Category Archives: Noodle

In a pickle

Yes, every time someone pickles things and blogs about it, the post must be titled something about being in a pickle.

After pouring over the new cookbooks of last week, my mind was set on pickles. We had some green beans that we didn’t get around to from last week’s farmer’s market, and I picked up some lovely carrots at this week’s market, forgetting that we had a few bags of grocery-store carrots in the fridge. What to do with these lesser vegetables? Pickle away!

The bounty so far includes some curry-jalapeno picked carrots, pickled green beans and pickled russian purple radishes. I intend to try a ginger beet pickle tomorrow. I’m hoping to either use these as snacks or to top salad. Or fish.

Tonight’s dinner was a success, too. Picked up some green garlic at the market, not quite grasping that it’d be so different from the stuff we normally cook with. The texture is so bizarre when you’re chopping, but it’s really interesting and flavorful. We followed the linguine with green garlic clam sauce on this NY Times page. Served it with a mixed greens salad, with greens from Ray’s yard, and a curry vinaigrette. That vinaigrette does really interesting things. I’d love to mimic a chicken curry with grapes and almonds. Chris had a suggestion, too, but he’s talking to me right now and I can’t expend additional brainpower to access my memory.

So far, everything’s been worth repeating.

Oh, have some tomato sauce going on the back burner. Here’s hoping it meets to the successes of the rest of the day.

UPDATE: Nearly forgot.. sipping on my celery julep. Very refreshing, and makes you consider celery in ways that you hadn’t necessarily. Chris: “Peppery.” Me: “herbal.” It’s a very refreshing drink. I do declare.

Slightly drunk noodles

With a few variations, we made drunken noodles following the recipe on epicurious. At first it appeared that the copious amounts of chilis that went into it underwhelmed, but it produced a heat that sort of built. It didn’t quite recreate the Thai dish, but it was tasty.

If I make it again, I’d perhaps find a way to lower the salt that goes into this. The salt from the soy sauce was a bit overbearing.

No-recipe Saturday

Pasta and broccoli was on the menu, but we wanted a little more. So, we searched the fridge and made an interesting sauteed honeyed radish and mustard greens dish to accompany some egg noodles with a lemony-peppery sauce. Delish!

After reading about some dark cocoa and sea salt brownies, I wanted brownies. Alas, we didn’t have enough butter to make anything. Dug up some puff pastry from the freezer. Combined some dark chocolate with orange zest and a few cherries from the freezer. Remarkably, it turned out decent enough to stand up to my craving! The leftovers might make faux-chocolate croissants in the morning. Not exactly healthy, but… I have farro on the menu for breakfast next week. Should even out, right?

Noodlr

The Noodlr is so much fun. It answers the question that is deceptively difficult: what to have with your noodles. Unless standing in front of an open fridge and grabbing things at will, I suffer an extreme lack of creativity when it comes to noodle-based dishes. This simple random suggestion generator (with vegetarian options) makes that a lot easier. My, though. This is dangerous to play before eating lunch.

http://noodlr.net/