Wikipedia tells me that “lo mein” translates from the Cantonese to “stirred noodles”. This dish had chicken breast chunks and shrimp with broccoli, onions, and carrots along with rehydrated mushrooms that I bought dried. I’ve learned to simmer them for at least an hour before they are anywhere near tender enough to eat, and don’t try to save the stems. I simmered these with the dried cayenne peppers, and used the broth from that in making the brown sauce. I ran across a good discussion of brown sauces here. Mine has dark soy, oyster sauce, Chinese cooking wine, chicken paste in that mushroom stock, a little chili paste, tamari, and a lot of garlic. I sweeten ours with Splenda but sugar is more common.
I’ve ordered a couple of times now from a St Louis based food retailer, Ditalia, getting in rolls of pancetta, different cheeses, olive oil and a few other items as they suit my whim of the moment. I just got in a fair sized chunk of prosciutto and wanted to use some right away. I managed to slice a few little wafers with my old raggedy meat slicer but this prosciutto is more than it can handle. It needs to sliced so thin you can read through it. I have a pal that may be able to help me out with the slicing.
Anyway, back to the sprouts – I searched for prosciutto and sprouts and ran across this recipe that called for shallots and pine nuts along with stuff I actually had on hand and decided it was close enough. I used onions and left out the pine nuts, it worked out well.
I swear I didn’t see that bay leaf in there. I actually had it in my mouth and had to take it out. Nothing special about the veggies or the broth but I did use a different noodle this time:The package has several little noodle bundles, each just about right for a single serving. I boiled two of them separate from the broth and then drained them and plopped them into the bottom of the bowl before adding the soup proper. It does solve the problem of noodles disintegrating when saved as leftovers. Tomorrow or the next day it will be a snap to boil a serving of needles, takes five minutes, and the serving size won’t be a problem.
I put a chicken into the electric smoker yesterday afternoon and jolted myself out of bed, just as I was closing my eyes, when I remembered it was still in there. The skin was black and the bird was pretty dry but we salvaged what we could and chopped the meat for sandwiches. A good soaking in bbq sauce heals a lot of dry.Ginger kitteh pesters Toby all the time. Tobe squalls and hisses and smacks him around and retreats to the top of the tree. Toby’s tail is quite an attraction. He lets Ginger get away with stuff that he will not abide from Homer.We often get geese at the front pond. These two showed up today and have been hanging out. We’ve never had any try to nest, the dogs would preclude any attempt at that. I wonder if a raft out in the middle would attract a pair to nest? The back pond is more secluded, we get ducks on it pretty often, there are several Wood Ducks back there now.The males are very colorful, I wish the camera back there was better. The light wasn’t very good, either. The green box holds corn, the little box under it holds a timer and a little spinner motor to spread the corn at set intervals. The raccoons are all over it at night.It has turned off cold again, it will be down into the twenties tonight. Perfect weather for a good Irish stew! I went with this recipe today.Mrs J sat the dogs down in the laundry the other day for a little light clipping. We hang the hair out front in a device that lets the nest builders grab hanks for their constructions.The tree with the yellow flowers is a Cornelian cherry. It’s a neat little tree, puts out loads of red berries in the fall. It’s usually the first thing to flower, beating out the forsythia for that honor.
We were quite taken with the store-bought baked potato salad we bought the other day at the market. I was determined to make some and today seemed like a good day. Alas! I could only turn up a handful of small yellow potatoes. I did have a little bag of Brussels sprouts so I thought “why not”? I quartered the potatoes and halved the sprouts and set them to roasting on a tray at 400 in the oven, drizzling a little olive oil over them first. When they had a little brown on them I dumped the lot into a big bowl, adding sour cream and mayo, about a cup each. Also add chopped crisp bacon, I used six slices, and a fair measure of cheese. I have about one and a half cups of mixed cheddar and jack cheese. Chopped green onions are in the classic recipe but I had none, and judged the sprouts sufficient. I did rethink and add a bit of chopped parsley for a garnish. The crisp outer leaves of the sprouts go great in this, don’t try to pick them off!Some roasted chicken thighs set the salad off perfectly, I brushed them with bbq sauce at the end, and glopped a little more on them for the table. Yes, we keep napkins at the table. LOL
We like Chicken Marsala so much that we made a variant of it tonight. This has boneless skinless thighs dredged in seasoned flour and then browned in olive oil. Remove the chicken and deglaze with the Marsala wine, scrape the bottom with a flat wooden spatula to break the nice browned bits up. Add a cup and a half of chicken stock to it and bring to a simmer. Add the browned chicken back and cover. I used butter kneaded with flour to thicken the gravy before serving. The couscous was from a box mix, this one was flavored with dried mushrooms. I squeezed lemon juice over my chicken and liked it well enough, optional.
We don’t eat much couscous, but it is being stocked regularly and we may step up the pace. I see from the Wiki that we had the instant variety which is quick and easy. I may browse the International Grocery next town over for the regular stuff.