Vegetable and Cream Sauce

The end of the week came and I had some left over vegetables so I thought I would just saute them and have them with pasta. After a bit of cooking I saw that I had heavy cream that I probably was not going to be using for anything else anytime soon (at least soon enough before it expires) so I threw it in too, not expecting much and it was delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 carrot, sliced thin
  • 1 potato, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup broccoli, chopped
  • 1/4 cup jalapeno slices
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese
  • pasta

Directions:

1) Heat the oil in a large pan to medium-low heat.

2) Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is soft, but nothing is starting to brown.

3) Add the carrot and potato and salt, making sure they are spread out and not stuck together and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often so they do not stick or burn. If necessary, add a lid to the pan to get them to cook faster.

4) Add the broccoli and jalapenos and cook for 1 minute.

5) Add the tomato and cook for 2 minutes.

6) Add the heavy cream and increase the heat to high.

7) Once it boils, bring it to a simmer and add the pepper and cook until it thickens (or until you’re tired of waiting)

8) Serve on the pasta, covered in cheese and with more jalapenos on top.

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Hot Spinach Parmesan Dip

We had lots of Parmesan leftover from having a block with no rind, and then needing a rind and still having a whole block left. I thought this was a good way to use it up.

Recipe taken from here.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 20 oz frozen spinach, thawed via the microwave and with the water squeezed out
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika

Directions:

1) Heat the oven to 425F.

2) Heat the oil in a LARGE pan to medium heat.

3) Add the garlic and onion and cook for 5 minutes or until lightly browned.

4) Add the spinach to the onion mixture and coo for 2-3 minutes.

5) Add the milk and cream cheese.

6) Remove from the heat.

7) Add the Parmesan, Mozzarella, pepper and paprika and mix.

8) Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.

9) Pour the dip into the pan.

10) Heat for 20 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.

11) Serve with baguette slices.

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White Bean Soup

Boston’s weather has been all over the place recently, going from 30 to 60 and back in a day. When we first saw that it was going to be 40, my friend said he wanted something from the Crock Pot. So, here it is (was?).

Recipe from here.

Ingredients:

  • cooking spray
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, finely grated
  • 1 cup of white mushrooms
  • 1 can of mushroom soup
  • 2 cans of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 8 cups of water
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 5 black peppercorns

Directions:

1) Spray a large pan and heat to medium.

2) Add onion until golden brown.

3) Add carrots and cook for another 3 minutes or so.

4) Increase the heat to high and add the mushrooms.

5) Cook until they are golden brown.

6) Add the mushroom soup and cook until it is simmering.

7) Throw everything into a crock pot.

8) Cover and cook for 4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.

Spicy Glass Noodle Salad

You can use any type of meat in this, but we used squid and octopus. I’m sure you can’t omit it.

Ingredients

  • Sauce
  1. 2-4 hot chilies, crushed
  2. 3 tsp lime juice
  3. 3 tsp sugar syrup
  4. 3 tsp fish sauce
  • Salad
  1. 1 cup short length glass noodles
  2. 1 cup thinly sliced octopus and squid *know what can ruin a dish? not removing the beak*
  3. 1 cup spring onion, cut in short lengths
  4. 1 bulb of lettuce
  5. 2 tsp roasted crushed garlic
  6. 1/2 onion, sliced
  7. 10 grams of mushrooms, sliced
  8. 1/2 tomato, sliced

Directions:

1) Mix all the sauce ingredients together. Add more of whichever you like the flavor of more.

2) Boil the pasta until it is done.

3) Boil the squid and octopus until it is done.

4) Mix everything together.

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Stir Fried Glass Noodles

From Classic Home Cooking in Chang Mai.

Ingredients:

  • 50 grams of glass noodles (soaked in water for about 5 minutes)
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 carrot, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tomato, sliced
  • 2 TBSP light soy sauce
  • 1 TBSP oyster sauce or mushroom sauce
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 20 grams of ear mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 rice straw mushrooms or button mushrooms
  • 2 pieces of baby corn, sliced
  • 1 other vegetable, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground white pepper

Directions:

1) Put the oil in a wok on low heat.

2) Add the garlic and fry until fragrant.

3) Turn up to medium heat and add the egg until it is scrambled and dry.

4) Add the vegetables and stir well.

5) Add the soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, glass noodles and parsley and mix well.

6) Add the white pepper and remove from the heat.

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Yellow Curry

Really simple recipe:

  • 1 TBSP red curry paste
  • 1 tsp Indian curry powder (Garam Massala)

and mix!

(I’ll give you the red curry paste directions below)

The head chef (mom) at Classic Home Cooking in Chang Mai said this was more Indian than Thai, but Thai people love it.

Ingredients:

  • 6 dried chopped red chilies, soaked in cold water for 5 minutes
  • 1 chopped shallot
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 tsp Chinese ginger
  • 1/4 tsp kaffir lime rind, chopped
  • 1 TBSP lemon grass
  • 10 black pepper corns
  • 1/4 tsp dry coriander seeds, roasted
  • 1/4 tsp dry cumin seeds, roasted
  • 1/4 tsp shrimp paste

Directions:

1) Put everything into a mortar and pound.

To make the curry:

Ingredients:

  • 100g tofu, chopped
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 TBSP yellow curry paste
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp palm sugar
  • 1 boiled potato, chopped bite sized
  • 1 onion, chopped bite sized
  • 2 TBSP cooking oil

Directions:

1) Fry the curry paste with oil in a wok on low heat.

2) Add the coconut cream and keep stirring until the oil becomes separated.

3) Add the tofu, fish sauce, palm sugar and coconut milk.

4) Up the heat to medium.

5) Add the potatoes, onions, and bring to a boil.

6) Cook until the potatoes can be pricked easily with a fork.

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Vegetable Spring Roll

After Thailand we went to Cambodia. Due to political protests, I could not take a cooking class there. Next was Vietnam. The class was in Hoi An at the Hong Phuc Restaurant. 

Ingredients:

  • Main
  1. 1/4 liter vegetable oil for frying
  2. 10 pieces of rice paper softened by brushing lemon juice or egg on them
  • Spring Roll Mix
  1. 3 green beans finely chopped
  2. 1/4 onion finely chopped
  3. a bit of dry rice noodles
  4. 1/2 medium potato
  5. 1/4 medium carrot
  6. 1/2 medium choko (sweet potato, toro, brown tuber, yam)
  7. 3 dried Chinese mushrooms (buy dry and put in hot water for 2 minutes)
  8. 1 egg
  9. 1 tsp pepper
  • Dipping Sauce
  1. 1/2 TBSP fish sauce
  2. the juice of 1/2 a lemon
  3. 1 tsp sugar
  4. 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  5. chili to taste
  6. 1/2 tsp of water

Directions:

1) Begin heating the oil (a wooden or bamboo chopstick or spoon should bubble when placed in).

2) Mix all of the mix ingredients together with chopsticks.

3) Place the mixture on the rice paper in a long thin line (like a cigar).

4) Roll it twice.

5) Fold in both ends.

6) Continue to roll until it looks like a piece of mail.

7) Add the rolls to the oil and turn often until light brown.

8) Lift them out one at a time and cut in half with scissors.

9) Add the rolls back into the oil.

10) Cook until the inside is brown and drain in a colander.

11) Mix all the sauce ingredients together and serve.

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