Posts tagged ‘ginger’
After 2 failed attempts that I decided not to post out of sheer embarrassment, I finally made a pretty good Ginger Miso Stir-Fry tonight! Ok, it’s not as good as the Candle Cafe version, but it’s getting there. Just a few more tweaks… I think I should probably order some Candle Cafe tomorrow to do *ahem* “research”.
I’m not sure if you understand what an important event this is for me… I’m kinda obsessed with this dish. 😀 I’m really happy I made the effort to try again tonight. After an 8 mile run I was a bit hungry and more interested in getting food fast than trying out a new recipe, but I really wanted to get this recipe down. Ginger – Miso Sauce (makes approx 3/4 cup)
- 1/3 c. vegan “chicken” broth
- 3 tbsp white miso
- 2 tbsp minced, fresh ginger
- 1 tbsp mirin
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1/2 tsp cornstarch + 1/4 cup cold water
I combined the first 5 ingredients in my Vita Mix Vinny until it was perfectly smooth. Next I added the cornstarch slurry and heated it in a pan to thicken and then set it aside. Then I threw some sliced veggies into a frying pan with a little water (I used red cabbage, red peppers, onion, broccoli and carrots) and kind of let them steam for a bit. Meanwhile I baked a few cubes of mori-nu silken tofu in the oven at 375. Once the veggies started to heat up I added in some of the Miso-Ginger Sauce and turned the heat up to med-high and cooked until the veggies were cooked through. I put the veggies on a plate with the baked tofu on top and added some cooked brown rice to the hot pan along with more Ginger-Miso sauce and let it heat up thoroughly. That’s it!
The recipe was taken from Eating Well with a few changes, and like I said I would make ever more changes next time. I need to tone down the miso flavor somehow… definitely more ginger next time, and maybe something else for extra flavor depth. Tahini perhaps?? Now off to watch the 2-hour Law & Order SVU special!!
I spent all day hoping for the snow to actually start sticking so that I could go home early, but unfortunately all I got was wet mush – ugh! I hit up the gym after work to get rid of my frustration at the disappointing wintery mix with some serious pool time. 32 Laps = 1 full mile of swimming. Yup, I am part mermaid.
I left the gym feelin’ like a complete Starvin’ Marvin and had a seeerious hankering for some comfort food! Ok, well in my world comfort food comes from Candle Cafe. 😀 Candle Cafe is by far my favorite order-out place in NYC… it’s a fabulous vegetarian restaurant with a focus on organic, seasonal cuisine. Even the meat eating brother-in-law and fiance love it! My hands down favorite dish there is the Ginger Miso Stir-fry. Satisfied a serious craving my friends…
So after the most awesome dinner ever I got ta thinking… why can’t I make this myself? And so begins the Ginger-Miso dressing experiment. I googled “ginger-miso dressing” today and got a TON of results. I mashed them all together and made my first attempt at re-creating the sauce of the gods. 🙂 No, I haven’t fully tested this out yet so I might have to make a few tweaks to the dressing, so as of now the recipe’s a secret. 😉
Stay tuned for what’s inside this creamy deliciousness… I need to make sure things are perfect before I release it to the public. Nighty-night chickadees!
Saturday was definitely a day chock full of walking! After a lazy morning I went for a nice walk through the park and then settled down for lunch. But first I snacked on one of my GF walnut blondies (for energy 🙂 )
The turkey jerky was surprisingly good… and very peppery. Yum!!
After lunch (and a small handful of peanuts) we decided to hit the museums despite the fact that it was trying to rain. We ended up getting caught in it a little bit during our long trek, but at least it wasn’t super cold. We may have looked like wet rats wandering around the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but it was definitely fun! We snacked on some delicious raw Brazil nuts there (shhh no food allowed inside!) while we wandered through room after room of Egyptian pottery and Spanish sculptures. I seriously love that place.
Since the wind and rain had really begun to pick up by early evening, and we were both pretty beat after walking about 10 miles that day – literally! – we decided to make it a movie night. There was tons of leftover beef stew, but I opted for a baked potato w/ butter and plain yogurt, some steamed veggies w/ Parmesan and just a little stew as a potato topping. I love leftovers because they’re easy, but I prefer to freeze leftovers so that I’m not eating the same thing two days in a row. Unfortunately though I couldn’t freeze the stew because it had potatoes in it and those turn black in the freezer. Gross.
We watched Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which I thought was hilarious, but men be warned: there is a good amount of male nudity. The bf thinks that a female produced the movie bc for once you didn’t see naked girls and saw naked guys instead. About time! It gets a little uncomfortable after a while when every movie and TV show is all about showing naked or half naked women with flawless bodies about every 2 minutes. We also enjoyed a bottle of wine from one of the vineyards we visited in Sonoma – Ledson. So delicious!!
I also had a big glass of Pinot Grigio from an old bottle we had been saving…
Sunday was definitely a fun day, despite waking up with a bad tummy ache. I wasn’t hungry at all for breakfast and was feeling a bit sick, but after a few cups of ginger tea I was feeling a bit better. I woke up sort of late though so in a few hours I was feeling up to making myself some lunch. I had a sliced apple, some frozen grapes (x2), plain yogurt with a large frozen banana stirred in, and some homemade applesauce. Yum!
To make the applesauce I peeled 1 large apple and cut it into chunks. I tossed it into a bowl with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg and some fresh chopped ginger. I have included pictures on how to easily peel a fresh ginger root that I learned from the food network last week. It’s so easy!!
Next cut off the exposed root and mince into tiny pieces. I added this to the chopped apples and nuked it all in the microwave for about 3 minutes. Then I dumped the softened, steaming apples into the food processor and pureed until it was almost smooth with small chunks. You don’t even need sugar because the warmed apples have a nice sweetness on their own! After sucessfully making applesauce I decided to try my hand at something else – Homemade Peanut Butter!!
Homemade PB: – Here’s how it all came together:
- 1 cup shelled, roasted peanuts (unsalted)
- 1/8 tsp salt
This couldn’t be easier… throw the peanuts and salt into a food processor. Pulse on and off until the peanuts are fully ground (so you don’t run out the motor). Keep pulsing for a few minutes and you will see the mixture go from grainy to slightly moist as the oil is released. When the mixture get to the ball stage you know it’s done! It tasted sooo good!
After lunch the bf and I decided to do some shopping and then go to the park since it was such a nice day. We brought a blanket and some homemade Long Island iced tea 😉 and enjoyed the sunny afternoon. Afterward we headed over to one of our favorite bars to catch the end of the Giants game. We each ordered a beer and a big plate of spicy Buffalo wings. Those are totally my favorite bar food. I use extra Tabasco sauce and eat all the celery stalks with spicy sauce on them. I definitely spoiled my dinner though. I had a plate of edamame when we got back and then had a few more snack back at my place while I watched the new Rambo with the brother (very gory). I was dead by the end of the night! Thankfully I was able to prepare some Banana Oatymeal for the week though as well as a few cups of brown rice to use throughout the week.
**WordPress finally fixed whatever was preventing the picture earlier – enjoy!