Posts Tagged ‘Chinese’

Chinese Carrot Salad

In Cooking, Uncategorized on June 23, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I call this Chinese Carrot Salad, because it is something I came up with to serve alongside stir-fry and fried rice.  Nothing ever really seems to go. Especially with stir-fry, because well you put most everything in it. This salad is super crunchy, sweet, savory and very refreshing. It would go well with fish or any number of dishes… but I always serve it with Chinese – hence the name.

Chinese Carrot Salad

12 oz carrots, cleaned and cut into fine matchsticks
1 Tbsp poppy seeds
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
2 Tbsp garlic and ginger infused olive oil (recipe below)

Directions: Prep carrots and place in a bowl with oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and fresh ginger. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour so flavors can meld. Stir in the poppy seeds just before serving. Enjoy.

Garlic & Ginger Infused Oil: Method 1: Add several smashed garlic cloves and about 1 inch of chopped fresh ginger to a bottle of olive oil and leave to infuse about 2-3 weeks before using. Strain the oil after allotted time and store in a cool-dark place. Method 2: Bring oil, smashed garlic and fresh ginger to a simmer in a pan. Stir so the garlic and ginger do not stick or burn and turn to a very low heat for about 20 minutes. Let cool, strain and use. If you make more than needed store in the fridge covered for up to 1 week. 

I could eat the whole batch – it is that tasty. I hope you will make it, even if it is not with Chinese! 😉 P.S. I love poppy seeds.


Asian-Style Pork Ribs

In Cooking, Uncategorized on March 2, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Some days you have so much to do and so little time to do it in.  Those are usually the days where thinking about cooking is exhausting and it is easy to turn to fast-food.  That is usually when I turn to my slow cooker (crock pot).  I can dump everything in and it babysits itself.  Monday was that day for me.  I started these ribs in the late-morning and then at dinner time threw together some spicy sesame noodles. Suddenly, I was not only thankful that I had gotten so much accomplished during the day; but, that I had this delicious and hearty meal at the end.

Asian-Style Pork Ribs:

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger, or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 to 2 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion, with green

Preparation: Cut onion into thick slices and line them in the bottom of the slow cooker.  In large bowl, combine, the first eight ingredients. (Sauce can be prepared ahead and used as a marinade for extra flavor) Arrange ribs on top of onion slices; pour sauce over; add two crushed garlic cloves, cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours. Turn ribs once to ensure they do not dry out.  Place ribs on serving platter and sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onion. Makes 2-4 servings.

These ribs have a great sticky sweetness to them.  I remove all the onions at the end and serve on the plate as a garnish, but oh my – they have so much flavor from the sauce and the meat!  This would be easily adaptable too, some great additions would be: fish sauce, chili-garlic paste, chinese five-spice; really the options are endless.  Hope you have a great recipe to turn to on your hectic days!