hungry like the wolf

two twins, one tiny kitchen

we’ve moved! June 11, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — lazypanda @ 2:32 am

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.
http://www.nyctwinscook.blogspot.com

 

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)

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Goat-Cheese-Ravioli-with-Bell-Peppers-and-Brown-Butter-239796

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

Ingredients:

  • 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