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Condiments

Today for lunch the Mrs. and I went out for Japanese noodles.  She’s a big fan of ramen so while we were wondering aimlessly with empty stomachs and I saw the restaurant I knew it was supposed to be.  Well, at least once we got inside…and I saw the menu…because let’s be honest, I didn’t even push the floor on the elevator, it just happened to stop there.

 

ANYWAY!!!  This place had some pretty good noodles.  Of course I didn’t get a card so I have no idea what it was called but they were tasty.  The point of this story however would be my fascination with the condiments that they provided.  They had some of the typical things, chilis, soy sauce, and garlic…but this was no standard overly roasted/fried garlic crumbs stuff.  This was grade A raw garlic with a press so you could add super fresh garlic to you noodles at your will.

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Perhaps even more impressive than the garlic press, was the sesame seed dispenser.  They had toasted sesame seeds in this container.  And you could hold it over your bowl, and spin the wheel thingy…aaaaaaannnnd PRESTO!!!Image

A twist on the magical wheel would send cracked pepper sized toasted sesame seed powder clouds floating onto your ramen. Not only was it super cool but it actually added a great depth to the broth.

Somebody please find one of these things and send it to me asap! I’ll be adding it to everything!

What’s your favorite condiment?

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2013 in food, Photography, Uncategorized

 

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My Favorites: Scallops

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Last night we celebrated my mother and grandmother in-law’s birthdays.  Eating with my mother in-law is always a real treat as my father in-law is a HUGE seafood lover.  I happen to enjoy it as well and can appreciate that every meal must have some seafood component.

The entire meal was fantastic.  We went to our favorite neighborhood haunt 張記 Cheung Kei which you can read more about here.  One of my new favorite things about this restaurant is that they will let you bring in your own food and they will cook it for you.  We do this mostly with fish that my father in-law catches but this time it was my brother in-law who brought the goodies.  He brought 2 fish which were smooth and delicious but the star of the evening was the scallops.

My favorite way to have scallops is steamed in their shells with garlic, some rice noodles, and a dusting of cilantro.  YUMMY!

Any other preparation of scallop that I MUST try?

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2013 in Dinner, food, My Favorites, Photography

 

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Unexpected Feasts

Ever had your day all planned out only to have cash thrown at you and be told you need to make dinner a littler more special tonight?  Well, there is a lot more context that belongs in this story but it’s funnier without it so I’m going to stretch the truth with you knowledge (That’s not lying is it?) and tell you that’s exactly what happened to me.  At 11:30am.  Guests will start arriving at 4pm.

So wait, shop, cook, and have a meal ready in 4 1/2 hours….AND make it special!?!?  I have to admit, I panicked for about 15 minutes until I decided to grab little miss cupcake, head to the store and hope for the best of luck.

The following is what happens if you put me on the spot:

We’ve collected a few mini bottles of vodka and had been meaning to do a side by side comparison tasting for weeks now so I decided it would be a perfect time to bring these out.Of course you can’t just taste a bunch of vodka without anything to eat so our first course was a cheese and charcuterie platter:

The platter consisted of sweet chorizo, parma ham, crottin de chavignol, aged gouda, goose liver pate with sauternes, water crackers, and baked goats cheese stuffed figs wrapped with parma ham (not pictured).

Next up was the “salad” course with salmon 3 ways. (ceviche, pan fried, & smoked)

The mixed greens were tossed in a bit of the ceviche liquid.  The smoked salmon was wrapped around avocado slices and asparagus spears.

Next we had the red course.

Marinated, pan-fried lamb chop.  Oven roasted cherry tomatoes. Seared beef cubes stuffed with roasted garlic and toasted pine nuts topped with homemade demi-glace

Last but not least was a veggie course.Asparagus spears sauteed in butter and black garlic, topped with lumpfish roe.

Of course cupcake pitched in and made us two wonderful desserts.Strawberry & basil parfait.

Follow by the piece de resistace…A sponge cake layered with fresh strawberries and strawberry basil cream.  YUM!!

So after the 20 minutes of panic dinner turned out to be just fine.  In fact, it was pretty good if I do say so myself….and of course I do say so myself.

 

**FYI** Happy pound cake day!

 

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Garlic #2

Ever get tired of buying the fresh heads of garlic only to throw away half of it?  Never let this happen to you again.  Fresh garlic can be used in just about any recipe to add some extra flavor and wonderful aroma.  Stores sell “fresh” minced garlic in jars which is a great product but if you’re used to the delicious flavor of fresh garlic in your dishes, this substitute just won’t do.  If this is you, try following these few simple steps and never throw away half your garlic again.

All you need is an ice cube tray with a lid.  Now don’t go out and buy a normal sized tray.  They make trays that make all different shapes and sizes of ice cubes.  In this case, what you’re looking for is a tray that makes really small cubes. (About 1 tablespoon or so would be perfect.)

Finding this tray may prove to be difficult, but believe me, they’re out there and once you find it, the rest is simple.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Head Garlic
  • 2 tsp oil (Any oil will do, I suggest either your homemade garlic oil, or some olive oil)

Instructions:

  • 1. Peel and mince the garlic and place in a small bowl.
  • 2. Stir together the minced garlic and the oil
  • 3. Fill the ice cube tray with your garlic mix

Presto! All you need to do now is place the cover on and pop it in the freezer.  Now, anytime you need some fresh garlic, simply pop out one of your cubes and enjoy!

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2008 in food, Recipe

 

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My Meals: Garlic Chicken Sausage w/ Broccoli Alfredo

Last night, at the request of my step mother, I made alfredo.  She loves cream sauces and my alfredo happens to be quite good.

I started by pan frying 4 garlic chicken sausages, removed them from the pan and added two heads of finely diced garlic.  While that was sauteing away I sliced the sausages and added them back to the pan.  I then added about 1/2 cup of heavy cream and lowered the flame to about medium.  Once the cream became hot I added two handfuls of parmesan cheese and about 1Tbsp of freshly cracked pepper.  Once the sauce was thick I tossed in the broccoli I had previously blanched and the spinach & ricotta stuffed raviolis that had just come out of the boiling water. 

This is probably going to become a regular meal around our house because it was really good and really simple to make.  Give it a try, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it just as much as we did.

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2008 in food, My Meals

 

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