Otsu Noodles

One of my favorite staple dishes to make, an offshoot of the Otsu noodles, recipe courtesy of Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks & via Pomelo restaurant. I love Heidi's recipes, she focuses on fresh, in season produce & with her clean, minimalist, non fussy cooking style, it brings out the best flavors of each ingredient.  I tweak mine a bit using Korean red chile flakes (gochugaru) instead of cayenne & I add a substantial amount of various roasted or steamed veggies along with bite size cubes of organic crispy tofu (marinate with shoyu, garlic & sesame oil or whatever you fancy since tofu soaks up the flavoring, sprinkle & toss in organic corn starch, bake it at 400* approx 20 min for the perfect crispy exterior) & the end result is a delicious, light citrusy, shoyu, honey, sesame noodle magic!  It's both comforting but light & healthy.

Here's a link to the recipe:

http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/000110.html

Enjoy!

Healthy, delicious Otsu Noodles

Healthy, delicious Otsu Noodles

When it's too hot to cook...

cool as a cucumber

cool as a cucumber

It's been seriously hot here in Portland, I mean "who cranked on the furnace?" hot & the thought of cooking or pretty much doing anything for that matter has been feeling like a mountain of a challenge. When the temp hits 90+ it's definitely time to think about eating raw, little to no "cooking" the better, just a lot of slicing!  I hit the PSU Farmers Market yesterday morning as I do every Saturday & sliced up this cooling, easy, breezy lunch made with fresh goodies grown by the good farmers of Oregon as well as the incredibly fresh simply smoked salmon (best of the season as I was told by the fine people at the Smokery due to this time being the peak spawning season meaning the fattiest, richest salmon to be had). After slicing the Japanese cukes super thin, I "pickled" it with lemon juice, a dash of rice wine vinegar, fresh dill, capers, salt & pepper & let it sit for about 10 minutes.  Pile on the cukes & salmon with sliced heirloom tomatoes & shallots on a sesame bagel (I love Schwartz Bros bagels) with a smear of Nancy's cultured cream cheese & you're in heaven. No need to turn on the oven or stove which is #priceless during this intense heat spell! Keep cool & enjoy all the abundant freshness to be had at your local farmers market wherever you may be, it's seriously #goodeats!  Happy Sunday!