Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and gets to spend a lot of time relaxing!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sushi Platter -Holiday Party Food

During the holidays we have a lot of family and friends stop by and we never know how long they will stay. It may be a short visit, perhaps and hour or so, in which case we have beverages to offer along with light snacks. However, sometimes we are having so much fun catching up that they end up staying for a meal! When that happens, light snacks are not enough, and sometimes we don't want to spend the time cooking so we order take-out. Sometimes we order pizza, other times we get sandwiches, but when we feel adventurous, there is sushi.
We simply order a few different platters of sushi and sashimi along with seaweed salad, dumplings and tempura.
The food isn't too filling and is just right.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Noodle Soup

When the weather starts to get cooler, I tend to enjoy different soups. Fresh noodles are a favorite of mine and are even better when included in a soup. Noodle soup comes in so many combinations that it is hard to decide what to put in it at times. I almost always include corn and either seafood or chicken. You can of course add beef, pork, eggs and many other ingredients as well.
Shredded carrots, peas, spinach, and broccoli are some of my other favorites to make it a nice balanced meal.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Simple Greek Salad

There are many varieties of salads and they are among the easiest things to make. They can be enjoyed as a snack, appetizer or even a meal. 
I usually make Greek salad when I'm in the mood for an easy lunch to bring to work. I prepare the vegetables by washing them and cutting them the night before and dress it in the morning so the flavors can mix before it is lunch time.
To make Greek salad, simply chop a tomato, 1/2 of a cucumber, 1/2 an onion (red ones are preferable, but sometimes I use sweet onions), and a green pepper into bite sized pieces and mix together with 1 cup of crumbled feta cheese. Then add pepper and a little bit of salt to taste. (I usually don't add much salt as the feta is salty enough for the whole salad). Sprinkle with 2 tsp. of each dried, crushed oregano and basil, then drizzle olive oil on top to coat. Toss to mix thoroughly and enjoy!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Softshell Crab Maki Rolls


Maki rolls are a popular item ordered at the Japanese restaurants that I go to. There are so many different types of fillings that go into them that it can sometimes be hard to choose which one to order!

I can normally eat only 2 maki rolls in one sitting as there are usually 8 pieces per roll. This time I only ordered 1 roll, because I wanted to try some of the other menu items. The roll I chose had fried softshell crab in it as well as avocado and cucumber.

I have also made my own at home before.
Feel free to check out the instructions here: Maki Rolls

Friday, July 5, 2013

Garlic Fried Squid

I love seafood and garlic fried squid has always been one of my favorites. This is an easy dish that can be enjoyed as an appetizer or part of a meal served with rice.

For the squid, I usually buy the pre-cut and scored frozen variety, then thaw it. Once thawed, rinse it off and then coat with flour (usually 3/4 cup flour mixed with 2 tsp. of garlic powder is enough for a 500 gram bag of squid), and deep fry.

The vegetables can be prepared beforehand or after frying the squid.
You will need:

1/2 of an onion, diced
1 green pepper cut into chunks
1/2 of a red pepper, cut into chunks
5 button mushrooms, halved

Heat a tbsp. of vegetable oil in a large pan or wok. Next add the vegetables and squid and give it a good mix. Add 1 tsp. of soy sauce, 1 tbsp. of hoisin sauce and 2 tsp. oyster sauce. Stir fry to mix everything, then turn off the heat.

It can be served on a plate and garnished with lettuce if you'd like!

You can also sprinkle clean, chopped green onions and cilantro on top just before serving.


Monday, June 10, 2013

Prime Rib Beef Dip

One of my favorite ways to enjoy prime rib is in a sandwich, sliced thinly and served with a well made ciabatta bun. Some caesar salad on the side makes it a complete lunch. It is so simple to make and easy to serve.

I usually just purchase a prime rib roast and roast it according to these instructions from the "The Kitchen Magpie".

I then slice the rib roast just under 1/4" thick. and pile them onto lightly toasted ciabatta buns. I usually spread on a thin layer or horseradish to the bread as well.

For the jus, I put the drippings from the prime rib roast into a saucepan, add salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. I simmer it to reduce for about 10-15 minutes.

As for the Caesar salad, it is simply washed and chopped romaine lettuce tossed in store bought Caesar salad dressing, topped of with fresh grated parmesan cheese along with a thin, toasted slice of bread.

What is your favorite way to enjoy prime rib? Feel free to comment!
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