My menu inspriations:Dumpling Pot StickersDesserts
Ginger Fried Rice
Green Beans & Red Pepper Hearts
Orange Glazed PorkBanana Ice Cream
Almond Quinoa Tea Cakes
1. Dumplings... these were good on flavor, but labor intensive. Will probably not make again.We ate the pot stickers (to candle light, with an Amaretto ginger martini, thanks to my sweetheart) as an appetizer. Then took a quick break while I finished the rest of the meal.
2. Ginger & Garlic, for the fried rice. (Yes, it was a lot!)
3. Shiitake & Crimini Mushrooms, to be sauteed in a little Tamari
4. Green Beans, and hearts cut from a red bell pepper. Yes, by hand. With a paring knife. The scraps were finely diced, also for the fried rice.
5. Leeks, for fried rice
Orange Glazed Pork: Dredge pork tenderloin medallions in flour/cornstarch/cayenne pepper. Pan Fry in coconut oil until crispy brown & cooked thru. In a separate pan, thicken fresh squeezed orange juice, 3-4Tbsp tamari, water or broth, and corn starch. Dip the cooked pork in the sauce, and spoon a little extra over the top. Serve on a bed of sauteed mushrooms.
To Serve: Use a large heart cookie cutter to form the rice. Because Matt doesn't like runny egg yolk, I made his fried rice the traditional way, w/ the egg scrambled in. I topped it with a little red heart, from the red peppers. For mine, I fried the egg, and used the same cookie cutter to cut off the excess white, and topped the fried rice. YUM! I diverged from the recipe a bit ~ pan fried the leeks & diced red pepper, added the ginger and garlic, then stirred in the rice & a little tamari. Voilà!
And now... dessert!
I wanted to make red bean porridge. But I didn't take the 6 cups of water seriously - because that was Far More than "enough to cover". However, once I smelled the burnt beans (mysteriously simmilar to burnt popcorn) I learned. I'm still soaking the pan.
Next up - the tea cakes, in a maple leaf form! Divine! Husband approved! And the little bit of Canada for the Olympics! (Okay, not intentional - it's just the only fancy non-cupcake pan I've got)
But where's the chocolate? Never fear! Banana 'ice cream' bon bons save the day!
1. Peel, slice, freeze bananas (not pictured) Tip: freeze in a single, not-touching layerBonBons from two ingredients. No, there are not any left overs.
2. Place frozen banana disks in food processor.
3. Put on the lid, turn on, scream and jump when the blade hits the frozen-together banana disks, causing the feed tube to fly out and bananas to spray around the room. Hit the off button as quickly as possible. (not pictured)
4. Try again. pulse - until the bananas begin to resemble actual ice cream. (Scrape down a few times) Now is a good time to step on that last stray piece of banana, so it is cold and squishy between your toes, as you retrieve a freezer tray & waxed paper. Ew.
5. Scoop into balls, place on waxed paper and freeze.
6. Melt some quality chocolate, dip the banana, keep in the freezer until set.
Happy Valentine's Day, Lunar New Year, and Olympic celebrations!