I’d like to open my birth month, June, with a recipe #fail. Otsu…which is now Yuck-su to me.
This is the first recipe from 101cookbooks.com that I have loathed. Hated it. Can’t stand it. Won’t make it again. I think I have made nearly every recipe Heidi Swanson has posted on her delightful website. It’s my “go-to” site. It’s the site that I direct people to when they are like, “you can’t eat anything good if you are a vegetarian” and it sucks them in every…single…time. I dare you not to like Heidi OR her website 101cookbooks.com. This recipe however, for me, didn’t suck me in. It. Just. Sucked. From the surface it looks like something I would eat myself into a food coma by; however, I felt it lacked a certain freshness I was expecting from the sauce. It just tasted salty to me and sorta, I don’t know, blah. The cucumber was a strange random addition at the end. I’m posting this because I think with a few additions or subtractions even, this might be a great dish…so go out there and tweak it to suit your tastes. Sorry Heidi, this one failed for me. I still love ya, but this one is getting black listed from my repeat list.
- Grated zest of 1 lemon
- Fresh ginger, cut into a 1-inch cube, peeled, and grated
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 3/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 3/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 cup unseasoned brown-rice vinegar
- 1/3 cup shoyu sauce (wheat-free soy sauce)
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 12 ounces dried soba noodles
- 12 ounces extra-firm nigari tofu
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 3 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cucumber, peeled, cut in half lengthwise, seeded, and thinly sliced
- 1 small handful of cilantro sprigs, for garnish
- 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
Make the dressing by combining the zest, ginger, honey, cayenne, and salt in a food processor (or use a hand blender) and process until smooth. Add the lemon juice, rice vinegar, and shoyu, and pulse to combine. With the machine running, drizzle in the oils.
Cook the soba in plenty of rapidly boiling salted water just until tender, then drain and rinse under cold running water.
While the pasta is cooking, drain the tofu, pat it dry, and cut it into rectangles roughly the size of your thumb (½ inch thick and 1 inch long). Cook the tofu in a dry nonstick (or well-seasoned) skillet over medium-high heat for a few minutes, until the pieces are browned on one side. Toss gently once or twice, then continue cooking for another minute or so, until the tofu is firm, golden, and bouncy.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the soba, the ¼ cup cilantro, the green onions, cucumber, and about ⅔ cup of the dressing. Toss until well combined. Add the tofu and toss again gently. Serve on a platter, garnished with the cilantro sprigs and the toasted sesame seeds.
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Curry on the brain this week I guess. Monday I wrote about Curried Hash and now, we have the Curried Noodle Pot courtesy of the lovely Heidi Swanson from 101cookbooks.com. This recipe comes from her cookbook Super Natural Cooking. Why buy one of her books? Her photography. You can thank me later for the copious amounts of food porn present.
Curried Noodle Pot
- 8 oz whole-grain wide Asian noodles ( I used whole spelt udon)
- 2 T coconut oil
- 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 1 onion chopped
- 1-1/2 tsp red curry paste
- 12 oz extra firm tofu pressed and cubed
- 1-14 oz can coconut milk
- 2 C veggie stock
- 2 tsp ground tumeric or curry powder
- 2 T shoyu sauce (or any other type of soy sauce)
- 1T agave syrup
- juice of one lime
- 2/3 C peanuts (optional)
- 1/3 C slivered shallots
- 1/3 C chopped fresh cilantro
Cook noodles in plenty of water until just tender.
Start making curry while noodles cook. Heat coconut oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in garlic, onion and curry paste and mash the paste around the bottom of the pan a bit to distribute evenly. Cook until fragrant – just a minute or two. Add the tofu stir until well coated with curry. Stir in the coconut milk, stock, shoyu and agave, bring to simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the lime juice and add the noodles. Turn to coat.
To serve, heap big piles of noodles into individual bowls and top with a ladle or two of curry. Top with peanut and cilantro and shallots.
Note: I thought this needed a bit of salt because I used unsalted peanuts for garnish. From start to finish, this took me less than 20 minutes to make. Bonus points for quick dinner.
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In an effort to get Spring to hustle up a little, I bought asparagus today from my new fave food store Horrocks on 44th and Breton in Kentwood. It’s not quite Whole Foods or Trader Joes, but it is a fine substitute. When I saw asparagus was on sale, I started dreaming of my fave stir fry recipe from Heidi Swanson at 101cookbooks.com. When I think of stir fry, I think of this recipe. Salty, sweet, crunchy, tart, easy to add ingredients to, a great clean out the fridge starter recipe and very, very pretty, super green. It just reeks of good for you. And if you serve it over soba noodles or brown rice, it will net you 2 dinners and 2 lunches. Enjoy!
Asparagus Stir Fry
- toasted sesame oil
- 8 ounces extra-firm tofu, cubed 1/2″
- 1 cup shelled edamame
- 1 hand full pea pods
- 4 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped ginger (peeled)
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 bunches of asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- a couple big pinches of fine-grain sea salt
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 big handful of toasted cashews, chopped up a bit
- a few handfuls of spinach, or chopped kale, or chopped chard
- zest and juice of two limes
- 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 1 small handful fresh mint, slivered
- 1 small handful fresh Thai basil, slivered
Have all your ingredients prepped and within arms reach of the stove. Heat a splash of sesame oil in a large pan, or well-seasoned wok over medium high heat. Alternately, you can do this in a dry non-stick pan – one of the few occasions I still use non-stick. When it is hot, add the tofu, and cook until golden – a few minutes. Remove the tofu from the pan and set aside.
Add another (generous) splash of oil to the pan and, as soon as it is hot, add the onions, ginger, red pepper flakes, asparagus, edamame and salt. Stir fry for about a minute, then add the garlic, cashews, and spinach and stir-fry for another minute, or until the spinach wilts. Return the tofu to the pan. Stir in the lime zest and juice and the hoisin sauce. Cook for another 10-20 seconds, stirring all the while.
Remove from heat and stir in the mint and basil. Taste and add a bit more salt if needed. I like to serve this over soba noodles or brown rice.
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