Saturday, May 31, 2008

trailer park

I don't know where my mom learned to make this, but it's one of the best appetizery things you can make. A family friend once served it to her high-falutin foodie friends (she's a food writer), and when people started asking for the recipe, she was too embarrassed to say.

parmesan toasts
This is basically salty, creamy, cheesy goodness cut with sharp bits of spring onion on crisp toast. Mix mayonnaise, parmesan cheese (the canned stuff will do), and chopped green onions and spread the mixture on some white bread. Broil until brown and bubbly. I suppose you could upgrade the whole thing by making your own mayonnaise, and using Parmegiano-Reggiano on some sort of artisanal bread. But there's something comforting about the cheap way, too.
[bread, parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, green onions]

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

breakfast favorite

This was a breakfast staple growing up. I have no idea if it's a traditional Taiwanese breakfast, or if my mom just made it up, but it's really yummy.

soy sauce egg
It's basically an over-easy egg with sugar and soy sauce. The procedure goes thusly: After you've flipped the egg, sprinkle about 1/2 tsp of sugar on top, and drizzle some soy sauce over it. Let the soy sauce bubble a bit, and after the egg is your preferred doneness, remove from the pan and enjoy.
[egg, soy sauce, sugar]

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

midnight snack

D's brother and wife were coming into town to stay with us, and I was kind of itching to bake something. The easiest thing I could come up with (and had all the ingredients for) was cupcakes.

yellow cupcakes
This was a pretty simple recipe in that you pretty much just measure the ingredients and mix it all together. I had made some frosting earlier (for the failed jelly roll) and refluffed it for the cupcakes. G & R provided the strawberries from a farmstand they passed on the way down.
[mushrooms, cheese, flour tortillas]

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

refrigerator special

My friend YS coined this phrase to mean a meal that came out of whatever was left in the fridge.

mushroom quesadilla
We had mushrooms, cheese, and tortillas.
[mushrooms, cheese, flour tortillas]

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

not quite ensenada

I make these fish tacos which probably can't be really called authentic, but they really do taste good. This was from the remainder of D's catch.

fish tacos
I coat the fish in a cornmeal and spice rub mixture and then pan-fry it. These were rockfish fillets from the smaller fish D caught. I made a mango-avocado salsa which really balances out the spicy, crunchy fish.
[fish:rockfish, cornmeal, spice rub (ancho, chipotle, garlic, salt); salsa:avocado, mango, onions, garlic, chili, cilantro]

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

guest chef series #11: being taken care of

I know I post about my mom a lot, but that's because she's such a good cook. And even more awesomely, she prepared a hot meal for us after picking us from the airport.

chicken curry
My mom gets her curry powder from a secret Malaysian source. It's apparently a friend's favorite blend. It's pretty spicy, so I have a hard time balancing the flavors when I cook it, but she always seems to get it perfect.
[chicken, onions, carrots, potatoes, curry powder, soy sauce, water, salt]

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