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all look same noodle salad

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Kind of a mashup of zaru soba and bun and the best damn thing I’ve made in a while (also considering we’ve been out of town, so the crisper drawer was full of melted black cilantro and I had very little that was fresh and usable lying around)

1 bundle soba noodles

1 carrot, shredded/julienned (my carrot looked rather Seussian, elaborate pink curlicues growing out of the top)

1 large leaf curly kale, torn into pieces

1/2 red bell pepper, cut into thin slivers

3 Tbsp dry-roasted peanuts

Fresh mint, oregano, parsley, and green onions (most of these were from the garden)

1 package extra-firm silken tofu



Vegetable oil


Soy sauce


Rose’s sweetened Key lime juice

Fish sauce


Boil the soba in salted water according to package directions and drain.

Cut the silken tofu into large squares and dredge in cornstarch and salt mixture. Deep-fry in batches. I used the frying thermometer and found you have to turn the stove up pretty high to get the oil to 350 degrees–I had it on 8, one notch down from the highest setting.

Mix the vegetables, herbs, peanuts, tofu, dressing, and noodles in a large bowl. Devour.


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May 31, 2013 at 2:05 pm

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ricotta psa

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I must never buy fat-free ricotta again. This is an abomination. Paste-like mouthfeel.

nevertheless, I’ve been eating it on toasted TJ’s bread slims (English muffin-type things) with lemon curd for breakfast, or with honey and toasted walnuts. 

The other day I made fried rice with kale, tempeh, and eggs: drizzles of soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, fried in coconut oil with roughly chopped garlic. Topped with green onions. Would have been better with some peas and carrots, but they smelled like freezer and I decided not to add them.

I’ve been wanting some cold Vietnamese noodle salad but haven’t had the fixings. Maybe I will go to Midway and pick stuff up today. Or banh mi? mmm.

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May 31, 2013 at 11:28 am

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shirataki noodle soup

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Made a ramenesque soup for lunch that had next to no calories and surprisingly didn’t taste like total ass:

Boil a couple of cups of water with a large spoonful of miso paste. Add a drained/rinsed package of  shirataki noodles (I used normal ones, not the tofu ones), break one egg into the water once it returns to a boil, and cover with about a cup of torn kale leaves. Cover with a lid. Cook till egg is barely cooked through (yolk soft but not runny) and kale is bright green. Drizzle a bit of toasted sesame oil over the top and snip 1 green onion over the soup as well. Enjoy.

Followed up with a virtuous Fuji apple snack and preceded by a virtuous green smoothie breakfast (kale, collards, vanilla coconut milk, frozen bananas and strawberries, nonfat Greek yogurt).

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May 9, 2013 at 3:31 pm

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trout, rubbed kale salad, strawberry rhubarb cake, liver

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I made strawberry rhubarb pudding cake for book club:


schlumpy strawberry-rhubarb pudding cake
2 c chopped rhubarb
2 c strawberries, cut in half
1/4 cup water
1 t cornstarch
1/4 c plus 1/2 c sugar
1 c flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 c almond milk (soy or dairy would be fine too)
1 egg, beaten
1/2 c butter, melted
1 t vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 400. In a medium sized saucepan, dissolve the cornstarch and 1/4 cup of sugar in water over medium-low heat. Add rhubarb and bring to a simmer, stirring occassionally for a few minutes. Turn off heat and add in strawberries and stir so the 2 fruits can mingle.

2. In a small bowl, combine the remaining sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. In a larger bowl, mix together the milk, egg, butter and vanilla. Add the dry to the wet and gently combine.

3. Butter up a baking dish (I’m sure a 8 or 9 inch square or round pan would work – I used an old Pyrex dish) and add all but 1/2 c of the strawberry-rhubarb mixture. Top with cake batter and then drizzle the remaining portion of fruit overtop. Bake for 25 minutes or until the cake tester comes out clean. Serve warm or cool with whipped cream, ice cream or yogurt.

Followed the recipe pretty exactly, using dairy milk and adding the vanilla to the strawberry-rhubarb mixture rather than the cake batter. I made whipped cream with vanilla sugar and a dash of salt to go with it. Next time, I’d add the cornstarch the proper way (dissolve in a little cold water before adding to the big pot of hot liquid) since it didn’t dissolve nicely when I did it as described above.

For dinner yesterday, I made a rubbed kale salad:

In a glass bowl, mix dressing ingredients:

  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
  • about 1/4 cup hazelnut oil
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh curly parsley
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1-2 Tbsp chopped dry-roasted peanuts

Tear, rinse, and dry 1 bunch kale. Put it in the bowl with the dressing and massage the dressing into the leaves until they are well coated, bright green and glistening.

This would be good with tahini, but we ran out.

Miso-ginger trout:

Melt about 1 Tbsp honey, 1 tsp soy sauce, 1 Tbsp white miso paste, and 1 Tbsp Rose’s sweetened Key lime juice in a saucepan with 1 clove minced garlic and 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger. Place trout fillet into pan and cook over medium heat, stirring and turning occasionally, till trout is almost cooked through. Remove and place on foil-lined pan; broil for a couple of minutes.

Also, made some liver and onions:

melt 1 Tbsp butter in a pan over medium heat. Toss in one small yellow onion, cut into thin half-moons. While the onion cooks, slice 3/4 lb beef liver thinly and toss it into the pan. Stir, then leave to cook undisturbed for a few minutes until crusty on one side. Flip and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until cooked through. Deglaze with white cooking wine.

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May 6, 2013 at 1:24 pm