transfer to a blender and in batches, blend the soup until smooth with some chunks. Return to the pan and add the beans. Bring to a boil and add salt to taste.

Serve soup topped with avocado, tortillas chips, queso and cilantro.

 

Udon Noodles with Sesame Pork

June 5, 2018

I love, love noodles.. here is another yummy recipe.

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 4 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine

Mix the pork, tamari, garlic, ginger and shaoxing wine and marinate for 2 to 3 hours. Keep aside.

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • ¼ cup Asian sesame paste
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Mix all the ingredients and set aside.

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 to 3 baby bok choy, chopped, whites and greens separated
  • ½ cauliflower head, chopped
  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Szechuan peppercorns, ground
  • 1 pound Udon noodles, prepared according to package directions
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth

Heat a wok with peanut oil and add the Szechuan peppercorns. Saute for 20 seconds on medium heat and add the ground pork. Cook on high heat stirring and breaking the meat apart with a wooden spoon. Saute for 5 to 6 minutes or till golden brown. Take the meat out and add some more peanut oil and add the mushrooms. Saute on high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the bok choy whites and cauliflower and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes on medium heat. Add the meat, noodles, sauce and chicken broth. Bring to a boil and cover on a simmer to cook the cauliflower through. Check for seasonings and garnish with bok choy greens.

 

Spicy Bok Choy and Pork Noodles

June 4, 2018

This recipe is also taken from NY Times cooking section…

  • 4 to 5 baby bok choy heads, trimmed with the dark green tops and white stems separated. The white stems should be chopped and the greens sliced in half.
  • 2 inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 16 ounces rice noodles (I used rice udon noodles), prepared according to package directions
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 pound good quality ground pork
  • 5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and thinly sliced
  • Salt
  • ½ cup torn cilantro

Heat a wok like pan on high with 2 tablespoons oil. Add pork and cook, breaking up with a fork or back of a wooden spoon until golden and cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon salt and 1½ tablespoons soy sauce and ½ tablespoon rice vinegar. Transfer to a bowl using a slotted spoon.

Add the remaining oil to the same pan and add the onion, ginger, garlic and chili. Cook until fragrant on medium heat for about a minute. Add the bok choy stems and a pinch of salt. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes and add the pork back to the pan. Toss the noodles, remaining soy sauce and vinegar. Cook till heated through. Check for seasonings. Garnish with cilantro and serve warm.

Mushroom and Tofu Noodle Soup

June 3, 2018

I modified this recipe from NYT cooking section.. it is a yummy one. I added a boiled egg as an egg makes everything more yummy!

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 large shallot, sliced
  • 2 cups Cremini mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 stalks of bok choy, chopped with the whites and greens separated
  • 1 16 ounces pack of fresh Udon noodles, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 green onions, sliced

Sauce

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dashi powder
  • 3 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch

Mix the dashi powder, mirin, soy sauce, chicken broth and corn starch in a small bowl and keep aside.

Heat a wok like pan with the oil and add the shallots. Saute on high heat for a minute. Add the mushrooms and sauté on high heat till golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the white parts of the bok choy and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the bok choy greens and the cooked noodles. Saute for a minute and the sauce. Bring to a boil and stir well. Taste for seasonings and garnish with green onions.

Garlic and Cilantro Shrimp with Soba Noodles

May 29, 2018

Garlic and Cilantro Shrimp with Soba Noodles

  • 1 pound medium shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Add the garlic and salt into a mortar and pestle. Pound till the garlic and salt are mixed well. Add the cilantro and oil and pound and mix till a paste is formed (this can be done in a food processor). Spread the paste all over the shrimp and marinate for 4 to 5 hours in the refrigerator.

  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 3 cups Soba noodles, cooked
  • 5 cups spinach or Chinese greens
  • 3 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Heat a large wok like pan with the oil. Add the onion and garlic and sauté on medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the soba noodles and greens. Saute for another minute and add the tamari, Worcestershire sauce and sweet chili sauce. Mix well and check for seasonings.

Preheat oven to broil.

Skewer the shrimp and broil in the oven 3 to 4 minutes on each side or till done. Careful not to over cook the shrimp. Take shrimp off the skewers and serve on top of the noodles.

Garlic Cilantro Shrimp

May 28, 2018

Garlic Cilantro Shrimp

I adapted this recipe from Saveur magazine. We had some friends over for a tapas party and I made this dish. It is a bit involved but so worth the extra work. The good thing is that the sauce can be prepared ahead of time. It worked out very well, as I was able to attend to my guests and cook the shrimp right before serving. Try this dish next time you want to have garlic shrimp.

  • 1 to 2 pounds medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt

Sprinkle the salt on the shrimp and let sit for 1 to 2 hours.

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 two inch baguette slices
  • 4 garlic cloves, grated
  • ½ cup slivered, blanched almonds
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cups fish stock (2 tablespoons separate)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt

Add olive oil and garlic cloves to a medium saucepan and cook on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes, making sure the garlic cloves don’t burn. Take out the garlic and discard. Turn the heat up and fry the bread slices 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Take out and place on a paper towel. Turn the heat off.
Transfer the fried slices, garlic, almonds, parsley, cilantro and 2 tablespoons of fish stock. Process till smooth.
Add the remaining fish stock to the garlic olive oil. Turn the heat on and bring to a boil. Add the bay leaf and cook for 5 to 7 minutes. Add the processed mixture and bring to a boil and cook on a simmer for 10 minutes. Add the shrimp and gently cook till they are cooked. Serve immediately.

Golden Beets and Asparagus Salad with Kalamata Olives and Feta Cheese

May 22, 2018

Golden Beets and Aspargus Salads

  • 4 to 5 golden beets, ends cut off and wrapped in aluminum foil
  • 2 bunches asparagus, ends cut off and washed
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Roast the beets for an hour in the oven. Take the foil off and peel the beets and cut into one-inch pieces. Keep aside.

Place the asparagus tips onto a lined cookie sheet. Drizzle the oil, salt and pepper. Mix well and roast in the same oven for 30 minutes or till the asparagus is soft and golden brown. Keep aside.

  • ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • ½ cup kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • Pepper

Add the mustard to a small bowl. Add the white wine vinegar and pepper. Drizzle the olive oil while whisking well.

Place the beets and asparagus in a serving bowl. Pour the mustard sauce and mix well. Add the cheese and olives. Serve room temperature.