Archive for January 10th, 2011

“Ugly” Soup

I’m a little intimidated when I read other people’s food blogs. The pictures of their soups have so much more color than mine. I’ve looked back at the pictures of my dishes and many look kind of dingy.

I was watching an episode of Iron Chef the other day and one of the judges commented that a couple of the dishes were too brown. The other judges said they didn’t have a problem with brown food. There is also the Cajun “dirty rice”. There’s hope.

So, from now on, I proclaim (like I have any kind of authority to “proclaim”) that my dingy looking food will be known as “ugly”. Although I am the master of this domain. 🙂 It’s not a commentary about the taste. Just the looks. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

This Sunday, we had some leftover Thai food, green papaya salad and eggplant with pork. Both was a little spicy for The Cat, so it was up to The Mouse to finish.

Thai Leftovers

I had some eggplant and Napa cabbage in the refrigerator. So while I ate the leftovers, I made The Cat “ugly” soup (eggplant, Napa cabbage, rehydrated shiitake mushrooms, soft doufu, jiu zhao (the solid mash from making sake), and doenjang (Korean fermented bean paste)).

"Ugly" Soup

Served with rice. The Cat liked it.

Eggplant with Miso Sauce

More “ugly” food. Tonight, still had some more Japanese eggplant and Napa cabbage. I have an excellent eggplant with miso preparation but that requires the large Italian style eggplant. Found a recipe on the web for stir-fried eggplant with miso sauce here. Substituted Shao Xing wine for the mirin (didn’t have mirin), left out the bell peppers (The Cat does not play well with bell peppers), added a little peanut butter to the sauce, and sprinkled ground black sesame seeds on top.

Stir-Fried Eggplant with Miso Sauce

The Cat licked the plate clean (didn’t have to use the dishwasher on that one, just kidding). 😉

Stir-fried the rest of the Napa cabbage with one rehydrated shiitake mushroom.

Stir-Fried Napa Cabbage

Quick and easy.

Sweet Bread Rolls

Valerio’s Tropical Bakeshop was recommended to us for their pan de sal.

Problem was they sell the rolls by the dozen, too much for The Cat and myself. The mini pan de sal was sold out. Even then I would have to purchase a package of eighteen. Ended up buying their sweet bread rolls (eight to a package).

Sweet Bread Rolls

The sweet bread rolls were pretty good, denser than the old King’s Bakery Portuguese sweet bread. It made a pretty good platform for peanut butter. It probably makes a good platform for sliders too. Have to try that later.

Might return to try other selections.


The Mouse.

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