Sunday, November 27, 2011

Spicy Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

My Man loves spice, heat, and hot in all things. I often think that it does not matter what I make as long as it has spice. Asian dishes tend to be his favorite. This soup is a simple way to start your meal, or for just a cold rainy day. 

Tip: You can make a simple bowl of soup look spectacular just by buying one or two cute bowls. I got this bowl at homegoods for $4.99 and I got a set of 3 different sized platters for $19.99 at sur la table. Don't feel like you have to have matching sets of everything. Sometimes it makes it more special if your man is presented with something he has never seen before. He feels like you care enough to take the extra time to make his food appealing. If you are taking the extra time on him, he in turn will take the extra time for you.

1 1/2 cups fresh chicken broth
3/4 cup water
3/4 cups sliced thin chicken
1/4 cup sliced carrot
1/4 cup bamboo shoots
2 teaspoons Sriracha (hot chile sauce)
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon Thai red curry paste
one inch piece peeled fresh ginger
3 cups water
2 ounces uncooked rice sticks (rice-flour noodles)
1/2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/8 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/8 cup chopped green onion

Bring first 9 ingredients (through ginger) to a simmer in a medium saucepan and keep warm.
In a large saucepan Bring 6 cups of water to boil. Add the rice noodles and cook 3 minutes. Drain and place about 1/4 cup noodles in each bowl.
Discard the ginger in your broth. Add juice to broth and stir.
Ladle broth into bowl and top with a tablespoon each of cilantro, and green onions. I like to serve the garnish on the side and let my eaters decide how much of each they want.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Beautiful Breakfast

It is the same old story isn't it? Work Monday through Friday. By Friday night we are all ready to go out and have some fun. Fun turns into a lot of fun, but then the next morning isn't so hot. Yet we all want to be a good wife and lover. What is better than presenting your Man with a beautiful breakfast? Not much. Maybe giving it to him while wearing his favorite nighty and heels. I found brushing my hair and teeth and putting on some deodorant and perfume helped as well. Do this and He will be impressed that not only were you able to party with the best of them the night before, but you were able to make him this gourmet breakfast on top of it. Let him wonder how you did it. This recipe is easy and comes across like you slaved in the kitchen for hours. It may look intimidating, but trust me it is easy. 

Tip: Serve it with a Mimosa  to start the fun all over again! He will think you are a dream come true.

All you need for the Cups:
4 eggs
4 strips of bacon
4 slices of bread
Salt and Pepper

For the Easy Quick Hollandaise:
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup butter
2 tablespoons lemon juice
a dash of salt
1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
 a pinch of cayenne pepper 

Preheat the oven to 400° F. Spray large muffin pan with cooking spray. Find a biscuit cutter or cookie cutter that is close in size to your muffin tin.

In a frying pan, cook bacon about 3-5 minutes, until partially cooked but not completely crispy. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Cut out circles in each piece of bread using the cutter. 
You can save the crusts to use for breadcrumbs or stuffing at a later time. Press the bread rounds into the greased muffin wells. 
Curl a piece of bacon around the periphery of each piece of bread, positioning it between the bread and the muffin tin to help keep it in position.
 Crack one egg over each piece of bread being careful not to break the yolks, 
Once all the bread pieces have been topped with eggs, 
bake until eggs are cooked through to your liking (about 15 minutes) and bacon is crispy.
While baking, make the hollandaise.
Separate the eggs and add to blender. Heat the butter in the microwave or on the stove, until steaming, but not boiling.
With the blender turned on high, very slowly stream in the hot butter. Make sure the stream of butter is very small. 
Add lemon juice, salt, and optional hot sauce. Continue to blend until thick and creamy. 
Once egg cups are done.... Run a knife around the edge of each muffin well and pop the egg cups out. 
Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add hollandaise on the side. 
Serve immediately.
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