Daughter Miriam is on a very restricted diet—no onions, garlic, or peppers (not even bell peppers). This has made creating my Sunday feasts a bit of a challenge. After a bit of negotiation, we settled on Chinese steamed chicken and pea sprouts for this week.
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For Miriam’s birthday dinner, she asked for Spicy chicken and pan fried noodles. This is a dish that takes an hour of “mindful” frying and—while it is a wonderful dish—I make it less than my kids would like—like maybe every day. This is a one dish meal by itself, but I decided to add another favorite of Miriam’s and make a mushroom side dish.
Note: I actually used one pound of mushrooms for this dish. It was popular enough that it left people wanting more—even though Eilene would not touch it. I added another half pound of mushrooms to the ingredients list. Continue reading
I am making Asian pork lettuce cups this week. The filling for lettuce cups is meat heavy with a deeply flavored sauce. I wanted my second dish to be simple and elegant. Last week, I made Szechuan salt & pepper shrimp and it was so popular Jan wanted something similar this week. Anyone for Szechuan salt & pepper scallops?
Eilene is at a party on a Saturday night and that means that Jan and I can have an ingredient that she doesn’t like, mushrooms. Chicken and mushrooms, a Chinese restaurant standard, came to mind. To go with this main dish, I chose Chinese broccoli as the vegetable, but what was to be my starch? The standard Chinese accompaniment to these dishes would be steamed white rice. However, Jan loves pan fried noodles, so that is where I went. Form a mundane Saturday night meal this had turned into restaurant quality fare.
Adapted from an Americas Test Kitchen recipe
I am incapable of following a recipe, even my own. I know that the chefs at ATK have spent days perfecting their recipe, but I have to make changes. I cannot help myself—I watch cooking shows more for tips and techniques, rather than instructions.
I am making a pepper and salt roast chicken and I wanted a side dish. The kids really like mushrooms so I chose oyster mushroom. The mushrooms are fairly pricey so I am stretching the dish by adding tofu.
Everybody in my family, except Eilene, loves mushrooms. She doesn’t like the texture. This leaves me with three options when I use them in cooking.
I needed a hot vegetable dish that I could prep ahead and then quickly cook at the last minute. I had bought a leek that I did not use this week and I thought that would go nicely with oyster mushrooms (a favorite of Miriam and Chris). I would be cutting the leeks hours before I was intending to cook them. To keep them from drying out, I would keep them in cool water. To dry them out before sautéing, I would use the Salad Spinner that Miriam gave me for my birthday last year.
Jan and Eilene are still in England So I am still cooking for one. I got tired of tongue so I froze the last of it. If you ever make tongue make sure there are enough people to eat three pounds of meat in a meal or two.