Thursday, March 22, 2007

asian slaw

So, you know how Orangette makes those really wonderful salads from like, 3 ingredients? Like that lemony carrot slaw, yum, and that garbanzo bean heaven (which I've also made with cannellini beans and find it simply scrumptious)?

Well, a couple of nights ago, I ordered Thai take-out, and because I am a pig, ordered like, 5 things and have been eating on them all week. Tonight I was cleaning out all the take-out containers in my fridge, and decided to consolidate all the garnishes, because I'm single, and honestly, who wants to mandoline vegetables for one?

I ended up with a 2-C tupperware about 3/4 full of thin carrot ribbons, cucumber matchsticks, purple onion crescents, razor thin cabbage strips, bean sprouts, green onions, and cellophane noodles~ all chopped up in tiny little perfect pieces (by someone other than myself, so... brilliant).

I searched through my condiments and added a dash of fish sauce, a drizzle of dark roasted sesame oil, a splash of bright rice vinegar, a swirl of soy sauce, and a healthy shake of toasted sesame seeds, and shook it up. Voila! A vibrant, tasty, and decidedly asian SLAW that took me about 30 seconds to make (and to be fair, barely that long to devour).

In fact, I ate it so fast I forgot to take a picture. :(

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

I KNOW!!! [/Monica]

I know, I know, it's been over 3 months since I last posted about food. Truth be told, I haven't been making anything new lately. Can you believe Nathaniel was here for 6 days and I didn't cook ANYTHING for him? Honestly, how can I be expected to win a man's heart if I don't cook for him? It's my one true talent. The only thing I did while he was here is bake lemon cupcakes for a friend's birthday, and they were terrible!

I did just make a puttanesca that would make you slap your Italian mamma (Krysten and Tom... I don't know who else here has an Italian mamma... oh, Gina!). Olive oil, onions, garlic, basil, oregano, cannalini beans, mushrooms, kalamata olives, a squeeze of tomato paste (not sauce), whole grape tomatoes, and fresh kale- with a dash of hot pepper flakes and freshly grated parmesan- over spaghetti. It was quite tasty, if I do say so myself.

Sorry I've been so boring lately in the food arena.... *sigh*