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Egg Rolls

11 Jan

Sometimes I want to crawl into the bottom drawer in my bathroom and live there for a little while. For some reason, it is the warmest place in my house. The cabinet next to it is the second warmest place, and I find myself feeling more than a little twinge of jealousy when I discover my kids having a little warming siesta inside. I just hate being cold.

This was my second attempt at egg rolls, my first being not so successful. They had no flavor, and the recipe called for a flour/water mixture that made the filling taste strange. Needless to say, I conveniently ‘forgot’ where I put that recipe and worked on a new one. I got an, “Oh, much better,” from my husband for this one. 🙂 I adjusted it from a more complicate recipe because I’m a corner-cutter like that and sometimes you just want egg rolls without having to spend 4 hours preparing them! And I’m really please with the results! photo 3

Ingredients:

1/4 tsp ground ginger

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/4 cup chicken broth

2 Tbsp soy sauce

1 Tbsp sugar

1-2 Tbsp sesame oil

1 medium sized pork chop, cut into small cubes

2 cups coleslaw mix

egg roll wrappers

In a small bowl, combine first 6 ingredients and mix until sugar is dissolved. In a medium skillet, add sauce to pork pieces and cook through, adding coleslaw the last couple of minutes being careful not too cook too long or the cabbage will become limp. Place mixture in wrappers, using 1-2 Tbsp of mixture per wrap. Roll the corner closest to you over the filling. Brush the top corner with water. Fold in the sides and continue rolling the egg roll up until it is closed. Press to seal.

In about a 1/2 inch of oil over moderately high heat, fry egg rolls until golden brown on all sides, using tongs to turn them.

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Pad Thai

14 Nov

My kids like to bring their entire room with them when we go places. Stuffed animals, blankets, toys, pillows…you name it, it should be with us…always. And they are all about carrying it themselves for about the first 2 minutes. And then its, “Mom, it’s getting too heavy. Can you carry this…and this…and this.” Never mind the fact that I am holding a baby, a diaper bag, a bink in my teeth, a blanket, a sippy cup – you get the idea. I try to discourage the entourage, but sometimes I cave when the tantrum is just not worth it. We went to the fabric store yesterday and my two year old fell asleep in the car. It’s hard to wake up from a 5 minutes nap sometimes, I get that. So, blankie was allowed to accompany us inside to help. Unfortunately, as soon as the world started looking a little brighter, so did everything else in the store, and poor blankie got left behind. I didn’t realize that we didn’t have it until, of course, we had already gotten home. Sigh. Reload everyone up and trek back to the store. Luckily, someone had found it and brought it to the front register (a blankie a few years back was not so lucky and has never been seen or heard from again). Today, we went to the library. Same two year old: “Mom! I want to hold my movie!” I was laden with the same baggage as I listed before, and then add in seven or eight books precariously balanced in my free hand – I didn’t mind at all having someone offer to help for a change. I should have been a little wiser considering our escapade from the day before. We got home, got everyone out and…I had a two year old with two fists full of acorns, but no movie. Gah! Back to the library we went, to search for the movie that had been left on the lawn to make room for the acorn collection (which they actually tried to eat, but declared to be ‘disgusting!’) Again, someone had found our abandoned treasure and had returned it to the library for us. Too bad for two year old, I did not check it out again. Maybe she’ll learn a lesson…maybe.

This recipe is actually a Chinese Pasta Salad – I liked it better warm and with a little more veggies, which turned it into Pad Thai instead of pasta. Works for me. Top with some crispy noodles (or improvise with some tortillas strips like me when you don’t have crispy noodles 😉 – still tasty!), and enjoy!

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup sesame seeds
4 (3 oz.) packages Ramen noodles, any flavor
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1 tsp. sesame oil
3 Tbs sugar
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp black pepper
3 cups diced, cooked chicken breast
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
choice of mixed vegetables, cooked

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add sesame seeds and cook, stirring frequently until lightly toasted. Remove from heat and set aside. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; add pasta (break each brick into at least 4 pieces so the noodles aren’t too long) and cook 3-4 minutes or until slightly tender but not soft – do not use seasoning packs. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

Combine vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, sesame seeds, ginger and pepper. Mix well. Pour sauce over pasta and toss to coat evenly. Gently mix in chicken, cilantro, and mixed vegetables.