Sunday, June 20, 2010

happy father's day!


짜장면 noodles stir fried in sesame oil with mushrooms, red onion, spinach and garlic. drizzled with soy sauce and white vinegar, sprinkled with 고추가루 and black pepper.

there was a bag of leftover noodles sitting in the fridge, and i needed to eat lunch before i started cooking father's day dinner! (or i would eat it all before i could serve it). vegetables lend the crisp texture that pairs very nicely with these day-old, heavy starchy noodles. since designed for 짜장면, i thought these noodles would be well-suited by eastern influenced seasonings.

next time, i will use a tad less 고추가루, maybe a little more vinegar (perhaps rice vinegar?) . i think a little grated ginger would add more character to the dish, and maybe a sprinkling of sesame seeds would also be nice to highlight the nutty flavor of the oil...

[[cut to: later in the day]]

Father's Day Dinner, 2010

* grilled ny strip steak, red bell peppers and yellow onions

* pan-fried potato wedges with basil, oregano, and pepper

* greek-style salad with spinach, romaine, mushrooms, roma tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese, sliced black olives

* homemade vinaigrette: extra-virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, freshly squeezed lime, sea salt, black pepper, sugar, minced garlic, oregano, thyme

Father's Day Dessert, 2010

I alternated white and semi-sweet dipped strawberries and designed them (somewhat crudely) to look like fish... since my dad loves fishing (though he does not like strawberries...eh well, they were in the fridge)

served with fresh blueberries

and sadly, i didn't get a picture of the main dessert, which was peanut butter cheesecake brownies. they were especially delicious made with 'extra crunchy' peanut butter!