Cooking: stir-fried rice noodles with beef and black bean sauce

This recipe is similar to the previous stir-fried rice noodle recipe but there are a couple of twists.  One is using fresh rice noodles instead of dried, and the other is different preparation technique. I’ve been experimenting with some cooking techniques during the increased at-home time of the pandemic.  One example is the technique used…

Cooking: Lazy Cioppino

I really should not call this a cioppino,  It doesn’t have the “bounty of the sea” character of the authentic dish.  Really, what this recipe is, is me digging through my freezer and refrigerator to see what I could make with ingredients on hand.  I had half a boule of sourdough bread, and a tub…

Cooking: Congee

Much of my repertoire consists of comfort food.  Here I’m making Congee, or rice porridge.  The term “congee” is a Hong Kong English term, the chinese term is pronounced “Juk”, and is typically consumed as breakfast food across much of china.  This dish has variants throughout east asia and south east asia, but the basics…

Cooking: Spicy Szechuan Beans

I had a bunch of green beans that wanted to use before the spoiled, so I decided to make Szechuan style spicy beans.  I really should use south east asian long beans for this, but since I had green beans, I went with them instead. Green beans and yard long beans (aka asparagus beans) do…

Cooking: Kung Pao Chicken

I had a craving for something spicy, and since I had the ingredients, I made kungpao chicken. This dish is curiously far more popular outside of china, than it is within china. It originates from the Szechuan region which loves dried chilis and Szechuan pepper corns. The original version has just chicken, peanuts, aromatics (scallions…

Cooking: Scallion pancakes

I was scrolling through my social media, and someone posted their recipe for mandarin scallion pancakes. I had all the ingredients on hand, so I decided to try it. I should mention, I think “pancakes” is a poor translation. In the english speaking world pancakes usually implies something specific (typically a sweet leavened bread cooked…

Cooking: home made pizza – revisited

I’ve blogged about home made pizza on several occasions before, the most recently was last April during the “deep isolation” phase of the pandemic. At that time, I tried to avoid using usual cooking equipment.  But now I going there and using some specialized gear.  You’ll need baking sheet mixing bowl 1/2 tsp yeast 1 tsp…

Cooking: Vietnamese Meatballs

During a lazy weeknight, I was too tired and lazy to make dinner, I stopped in at a vietnamese sandwich shop and grabbed a meatball banh mi to go. It was the first one I’d had in a years, and I really enjoyed it. But this lead me to think that I should try and…

Cooking: For novice home cooks – part 13

Potstickers are cantonese style dumplings, and they fall into the broader catagory of Jiaozi. While jiaozi are stuffed dumplings which can be steamed, boiled, pan fried, deep fried, or simmered in soup, potstickers are specifically steamed and then pan fried. I’ve blogged about cooking them before, but did not provide a recipe, so this time…

Cooking: For novice home cooks – part 12

Stir Fried Pork with Holy Basil This is a dish that I first sampled in Thailand.  The cooking class that I took in Chiang Mai provided a recipe book, and a variant of this dish appeared in the book. You’ll need wok or frying pan transfer plate small bowl 1/2 lb (250g) ground pork garlic…

Cooking: For novice home cooks – part 11

In part 8, I introduced stir fried rice noodles, and mentioned that they appear in numerous cuisines throughout asia and southeast asia. Today, we’re making, what is likely the most famous rice noodle dish, pad thai. So pad thai is a stir fried rice noodle dish from Thailand that is, surprisingly, not part of any…

Cooking: For novice home cooks – part 10b

So this was supposed to be part of the previous blog entry about grilling, but I wasn’t happy with the photos, so I remade the dish, and recaptured photos for it. This is a grilled chicken recipe that was kinduva an accident.  It  was years ago, I came home for a weekend family barbeque, and…