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Low and Slow

The Cat’s slightly under the weather (theoretically though aren’t we all under the weather?) rimshot. Hee hee.

Chicken (feet) will cure all.

Chicken Feet

Chicken Feet

Just out of the package, pedicured, and par-boiled (removes the “impurities”).

Pot, water, ginger, vinegar, and the chicken feet (after washing and discarding the “bath water”). Simmer low and slow until it feels right (about 3-4 hours).

Chill down and refrigerated at least overnight.

Chilled Soup

Chilled Soup

A tiny bit of fat, mostly gelled soup, could almost turn the pot upside down. Success!

Add vegetables, noodles, etc during the warm up process. Full of collagen. Happy Cat.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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Also known as “drunken chicken soup”.

Marinated Boneless Chicken Thigh

Marinated Boneless Chicken Thigh

I know, supposed to use the bones for richer flavor. Didn’t come with bones, not my choice. Tossed with ginger, a tiny bit of salt, and vodka. In the freezer until needed.

Water, the chicken thighs, fresh mushrooms, more ginger, and kale … come to just boil, and short simmer.

Drunken Chicken Soup with Kale and Mushrooms

Drunken Chicken Soup with Kale and Mushrooms

More vodka to finish.

Happy chicken, happy Cat. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Another variant. Inspired by Panda Express take-out chain.

Chopped Ginger, Zucchini, Mushrooms ("Moo Goo")

Chopped Ginger, Zucchini, Mushrooms (“Moo Goo”)

Add pre-cooked chicken (house-made), salt, pepper, sugar, liquor at hand (whiskey, whisky, vodka, rum, Shao Xing wine), normal “recipe” (throw everything together and hope for the best).

Moo Goo Gai Pan!

Moo Goo Gai Pan!

I think Panda Express calls theirs mushroom chicken, “what’s in a name?”, semantics. 🙂

The Cat liked.

Happy Aloha Friday!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Currently, Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, cooking days (the days I have time). Last night’s dinner.

Broccoli Florets, Chopped Ginger

Broccoli Florets, Chopped Ginger

Stir-Fry, add pre-cooked chicken breast …

Broccoli Gai Pan

Broccoli Gai Pan

Don’t forget the splash of vodka (or whiskey, or whisky, or Shao Xing Wine, or whatever’s near at hand). 🙂

Steamed and peeled Potato, Chopped Celery

Steamed and peeled Potato, Chopped Celery

Add simmered onions (almost jam consistency), packaged bacon bits and sun-dried tomato (packed in olive oil) …

Potato and Celery Hash with Bacon Bits and Sun-Dried Tomato

Potato and Celery Hash with Bacon Bits and Sun-Dried Tomato

Three portions of chicken breast down, one to go (maybe this weekend).

Happy TGIF! Have a great weekend!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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So, from the two chicken breast from yesterday, I separated four portions. Last night’s incarnation.

Cucumber

Cucumber

Pre-Cooked Chicken

Pre-Cooked Chicken

“Gai Pan”

Leftover Vinegar-Braised Shiitake Mushrooms

Leftover Vinegar-Braised Shiitake Mushrooms

“Moo Goo”

Green Onions

Green Onions

Drunken Plum (Ume)

Drunken Plum (Ume)

A while back we had a bottle of umeshu, Japanese plum liqueur, we still have the “drunken plums” in the refrig.

"Drunken Plum"

“Drunken Plum”

Wasn’t quite sure what to do with them, until now. Seeded and minced the plum.

My “g0-to” method of cooking … “throw ’em all together and hope for the best”. 🙂

Tah Dah!

Tah Dah!

Cucumber “Moo Goo Gai Pan” – Mouse Interpretation.

Since all the ingredients (including the cucumber) were “ready to eat”, the cooking was more like warming everything to incorporate the ingredients and flavors.

The drunken plum added a little sweet and tart dimension, the mushrooms further enhanced the sweet and sour layer. A splash of whiskey at the end just because. Hee hee.

The Cat liked.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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