Thursday, April 19, 2012

Spicy Noodly Salad.


What should you eat when you're watching back to back NHL play off games?
Noodles.

What should you eat when your boyfriend tests you on the names of the teams in the play offs and you continuously get them wrong?
Noodles.

What team is going to win the play offs?
Why, Pittsburgh Penguins of course. I mean.. they're the penguins. 

And who doesn't love penguins?

The other day we saw a Calgary Flames player in Safeway and almost yelled out "GOOD LUCK IN THE PLAY OFFSOHHHHHHHSORRYYYY"
- but instead we lolld at the idea and walked away.

I clearly have nothing much to say.
This salad is delicious.
Spicy!
Noodly!
Simple!
Spicy!
(did I say that already?)



Ohhhh, just make it already. 

pretty colours! 


 sauce city!


Spicy Noodly Salad

spaghetti for 2 (approx 200 grams/8oz uncooked)
2 spring onions, sliced finely
1/2 cup matchstick cucumber
1/2 cup matchstick zucchini
1/2 cup matchstick carrot
1/2 cup matchstick celery
1 birdseye chilli, deseeded, finely sliced
1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped or ripped
1 Tablespoon grated ginger
2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

2 Tablespoons red vinegar
2 Tablespoons chinkiang vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon 'savor' maggi seasoning
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons angry nana chilli sauce
1 teaspoon black bean garlic sauce
some (!) drops sesame oil

Cook spaghetti to packet instructions.
Drain cooked spaghetti and submerge in ice water until cooled.
In a small bowl, mix together all sauces and stir. Taste and season according to your liking (bearing in mind it will mellow out in the noodles).
In a big bowl, add all vegetables, noodles and sauce mix. Toss to combine.
Taste again and adjust seasoning if necessary.
(I added more vinegar. Because I think I am obsessed.)



It's pretty good. 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Coffee coffee birthday cake (with extra coffee)

Muffin is one of those people who just picks up a foreign language like it's nothin...When we spent a month in Vietnam last year, he learned many phrases, most importantly: 

  • hai ly cà phê sữa đá: Two iced coffee with milk please!
  • hai ly rượu: Two beers please! or.... hai ly ba-ba-ba: (ba-ba-ba, or 333, was the cheapest beer!)

These are possibly written entirely incorrectly.. speaking and writing a language are clearly 2 diff things!!

What I'm getting at is:
a) my bf is very helpful in a foreign country
b) he likes beer
c) he REALLY likes coffee
d) it was his birthday this week
e) I BAKED HIM A COFFEE CAKE WHICH TASTED LIKE CA PHE SUA DA! 

my first ever vietnamese coffee experience at a coffee plantation :) 
SO STRONG.

more of my ca phe sua da action in Vietnam

curly straws make it even better.... obvs.

BACK TO THE BAKING..

If you've ever had Vietnamese iced coffee, you know what I'm talking about when I say it is mind blasting. 


I have worked in cafe's for the past 9 years and I never liked or drank coffee.... 
CA PHE SUA DA MADE ME A COFFEE DRINKER. 
Nuff said.




Sometimes recipes are so easy to follow that you end up not paying attention and adding icing sugar instead of baking powder and then whipping the absolute heck out of the batter............ 


I mean, SOME people do that....


OBVIOUSLY I DID NOT DO THAT.

Cake take two!

Myes, a slight improvement......



Coffee with Baileys just so happens to be Muffin's fav brekky (he doesn't love food like I do!)


Thus, I made extra icing and kept it white and added some baileys for another coffee hit!


And no, I didn't remember to photograph it until after it had been hacked in to..


BUT IT WAS DELISH!






ps.. Happy 100th post to me! 

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