Days 20-22 recipes

This is just for the pad thai recipe I used or improvised on, in day 20, for my boyfriend’s birthday.  I used a powder packet for the sauce and added in some peanut butter (according to the instructions).

Baked tofu:

– 4oz firm/extra firm tofu, cut into small squares

May season with some salt or leave plain as is, and bake at 350 degF for 20-30 minutes while making sure that most of the tofu has been baked.  Tofu will be finished when a light golden color.

Cook rice noodles about 6-8 minutes until it is soft but not mushy (slightly al dente) and drain.  Leave to the side (if not using right away, cover with some plastic wrap.  If noodles get sticky before using, add some water and toss.

Make sauce according to package and add 1 tbsp agave syrup to naturally sweeten.

– 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
– peanuts, roughly chopped to garnish (optional)
– 1/2 cup scallions (in long strips), chopped 2″ each strip
– 1 cup mung bean sprouts
– 1 cup chicken breasts, chopped in strips
– 1-2 eggs, scrambled
– 1 tsp minced garlic (or 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped)
– 1-2 tbsp oil
– a few wedges of limes to add while serve

Heat some oil in the bottom of a large saute pan, or wok (preferred), until smoky.  Add in garlic and toss until slightly browned (do not burn garlic).  Add chicken and cook thoroughly.  Cook bean sprouts until flexible.  Add in noodles and sauce and stir fry together.  Make a well in the noodles and add eggs until almost all cooked.  Fold eggs into noodle.  Add in baked tofu.

Add chives (or scallions) and stir fry a little more.  Noodles should be soft, dry, and tangled.  Pour into a serving plate and sprinkle with ground pepper and peanuts (may add Sriracha for more spice or leave on the side) and serve.  May add raw mung bean sprouts and chives/scallions on the side.  Place a wedge of lime on the side.

*note: may add other proteins other than chicken and tofu if you would like.  I’m just allergic to shellfish so I opted them out.

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Oreo Brownies:

-1 box cappuccino-flavored brownies (family size)
– oreos (12-15 depending on size of pan and amount of Oreos you want in your brownies), whole or chopped

Mix brownies according to package.  Add Oreos on top of the pour batter (may be chopped or whole depending on preference), and bake according to package (add 5 more minutes).  Let brownies cool down for a little and then serve by itself or a la mode.

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Pan-fried Tofu

– teriyaki sauce
– sugar to taste
– scant amount of water
– 4-8oz tofu (really however much you want), cubed

Make sauce with teriyaki sauce and sugar (I usually have a 2:1 ratio to make it slightly salty but not too much, also for my spam musubi recipe too), and add scant amount of water to dilute if you like.  Marinade tofu in teriyaki sauce mixture for 30-60mins and pan-fry all sides of tofu in a saute pan until slightly charred.  Serve with rice, bread, or eat as is.

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Start of a new journey

Hello world.  Let me first introduce myself to you.  I’m currently 23 and pursuing a degree in Criminology and Justice Studies with a minor in Chemistry.  I have always been a fan and contributor to the food world as far as I could remember, whether or not it was through my eyes of watching my mom or other adults cook, eating at restaurants, or even at my own experimentation with food.

I have been coined, through friends, as the Dessert chef.  Why, you may ask?  My friend Diana, aka: Di, and I like LOVE food and making food.  She does mostly the appetizers and food-food, while I cater more to the desserts.  However, we aren’t just stuck in our own arenas but dive into each other’s as well.  Both of us experiment based on tastes, flavors, smells, and common knowledge of food to make oh, so yummy food.

This will be my blog about my adventures, pictures included, through food.  I will also delve into details on recipes as well for all of the other foodies in the world who would like to make them as well. 

So last night I had the most wonderful opportunity to watch the new movie, “Julia & Julie”, or so I think that’s what it’s called. It’s about the life of Julia Child and a woman named Julie who decides to blog about her one-year journey cooking up all 524 recipes of Julia Child in 365 days. That, in itself, is determination.

I’m not going to ruin the movie, but in the end there is a “happily ever after” moment and we learn just how…awesome.. Julia Child is/ever was. If you’re a foodie like me, you will LOVE this movie. I recommend checking it out.

Speaking of this movie, and as a foodie, I felt inspired to tackle on my version of boeuf bourginon (sp?) as did Julie & Julia Child. However, due to my lack of funds, I’m sure that will wait.

However, all is not lost, and I will thus “experiment” in making a Mocha Pots de Creme for tonight. That’s right, add some expresso and some coffee liqueur (Bailey’s is the only one in my stash so far) and we’re golden. Also, I will be making a certain something with catfish and coconut milk. I have an inkling to steam it in coconut milk so that the flavors can be infused into the catfish, but we will see if I can find myself our steamer.

So today I will be making them, and posting up pictures tomorrow for whomever to see. I also will post up food pictures of past and future events I have gone to. I have this yearning to photograph yummy food; it’s like a weakness. Hehe.

Anyway, it’s about noon-ish and I have to start cooking at some point. See you sometime tomorrow and happy eatings.

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