hungry like the wolf

two twins, one tiny kitchen

we’ve moved! June 11, 2009

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yes, i know we just got here, but we decided to switch over to blogger. all the posts from this site are over there, but your lovely comments are not.  i hope you’ll mosey on over and check it out. sorry for any confusion.


goat cheese ravioli with bell peppers and brown butter + spicy fried pb wontons June 8, 2009

the first recipe in this post is very classy and gourmet, not something we would likely make in a tiny dorm room kitchen or on a college student’s budget. the second recipe is somewhat ridiculous and would probably make good drunk food, except that it would be a very very bad idea to shallow fry anything while drunk. don’t do it.

from bon appetite, the ravioli (sorry i still don’t know how to make these links work)

because we did not have the time to make our own ravioli, we used wonton wrappers this time. definitely worked, but next time i would go all out and use homemade pasta.

ravioli, being filled

ravioli, being filled

filled with cheese and ready to be cooked

filled with cheese and ready to be cooked

the finished product

the finished product

seriously, make this.  it was delicious and family members proclaimed it “one of the best dinners you’ve ever made.”

we served it with a salad of lettuce, blackberries, and our sweet lemony dressing.

ooh, its like you're in the salad

ooh, its like you're in the salad

while we were cooking, we contemplated what to do with the extra wonton wrappers.  for some reason, we decided that we had to put peanut butter (homemade–just throw  a bunch of peanuts in the blender or food processor and blend until you get the right texture) and sriracha (asian chili hot sauce/best condiment ever) in the wonton wrappers and deep fry them. except we both have a fear of large amounts of hot oil, so it was really shallow frying.

we are culinary geniuses

we are culinary geniuses

the photo caption does not lie.  epically delicious.

spicy fried pb wontons

makes 1 wonton

  • 1 (square, not round) wonton wrapper
  • 2 teaspoons peanut butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon sriracha
  • oil for frying
  • warm water
  1. put peanut butter in center of wonton wrapper.
  2. top peanut butter with sriracha
  3. pour oil in frying pan to a height of about 2 inches
  4. gather wonton wrapper around peanut butter. dip fingers in water and use wet hands to seal top of wrapper.
  5. when oil is hot, put wonton in pan.
  6. fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes.  using slotted spoon, carefully remove wonton from pan and place on a paper towel.
  7. let cool about 15-30 seconds and enjoy!

kitchen staples + soba noodles with peanut sauce June 7, 2009

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If you cook a lot, it’s important to always have certain things around that you can use to throw together a quick, delicious meal.  Here’s a list of what we consider to be kitchen staples:

  • couscous
  • pasta
  • Asian noodles of some sort, could be soba, udon, or cellophane noodles
  • jarred sauces.  some of my favorites are peanut sauce, thai green curry, and pesto sauce (or whatever pasta sauce you like best)
  • sriracha
  • canned beans or chickpeas
  • canned stewed tomatoes.  these are good for making quick soups, since you can use the tomato liquid as a broth
  • jarred veggies, such as artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers
  • peanut butter
  • spices and dried herbs.  I find we use cumin, chili powder, basil and oregano the most, but it depends what kind of food you like most.

Using some of our staples, we made some soba noodles with peanut sauce (as you may have gathered from the title), various left over veggies, and sriracha sauce, which is amazing and pretty much makes everything better.  I have heard that peanut butter and sriracha sandwiches are delicous, although I have never personally tried one.  I guess this is a less odd version of that.  It was great, and included 3 of our “kitchen staples”, asian noodles, sriracha, and jarred sauce.  This is also a good recipe for using up leftovers, since you can just throw in whatever leftover veggies you have.

anybody want a peanut?

anybody want a peanut?

Soba Noodles with Peanut Sauce Serves 2


  • about 2 cups soba noodles
  • sriracha sauce to taste
  • about 1/4 cup peanut sauce
  • 1 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced
  • about 2 tablespoons olive oil
  1. cook soba noodles according to package directions. meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet
  2. saute onions, 3/4 cup green onions, and carrots in olive oil until onions are soft and translucent
  3. Remove soba from heat, drain, return to pot,  and stir in onions, green onions, and carrots
  4. Add peanut sauce and stir until coated, adding more if neccesary
  5. Add siracha to taste and stir
  6. Put in 2 seperate bowls.  Sprinkle with peanuts and remaining green onions

veggie pizza and strawberry salad May 29, 2009

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I’ve only been back home for two weeks, and I already miss dorm life.  I miss the random crazy-ness of it, like being surrounded by  people to hang out with on weeknights, the guy who spent his entire life pacing back and forth down the hall talking on his cell phone, and finding my neighbor passed out drunk in the stairwell.

one big difference between the dorms and home is, of course, the food.  At school, pizza means “a one dollar slice from the place you go when half the group is drunk and you’re about to start an ill-advised 2 am showing of Lord of the Rings.” At home, pizza means, “homemade wheat dough topped with portabello mushrooms, onions, cilantro pesto, and fontina cheese, served with a salad of strawberrys, pinenuts, homemade dressing, and lettuce fresh from the garden.”  both have their merits, but i think you’d prefer a recipe for the latter.

we replaced half of the all purpose flour with wheat, and we both agreed if we made it again, we would make more of the cilantro pesto, as the cilantro flavor didn’t come through the other ingredients.  overall, the recipe was a success.

lettuce and strawberry salad serves 4

  • about 4 cups lettuce, roughly chopped into bite sized pieces
  • about 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • about 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon butter (or margarine, or smart balance, or whatever buttery thing you like)
  1. melt butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. add pine nuts, stir constantly until pine nuts are toasted, just starting to blacken but not burnt.
  3. top lettuce with strawberries and pine nuts, toss.

sweet lemony dressing all quantities are estimated, we weren’t really measuring. i recommend starting with small quantities, than adjusting to taste

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seed
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  1. combine all ingredients
  2. stir, or place in a covered container and shake
  3. toss with salad. start with about half the dressing, add however much you need to coat salad.
  4. serve immediately.

cheap food: a brief history of my employment, plus dim sum! May 28, 2009

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We here at “hungry like the wolf” are dedicated to cheap food. Why? Because, like most college students, we’re broke.  I, Lola, am the twin with the more impressive resume, and to show you just how pathetic that is, and how necessary cheap food is, i’d like to offer a brief history of my employment. bear with me, i promise it’ll be entertaining.

We’ll start with my high school days, when became a poll worker. this was a one day job, allowing students to take election day off from school to wake up insanely early and sit in someone’s garage all day for aboug $100 pay.  If you are a poll worker, you should know that every single person–i am not exaggerating at all here, seriously EVERY PERSON–with a dog will make a joke about how the dog is going to vote too. you should also know that you will get a lot of papercuts from the ballots, and old ladies may try to stick their ballots into the lamps instead of the voting machines.

Next, my most lucrative position yet, which also happened to last one day.  So I went to my mom’s office to help out.  They were hiring me for deliveries for the day.  I’m having a good time, walking around in the sun, dropping off packages, when all of the sudden, a car comes out of nowhere and hits me.  Don’t worry, I was fine, just some stitches in my head.  We settled with the driver and I made $4000.  Most of which is now going to pay for my ridiculously expensive education.

Now, my current position. Intern at an office. I file. Sometimes I put address stickers on envelopes.  Its not even an office for an industry I’m remotely interested in.  I make $30 a week.  Although, my boss is nice, so I do like it.

I applied for a job to be a costumed character at Chuck E. Cheese’s a while back.  I applied to work at Hot Dog on a Stick, known for it’s hideous (their website calls them “iconic”) hats.  Neither called me back.

So that is why I need cheap food.  Like Good Luck Dim Sum on Clement Street between 8th and 9th ave in San Francisco.  There may be a line, and no open tables to eat at, but it is worth it.  A delicious dim sum feast for about $2.50 a person.  We had potstickers, pork buns (i’ve been eating “pescetarian” and honestly i never crave meat but dim sum is the exception), fried taro, and a lotus bun. i also highly recommend the shrimp and chive dumplings and the peanut coconut buns.


vegan quesadillas May 27, 2009

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mmm, melty

mmm, melty

Como frijoles? (how’ve ya bean?) haha i crack myself up.

I’ve bean good because I had vegan bean and cheese quesadillas! (i’ll be here all week, folks)

anyhoo, this was the first time either of us had ever eaten or cooked with soy cheese, and it surprised us by tasting and melting just like the real thing. definitely much better than the strange low fat cheese my mom is prone to buying.

this recipe is easy, vegan, and delicious. enjoy!

Vegan Quesadillas serves 2

  • 1 cup shredded soy cheese (we used Lisanatti Soy-sations, a brand that obviously shares my passion for puns)
  • 4 medium tortillas (we used Mission whole wheat tortillas)
  • 1 cup prepared corn and black bean salsa
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 slices pickled jalapeno, chopped and with seeds removed
  1. In a small skillet, heat olive oil.  When it’s hot, add the garlic and saute until browned.
  2. Get 2 plates and put 1 tortilla on each 1.  Use a spoon to spread 1/2 cup salsa onto each tortilla
  3. Sprinkle 1/4 cup cheese onto each tortilla.   Then add the cilantro, garlic, and jalapeno, distributing each evenly between the 2 tortillas.
  4. Sprinkle 1/4 cup cheese onto each tortilla and top with remaining 2 tortillas.  Microwave each quesadilla for 2 minutes on medium heat.

mother’s day dinner May 26, 2009

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now that the whole family had arrived back home, it was time for a belated mother’s day dinner.

Since the mom loves mexican food, and we are big fans of brennar (breakfast for dinner), we decided to make huevos rancheros.

los huevos with avocado

los huevos with avocado

the egg came out overcooked, so it was more hard boiled than the intended poached, but on the whole, a delicious and easy dish.  next time, i would serve it with warmed tortillas, but i forgot them this time.

note: “huevos”=eggs, “jueves”=thursday. just so you don’t, as the mom once did, order “scrambled thursdays” when in mexico.

and for desert, flan! this was our first time making any custard type thing–ie flan, creme brulee, creme catalan, etc.

caramel toppings in place. note the one perfect one, surrounded by ugly ones.

caramel toppings in place. note the one perfect one, surrounded by ugly ones.

while we panicked a bit about the time, and the fact that we had to make them in individual dishes instead of one big one, we decided to go ahead with it.

flan, ready to eat! this is the "pretty one", which we made sure to serve to mom

flan, ready to eat! this is the "pretty one", which we made sure to serve to mom

they all came out weirdly flat, yet delicious. the one pictured is the least flat flan, so the rest of them were like flan pancakes, or perhaps mini frisbees. but they tasted good, which is the most important part.

and now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, recipes!


squid fried rice

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Some parents send care packages with home baked cookies.  My mother sends dried squid.

“Do you wanna try some?” I asked my roommate as I hesitantly lifted a piece to my mouth.  “No, I’m good” she told me.

So I gave it to my lovely sister, who has the luxury of a kitchen in her dorm room.  A few months later, I trooped over to her room and we created some squid fried rice.  Delicious!

Squid fried rice (serves 2)

  • 1 package dried squid (find in Japanese grocery stores)
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • half an onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup bell peppers, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  1. heat up olive oil in a skillet.  once it’s hot, add mushrooms and onions.  cook for one minute, add peppers. cook until all veggies are soft.
  2. add curry powder and rice. saute for 1 minute.
  3. crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk until mixed.  add to skillet and stir together quickly so egg gets incorporated into rice.
  4. cook until egg is nearly done.  add dried squid and a splash of olive oil. cook 1 minute more, or until egg is done and everything is heated.

et voila! le fried rice extraordinaire!