Jack is Cooking Braised Burdock

Well Hello Internet!
a bunch of days probably weeks ago now i made some braised burdock, and man was it delicious! a relief from all the pastries!  
heres what you’ll need:
1 burdock root
2 carrots
garlic
ginger
sesame seeds
what i thought was bok choy – or maybe spinach – but actually was collard greens – hahaha
hot sesame oil
olive oil
soy sauce
brown rice vinegar
rice syrup
so first!
slice everything up! 
heres a trick with burdock.  it oxidizes super fast!  like super super fast.  the fastest anything will ever oxidize.  so when you are cutting it i find the best way to cut it is to pretend you are sharpening a pencil with a knife – slicing bits off of the root.  do this over a bowl of water, so that the slices land in the water.  this way it won’t oxidize.
then heat the oilive oil and sesame oil in a pan.  add the ginger and the garlic.  cook for maybe 30 seconds, and then add in the burdock and the carrots. until they are tender.  at this point you can add in the mysterious green vegetables!  hahaha, the thing was, i had a green leafy vegetable in my fridge, but i actually had no idea what it was!  at first i thought it was spinach, but then i thought to myself, no that’s not spinach.  it must be bok choy.  only when julie returned from mexico did she inform me that she had in fact bought collard greens!  so that’s what it was.  either way it was delicious, and all of the above would have been delicious also…
so, yeah cook those green things until they are cooked down a bit and then add in all the sauces, and stir fry a little longer.  sprinkle with sesame seeds when done!
mmm mmm delicious

Jack is Cooking Cold Sesame Noodles

Well Hello Internet!

phew the holidays are over!  i feel like i cooked a ridiculous amount of food, some of which has made it up here, some of which will make it up here eventually, and some of it that just slipped through the cracks!

anyways, as a result of all the cooking i did, be it cookies,  turkey, beef wellington,  pot pies, and whatever else i made, Butter has now become my number one used ingredient!  yum!  if you want to know how i can tell, if you look over in the right hand column of this blog you will see a list of ingredients.  every time i do a post i put the ingredients as labels, and it tallies them and puts them in descending order from most used to least used.

if you were to click on these ingredients you can then see all the recipes used involving that ingredient.

all that aside

Cold Sesame Noodles!  these are delicious, and they have no butter in them!  i need a break from butter!

they are super easy.

heres what you’ll need

1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon soy sauce (shoyu)
1 tablespoon hot toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
sesame seeds (optional)
1 carrot – julienned or i like to just use the peeler, and peel it all the way to the core (optional)
1 green onion (optional)
some kind of noodles, udon, soba, rice, or just plain old spaghetti (enough for 1 person but not enough for 2)

ok so take all the sauces, and whisk them together in a bowl

then, cook the noodles as per the instructions on your noodle packet
if you are using carrots, when there is 1 minute or less left for the noodles, throw the carrots in with them.  this will soften them slightly, but they will still be nice and crunchy. 
strain the carrots and the noodles, and run cold water over them to stop the cooking and turn them cold.
then put them in the bowl with the sauce mixture
toss everything until the sauce is coating the noodles nicely, throw on the green onions
and you have a delicious meal or snack! 
mmmm mmmm delicious!