Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Goma Ae, Sunomono, Glass Noodles

Really tried at dinner and it was totally worth it. Sesame Ginger to a new level!
After having Goma Ae with my sushi on monday, I new I had to make it at home.  Quick internet search led me to an important discovery about sesame. #1 It is way more flavorful when heated and ground in a coffee grinder.  My own idea to use pineapple instead of adding sugar like most recipes call for. An easy and delicious sauté!  #2 Also made Japanese Cucumber Salad for the first time, just use a peeler horizontally to get super thin cucumber slices!
-Spinach, Sesame Seeds Toasted and Ground, Sesame Oil, a bit of Soy Sauce
-Cucumber, Lemon, Rice Wine Vinegar, Sugar, drop of Soy Sauce, Sesame Seeds
and the main: Chicken Long Rice
 Glass noodles attempt #2!  Better this time for sure.  I think the key is cooking the noodles with the other mixed ingredients with some chicken broth. I didn't follow a recipe, just wanted plenty of ginger/sesame and sweeten with pineapple and crunch with almonds, some asparagus for good measure. Browned some chicken thighs in sesame oil with plenty of crushed ginger and ground sesame, add some asparagus, pineapple, almonds, chicken broth, and glass noodles (bean threads) and finish cooking on low. It was sweet, crunchy, mushy, tender, and with a zing of ginger!
-Glass noodles, Chicken Thighs, Asparagus, Pineapple, Almonds
-Sesame, Sesame Oil, Crushed Ginger, Chicken Broth
 Falafel Wednesday!
No need for another explanation, just too tasty to not post.  Those are pickled turnips if you were wondering. Support your nice local farmer/food producers! #3 Also a good way to not pay tax on prepared food.
Just Another Oatmeal
I don't know why I went to just using cinnamon in my breakfast for a while, bringing back nutmeg and cloves has been awesome.
-Oats with Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Raspberries
-Almond Butter, Hazelnuts, Dried Cherries
-More Raspberries and Soymilk

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