Strawberry Pie!

And another learning experience!  This was looking great all through the prep, the mistakes really only showed when we went to slice and eat it.  More on that later.  The crust was vanilla wafers with butter.  Mrs J counted out 50 cookies and placed them into the food processor and reduced them to crumbs.  She then added a teaspoon of vanilla, a teaspoon of salt, five tablespoons of melted butter, and a quarter cup of Splenda.  A few pulses to blend it all then she tamped the crumbs into a pie dish.  (First mistake:  Grease the pie dish first!  Maybe use a circle of baking paper?)  Bake the crust for eight minutes at 350, let cool.  The filling was strawberries mixed with a sugarless glaze that was store bought.  Topping was whipped cream. (Second mistake:  Beat the cream stiff!)  We got our YUM! but the presentation suffered.  It was hard to get out of the dish, and the whipped cream slumped.  Better than a failure but less than a masterpiece.  LOL


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Udon Noodles

Bought these on a whim a while back.  Decided to look up some recipes just to find out what they were.  Seems they are a common snack/quick meal in Japan.  First recipe I found described them as large wheat noodles, and gave a basic recipe for eating them cold.  The recipe zeroed in on the sauce.  I may have it wrong but it’s just a sweetened soy sauce.  I went with 4 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of mirin (a sweetened rice wine), and another tablespoon’s equivalent of sugar.  I used Splenda.  The noodles I bought were frozen into separate serving sized bricks.  Boil for 1 minute and then rinse in cold running water.  Later today I’ll do something else with these-stay tuned!

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