hungry like the wolf

two twins, one tiny kitchen

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
 

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.

 

squid fried rice May 26, 2009

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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!