Thursday, April 25, 2013

Pho Obsession

As you may know because of my love of Anthony Bourdain, I have also become very fond of a dish called Pho. This lovely Vietnamese noodle dish is truly food for the soul. The hot broth and wonderful aromas can cure all that ails you.

I totally by accident made a dish the other day with ramen, and condiments I had left over from taco night (tomato, red onion, and lettuce). Though this dish typically has meat like the above photo, it filled a need for that much loved soup. Pho typically is served with bean sprouts, basil and lime, but this is how my improvisation worked out.
 Start out with your favorite ramen brand.

 Cook noodles by themselves according to package directions.
 While the noodles are cooking gather and chop your additions. These can be anything you like. You can even add a protein if you would like.
 This a spice blend that I found at Krogers that intrigued me. It has a mild kick and a lovely lime flavor. It is a perfect condiment to this dish.
 When the noodles are finished cooking, drain and put in a bowl. To the same pot add 1 1/2 cups water, the seasoning packet, and whatever additions you come up with.
 If I add a leaf green , I usually add it in during the last couple of minutes.
Voila you have a tasty, inexpensive dish that took very little time.
Remember this dish is only as creative as you are so get thinking and ENJOY!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Heading home

Heading home from a wonderful trip to Florida with my family. Great food to be had everywhere we went ( except for the drive thru food which will not be named). As always my Moms home cooking is fabulous. Andrew and I got to sneak out to my favorite restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale, Casablanca Cafe, to enjoy a wonderful meal and see some old friends of mine. Food at Disney was fine, but I think when your feeding hundreds of thousands of people something isn't going to be the greatest. The smoked turkey legs in frontier land will ways be a personal favorite. On our way back to Ohio we stopped off in Marietta, Georgia. There is a diner their named the Marietta Diner, if for any reason you can make your way through Georgia make a stop there, and bring a cooler. The food was amazing, and the portions were huge. The kids chicken parmesan, which came with a drink, and a choice of ice cream or rice pudding ( which was to die for btw)was enough for 3 kids and was only $6.75. Now seeing that I had no idea I ordered all the kids their own meal, oh well. Josie had mac and cheese, no kraft here friends, this was the real deal.I had the Greek sampler which could easily feed 3, was outstanding. Thank goodness we had an empty cooler. Its 10 am, and after writing this I'm thinking of that spinach pie right behind mein said cooler. So as you can tell this place really made an impression on me,and totally brought me back to my Jersey roots. Wish we had Greek diners in Ohio. Well, hoping everyone enjoyed some time off with their family. Back to working out tomorrow to work off some of this good food, it was totally worth it.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Twitter account

I with much duress and no idea what I'm doing have opened a Twitter account. Follow me @the30minutemom