This recipe is a continuation of yesterday’s post… aka. my version of cooking once and eating 3 times. Adding some slight variations each time. These spring rolls are what you make with your leftover noodles when you have barely any left. A little goes a long way to filling these things up.
Cook a few mushrooms, slice an avocado, and add some herbs or greens. I would usually make a peanut sauce for dipping but there’s no need for that here because peanut-y goodness is already in the noodles. Serve with some ponzu or light soy sauce and enjoy.
I don’t make peanut sauce nearly enough. I forget how easy it is, and that I usually already have all the ingredients on hand. I’ve made other variations before, but this time I wanted to simplify it down to just the necessary six ingredients. It takes about 5 minutes (tops) to stir it together… then toss it with noodles & veggies. Dinner is done.
We rarely have leftovers at the end of a meal, but when we do, this is what my lunch looks like the next day. Of course you could just eat the cold noodles on their own, but I get bored easily so this is an example of how I like to slightly switch things up. In this case, I loved the creamy noodles in the crispy lettuce leaves. (And a little extra spice).
If you need a reason to try (and love) miso, this is your recipe. I’m hoping eggplant is still in season where you are. I was excited to find these little nearly-black beauties at our farmers market last weekend. If you don’t have eggplant, this sweet & salty glaze is amazing on cod, tofu, and even sweet potatoes.
There are many variations to the dengaku recipe – some use sake along with mirin, some add a bit of ginger… I’ve even made it with agave syrup before (although that would probably not be approved by the Japanese, shh).
I like this version – it’s 1/4 cup of just 3 ingredients: miso, mirin (japanese sweet cooking wine) & sugar. It’s easy to remember without having to refer back to a recipe, and you can alter it however you like from there.
I fell in love with this dish in Kyoto – definitely an all time favorite!
We got home last week and I immediately started thinking about post-vacation recovery foods. Kale salads, green juices… that sort of thing. That is until Jack announced that he was craving bread. Which sounded good, so bread we had. This cozy little crostini turned out to be perfect for our lazy, rainy weekend. (Kale salad, on the side).
This sweet potato spread – it’s halfway to hummus. It’s thicker and has a stronger tahini flavor, which was a nice contrast to the light & airy ricotta. It’s also a convenient way to use up a bit of leftover baked sweet potato and a partial can of chickpeas. Which were the lazy-person ingredients I happened to have on hand.
At long last, we are home. There’s nothing quite like leaving your regular life for a month in order to really appreciate all things familiar. These are the top three things I’ve missed most… 1. the pups 2. my own bed, and 3. breakfast tacos. While eggs, pancakes and brunchy things seem to be the newest food trend in Tokyo, they have nothing on the Austin breakfast taco.
This post is long overdue – breakfast tacos are one of those things I make all the time with no real recipe. In Austin, you can find migas all over – my favorites are at Taco Deli and the South Congress Cafe. But I especially like to make them at home because I can make them just a tad bit healthier. Some versions can be overly cheesy and greasy… of course, mine are heavy on the veggie.