Fridge Cleaning: Stir Fry Pad Thai

Makeshift Pad Thai from Relish the Feast

At the end of the week, I usually have a random assortment of food stuffs sitting in the fridge. I think this is a fairly typical situation. You have part of Monday’s lunch and the extra bit of Thursday’s dinner all mingling on the shelves waiting for you to (a) eat them or (b) pitch them. I like to (c) repurpose them. Last week’s randomness resulted in a fairly yummy Stir Fry Pad Thai. This is not a traditional anything btw. That’s just the closest name I could think of to describe what the result on your plate will be.

In a pan, I cooked two, cut-up thin slice pork chops in a mixture of coconut and sesame oil. I sprinkled the meat with powdered garlic & salt. Once I was sure the meat was cooked, I began adding more things to the pan. Bean sprouts, chopped bell & sweet peppers, pineapple chunks, a sprinkle of sesame seeds, a heavy-handed dash of tamari sauce and the remnants of a bag of broccoli slaw (sans dressing). I pulled it off the stove while the peppers still had crunch.

As for the Pad Thai part of this, I had leftover peanut sauce from spring rolls earlier in the week. I wanted to link to the recipe I used, but I cannot for the life of me find it. I wasn’t exact in my measurements anyway (ha, like I ever am). Layer the stir fry on leftover rice and top with the peanut sauce. Voila! You have successfully cleaned up the fridge and made extra meals. As you can see, I used those extra meals for lunches at my desk.

Enjoy and eat well!

-L

Loss and Liverwurst

Sheltering Angel

I received bad news this morning. “Nanny isn’t doing well. She isn’t going to make it.” I sat at my desk and stared at the text. I re-read the Facebook message. “Love you and miss you.”

Nanny is my grandmother. Not by blood, by choice. She is my oldest and dearest friend’s grandmother; she has been a fixture in my life for 23 years.

My eyes glazed over as the memories began to flood.

I can see her standing in the old duplex in her slacks and pastel button up shirt, her white hair perfectly curled, her voice exasperated with us in the way only she could be…the way that let you know she was done with your nonsense but kind of loved it…a trait I always attributed to her New York upbringing…while we raided her fridge.

I can feel the air under my feet as I sat at her table eating liverwurst sandwiches after school…not the snack you typically think young kids would like but I loved them. Nanny was the only person who made me liverwurst sandwiches (and really the only person I knew who had liverwurst in their fridge). I thought they were exotic and that eating them made me worldly.

I can smell the rice pudding she only made at Christmas…the rice pudding that caused the fight I got into with my friend and her brothers over the last bowl one year. Nanny watched us dog pile on the floor of her kitchen, arguing with our entire bodies, before telling them it was mine. They had had theirs; that bowl was mine.

I can taste the cool, creamy, fluffy, perfectly sweet tiny eclairs made for special occasions, the ones we ate while getting our hair done at the new house on the morning of my friend’s wedding.

Sadly, I did not get to say goodbye. It happening too fast, and I’m too far away. None of this does any justice to the amazing woman Nanny is/was or the impact she has had on me. It reminds me though that the simple act of cooking for another can leave a lasting impression of your love and create the best memories.

Cook for someone you love today.

-L

Quick & Easy Breakfast Sammie

Breakfast does not need to be labor intensive. Here is a quick & easy breakfast sammie that you can make in 5 minutes. (No lie. 5 minutes.)

Breakfast Sammie from Relish the Feast

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of bread
  • half of a roasted red pepper (I use the kind in a jar.)
  • 1 egg
  • mayo
  • dill & salt

Directions

  • Toast your bread.
  • Fry your egg in a pan.
  • Spread mayo on your toast while it is still warm. I like to do a little on both slices because I’m indulgent like that.
  • Layer on roasted red pepper.
  • Layer on cooked egg.
  • Sprinkle with dill & salt to your liking.
  • Eat because obviously you’re hungry or else you have taken the time to make pancakes.

Enjoy!

-L

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Today’s a straight up recipe because it needs nothing else. Enjoy!

BBQ Chicken Pizza from Relish the Feast

Ingredients:

  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon Louisiana hot sauce
  • 2-3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • olive oil
  • 1 pizza dough ball
  • 3-5 tablespoons BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 of a red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup diced pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons bacon bits
  • 3/4 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese

Pizza Collage from Relish the Feast

Directions:

  • Read the directions on your pizza dough. Follow them. The kind I buy from my local grocery store advises you let it rest on the counter for at least 1 hour prior to cooking. It also gives the oven temp and time (400 degrees for 18-25 minutes).
  • Slice chicken into thin bite sized pieces. Throw in a pan with a little olive oil, the hot sauce and garlic powder. Cook thoroughly.
  • While that cooks (or once it’s done depending on your level of comfort), drizzle a little olive oil on your pizza pan and roll your pizza dough in it while you slowly spread it to your desired thickness and diameter.
  • Spread 2-3 tablespoons of BBQ sauce on the crust. Evenly spread the cooked chicken on top of that. Then, begin to the layer the remaining ingredients (red onion, mushrooms, bacon bits, pineapple, cheese). I did the layers in that order and drizzled an additional 1-2 tablespoons of BBQ on the pizza before adding the pineapple and cheese.
  • Cook according to your dough’s instructions. In my case, this was at 400 degrees for 18-25 minutes.

-L

February Report

I set 4 easy resolutions for 2014. How am I doing? So kind of you to ask.

February Report on Relish the Feast

  1. Create 50 blog posts: In February, I published 3 posts. It was a short month, but I still feel like that’s a sucky number. Look for more in March.
  2. Read 10 books: I finished book #2, “Super Freakonomics” by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner. I’m trying to save my reviews for the end of the year, but, quickly, this book (and its predecessor, Freakonomics) is a page turner. It’s informative and highly entertaining. All textbook writers should try to emulate this style. I would have left a lot less drool in those books if the information was presented like this. As for book #3, I am about 5 pages into it but fear my library renewals will run out before I’m done. All told, 2 officially down, 8 to go.
  3. 1 new place: I took a day trip to a little seaside town about 2 hours from my place. I had driven through but never stopped. I’ll count it as a half.
  4. 1 new thing: I started a metal tape craft project. I’ve never worked with metal tape before and am pleased with the results so far. Once the right shade of craft paint is added to age/dinge the shine a bit, the piece will be done.

How are you progressing with your resolutions?

-L