After a wonderful birthday meal at San Francisco's China Live (chinalivesf.com/), detailed in the last blog, am happy to say gong hey fat choy!
Truth be told, the BF and I could eat Chinese food every day of the week. [Ed. note: Confirming.]
Yu choy is a long, leafy Chinese green with yellow flowers and tender stalks. Very mild, with a little sweetness to it. Am very lucky I can find it in almost all of my local grocery stores, as well as farmers markets. It's one of my favorite greens (BF loves it too). It's also easily stir fried, sautéed or steamed, and you can prepare it as a healthy side dish or main course. Serve it alone, as in the picture above, or with a protein like steak, as below.
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous Year of the Pig!
NOTE: I made the dish exactly as written below (although streamlined some of the directions). You can also sauté the greens as opposed to blanching. Either way it's easy and delicious.
Adapted from: The Woks of Life
Number of servings: 4
Pictures below are from my celebratory birthday trip through San Francisco and China Town.
Did you learn to cook anything new last year? Among many discoveries, I found that roasted radishes are a revelation. A delicious and fantastic complement to carrots, can't believe I have never tried them roasted before. [Ed. note: Calling the proper authorities, this has to be a violation of some kind.]
If you're not a fan of lentils, make the roasted carrots and radishes with tahini sauce. You won't be sorry. It makes a wonderful lunch, side or main course.
NOTE: I'm relying more and more on Trader Joe's pre-steamed lentils, usually located with the fresh produce. It's such a time saver and the lentils are firm, yet tender, which is exactly what you want. If you want to make lentils from scratch, I have included instructions below.
PS: Last year we got a little tipsy on this citrus champagne bundt cake (www.moveablefeast.me/blog/citrus-champagne-bundt-cake) and recovered nicely thanks to this ginger turmeric detox broth (www.moveablefeast.me/blog/ginger-turmeric-detox-broth).
Adapted from: A Beautiful Plate
Number of servings: approximately 4
Gadgets. Not my thing, usually. Was a late adopter to the smart phone, slow cooker, Instant Pot, and mandoline. Still don’t own an ice cream maker, waffle iron or Ebleskiver Pan, nor do I want any.
That said, I took swift interest in the Spiralizer www.williams-sonoma.com/products/5965843/ and hand-held julienne peeler www.target.com/p/zyliss-julienne-peeler/-/A-16731252. They appealed to my sensibilities and food preferences, particularly pasta, and introduced the idea of substituting vegetables as a healthy, low-carb alternative.
Kids love twirling the veggie strands onto their fork like spaghetti, and even my meat-and-potatoes loving BF loves it. One of the most endearing things he has said to me was, as I served him Spiralized rutabaga noodles with beef meatballs in marinara sauce, “I don’t miss the pasta.” [Ed. Note: Still don't.]
This is so easy, it’s barely a recipe. You can use a Spiralizer, but really, for this the hand-held julienne peeler works fine. The tool itself is inexpensive and can be bought most anywhere (see photo below).
The dish is gluten free, paleo, low carb, Whole30 friendly, and a great way to clear out your vegetable garden at the end of summer. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Number of servings: 2
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I'm Jacquie, personal chef & recipe developer in the bay area. Living life with my wildly funny boyfriend and dog Marlowe. Lover of books, bourbon, chocolate and movies.