Happy New Year!
New year ~ new start on my blog. After a loooooong time away with a never-ending headache and some other problems, I’m back.
A couple of housekeeping things:
My daughter may be making some posts here this year. She is an awesome baker and wonderful cook. I don’t know what I would have done without her over Thanksgiving and Christmas. We would have been eating TV dinners, I think.
I turned A Recipe A Day off on Facebook when I started getting notices from Facebook that I should pay to promote my page. I posted there a day or two ago so we’ll see how it goes. If you want to post there, it’s back up :)
I like this blog to be a positive place and only once in a great while do I rant on something food related. From now on, nasty comments will be automatically deleted. Questions about the recipes here are always welcome and I can be reached at a_recipe_a_day at yahoo dot com with anything you don’t want to put in the comment section. Nastiness in my email will be deleted as well.
I will be having some new Gooseberry Patch giveaways this year! There will be TWO giveaways at the end of January.
I still get emails asking about our dogs so here are a couple of new pictures:
I have not been doing much cooking for the past couple of months. It was really the last thing I wanted to do, so I didn’t. I started feeling better around Christmas and I received a bunch of new cookbooks that I have been pouring through. I am also really, really addicted to Pinterest and I spend lots of time there.
When we lived in Hawaii and Mr. Meat Eater was out to sea all the time, the kids and I ate very little meat. I used to throw together Chinese noodles and whatever I had on hand and stir fry it all up. I have a bunch of ham leftover from Christmas so I was trying to think of a way to use it other than things I usually make. I came across a recipe on Pinterest from a site called foodreviews.info that I used as a guide and made my old Chinese-style noodles but I made them spicy.
As with all stir fry recipes, get all the chopping done and gather all ingredients BEFORE starting to cook. Yes, I know that linguine is NOT a Chinese noodle but it works for me :) Use whatever makes you happy!
Spicy Chinese-Style Noodles
1/2 box linguine ~ you can use spaghetti
1 large carrot cut into matchsticks about 1 inch long
a couple of handfuls of shredded napa cabbage or regular green cabbage ~ I used regular
any cooked, leftover meat cut in small pieces
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, chopped
2 tbsps oyster sauce
4 tbsps soy sauce ~ I used more
2 tbsps chili and garlic sauce ~ can be found in the Asian section at the grocery store; this is SPICY so use less if you don’t like spicy or leave it out altogether; I think there is also a sweet chili sauce version so that is an alternative
Boil the linguine until done, drain and set aside.
In a large frying pan or wok, put a couple of tbsps of oil in the pan (I used olive) and let it get hot. Turn heat down a bit and put the garlic and meat in the pan and stir until meat is heated up. Be careful not to let the garlic burn or it will taste awful.
Add the cabbage and the carrots and half of the green onion and stir until crisp tender.
Add noodles, soy sauce, oyster sauce and chili sauce and stir until well mixed.
Plate and sprinkle the rest of the green onions over the top.
Serve with extra soy sauce.
Makes 2 lunch/dinner main servings or 3/4 side servings. This is an easy recipe to scale up.