Saturday, May 21, 2022

Scallion Oil Noodles

 

I had been seeing these scallion oil noodles on social media and had to try it since I had a ton of scallions from the onion harvest in my parents' garden.   This dish turned out super delicious.  I had several meals out of the one package of noodles.  I tried a variation with scrambled eggs, but it wasn't as good.  I think basically any type of protein would work great with this.  I just needed some kind of protein in there.

I've seen different variations of this dish online.  This is what I went with.

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart bag 3-inch pieces of scallions
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 bunch somen noodles
  • 1 egg
  • dash of sesame seeds (optional for garnish)

 Instructions:

  1. Heat olive oil in pan on low/medium heat.
  2. Add scallions to oil and flip over frequently to cook evenly.
  3. Boil water, cook noodles according to package directions, and drain.
  4. Fry egg
  5. When scallions are done, remove from oil and turn off heat.
  6. Add sugar, soy sauce and oyster sauce to oil and stir well.  This is your scallion oil.
  7. Add drained noodles to bowl.
  8. Add enough scallion oil to coat noodles and mix well.
  9. Top with fried scallions, fried egg, and sesame seeds.
  10. Enjoy!

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Scallion harvest and prep

 


My father harvested a bunch of scallions for me from his home garden. We cleaned them all up and prepped them for cooking.

Homegrown, organic, sustainable, abundant gardening.

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Lima Bean side

 

I harvested some lima bean pods from my grandparents' garden.  So they're homegrown, organic, sustainable, and after I cooked them, it's garden to table. Ha!  I enjoyed it as a side dish with some ribs, white rice, and a little tomato salad.

Ingredients:

  • Lima beans
  • garlic, chopped
  • butter
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • water for boiling

 Instructions: 

  1. Pick lima bean pods.
  2. Bring pot of water to boil.
  3. Rinse lima bean pods and remove beans from pods.
  4. Boil lima beans for 3 minutes, until fork tender and drain.
  5. Melt butter in pan.
  6. Add garlic and olive oil to butter and stir until fragrant.
  7. Add beans, salt, and pepper and stir.
  8. Enjoy!

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Tuna Casserole with Veggies


The tuna was on sale - 10 cans for $10. Gotta take advantage of the sale!


I made this healthy tuna casserole but took some shortcuts by using frozen veggies and canned cream of mushroom soup. I also used bowtie pasta instead of egg noodles because I couldn’t find any and crumbled some ritz crackers over the top for some crunch.


Here is a link to the original recipe I found https://gardeninthekitchen.com/healthy-tuna-noodle-casserole/


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Saturday, April 16, 2022

Portuguese Style Bean Soup

  

I wanted to make portuguese bean soup and found some recipes online.  I didn't want to add mac noodles so omitted that and wanted it to be meatier so used pork shoulder and liquid smoke instead of smoked ham hock.

Here is a link to the original recipe I found https://onolicioushawaii.com/portuguese-bean-soup/.   

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Fire Roasted Bell Pepper Toast

 

 
 
I went to Trader Joes and got a bunch of stuff. I wish we had that store here in Hawaii.  So anyway, a couple things I got were the fire roasted bell peppers and balsamic glaze.

The airfryer bread is a recipe I found on YouTube by Simple Recipes Kitchen.  I've tried a few different bread recipes, but this one is by far the easiest of all.  I make this one two to three times a week.  Here's the link to her recipe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nlopgwNCkw
 
Here's how to make the toast.
 
Ingredients:
  • Bread (buy or make your own bread)
  • Clove of garlic
  • Cream cheese
  • Fire roasted bell peppers
  • Balsamic glaze
  • Dried basil
Instructions:
  1. Toast your bread
  2. Rub with a clove of garlic
  3. Spread desired amount of cream cheese
  4. Add fire roasted bell peppers
  5. Drizzle balsamic glaze
  6. Sprinkle dried basil
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Sunday, April 3, 2022

Unstuffed Cabbage

 

I wanted to eat stuffed cabbage rolls, but didn't want to actually stuff any cabbage. Lol.  So i just chopped it up and made the meat part into meatballs instead.  

Here is a link to the original recipe I found https://www.smalltownwoman.com/cabbage-rolls/.  My version had some changes like omitted the rice, substituted white sugar for brown (because that's what I had on hand), used all ground beef (no pork sausage), and did not stuff or bake anything.  It still turned out really delicious.

Here's my version.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic,minced
  • 1 can diced tomoatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 large cabbage
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Instructions:

  1. Prepare ingredients as described above (chop, mince)
  2. Heat pot and add oil, half the onions and half the garlic. Saute until softened.
  3. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, apple cider vinegar, and sugar. Stir.
  4. Add cabbage and cover.  Stir occasionally.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine ground beef, remaining onion and garlic, egg, parsley, and paprika. 
  6. Form small meatballs and airfry at 350 for 15 minutes.
  7. Add meatballs to pot of cabbage and let simmer together for a few minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

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Saturday, March 19, 2022

Naan Bread

 

I used a recipe from Rasa Malaysia. I made it several times and found that letting it rise a bit longer produced softer, fluffier bread. This may be due to different temperatures in my home versus others. Thank you, Rasa Malaysia. For their original recipe, visit their website. 

Here is the direct link: https://rasamalaysia.com/naan/ 

I made some garlic butter and smothered it over.  This was delicious and I highly recommend you try it!

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Sunday, March 13, 2022

Meaty Mushroom Chili

 

The mushrooms were on sale for two trays for $5.00.  I got two and used one of them for this meaty mushroom chili dish.  I found a recipe for this online, but changed it up a bit according to what I had on hand and added a zucchini for additional veggies.  Here's the link to the original inspiration recipe:  https://houseofnasheats.com/meaty-mushroom-chili/ 

Here's my recipe variation.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 slices Canadian bacon, chopped
  • 1 tray mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup water

Instructions:

  1. Prepare ingredients as described above (chop, rinse, drain).
  2. Add oil to heated pan.
  3. Add canadian bacon, onions, garlic, and zucchini.  Stir, cover, and let sweat.
  4. Add ground beef.  Break it up into crumbles and stir. Cook meat through until no longer pink.
  5. Add diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Stir. Bring to a simmer.
  6. Add spices (chili powder, cumin powder, sugar, black pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper), kidney beans and water. Bring to a simmer and let it cook for about 30 minutes.
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Saturday, March 5, 2022

Beef Stew with Vegetables

 
I took a look at a lot of different beef stew recipes and found so many variations.  Ultimately,  this is the flavor/ingredient combo I went with.

Ingredients:
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 red potatoes, chopped
  • 3 white potatoes, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped 
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 pounds stewing beef, in chunks
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper 
  • 4 Tablespoons vegetable oil 
  • 2 lbs beef broth (1 box)
  • 1 T worsteshire sauce
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon thyme
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstartch

Instructions:

  1. Wash vegetables
  2.  Toss beef chunks in the flour, salt, and pepper.
  3. Add 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil to a heated sauce pan and brown beef on all sides.
  4. While beef is browning, chop up vegetables.
  5. Transfer browned beef to a pot.
  6. Add some beef broth to the pan to soften the hardened flour bits and scrape them off.  Transfer the broth to the pot.
  7. Add 2 Tablespoons oil to the pan.  Add carrots, celery, onions, and garlic and stir fry for a few minutes. Then transfer them to the pot too.
  8. Add potatoes to the pot as well as the remainder of the beef broth, bay leaves, worsteshire sauce and thyme.
  9. Push the tomato paste down into the broth to dissolve and bring to a boil.
  10. In a separate dish, add cornstarch and enough water to create a paste.  Add this paste to the stew.
  11. Lower heat and simmer for one hour.
  12. Enjoy!
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Monday, January 24, 2022

Meatball Zucchini Soup

 

I found a recipe for a meatball and zucchini soup on Instagram.  I didn't have the exact ingredients, (although I'm sure that would've been lovely) so I used what I had on hand.  But I definitely want to try this with all the fresh herbs in the future.  Here's the link the original recipe by @pete_eatss:
https://www.instagram.com/pete_eatss/reel/CXKwB7slRea/?utm_medium=copy_link

Here's what I did for my variation.

Ingredients

Broth:
4 cups water
1 Tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon fish sauce

Garlic mix:
4 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Meat mix:
1 pound ground pork
1 teaspoon sugar
Dash of salt
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
Garlic mix from above

1 small zucchini


Instructions

  1. Add broth ingredients to a pot and heat on stove.
  2. Peel garlic.  Smash garlic with cracked black pepper with a mortar and pestle.
  3. Combine all meat mix ingredients and mix well.
  4. Drop 1-inch balls of the meat mix into broth and bring to boil.
  5. Scoop scum off top and discard.
  6. Add zucchini and boil for a few minutes until cooked through.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Korean Style Soup

 

This is my take on a Korean Style Soup.  The tofu I used was soft, but not the tube-shaped style that is typically used in soondubu.  It came in a tray.  I don't have a special cooking stone bowl pot, so I had to cook the soup in a regular pot as well as the egg.  When this is served to me in the restaurant, they give the egg to you to crack into the soup yourself.

Ingredients:
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 ounces pork belly, chopped
  • 4 Tablespoons Korean red pepper powder
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons shoyu (soy sauce)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup kim chee, chopped
  • 3 ounces mushrooms
  • 1 cup bok choy
  • 2 eggs
Instructions:
  1. Prepare ingredients as described above (chop)
  2. Heat canola oil in pot.
  3. Add garlic, green onions, and yellow onions to the oil and stir fry until fragrant.
  4. Add pork belly, stir fry, and cook well.
  5. Add Korean red pepper powder, sesame oil, oyster sauce, soy sauce and stir.  Let simmer for a few minutes to let the flavors come together.
  6. Add water and bring to a boil.
  7. Add kim chee and stir.
  8. Add mushrooms and bok choy.  Push it under the soup and bring to boil.
  9. Crack eggs directly into soup and let it sit until the whites of the egg turn white.
  10. Serve immediately.
  11. Enjoy!

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Sunday, January 9, 2022

Thai Style Curry with Chicken and Vegetables


I had a yellow curry powder from a trip to Thailand pre-covid and decided it was about time to put that to use. Here’s what I made.

Ingredients:

  • 1 zucchini, grated
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 chicken thighs, chopped in bite size pieces
  • 3 Tablespoons Thai yellow curry powder
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 5 basil leaves (or more if you like)
  • 1 Tablespoon cayenne powder (optional)

Instructions:
  1. Prep vegetables as described above (grate, chop)
  2. Toast curry powder in heated pan
  3. Add coconut milk and bring to a simmer
  4. Add chicken, cover, and simmer until chicken is white
  5. Add onions, carrots, and zucchini and stir well
  6. Squeeze a wedge of lime juice in
  7. Tear basil leaves and drop them in
  8. Add cayenne pepper and stir in
  9. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

First 2022 Bean Harvest

                            

Look at this colorful array of beans!  This is my first harvest of 2022 from my container garden.  I've got yellow, purple, and green beans.  These were planted a few months ago.  The seeds were ordered from a vendor on Etsy called TomorrowSeeds.  Here's the link to the bean seeds, if you'd like to grow this variety.  https://etsy.me/3um8kwg

 
I made a simple side dish with this small harvest and served with with some cold tofu.  It was basically stir fried beans, a clove of garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, and onion powder. 

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