I recently returned from a mini break and found our fridge to be a little on the bare side. I contemplated ordering in or going out to one of our favorite haunts but instead I decided to see if I could whip up a little lunch with the sad, spare offerings in the fridge.
After looking over the ingredients I had foraged, it was obvious a noodle bowl was going to be made. It’s one of my favorite dishes but I had never made one myself.
While I fried up some chicken with garlic, I cut off the sad, wilted bits of the veggies and grated them with a cheese grater. I then poured boiling water over the ancient 1/4 package of vermicelli noodles and let it sit for a couple of minutes. I snipped some fresh mint and Cilantro from the backyard pots to throw on the dish. They make every thing taste fresh and make a lovely garnish.
I took a bit of rice vinegar (less than an 1/8th of a cup) and mixed it with about a tablespoon of Agave (Honey or maple syrup will also do the trick) and added a couple of tablespoons of water as the mix was too potent. I then added about a tablespoon of garlic chili sauce to heat it up. It was darn tasty. I tend to eyeball most things in the kitchen and leave it to my taste buds to tell me what is lacking or overpowering.
I assembled all the ingredients in a couple of pretty bowls, made some Po Li (A wonderful dark tea that I was recently introduced to) and set the table on the back deck and surprised my fella with a sexy lunch. I surprised myself with how good it was. Popcorn and toast are usually challenging for me.
The sauce is poured.
It’s a hit.
My confidence is growing. What will be next? Bread baking perhaps? A pie?
Care to share any of your “happened upon” recipes?