Jan’s favorite dish, when we go to a Japanese restaurant is kitsune udon. Udon is a thick wheat noodle that is a standard for a large variety of Japanese soups—both hot and cold. While kitsune refers to a fox, the distinguishing ingredient in this dish fried tofu—apparently the favorite food of the magical, Japanese, shape-shifting foxes.
Karl’s Kitsune Udon
I had decided to make Moroccan chicken wings for this Sunday’s dinner. Couscous is the obvious starch to go with them. Since I was using Ras el Hanout—a Moraccan spice blend—for the chicken, I thought it would also work well with the pasta.
Karl’s Moroccan Couscous
Lamb calls out for a starch of some kind—potatoes, rice, or couscous. Since I am doing Middle Eastern lamb shanks, I decided I would use ptitim. This Israeli couscous was invented in the 1950’s as a substitute for rice.
Karl’s Israeli Couscous With Almonds and Mint
Eilene is having some friends over. I decided to make their favorite Mac & Cheese. When she and her friends make this for themselves they, of course, use the “orange stuff in a box.” This is just starch, fat, and chemicals, not a meal.
Karl’s Mac & Cheese with Bacon & Leek
After living in Chengdu, Sichuan, China, my family has always really loved garlic—a lot! I had an idea that popped into my head about a side dish to go with my Moroccan lamb—large chunks of roasted garlic floating in a sea of fluffy couscous. My thought was that as you took a bite of couscous you would get a burst of roasted garlic goodness.
Karl’s Roasted Garlic Couscous
I am making Surf-and-Turf for Miriam’s birthday dinner this weekend. I am making a Tunisian salad and I thought lemon couscous would be a good compliment. I have made lemon couscous before, but I thought I could improve it.
Karl’s Lemon Saffron Couscous
Dàn dàn miàn (担担面; “peddler’s noodles”) are boiled noodles with a spicy sesame/peanut sauce poured over them. The story goes that lunch peddler’s would carry a dàn dàn—a shoulder pole with a bucket on either end—with the cooked noodles in one bucket and the spicy sauce in the other. When you bought your lunch you were expected to provide your own bowl and the seller would put in some noodles and splash some of the sauce over them.
Karl’s Dàn Dàn Miàn
Sichuan Peddler’s Noodles
I pack lunches for Jan and Eilene, so I am often end up making lunch just for myself. Usually this will be some variation of last night’s leftovers. Today’s leftover ingredient is one serving of cold pan fried noodles. Plain noodles beg to be topped with something.
Karl’s Dan-Dan Chicken Wings with Noodles
Eilene’s friends are coming over for their usual Thursday night TV marathon—The Avengers this week. I have made mac & cheese for them several times and I am getting a bit board with it. I decided to do a different cheesy noodle dish using an Alfredo sauce.
Karl’s Chicken Alfredo Casserole
I am making Greek barbecued lamb for Easter and I wanted a Greek starch side dish. Found a recipe for Spanakorizo (Greek Spinach and Rice). While I did not copy the recipe, it gave me the idea for a Greek-style pasta dish with orzo.
Karl’s Spanakorzo (Greek Spinach and Pasta)