Soba Noodles with Anything Recipe
March 13, 2011

This one is a true family favorite. I make it when my mum comes, and otherwise, at least once a month. Once again folks, anything goes. I’ll give you the outline and you colour and whoever goes outside the lines the most is the winner. This can be as simple or as complex as you like. I called for chicken in the recipe, but use whatever protein you have kicking around, shrimp are excellent, pork, beef and/or tofu. This is also a perfect time to use up veggie odds and ends – anything you would normally use in a stir fry, which this is. Mine are green, white and orange just in time for St. Patties day, but that’s just because I’m a wee bit mad. Serves 2 1/2, with lots of left overs. Don’t be surprised to find members of the family standing before the fridge with a fork at all hours.

Prep time: 30 minutes top to tail, or more, depending on how fancy-pants you get.

3/4 cup frozen edamame 500 grams
(17 1/2 oz) soba noodles, approximately
2 tbs olive oil 2 tsp sesame oil
1 cup cooked chicken, diced or shredded
1/2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated finely
2-3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp water
1 large carrot, chopped
1 stalk broccoli, divided into small florets
1/2 cup chicken or veggie stock
1 tbsp sesame seeds

Boil up a very large pot of water. I immerse the edamame into the water in my metal colander or you can just dump them in and then take them off the heat and fish them out with a wire spider or slotted spoon when they’re done. Which is only a couple of minutes after they hit the water – if they are overdone they get mushy and gross – just think of bringing them from frozen to warm or, best idea (as always) TASTE them! Set aside.

Now add the soba to the boiling water. Again, you really don’t want to overcook them. So follow package directions and test them often. I don’t know if the ‘sticks to the ceiling’ test works for buckwheat pasta, but it’s fun for the kids. You however, must test with your teeth – al dente!

As soon as they are done drain them and rinse them with cold, cold water. Get those little fingers in there.

If you want to toast the sesame seeds, now’s the time, in a dry frying pan and keep them moving over medium heat until lightly browned.

In a wok or similar big pan, get the two oils good and hot. Toss in the chicken to brown, then remove and set aside. Now put the garlic and ginger in and once you can smell them, put in the soy sauce, water and the veggies. Stir-fry for a few moments before adding in the edamame and the chicken. When everything’s all nice and hot add in the stock and the soba. Use a couple of forks or spaghetti tongs to get everything all mixed together and piping hot. Squeeze in your lime juice and serve, garnished with sesame seeds.

Be sure to put the Sri racha (aka Rooster Sauce) or other hot sauce on the table (along with some lime wedges and chopped cilantro, you fancy pants) and enjoy.

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Beef Stew How To
March 8, 2011

Normally I would dredge the beef in a bit of seasoned flour and brown it, but the interesting aromas that waft through the halls around here notwithstanding, I didn’t think it would be very neighborly to smoke up the hallways with eau de meat before 9 am. I’m thoughtful that way, I guess.

So, no dredging, but this stew was excellent; the meat tender and delicious and the grated potato near the end does the thickening that the flour would have otherwise.

The three of us had this for supper over buttered egg noodles and we have half in the freezer.

So into the slow cooker:
1 – 1/2 lbs (500g) cubed beef
2 large carrots, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 large tin plum tomatoes, juice and all, broken up a bit
1 cup beef or veggie stock, water or dark beer
5 or six dashes each of worshestershire sauce and hot sauce
1 scant tbsp. dried thyme
the same of oregano
and 3 or 4 bay leaves (best if you can use a combination of dried and fresh herbs, but if you’re doing so, wait and put the fresh in towards the end)
a good grind of pepper

I left the cooker on low and we went out for the day:


When we got back all I did was was taste and correct the seasonings, and grated in 1 peeled potato.

And that’s it. It was warm and comforting and delicious.

Easy as pie. Easier.

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