Potatoes weren’t around too much growing up in a Chinese household. We were rice-based. We only had potatoes during Thanksgiving and Christmas and they were mashed. My mom would take the opportunity to grab a few cooked potatoes before they got smashed and use them for potato salad. My recipe is roughly hers’ give or take a few things.
Nothing says spring like an abundance of cheap cucumbers. I fell victim to that supermarket marketing troupe “X for a $1” In my case it was 7 cucumbers for $1. Shopping tip: If it says 7 for $1, you don’t have to get 7 unless it tells you that you have to for the price. You could buy just 1 cucumber for $0.142857142857.
A bit of time ago I was running around town getting errands done, I forgot to have lunch and a burger sounded really good. Along the way I was thinking about the burger joints that I frequent and they were out of the way. What was in my way was a supermarket. The phrase “don’t shop hungry” nagged at me once again as I pulled into the parking lot. I had to put my blinders on and focus on just getting stuff to make burgers and nothing else. No fancy stuff, either.
A little thing about me. I don’t care for wasting food. Food is expensive and I hate throwing away what I could cook or eat. When I cut up a chicken, I end up cutting the carcass apart and putting it in a container along with the wing tips and neck in a container and freezing it for stock or broth later. It then dawned on me when I was washing and prepping some kale and was just about to throw away the stalks I thought, “I can save these for later.” Continue Reading
A weird thing happened in Los Angeles last week. We saw clouds. It was gloomy for like three straight days. It even rained for almost a full five minutes. That got me thinking about comfort food and I started rummaging through my fridge. I started pulling out a few stray tomatoes I forgot I had in the drawer, half an onion from a previous recipe, and the last lone egg in the carton. By themselves, each ingredient is not enough of anything, but together they can make a nice Chinese comfort food dish. Continue Reading