Friday, January 7, 2011

Hearty Soup, toufu puffs

Nice chill tonight, perfect for end of the week to clear my fridge!

I started off wanting soup, had some chicken broth, mushroom juice as base. Put this in my cast iron wok! Perfect vessel to do this.

I knew I was going to cook a few different batches, so a wide area is perfect to scoop out.

Cooked up whole wheat penne & put in two soup bowls.

Added to soup: mui choy leftovers from pork belly, toufu & toufu puffs. Scooped out & put over penne in bowls.

Then added to soup: leftover veggies with eggplant & rapini. Last minute, added in fresh bok choy & scallions.

Poured all veggies & soup over toufu, puffs & penne. Done! Yummy. Comfort food made from leftovers!!!

See how versatile a wok can be!

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Breakfast: strata

"Be open to new ways to do things" is my New Year's theme! This strata was inspired by my friend Renee at Flamingo Musings. Hers was spinach, tomatoes. I used zucchini & tomatoes, gruyere cause that's what I had in my fridge.

I use a recipe as a 'base' to work an idea for a dish then substitute with what I have! So, with this same concept is how I teach my wok cooking!

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Pork Belly No.2

Last of pork belly, boo! Changed up veggies: rapini, Japanese eggplant, grape tomatoes, red onions & scallions with soba. TIP: get a variety of veggies & you'll never get bored! An anonymous person requested my recipe for Mui Choy Pork Belly. Ummm
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Monday, January 3, 2011

Pork Belly, Soba, Bok Choy

Just sunk my teeth into my first bite of this pork belly, heaven, ummmmm!!!

Mom would be proud, it was one of my dad's favorite Hakka dishes.

Tender but still had texture with all the right flavors, oh forgot to mention the mui choy (preserved mustard greens.) Exactly how I remembered it. I skipped marinating prior to searing, didn't have time, so very pleased it turned out just how I like it!

Can't believe how easy it was to make, it's finding this cut! They don't always have it here in Miami.

Stir fried bok choy, snow peas & grape tomatoes. Already had cold soba. Perfect complement.

Will post technique soon, so EASY, please come back.

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Pork belly tasting

Wow, be prepared for a ton of oil when you cook pork belly! Just had a little taste, this has the perfect layer. Not tender enough.

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Joe's Bar & Grill's Burger

Such gorgeous weather, decided to have lunch on the water with view. Tiki bar in Hollywood.

Pleasantly surprised w/ quality of burger. Perfectly crispy on exterior but still moist on inside. HUGE, not sure how one person can eat it. Came with HUGE platter of fries, slaw. We didn't want fries but took home, I'll have for lunch. Small salad with mango dressing. Not too sweet, quite refreshing.

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