Saturday, 30 November 2013

odds and ends: a glimpse of my everyday cooking: noodles, soups and stews

Here's a lazy end-of-the-month post where I share with you the sort of things I cook regularly: noodles, soups and stews. For an indolent cook, these are easy, fuss-free dishes that don't take up much time or effort at all. I whip up meals like these ones in all sorts of variations all the time without jotting down any measurements, but I'll give you a quick tour anyway, and perhaps you'll be inspired to make something similar!

I love a good ramen. If my memory serves me correctly (ha! Iron Chef reference!), this is a vegetarian miso ramen I made with organic ramen noodles, bits and pieces of vegetables from the fridge, and free-range eggs. Gotta love the umami taste, and those wobbly, creamy orange yolks.

Vegetarian ramen.

This is a quick stew I made some months ago, using leftovers from a roast pork dinner. I added some tomato and onion to the roast pork and root vegetables, along with some water, cooked it for a bit until the flavours married, then threw in some coriander leaves.

Leftover roast stew.

A wondrous work lunchbox creation: blanched rice vermicelli noodles, fresh beansprouts, raw cashews, and a boiled egg. I sloshed in some lemon juice and soy sauce, then sprinkled on mint leaves, sliced red chilli, white pepper and salt. When I wanted to eat, I poured in some freshly boiled water from the kitchen kettle, let it sit in the container with the lid on for a few minutes, and voila! A gentle, soothing, vegetarian Asian vermicelli soup to enjoy at my desk. I really should do this more often, I was a very happy girl that day.

Just-add-hot-water vermicelli lunchbox.

Last but not necessarily least, I bought some organic Koshihikari rice recently, a Japanese short-grain variety. I paired it with pork, cauliflower, broccoli, lamb's lettuce, fatty pork, and miso to make sort of a rice stew, or soup.

Miso rice soup.

What are the types of dishes that make up part of your everyday life?

14 comments:

  1. They all look very good! And more nutritious than my go-to of sausages cooked with frozen mixed veg and soya sauce.

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    1. Sausages and vegetables don't sound half bad either!

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  2. There's nothing too indolent here! These all look great, nutritious and satisfying. A fair amount of effort went into putting this post together. Well done!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words! I'm glad you enjoyed the glimpse of my meals. :)

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  3. vegies always feature in my meals - i can't go without eating something green for lunch or dinner. i guess that is a healthy habit to have! your noodles with the soft-boiled egg looks just yummy though - a good contrast of rich egg and fresh beansprouts.

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    1. Always featuring veggies is a supremely healthy habit to have, indeed! And yeah I really enjoyed that noodle dish. :)

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  4. Look at those YOLKS! Did you poach your eggs or hard boil them?

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    1. For the ramen, I poached the eggs directly in the broth itself. For the rice vermicelli, I boiled it in the shell. :)

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  5. We've been doing a lot of soups lately too--last night was a spicy broth with lots of vegetables, noodles, and a last minute egg stirred in to cut the heat a little. I love easy dinners like that.

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    1. Your spicy noodle soup with vegetables and egg, sounds delicious and totally up my alley! :D

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  6. Sometimes the best soups comes from whatever we have in our fridge. Looks like a very hearty soup.

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    1. Yes, sometimes good things just happen if you try. :D

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  7. These all look delicious. It's definitely the time of year for soups and stews! They are so warming and comforting and usually pretty simple to throw together.

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    1. Yes, the ease and simplicity is what makes soups and stew so attractive to me!

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