I am sorry to all my fans. I know you're out there. Don't try to deny it.
So all of the above, of course, is another excuse for not having a menu for another week. It is tough, I tell you, to juggle a daughter, work, and house buying. And then on the weekends, we're trying to spend as much of it as possible with our friends who, much to our dismay, will be leaving for the sunny shores of southern Los Angeles. I think I'm still in denial.
And to top it all off, we went to HMart again this week. That means a lot of stuff was bought, much of which only my wife knows what to do with. HMart was packed, even on a Saturday night. But it seems the taste testers were not out and the grand opening sales have fallen off a bit. The food court vendors still had ridiculously long lines - for $15 short rib plates. A bit too steep for my taste.
What will this week bring? Lots of gyu-don, oden (fish cake) noodle soup, oxtail soup (not sick of it yet), and perhaps a pasta dish with the mushroom and beef.
Anyways, you can imagine, we went without a menu and then bought tons of food. So this week, my wife and I will try to do an impromptu so that I can focus on finding a recipe for this coming weekend's apple bake-off challenge.
But if you want to know, we're having ox-tail soup again and I'll try to do the bak haddock from last week.
- Before mad cow, I was a nut for this soup. Now, I'm dipping my toe back in the water since I haven't heard anything of late regarding mad cow. No, everything's about H1N1.
- Very easy, rinse ox tail, drain and boil in new water; add garlic, onions, salt, green onions. It is a clear broth korean recipe. Serve with kimchee and rice.
- Rinse and repeat. Just kidding, usually when I make this soup, it goes for a day or two, like curry.
- This recipe comes from www.seasaltwithfood.com via www.tastespotting.com via a good friend of mine who I talk to about recipes all the time. Thanks!
- Oh, and I may try substituting the prawns with baby octopus because that is what's in the fridge; sub the thai chili with red bell pepper for my daughter.
- Serve with rice.
- This recipe is from www.feedmedelicious.com via tastespotting via my friend who shares this weekly dilemma of what to cook. Thanks!
- I think I have some seasoned bread crumbs to replace the Ritz.
- I'll try making mash potatoes nice and easy - boiled potatoes, add some garlic, salt, olive oil.
- I think I'm only supposed to have one serving a month, right? Because of mercury levels.
- Oh well, I have a craving.
- Meats, Poultry, Fish - ox tail, prawns, haddock fillets
- Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs - eggplant, thai chili, shallots
- Other - Ritz crackers
- Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs - potatoes
- Other - Ritz crackers
- Round up some chicken or beef, add diced vegetables like carrots, squash, bell peppers, even celery, add some water to boil, add curry cubes, let simmer.
- Don't forget to cook up rice.
- Mother's korean food.
- Boil water, add diced tofu, add some vegetables like sprouts and spinach, add miso paste, let simmer.
- Don't forget to cook up more rice.
- Mother's korean food redux.
- Cook up rice and let cool.
- Take all of Mother's korean food and mix.
- Serve with kimchee.
- Yes, another favorite. I frequent a place called Hana Sushi on Mass Ave right after Porter Square.
- Good service, good sushi, low key.
- When I was first introduced to this dish, I guess I went overboard with the sausages. So, I have frozen that my wife wants out.
- The recipe, again, is easy as can be. Gut an italian sausage, add some garlic and olive oil, stir fry til the meat is done, then add the beans and kale for additional cooking.
- I'll be having some guests over, so hopefully this recipe will help end their day on a good note.
- Every korean families' freezer is bound to have some fish cake in the freezer, also known as oden. Please folks, these things do not last forever.
- Prepare some dashi, add in the fish cake, add in some vegetables, cook up some noodles (soba, udon).
- Break out that side of kimchi - another thing that in my taste lasts just shy of forever.
- This serves two purposes, to harvest our little window basil plant and to use up some dried noodles.
- Thai food take out - we love this place called Roddee in Brookline. We're also partial to Sweet Ginger in Union Square because it's close to one of our friends/playdate buddy's house. Their moving in about a month to a foreign country called Orange County, so we should probably visit Sweet Ginger as much as possible.
- Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs - fresh seasonal fruits, onions, bell peppers, kale
- Fish, Poultry, Meat - shrimp
Monday - Broiled Fish
- Nice and easy - salt, olive oil, maybe lemon.
- Rice and some edamem beans and vegetables.
- Save the left over fish for Wednesday's fried rice dish.
- Sydney's favorite - http://japaneserecipe.blogspot.com/2006/05/beef-bowl.html
- Make sure to have rice on hand.
- Save the beef for tomorrow's fried rice.
- If you have left over rice, fish, and beef, it'll be perfect (substitute the spam in the recipe with your leftovers). Have the rice at room temperature to make this dish work.
- Separately, take greens, add chopped garlic, some oyster sauce, little salt and pepper, and call it a day.
- Serve with rice or pasta.
- I've done this dish with sweet and hot italian sausage and I prefer the hots.
- Remove casings and put sausage into pan. Add garlic and olive oil. Add beans once sausage is cooked through. Add kale to cook.
- Finally, something different, right? Maybe some good thai food.
Shopping List for me:
- Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs - carrots, brocolli, kale
- Meats, Poultry, Fish - whole fish, sukiyaki sliced beef, hot italian sausage
- Dairy, Eggs, Cheese - eggs, milk
- Frozen - edamame, peas, corn
- Other - protein powder
Shopping List Addtl:
- Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs - ginger
- Grains, Beans, Canned - white beans
- Specialty - hondashi
Monday - Ceviche Tacos
- You just got to love fish - it's versatility just amazes me. It's ease of preparation just makes you smile. The flavor - well, distinctive, if not delicious for some people. I'm convinced that people who don't like fish grew up without ever trying good fish.
- A lot of great fresh vegetables and citrus flavor just for the summer.
- I might put the jalapenos on hold.
- Pair with a fresh fruit salad?
- Oh, and this is my gazpacho substitute.
- Seems easy enough, I just wonder if it's really going to be dinner.
- And I almost feel like I should serve some wheat grass juice shots.
- You knew there was going to be a salad dinner, right? Well, good thing is our daughter loves beans.
- You may be able to save a little time and ingredients if you pick up a bottled dressing.
- Does boiling eggs count?
- I've included a pesto recipe, but really, just buy one from a reputable specialty store.
- Does boiling pasta count? While your at it, why not steam up or add some shrimp to the boiling water.
- Finally my wife did something that measures up to my goofball passport debacle.
- So, we'll call it even and celebrate with pizza. Maybe even bon chon next week.
- Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs - tomatoes (5), red onions (2), romaine lettuce, avocado (4), cilantro, fresh seasonal fruits, dill, lemon
- Meat, Chicken, Fish - sushi grade fish, prosciutto
- Milk, Dairy, Tofu, Eggs - butter, manchego, buttermilk
- Grains, Breads - baguette
- Frozen, Canned - green beans, navy beans, pesto
- Other - lime juice, lemon juice, canned jalapenos, taco shells, salsa, dressing
- Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs - potatoes, baby spinach, parsley, basil
- Meat, Chicken, Fish - shrimp (optional)
- Milk, Dairy, Tofu, Eggs - eggs
Notes of the week:
1. Salmon Ceviche couldn't be better. I wouldn't change or modify any part of that recipe.
2. The avocado soup was good, but for those less adventurous folk, you'll constantly wonder if you're having soup or guacamole.
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Without further ado, here's this week menu (and I apologize that I'm posting this on Sunday, probably well after everyone's done their grocery shopping for the week). All dishes come with rice, I mean served with rice.
Monday - Sam Gae Tang (Chicken Soup)
- I've had this menu on before. If you don't have the dates, feel free to use any dried fruits. I've used apricots once and it was fine. You can also leave it out. Hopefully, you'll have some leftover ginseng root from last time.
- You can always opt to get the prepackaged sam gae tang herbs/ spices at the local korean grocer.
Tuesday - Soft Spicy Tofu Stew
- Don't be afraid of "spicy." Like many things, it's in the eye of the beholder - just tone down the hot pepper flakes.
- Also, this dish can be 100% vegetarian, as I have had it that way many times.
- The ingredients for this dish can be quite overwhelming. I say, don't sweat the small stuff. If you have the soy bean sprouts, you're all set.
Thursday - Leftover Fried Rice
- So, after having cooked up Yang Chow Fried Rice, I've come to the realization that fried rice can really be an incredibly flexible dish. So, I'm proposing to take the left over monk fish to make fried rice.
- Follow the Yang Chow Fried Rice recipe, but use monk fish instead of the salty fish. You can also skip the shrimp because the monk fish is going to bring a lot of salty/ spicy flavor.
Friday - Pizza?
- Probably only if I beg.
Shopping List Addtl:
- Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs - summer fruits and vegetables, shitake mushrooms, soybean sprouts,
- Meats, Poultry, Fish - whole chicken, monkfish
- Dairy, Cheese, Egg, Tofu - tofu, eggs
- Frozen - Peas
- Specialty - dates, ginseng root, kelp
- Remove casings for sweet italian sausages into pan of chopped garlic clove and olive oil. Once cooked, add kale and rinsed white beans (canned). Salt & pepper to taste.
- Serve with rice or some pasta.
- Of course, this is probably not the first recipe that comes to people's minds, but my wife had already bought a couple of pounds of sweet italian because they were on sale at WholeFoods.
- Unpack into a plate of greens if desired.
- Side of warm rice is nice too.
- We've had this one on before and this menu really does get better on the second day.
- Gather up a meat, some potatoes, carrots, onions, and of course, the box of japanese curry. Following the box directions is all you need. Some also add hand made apple sauce for additional texture and flavor.
- If possible, use up the burdock root and make some miso soup, again this will be better tomorrow too.
- Just reheat, nothing special necessary.
- I forgot to mention kimchi, that tastes better on the second day too. Actually, waiting a year makes it vintage.
- A 16 month old on a five hour flight, with only one seat to share between us. Many have already forewarned us that we will regret the one seat. Ah well.
- She's been an angel so far in the all the flights we've taken her on. I think this is where the lucky streak comes to an end.
- Pray for us!
- Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs - kale, zucchini, carrots, corn, seasonal fruits
- Canned, Bakery - canned white beans
- Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs - potatoes
- Specialty - japanese curry cubes
- Hope many of you remember this one from Japanese week. My wife loves it. So here it goes again. And, I use chicken tenderlions, so I don't really tenderize or cut it into strips.
- I found the following katsu sauce to be pretty good.
- Don't forget the rice. If you have leftovers, use it for tomorrow's salad.
- Since when does an epicurious recipe call for bottled dressing! I say, "nice and easy."
- If you have leftovers from yesterday, make it into a crispy chicken caesar salad.
- Fresh vegetables, like corn, would be great! Perhaps a nice helping of crushed potatoes.
- I'll be using a regular old whole chicken instead of the cornish hens. It doesn't really change the dish that drastically - really.
- Everyone and their mother links to maangchi for korean dishes, myself included of course.
- Without a deep fryer, this recipe from Ina Garten makes a batch of fried chicken that is equally delicious.
- Our "chicken" friends will be over for a play date, so I'll look to add some chicken wings for the kids.
- Maybe I'll also throw in some crushed potatoes (see Monday) and macorni too. This recipe is too complicated, so feel free to improvise at will. I'm sure others will resort to a mac & cheese casserole, fine with me.
- Oh, how I crave for pizza from Pepe's in New Haven. I'm kicking myself for not having stopped by during my 10th reunion a month ago. Darn!
- Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs - salad mix, fresh vegetables & fruits, potatoes
- Meat, Poultry, Fish - chicken breasts (1 lb), pre-chopped chicken
- Dairy, Juice - buttermilk
- Grains, Pasta - macaroni
- Breads - french baguette
- Condiments - Casesar dressing, dijon mustard
- Meat, Poultry, Fish - chicken tenderloins, cornish hens (or whole chicken)
- Dairy, Juice - shredded cheeses for macaroni
- Grains, Pasta - sweet rice
- Other, Specialty Grocery - ginseng root, chestnuts, red dates (or korean stores have a pre-packaged sam gae tang ingredients pack)
I'm not a big fan of pasta dishes (especially as stand alone dinner dishes in themselves which my Italian friends would never "sit" for), but it defintely brings simplicity and taste together in every meal. Also, as I experienced when doing a japanese theme week many moons ago, being focused on a particular cuisine makes the most efficient use of resources. And most importantly, our daughter very much enjoyed the fettucine alfredo like we've never witnessed before.
Like rice for asian cuisine, let's make sure there's a simple salad at every meal (or antipasta if you're really up to it).
Monday - Penne, Salmon, Arugula, Chives
- By now, it should be fairly obvious, I like doing fish on Mondays. I know it's supposed to be on Fridays, but who can really store it that long?
Tuesday - Ravioli with Roasted Zucchini
- Like fish, fresh ravioli from the gourmet store makes all the difference. A gorgonzola filled ravioli sounds like a good accent, no?
Wednesday - Hot Italian Sausage and Pasta
- Mmmmmm, sausage. Can I suggest a more citrus flavored salad dressing?
Thursday - Last Minute Lasagna
- You knew one of these days I was going to resort to the frozen foods section. But does the spinach really have to be frozen? I'll let you know.
Friday - Definitely bon chon chicken.
- Although, my wife is finding more reasons to ban fried foods from the menu. This may be my last bon chon in a good while.
- So long, bon chon. It is so oxymoronic, I can't let it go, can I?
Shopping List for me:
- Pasta - penne, fettucine, fresh ravioli
- Meat, Poultry, Seafood - salmon, hot italian sausage
- Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs - arugula, chives, spinach, basil, mixed-greens, red onion, yellow cherry tomatoes, zucchini, flat leaf parsley, lemon, fresh seasonal fruit
- Dairy, Juice, Eggs - Shredded mozarella, eggs,
- Grains, Breads - pine nuts
- Frozen Foods - cheese ravioli
Shopping List Addtl:
- Dairy, Juice, Eggs - grated parmesan
- Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs - garlic
- Frozen Foods - chopped spinach
- As an adolescent in LA, I used to frequent this japanese fast food restaurant called Yoshinoya and their "big mac" was the beef bowl. Then I took my daughter to a nearby sushiya a week ago and set a small plate of this in front of her and she transformed before my eyes and started gorging on it. I took the rest home and she did it again at dinner. Whoa, the power of japanese food.
- Be sure not to get expensive beef, you really need the cheap stuff here to make it taste authentic. Geez, I hope wholefoods has it, but knowing them, it may be beneath them.
- Also, if you want to make your own dashi, then go here http://japanesefood.about.com/od/soup/a/aboutdashisoup.htm and replace the water and the hondashi ingredients called for in the recipe with this dashi. Also, it may be obvious, but use the leftover dashi base for the miso soup.
- Top with red pickled ginger.
- For vegetables, whatever is in season.
- I lived near the corner of Union Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard, and you couldn't walk more than two blocks before running into a taco truck. Back in those days, you would get two for $2.
- After the tacos, I would make my way to the corn woman. She sold steamed corn smothered with butter, mayo, paprika, parmesan cheese, and a bit of lime juice, if I remember correctly. If you don't believe me, see this:
- Always have avocado and sour cream handy.
- Oh, and chop and prep vegetables for tomorrow's dish.
- If you have a critical mass of koreans, then you will have a chinese korean restuarant that serves noodles in black bean sauce. I've had this recipe on here before, so now we can use up the leftover black bean paste.
- In fact, for the longest time, I didn't realize that our neighborhood chinese restaurant was not really chinese food. It's like how some people think shopping mall chinese food is chinese.
- And, I would usually order a plate of kung pao shrimp, but without a deep fryer, I'll save that recipe for a later time.
- I will warn everyone to prep a day ahead with chopping vegetables. It can get tedious. Oh, and this dish is usually served in a bowl, not a plate.
- If you couldn't tell already, I didn't have the most worldy upbringing. It was basically either fast food, street food, or korean. I never had authentic italian food at a restaurant, nonetheless, until I was about 7 or 8. For my older sister's graduation, my sister suggested an Italian restaurant on Melrose Street. I can still remember the white trellis gateway we went through and the first taste of chocolate mousse. Even to this day, I try not to eat chocolatte mousse unless it is a very special occasion. Weird, I know, but what's even more weird is how many special occasions there are in an average week.
- I can't seem to remember the exact dish I had that day, simply because I probably had no idea of what I was eating. In fact, the reason why I remember the mousse so fondly is because the actual dinner was pretty much uninteresting to me at that time. So instead, here's a link to fettucine alfredo, probably one of the first recipes I learned. My older sister taught me this recipe so that I would never go hungry if I lived by myself. She's such a forward thinker - but as life would have it, I have never lived alone in my entire life. I have always had roommates of one kind or another.
- And if there aren't any, then Pizza!
- Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs - shitake mushrooms (or get dried ones), seaonal vegetables, cilantro, limes, asian radish, cucumber, broccolini
- Meats, Fish, Poultry - thinly sliced beef, flank steak 2 lb, pork belly 1/2 lb
- Dairy, Eggs, Juice - orange juice, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, heavy cream
- Condiments - fresh tomato salsa
- Specialty - kombu (dried kelp), red pickled ginger, corn tortillas, udon type noodles for jiajiang myun
- Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs - zucchini, sweet potato
- Specialty - black bean paste
- If you give her a drumstick, my daughter could spend hours gnawing on it.
- So, this isn't really a menu as it is more of a pick-up take-out kind of thing.
- Prepare some rice with peas the night before in a rice cooker then pick up a rotisserie from whole foods on the way back from daycare.
- If you bought fresh fish on Sunday and want to use it up ASAP, move the Thursday miso cod recipe to Monday and move this recipe out to Thursday. That'll give you a chance of making a second mid-week grocery list as well since you have to pick up the rotisserie - and, if you have left over fish, you can use it for tomorrow's Yang Chow Fried Rice.
- Let's try this again, plus I'll prep on Monday night this time.
- Prep the soba noodles sauce tonight.
- My daughter's always had a thing for noodles, so this should be right up her alley.
- http://weelicious.com/tag/asian-recipes/ and prep the sauce the night before.
- I believe my wife made this once, as an impromptu thing, when we found out how much our daughter loved soba noodles. I guess mothers do have this magical way of just mixing things up to make dinner.
- Every time we go to a sushi restaurant, our daughter wants soup.
- Again, prep the rice (add peas for fun).
- Note, move this recipe to Monday if you bought fresh fish on Sunday.
- Or bon chon chicken? Geez, it's hard to decide these days.
- Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs - red bell pepper, shitake mushrooms, carrots, seasonal fruits
- Meat, Poultry, Seafood - shrimp (medium), cod (1 1/2 lbs), tofu
- Dairy, Cheese - american slice for daughter, mozzarella sticks
- Frozen - peas, edamame
- Premade - rotisserie chicken
- Condiments - agave (or maple syrup)
- Other - dryer sheets, ice cream
- Vegetables, Herbs - ginger
- Bread, grains, baking - rice
- Specialty - red miso paste, bonito flakes, kelp
Monday - Broiled Fish & Vegetables
- Don't forget to set the rice before starting dinner. Also, we're not using the flounder, that is for Thursday.
- Take filet of fish and salt, pepper, oil (olive), and place in broiler. Finish with squeeze of lemon wedge.
- Take broccolini and chinese watercress, heat olive oil and garlice in pan, add vegetables, add chicken broth, optional add oyster sauce for additional spicyness. Pince of salt and pepper.
- I've linked a recipe from an online source but my friend's recipe marinates the ground pork/ beef in the soy sauce, cornstarch, and spice mixture and adds that to a sizzling wok with garlic. Seems like her way is a bit simpler and more straight forward.
- This dish can be made ahead (maybe on Sunday).
- My friend forwarded me her own recipe which was given to her by her mother?, but due to copyright issues, I have posted a link to a comparable recipe on the internet.
- Her recipe doesn't add salty fish and also coats the shrimp in cornstarch and pepper and is fried in the wok and set aside.
- I always keep coming back to the miso soup, so easy, tasty, and it's nice to have soup with dinner. Boil water, add tofu, add some vegetables if you wish, add miso paste. Top with chopped scallions.
- Another simple and sweet dish.
- Coat flat fish with flour, salt, and pepper. Pan fry in olive oil. For sauce, grate ginger and mix with soy sauce.
- Take baby bok choy, oil and garlic in pan, add vegetables, add chicken broth, add oyster sauce. Pinch of salt and pepper.
- This chicken is seriously making me consider buying a deep fryer so that I can have this whenever I want.
- Meat, Poultry, Seafood- ground pork/beef, filet of any fish for broil (european seabream is recommended), filet of flat fish for frying (flounder, maybe) freeze because it's for Thursday, medium count shrimp
- Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs - chinese watercress, brocollini, baby bok choy
- Dairy, Eggs, Tofu - silken tofu
- Meat, Poultry, Fish - chinese sausage
- Specialty Grocery - miso paste
Monday - Spinach Tofu Miso and Rice
- Easy to make, always tasty, and will last for tomorrow's salmon meal.
- Fish is always good.
- I saw this recipe and thought, wow, can't get easier than this.
Thurdsay - German Blueberry Pancakes and Sausages/ Bacon
- Breakfast for dinner? If there are restaurants that serve breakfast 24/7, then I don't see why I can't do the same at home. Besides, these are just your regular pancakes.
- In highschool, my older sister took the two us, myself and my younger sister, out for a meal at a newly acclaimed restaurant in Vegas called Keuken Deustch which is where I had my first and only try of this German pancake. It was very memorable that even to this day I think about it. Thanks to my sisters, and happy mother's day, noona (that's sister in korean).
- Oh, break out the cast iron for this recipe.
Friday - PIZZA!!!
Shopping List for me:
- Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs - 4-6 tomatoes, blueberries, 1 lemon, mushrooms, spinach, fresh basil
- Meat, Poultry, Fish - 1 lb salmon filet, sausages/ bacon
- Baking, spices
Shopping List Addtl:
- Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs - carrots, green onions, chives
- Dry goods - spaghetti
- Baking, spices - vanilla extract, flour, cinnamon, cardamon, powdered sugar
- Specialty Grocery - miso paste, tofu
Notes of the Week:
One of my closest friends is a Japanese architect in Cambridge. They came over for dinner last week and shared some kalbi with us. We don't get to see him as often these days so in order to encourage them to take the hike across Harvard Square to our place, I'm putting together a menu of japanese comfort food. Many thanks to his wife (who will go nameless here but shall I refer to her as Mrs. Greencard?) who provided me with some ideas/ recipes of what they usually have at their home. She's not Japanese but does all the cooking, who would've "thunk it". On another note, this week would also be an homage to Kotobukiya in Porter Square. For those of us not in Cambridge, Koto is the much frequented Japanese grocery store in the much beloved Porter Exchange building which hosts a panoply of small Japanese restaurant kiosks as well. Koto will be relocating to Medford, supposedly close by, but for us pedestrian Cantabrigians anything off of the Redline is too far. So long, Koto. In fact, I think I'll get everything from Reliable in the "fashionable" Union Square of Somerville - once the most dense city in the nation (yeah like in the '70s).
Monday - Miso Based Soup Tonjiru
- The only thing I can say is leave some pork for tomorrow's omurice.
- Save leftover for tomorrow. Just reheat tomorrow, it'll taste better anyway.
Tuesday - Omurice or rice covered by an omlette (hence omu-rice, yes, the japanese frequently add syllables to english words, don't believe me? ask one)
- Even as a korean kid, I've had omurice many times growing up, and probably isn't unique to my household since the imperial island is just a stone throws from the mainland.
- Instead of ham, use leftover pork loin from Monday. And use ketchup to make it a super comfort food.
- I would throw in some extra vegetables too, just for my growing daughter.
- And to really adulterate this dish, serve with a side of kimchee!
- Here's another slightly more intricate version of the omurice which substitutes ketchup with tomato sauce and worcestershire.
- Remember to move the chicken into the fridge to defrost for tomorrow.
- Reminder, move the chicken into the fridge to defrost.
- Another trans-sea of japan favorite.
- Need I say it again, serve with kimchee!
- For miso soup, heat water to boil, add tofu, wait for boil, turn off and add miso. Garnish with green onions. No fussing necessary. To be fancy, cut the tofu into tiny cubes, if you must.
- Also, we should borrow Tampopo and have a video night(http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000GG4RMU/ref=nosim/wwwmakikoitoc-20).
- This is not a cop-out. This is a legitimate recipe especially for my site, which tries to balance taste and time. Try this with whatever meat you have on hand - beef, chicken, pork. Or even vegetarian, really.
- Fine, it's a cop-out, but boy is it good. And yes, before this menu site, I used to have this all the time. Okay, here's a tofu recipe to go along with the curry.
- Honey, where's the kimchee?
- What, did you think I'd forget?
- Okay, how about served with a side of kimchee?
- Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs - gobo (burdock root), enoki mushrooms, green onions
- Meats, Poultry, Fish - 1/2 lb pork loin,
- Dairy, Eggs, Soy - tofu
- Condiments - worcestershire sauce (I didn't buy it last time)
- Specialty Store - dried bonito flakes, karashi mustard (???)
- Other - cereal bars, oatmeal (not steel cut because that takes forever)
- Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs - daikon, carrots, onions, potatoes, ginger
- Meat, Poultry, Fish - chicken (I kind of like chicken tenders, easy to cook with)
- Dairy, Egg - eggs
- Baking, Dried Goods - white/brown rice
- Condiments - ketchup
- Specialty Store - dashi powder, red miso paste, panko bread crumbs, curry cubes in box
Notes of the Week:
1. I learned a huge lesson - sticking with one cuisine for the week really makes the most of all your groceries.
2. Tonjiru served us well for several days. It was just luck that I scheduled it on Monday and it kept going (by regularly adding water, miso, and vegetables) right up to Wednesday.
3. Omurice was good, but for some reason didn't bring back those memories as best as I thought it would.
4. The chicken katsu was wonderful. The quoted recipe wasn't very specific on the measurement for seasoning the flour, so I resorted to Ina Garten's oven fried chicken recipe that basically is 2 cups of flour with 1 tbsp of salt and 1 tbsp of black pepper. This amount is perfect for about 1-1/2 to 2 lbs of chicken. Also, the recipe had an imperfect tonkatsu sauce recipe. So I went with http://1tess.wordpress.com/2008/03/28/tonkatsu-sauce/ - good sauce. Finally, without a deep fryer, I set up a deep sauce pan with an aluminum foil cover as a deep fryer.
Monday - Pasta with Clam Sauce
- We're moving the lentil soup to next week, just so Sydney gets some variety - the spice of life.
- I like fresh pasta, so I put this recipe at the beginning of the week so that the pasta doesn't dry out. Last time, the clam sauce recipe didn't live up to my expectations, so let's try this one.
- Marinate BBQ and make broth for Cold Noodle Soup for tomorrow.
Tuesday - Korean Cold Noodle Soup/ Spicy Noodle and Korean BBQ
- Supposedly Tuesday will be a great spring day in Cambridge, so why not preview a summer dish. This dish has two variations, noodles in cold soup and noodles mixed in a spicy sauce/paste with soup on the side. Sydney loves noodles, so she'll probably get that straight up with a maybe some sliced pears on the side.
Wednesday - Noodles in Black Bean Sauce AKA JiaJiang Myun and Miso Soup (moved to Thur since wife has meeting)
- Scratch the bibimbap for jiajiang myun which was the first dish we shared before we dated. I say before because when you date, supposedly ordering jiajiang myun during the date is a faux paus in Seoul, it is a way of sending a quiet message that you are not interested in a second date. Miso is for Sydney.
- Soak black beans for tomorrow morning.
Thursday - Black Bean Soup (moved to Wed)
- Another Sydney favorite from last week but wtih 1/2 jar of salsa, smoked bacon instead of ham hock, and pureed smooth.
Friday - Leftovers (because it's nice to clean out the fridge every once in a while)
- No, we do it fairly often and with these plans, there's less to throw away.
Shopping List for me:
- Specialty Store - udon-type noodles, 1/2 lb pork belly, yellow pickled radish, buckwheat noodles
- Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs - cucumber, garlic, bosc pear, italian parsley
- Meats, Fish, Poultry, Dairy - 2 lb beef short ribs, chopped clams, whipping cream, milk, orange juice
- Condiments, Spices, Dried Goods - 1 bag black bean, 1 salsa, tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, worcestershire sauce,
- Other - diapers size 3, fresh pasta linguine lemon, sunscreen
Shopping List Addtl:
- Specialty Store - black bean paste,
- Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs - asian radish, sweet potato, zucchini, onion
- Baking - potato starch, corn syrup
Notes for the Week:
1. When cooking kalbi in an apt galley kitchen, be sure to manage the broil, our fire alarm briefly went off - and it's hard wired, meaning, you can't just take the batteries out!
2. My wife urged me to use the pre-packaged cold buckwheat noodles to save some time. So I did.
3. Due to mid-week logistical errors (my wife actually had a girls night on Thurs and I had a boys night on Fri) I can't say how black bean noodle recipe is. Then on Sat, my wife cooked up a storm and used up all the vegetables for her curry dish. Oops!
I have a feeling I'll have more than my usual number of crockpot dishes.
Monday - Fish Tacos
- thanks to my sister who forwarded this recipe from Rick Mooney, and what a great idea, fish, easy to prepare and tasty
- 1 1/4 lb fish, vegetable oil with rub (1 tsp chili, 2 tsp coriander ground, 3/4 tsp cumin ground) baked in oven 425 degrees for 15 minutes, or grill, if you have a house with a backyard grill, which I don't
- soft corn tortillas
- taco fix-ins (greens, tomatoes, grated cheese, salsa, sour cream, guacamole)
- use prior evening's fix-ins
- soak black beans for tomorrow
- oh, i have group meeting where dinner is being served, yay!
- it seems that all black bean recipes stage the cooking process, i'm going to try and just do one long cook
- should add some ham hock and maybe a can of tomatoes
- since I'll be cooking this on Sunday now, I'll have more time so I'm thinking of switching to this recipe
- thanks to my "sesame street live" friend, steve, here's a blog with a couple of tried recipes, I'm going with the chili, and, steve, sydney and i are in row Q, right behind you for next saturday, and what's the deal with $15 tickets but like $7 ticketmaster fees, no wonder other agencies are trying to find a way to break their hold on the market, and you also pay $2.50 for will-call, i've never bought tickets from ticketmaster before but that's just plain nickel and diming
- The place up the street on Huron Ave is great, straight neighborhood thin crust slices. No fancy goat cheese, truffle oil, or whatever. Pepperoni and grease, please.
- Meat, Fish, Poultry - fish, sirloin stew beef, ham hock, ground beef
- Dairy, Eggs, Juice - grated cheese,
- Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs - greens, tomatoes, cilantro
- Condiments - salsa, jalapenos, chicken broth
- Other - Corn tortillas, taco seasoning, refried beans, dried black beans, 2 cans of beans
- Dairy, Eggs, Juice - sour cream, guacamole
- Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs - green onions, onions
- Spices - garlic powder, chili, cumin, cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt
- Condiments - hot pepper sauce
- Other - black olives, jalapenos, tomatoe sauce, crushed tomatoes
On Second thought, I think I'll forego the disney month of meals plan and try to really focus on korean foods this week. For korean menus, I'll have to go to the local korean store and buy a slew of pre-made side dishes as those alone would take a whole day to prepare. So where ever you see a reference to "side dishes" check my shopping list. Oh, and it should be well known that each meal always comes with a bowl of rice. Finally, I'm so glad that there's a website like the one referenced here by Maangchi. So far, it's the best illustrated korean recipe site I've found. And it's funny that the chef's name is maangchi, it means hammer in korean.
Monday - Spicy Fish Stew and Side Dishes
Tuesday - Beef Short Ribs, Vegetable Pancakes, and Side Dishes
- What would you expect, I grew up in the States.
- Seafood, Meat, Poultry - Red Snapper or Cod, Beef short ribs
- Vegetables, Fruits, Fresh Herbs - Korean Radish, Shitake Mushrooms, Enoki Mushrooms, Carrots, Korean chives, Zucchini, Potatoes, Spinach, Soyean Sprouts
- Side Dishes - Kimchee, Dried Anchovy Bokkum, Marinated Perilla leaves, Marinated Hot Pepper Leaves
- Condiments - Canola Oil, Maple Syrup
Shopping List Addt'l:
- Seafood, Meat, Poultry - Clams, Shrimp, Scallop (opt), Squid, Pork Belly
- Vegetables, Fruits, Fresh Herbs - Water Dropwort, Edible Chyranthemum, Green Onions, Green and red chili pepper, Onions, Ginger, Garlic, Green Onions
- Dairy, Juice, Eggs - Eggs, Tofu (2 packages)
- Baking, Spices - Black pepper, Brown sugar, Sesame Oil, Flour, Salt
- Condiments, Sauces, Oils - Cooking wine, Soy sauce, Corn Syrup, Vegetable Oil
- Other - Kelp, Dried anchovies, Soy bean paste, Sesame seeds, Hot pepper paste
Notes of the Week:
1. let's hear it for maangchi, those were good recipes.
2. on the spicy fish stew, shitake and minari is a must to really bring some earthiness to the stew, i did it without the minari and the spicy-ness didn't really become part of the broth
3. for the beef short ribs, wholefoods had cleared out their meat display for easter ham so i had to settle for beef back ribs, okay but short ribs would have been better, especially since even the back ribs came out excellent, and Sydney loved it
Tuesday - Leftovers from Sydney's Birthday
Wednesday - Mussels, Honey Melon Salad, Cupcakes for Sydney
Thursday - Oven Fried Chicken, Bleu Cheese Salad, Mashed Potatoes
Friday - Leftovers from Thursday
Shopping List for me:
- Meat & Seafood - Mussels
- Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs - Shallots, Arugula
- Dairy, Juice, Eggs - Agave Juice, Cream Cheese
- Other - White Wine, Can Crushed Pineapple
Shopping List Additional:
- Condiments, Can Food - Crushed Tomatoes,
- Vegetables, Fuits, Herbs - Garlic, Honey Melon, Lime
- Baking, Spices - Dried Rosemary, Red Chili, Salt, Pepper
Notes for the Week:
1. The cupcakes for Monday were fantastic. In fact, I made them for Wednesday. And, if you don't have agave syrup, maple syrup works as well. Oh, and it's important to know the temperature of your oven if you want your cupcakes to rise. I tried 475 degrees and it helped.
2. Okay, I didn't do the mussels and honey melon salad because I had an unexpected invitation to a Red Sox game. But my wife steamed the mussels anyway and made a very tasty korean seaweed soup.
3. Ina Garten's recipes were good. The fried/bake oven was simple. I skimmed off the left over oil and added butter and flour to make a quick gravy. And the bleu cheese salad was superb. Note, good Roquefort cheese is EXPENSIVE.
Monday - Linguine with Clams and Cupcakes
Tuesday - Korean Beef over Rice and Miso Soup -
Wednesday - Roasted Chicken in Crockpot (Fingers Crossed)
Thursday - Apt Friendly Pizza
Friday - Lasagna and Garlic Bread
Shopping List for me:
- Fruits, Veg, Herbs - italian basil, plum tomatoes, napa cabbage
- Dairy, Fruit Juice - unsalted butter, tofu
- Baking - cupcake liner, all purpose flour, sugar, icing, cornmeal
- Freezer - can french bread dough
- Meats, Poultry, Fish, Deli - clams (can okay too), sirloin steak, roasting chicken, pancetta
- Breads - sliced loaf
- Other - breakfast oatmeal, dry white wine, veg. broth, chix broth
Addtl Shopping List:
- Fruits, Veg, Herbs - garlic, scallions, ginger, red pepper, carrots, baby spinach, spinach
- Spices - crushed red pepper, sesame seed, salt, black pepper, ground hot pepper, paprika
- Condiments - soy sauce, sesame oil, veg oil, rice vinegar, white miso, tomato sauce
- Dairy, Fruit Juice - parmesan cheese, mozarella cheese, ricotta cheese
- Freezer - shelled edamame,
- Meats, Poultry, Fish, Deli - medium shrimp, prosciutto
- Breads, Pasta, Rice - fresh linguine, short grain rice, no boil lasagna noodles
- Other - olive oil
(Tuesday) Spring Salad and Dinner Sandwich - http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/menu/views/dinnerrush032309
(Wednesday) Grilled Scallops and Leftover Salad - http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/succotash-with-grilled-scallops-and-parsley-drizzle-recipe/index.html
(Thursday) Spicy Cod and Rice - http://www.maangchi.com/recipes/daegu-jeon
(Friday) Sloppy Joes - http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/neelys/spensers-sloppy-joes-recipe/index.html
Shopping List for me:
Dairy&Juice - whole milk, gruyere cheese, orange juice
Meats - 1 lb ground beef, 1 lb black forest ham, sea scallops, cod filet
Baking - flour,
Breads - sliced (any)
Condiments&Other - hoisin sauce, chili-garlic sauce, worcestershire sauce, rice paper rounds
Herbs - fresh cilantro, fresh mint, fresh thyme, italian parsley, fresh basil
Vegetables - colesalw mix, (2) onions, shallots, oyster mushrooms, baby beets, fennel, grape tomato, bell pepper (red, green)
Fruits - peaches, blood oranges
Addtl Shopping List:
Dairy&Juice - eggs, butter
Meats - shrimp
Baking - sugar, honey
Breads - hamburger (optional, i use left over sliced bread)
Condiments&Other - rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar, evoo, tomato sauce, bbq sauce, walnuts
Spices - mustard seeds, dried thyme
Herbs - ginger, garlic
Vegetables - snap peas, peas, green onions, corn, lima bean, zucchini, salad mix