Roast Beef Fried Rice

This is a new take on the fried rice K makes us. Some days, you want fried rice but don’t have bacon handy, and you also want it fast. Fried rice doesn’t actually take long to make, but when you have a toddler who wants his eggs and rice now, it feels like an eternity. Obviously, you can always make fried rice meatless, which I often do, but this is a way to make it with another meat you might already have around….roast beef! I changed the seasoning a bit to go with the roast beef flavor. The recipe is a bit loose because it all depends on how much leftover rice you have, eggs you use, etc.

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Foil Packet Salmon, Spinach, and Mushrooms

Before you get on my case, I promise this white fish is salmon. Say what? Yeah. There was a new (to me) type of King Salmon available at my Costco and I was curious. I was going to pass on it until a stranger told me more about it. He said if I like King Salmon and had never had this type, that I should try it. I keep forgetting the name, but it is named for a river between BC and Alaska. It was a really nice piece of fish. Tender, moist, and all yummy fish traits without being “fishy”…not that that bothers me as much. But, this was still wild (troll) caught and I know wild fish tend to be fishier to some people.

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Breakfast Ramen Noodles

I saw one of those speedy food videos that prepped a version of this which intrigued me. You know the videos I am talking about, right? They rapidly mix everything together to make it look really fast and easy and people go nuts sharing them all over social media. Who knows, maybe they will get some more people making stuff they wouldn’t have made before? Just don’t worry if your cooking takes a bit longer and if you’re like me and prefer reading a recipe instead of viewing a Snapchat-style video. But what do I know? I still prefer books over movies, haha.

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Asian Roasted Chicken Thighs

This is the other part of our Easter meal. It paired really well with the creamy and sweet risotto because the chicken had a crispy skin with a spicy/salty flavor. Not too salty, and I mean spicy in the “spice” way, not in the “it tastes hot” way. It’s actually a chicken recipe I could make almost any day since we generally have all of the ingredients on hand. K really liked it, and I did, too. The chicken was moist and tender, the skin was tasty, and the flavors were interesting. This is a “must make again” dish for us.

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Black Sesame Mochi (Sticky Rice Balls)

A few things inspired me to try this recipe from Lady and Pups. 1) It’s not a chocolate or fruit dessert, so it would be a chance to branch out into something new, 2) I’ve made mochi before, but this was a different style since it was boiled and not steamed, 3) K likes Chinese desserts but I’ve never attempted to make any (other than the aforementioned mochi), and 4) I had tried some black sesame dumplings at our local Din Tai Fung restaurant, thanks to a friend’s recommendation, and knew I liked the flavor. Oh, and 5) The pictures from the blog post made me drool a bit, too.

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Slow-Cooker Chinese Beef and Vegetables

The recipe I am pulling this from said it was a barbecue beef, but I can’t say it really tasted that way to me. It definitely has some Chinese flavor, but not barbecue. Speaking of the flavor in it…we had a slight hitch. I had picked out this meal before I went grocery shopping, so I had on my list everything I needed…which was just the vegetables and beef. Well, it turns out we were missing another key ingredient: hoisin sauce! We normally have it on hand, so we aren’t sure what happened. There are two options: one is that we used it up previously and forgot to replace it (but that seems unlikely since we usually put things on our grocery list immediately, and I know it’s been awhile since we’ve used the sauce), or two, a recent visitor threw it out when she visited. This visitor tossed our soy sauce because she said it had gone bad (cue debate of soy sauce expiration here), so it is possible she felt the same way about our hoisin sauce. Either way, we had no idea where it was and I needed to start the recipe in the morning for it to have time to cook during the day. Obviously you can run to the grocery store, but since I had just gone the day before, and it was only for one ingredient…and the one ingredient I wouldn’t normally buy at a non-Asian grocery store (cheaper at the Asian stores, usually).

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Chinese Braised Beef

It’s a new year for calendars, but also a new year for K and me. The start of this year marks 8 years together. If it wasn’t for him, I definitely would not attempt some of the recipes I do. Even when he thinks I am nuts or isn’t sure of a recipe, he still encourages me and eats the food. Even the failures. 🙂 Thanks, K, for your support in food and the rest of life (are there other parts? I guess the Fudgelet…haha…still food-related 😉 ).

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