Monthly Archives: September 2010
Found a 14″ stainless All Clad brand wok on eBay the other day, showroom sample with some minor scratches-otherwise new. Tried it out today for the first time. Yup, it works fine…
I really didn’t have a recipe in mind when I started this, had a vague notion of boiling some quick ramen noodles and adding fried ground pork in some kind of sauce. Started the water for the noodles and heated the wok while I sliced a banana pepper and some green onions. I tossed about a 1/4 pound of pork into the hot pan and drizzled in some hot chili oil to help it along, and tossed the onions and pepper rings in for good measure. Added a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and was wishing I had kept back one of those pretty red jalapenos from this morning. Dug out some black bean and garlic paste, added a spoonful, a splash of dark soy, a little regular soy, a touch of Chinese cooking wine. OK, the noodles are done, drain those and add them to the pot. Stir it all around. Add a squirt of sriracha. All the colors are blended into a uniform-ish brown. Slice some more rings, add a few green onion bits for color and plate it up. Gobble gobble. Next time I’ll plate the noodles, then pour the sauce and meat over it at the table.
Cooking for myself this time, Mrs J had a pizza earlier, I wasn’t quite ready to eat then.
Visited the pond site, the boys are hard at it again today, the thing is shaping up nicely. Talked to them yesterday about seeding and mulching, also discussed some technical points on the overflow and outlet pipe elevations, the contour of the finished dam top, back slope, and etc. Took the dog boys with me again, and a great time was had by us all. Toured down to the creek to finish the doggie run, and hauled a couple of rocks back for Mrs J’s garden.
Discovered a bunch of jalapenos that I didn’t know I had, Mrs J mentioned she uprooted the pepper bushes, she didn’t say until today that there were still peppers on them. She figured we had plenty already. Nonsense. Decided to go with a no boil canning method, sterilized the jars and lids, boiled vinegar and water with salt for the packing medium, and then sliced the peppers. Packed those into jars and poured in the vinegar brine, then capped the jars with the dome lids and rings but didn’t do the boiling water bath. Put up six pints that way, then experimented a bit with some whole peppers left over. Had some of the vinegar brine left so I poked holes in the peppers and tossed them into the brine to simmer a little, added some oregano and garlic, a few tablespoons of olive oil. These went into a sterilized quart jar. All the jars sealed. The recipe said a 2 week wait for full flavor to develop. These should retain more “crunch” than those that get the boiling water bath treatment.
And…the usual kitty things, Homer playing with a bit of fluff. A big green worm on one of Mrs J’s container plants caught her eye and she summoned me to take its picture. Nearly time for lunch! Where does the time go…
This was tasty and quick. Not sure the mustard I came up with is the proper creole recipe from New Orleans but I bet it was close enough. Not sure how I stumbled across this recipe, but it sure sounded good. The Cajun spice I used I made from this recipe. Check out the whole NoLa site! Great stuff over there.
You betcha there are pics!