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Old 06-28-2010, 08:04 PM   #181
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Ooh, I'd like your sesame noodle recipe, and if you're feeling generous, your mabo (mapo?) dofu!

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EDIT EDIT: holy crap, I forgot to mention one thing in the sesame sauce recipe: SUGAR. like a couple teaspoons maybe in there of plain ol' sugar. it makes ALL the difference in the world.

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well, the dofu sauce i admit that i get from a packet or a jar, depending on what i can find at the asian store. otherwise extra firm tofu cubed, ground pork, and peas: cook meat, add tofu and peas and sauce, stir gently to not break the tofu up, simmer a bit til it's done and soaked in some of that good flavor, i usually toss a lid on it.

the sesame noodles i use wu-mu dry chinese noodles, which are pretty much just wide linguine-style noodles. they cook nice and fast and have a good flavor for a basic noodle. regular linguine would also work. cook em til they're wiggly, then drain em and rinse repeatedly in cold water til they're.. cold.

the sauce is the important bit, and that i make from scratch: a couple tablespoons of soy sauce (i use a kikkoman low sodium then a splash of regular for a hint of extra salt, but whatever works), red pepper flakes, chopped garlic, ginger, and green onion, a tablespoon or so of rice vinegar, tablespoon or two of sesame oil, a splash of vegetable oil (helps it all stick a little better to the noodles), and a tablespoon or two of hot water. sometimes i cook the noodles in a little beef boullion and use that instead of just plain tap water. adjust to taste, of course - it took me a few tries to get it to how i like it. also, sesame seeds toasted or plain. put the cold noodles in a bowl (preferably with a lid) and add the sauce, shake that stuff up real good and put it in the fridge for a half a day or so to really chill out. a couple more options, too: shredded cabbage, which I forgot to add YET AGAIN today. Cashews, lightly crushed are *awesome*, and so is some boneless skinless chicken breast, marinated in basically the same sauce and pan fried, then stirred into the noodles. and doing it with cashews AND chicken? your face will melt. SO GOOD.

A little memmi sauce thrown in can't hurt either.

I thiiink that's it. summary: it sounds way more complicated than it is. a couple tablespoons of soy sauce, rice vinegar, water, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, red pepper flake, sugar, green onion, and vegetable oil. mix in pleasing proportions on 8-10 oz of cold noodles. done.

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Old 06-29-2010, 07:57 AM   #182
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leftover what? ravioli in a can?

i kinda miss those days. a buddy and i lived across the block from one another, wanted to share wi-fi. we needed directional antennas. so we bought two of those giant ravioli cans of chef boyardee and sat down and over the course of a day, we demolished them. may have shared with some passing visitors too, i forget now. breakfast, lunch, and dinner, though. cold out of a can. it was.. glorious?

No, nothing canned. Leftover chicken pie. I did have shrimp, but I think it is past the edible deadline.

Right now I am trying to figure out what to make next without having to buy any supplies.
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:52 AM   #183
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Hey thanks, SW. I will have to look for the dofu sauce next time I'm over at the Korean/pan-Asian market. I've made sesame noodles like yours before; I like your addition of veggies and meat. Makes it a complete meal. Have you ever added a bit of peanut butter to the sauce? That seems to expand the sesame flavor a bit.
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Old 06-29-2010, 03:17 PM   #184
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Hey thanks, SW. I will have to look for the dofu sauce next time I'm over at the Korean/pan-Asian market. I've made sesame noodles like yours before; I like your addition of veggies and meat. Makes it a complete meal. Have you ever added a bit of peanut butter to the sauce? That seems to expand the sesame flavor a bit.
Yeah the chicken really adds something to it, it's good. Never done peanuts added myself, but I've heard it's great. I can tell you that the unsalted cashews were awesomely awesometastic though, particularly with the chicken too. sometimes i kick in a little splash of sriracha in there just for an extra yum, too - ye gods i love that stuff. just a little in the sauce for an extra oomph. but man, don't forget the sugar in the sauce cause that makes it just a thousand times better, i totally forgot last time. it's still good but the little sweet helps round the whole thing. SO SO GOOD.
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Old 06-29-2010, 10:45 PM   #185
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kebab meat chip and baked bean sarnie
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Old 06-30-2010, 08:03 AM   #186
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It's funny to listen to stories from the Days of Yore when part of the story includes sharing "wi-fi"!

I can see it coming full circle:
"Back when I was a kid we didn't have any fancy stickball bats made out of an old broomstick, we had to play stickball with our Wii..."
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:58 AM   #187
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Old 07-01-2010, 09:41 PM   #188
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A pot of okra, eggplant, onion, maters,+1 can hot rotel and gulf shrimp. Shrimp from freezer.
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Old 07-02-2010, 02:31 AM   #189
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It's What's For Dinner...
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Old 07-02-2010, 12:47 PM   #190
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Gravdigr - really?
Can't say it appeals. I've had enough of the human variety (not enough actually, not recently) to think it's not really an eating piece of meat. In the literal meaning...

Okay - last night's dinner.
I'm going to put family photos in the Aylesbury thread (Quality Images)
These are our dinners.
As previously, this is the menu.

First two - Ste had 7oz fillet steak and I had 9oz rib-eye steak.
Both very moist and cooked as requested. Two thumbs up.
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Old 07-02-2010, 12:49 PM   #191
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I like your dad's dinner choice. Happy Birthday, Sundae.
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Old 07-02-2010, 12:51 PM   #192
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Mum had the Fish Cobb Salad. She drew the short straw, sadly, as the Fish Platter that four of us shared as a starter was pretty much the same as her main

There was a fair amount of smoked salmon left after the starter - it was a BIG portion - and I was up for asking for a doggie bag for the cats. Then E (my SIL) saw it and snaffled it. Fair enough, it meant it wasn't binned... but she also had my onion rings and Ste's mini-mushroom pie. And she's on a diet. See below.

Second pic is Maureen's Lemon Sole.
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Old 07-02-2010, 12:53 PM   #193
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Dads had Open Chicken Pie.
Erika had the diet version of Peri Peri Chicken (potatoes not fries and salad) but as I meanly said above, she did have some other items. Well, it's not like I was starving myself after all!
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Old 07-02-2010, 01:20 PM   #194
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I like your dad's dinner choice. Happy Birthday, Sundae.
That's my brother's meal.
And yes, it did look very nice.
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Old 07-02-2010, 02:46 PM   #195
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