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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ramen?

Ramen! Let's go to Japan with this dish...or Vietnam?

    So I was watching The Ramen Girl starring Brittany Murphy R.I.P and loved the movie so much because of course it had food in it!  Ramen! Must see movie, I loved everything about it, funny part that made me laugh a lot was when she uncovered a pot of broth and it had a giant pig head boiling!  Another scene in the movie I loved was when she began to eat the noodles and began to laugh as if the Ramen made her happy, and in another scene she made Ramen but the customers began to cry!  Loved the scenes, go check out the movie to see what I'm talkin' 'bout!

  I Googled Ramen recipes and came across one that caught my interest.  I didn't have all the ingredients like Sake or  Bonito flakes(I had some but couldn't find them, they're fish flakes, salty!) Kombu Dashi(I have no idea what it is I'll find out soon)
  I gathered and purchased most of the ingredients and began making this intriguing dish.

  I began by searing pork shoulder that was seasoned already with salt and pepper and other seasonings and tied with twine.  Tie it up nice and tight so when it's cooked and you slice it, the slices will be nice and almost round.
  After that I added chicken broth about 2 cups and chopped onion, peppers, julienned carrots, minced garlic, sliced ginger, soy sauce and about one and a half cup more of water.
  I simmered on medium heat it for about an hour and a half.  The actual recipe for Ramen takes two days! I improvised and rushed this version.

  After an hour and a half I turned down the heat and began cooking the noodles according to package instructions and getting the toppings and egg.  Hard boiled the egg and made sure the yolk was not over cooked.  I like my egg yolk slightly runny mmm.

  I removed the pork from the broth, save the broth, and cut pork in slices.  Then pour the broth and add the noodles, fresh spinach, bean sprouts, seaweed, half a hard boiled egg and garnish with sliced radishes and scallions.

  This version I just improvised and put my own twist to it.  Bare with me as I don't put all the required measurements for recipes, I just put my ingredients in.  I know, bad move, but it works for me cuz most of the time, that's how I do :p

  The flavor to the broth to me it tastes like the Vietnamese soup called Pho.  I've tasted it before and I guess the flavor combo of pork and chicken broth made it sort of taste like it.

  A friend of mine said it looked like Pho! :D

  My husband enjoyed this soup a lot!

  Try my winged version and put your own twist to it! Use chicken, oh my gosh! ribs!!! seafood, vegetable broth or beef, possibilities are endless.  I love soups because of that reason, you can combine your favorite.

  Enjoy!



  


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Random leftovers

  
Leftovers! 
  Attempted to make "Bacalao guisado". Stewed codfish.  It has sautéed in olive oil, eggplants, onions and tomatoes, tomato sauce black pepper and salt to taste.
  I used Tilapia fish to shorten the steps of the recipe.  If you use bacalao(codfish) you have to soak it and redial it and rinse it, to get rid of the salt in the fish.
  Just too many steps for me, so that's why I used Tilapia fish.
  Hubby's dinner, brown rice, some fried pork, a salad and a few avocados slices.

  I used to eat bacalao guisado with guanimos(they're like gnocchi).  I was trying to make the bacalao like my grandma Ana used to make it.

  How do you make your Bacalao Guisado??

  


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Moroccan Butternut Squash Purée

  The weather is so cold and I had this little squash in my fridge screaming to get puréed so I researched recipes for something yummy and decided to make this and turn my purée into an aromatic delightful Moroccan dish with cinnamon and ginger.  It's silky smooth with a little kick and the spices give it a indian flavor kind of flare. the red pepper flakes add spiciness and a bit of heat.  I should rename it but I like that is warm, perfect for this cold winter days.
  
  Fix yourself a bowl of this easy to make easy recipe and stay warm this long winter.

  Warm Moroccan Butternut Squash Purée 

  Ingredients: Small squash cut into cubes, 1 shallot sliced, 3 small garlic cloves minced, 1 tsp Paprika, 1 tsp red pepper flakes, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp minced ginger, 3 cups of chicken broth or vegetable broth(vegetarian), 1 tbsp of olive oil. 
Put all ingredients into a saucepan and cook on low/medium heat until squash is tender. Set aside to cool a little before putting it in a blender. Strain squash, save the broth. Purée the squash and add a little of the broth to desired consistency, it should be a little runny but thick consistency and silky smooth! 

Serve warm. 

  

  Enjoy  it's spicy!!!  

  Perfect to warm up in this cold weather.