May 15, 2013
What is Banh Mi (Bah-n Mee) you ask? From Wikipedia: "In the western hemisphere, especially in areas with substantial Vietnamese expatriate communities, the term is used to refer to a type of meat-filled sandwich on bánh mì bread, found in Vietnamese bakeries." From me: yummy sandwich that you will love if you dig the asian-inspired vibe. I like to start the process with the carrot pickle so it can get its pickle on for as long as possible. The vinegar/acid addition to the sandwich is what makes it, in my opinion. Next I marinade the meat. (The recipe calls for pork but I have also used chicken and it turned out just as well). Then arrange your extras. The recipe calls for several additions to the sandwich but I stick with greens, lime and cilantro. Oh and pickled carrots of course. Et voila! A dee-licious sandwich that really only takes about a half hour (with very little clean-up). Done and done.
May 14, 2013
Ok... pulled pork. The answer is always 'yes.' Followed by, 'more please.' I've made several versions of pulled pork but I went for this recipe because the sauce was all-natural. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the 'pour a bottle of barbeque sauce in and cook for 8 hours' versions, but I wanted to go for a non-corn-syrup-laden recipe just to see how it was. The verdict? REALLY spicy but also very delicious. So that said... I personally would recommend slightly less chilli powder than called for. (To be fair not all chilli powders are created equal. Revision: add chilli powder to taste). You can really do a lot with a pot full of pulled pork, I chose to add spinach and pile on top of ciabatta rolls.
May 13, 2013
When you eat at restaurants, or at your home, or anywhere else, do you frequently find yourself thinking, 'Yes. This is what I wanted.'? Or is it more like, 'This is good,' 'This is bad,' 'I could make this better,' 'I'm so glad someone else made this for me, I don't care what it tastes like'? You answer is probably a combination of those and more. I find myself saying the same things, but so rarely do I think, 'Yes. This is what I was craving, this is what I wanted it to taste like, and this is what I have in front of me.' Then I discovered Jamie Oliver's Rib-Eye Stir Fry and Dan Dan Noodles. (Recipe here). This is one of the few recipes I've found that really fits the bill. (Note: The book this recipe is from is called Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes and all of the meals can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. Because I don't usually make the whole meal, this dinner - sometimes lunch - actually takes me about 15 minutes from start to finish. Win.) We typically use pork chops instead of the recipe-called-for steak. Both are great. The recipe also works well with scallops. In this recipe, you rest the pork chops (or whatever meat you choose) for a couple minutes in a mixture of lime juice, ginger, garlic and cilantro. It might seem weird, but it really is worth it. Most of the juices redistribute and you get a great little sauce too.