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47. Tom Yam Kung - Spicy Soup with Lemongrass

via vatcharin bhumichitr’s gourmet thai in minutes
serves 4

2.5 cups chicken broth
1 lemongrass stalk, bruised and chopped into pieces
4 kaffir lime leaves, roughly chopped
2 small fresh red chiles, finely chopped
button mushrooms
shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp sugar
cilantro leaves

in a saucepan, heat the broth to boiling. add lemongrass, lime leaves, chiles, and mushrooms, and return to boil. add shrimp, fish sauce, lime juice, and sugar and simmer until shrimp cooked (about a minute).

(Source: deliciousness)

71. Lonely Planet Turkey

71. Lonely Planet Turkey

71. Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King by Antonia Fraser.

71. Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King by Antonia Fraser.

71. Chanel and Her World by Edmond Charles-Roux

71. Chanel and Her World by Edmond Charles-Roux

Michelin Guide Bay Area 2011

updated Michelin. 

71. The Warrior Queens: The Legends and the Lives of the Women Who Have Led Their Nations in War, by Antonia Fraser

71. The Warrior Queens: The Legends and the Lives of the Women Who Have Led Their Nations in War, by Antonia Fraser

60. Shrimp Tacos

serves 4
adapted from sunset fast & fresh

1/2 lb. shrimp, shelled and deveined
olive oil, salt and pepper
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 tomato, chopped
1 4 oz. can of diced green chiles
corn tortillas
whatever condiments you want (tapatio chipotle hot sauce and mango peach salsa for me)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spread shrimp out on a baking sheet in a single layer, and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 5 to 6 minutes until cooked through.

Meanwhile, rinse or soak red onions in water to get rid of some of the burn/rawness. Cover tortillas with a damp paper towel and microwave for 1 minute until warm.

To assemble tacos, spoon shrimp into warm tortillas and top with red onions, tomato, green chiles, and condiments.

(Source: deliciousness)

47. 雞絲涼麵 - Spicy Cold Noodles with Chicken Slivers

serves 4
adapted from fuchsia dunlop’s land of plenty: a treasury of authentic sichuan cooking

2 chicken breasts
pepper, soy sauce
1 lb fresh chinese noodles, shanghai-style
peanut of vegetable oil
2 large handfuls of bean sprouts
4 scallions, thinly sliced

2 1/2 tbsp sesame paste
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp chinkiang vinegar
1 tbsp + 1  tsp white sugar
3 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp ground roasted sichuan pepper
2-3 tbsp chili oil with chile flakes (or hunan chili paste)
1 tbsp sesame oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Season chicken breasts with pepper and soy sauce and roast for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through. Let cool and tear or cut into 1/4 inch thick slivers. 

Cook noodles in boiling water according to directions (usually 3-4 minutes) - make sure not to overcook. Rinse in cold water, drain, and mix with oil to prevent sticking (I didn’t really need the oil, just rinsed with enough water to wash off the starches that cause stickyness and consumed quickly).

Blanch bean sprouts for a few second in boiling water, then rinse with cold water and drain. Combine all seasonings into sauce - add water to dilute to desired consistency.

To serve, layer sprouts, noodles, chicken, and scallions. Pour sauce and toss.

NOTE: this is a spicy dish, thus the title. The measurements above, sans sichuan peppers, are for a less spicy sauce as I was making for my mom, aka does not like spicy. To make spicier, add more chili paste and sichuan peppers.

(Source: deliciousness)

47. Spaghetti with White Wine and Shrimp

serves 4
adapted from giada de laurentiis’ everyday pasta

1 pound spaghetti (3/4 pound if your family likes the sauce/stuff more than the pasta)
olive oil, salt, pepper
2 shallots
2 garlic cloves
handful of sun-dried tomatoes, sliced (also used 1 14-oz. can of diced tomatoes, drained)
1 1/2 cup white wine
1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined (she also used 2 cups of clams)
2 large handfuls of argula

Boil large pot of salted water and cook pasta according to instructions.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil (use oil from sun-dried tomatoes jar for more flavor) over medium-high heat. Add shallots and garlic, turn down heat to medium, and cook until tender but not brown. Add both tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, and cook until softened/heated through. Add wine and shrimp (and clams if you want), and bring to a boil. REduce heat, cover, and simmer until cooked, 7 minutes. 

Add pasta to shrimp mix and combine so that pasta soaks up some wine sauce. Gently fold in arugula. I know it’s taboo to mix seafood and cheese, but I added a lot of grated parmesan cheese to the pasta before folding in arugula. Add in some pepper flakes if you want some heat too.

(Source: deliciousness)

47. 麵疙瘩 - Homemade Noodle Soup

serves 3
adapted from chinese rice and noodles by su-huei huang

1 1/2 c flour
1 c water
2 scallions
3 tbsp dried shrimp
handful of dried shiitake mushrooms
1/2 lb. pork or chicken (I used frozen fish balls)
1 tbsp soy sauce
5 c water (I used a can of chicken broth and just filled a medium pot halfway with water)
3 tbsp sesame oil
salt, pepper

Steep dried shiitake mushrooms in hot water for at least 15 minutes, then slice. Put mix flour and 1 cup water in a bowl into a (very sticky) dough. (The more you stir, the chewier the noodles become - my grandpa kneads the dough.) Rub oil on surface of the dough (optional). Cover and let sit 20 minutes - longer is fine

Heat oil and stir-fry white part of scallions, dried shrimp, meat, and shiitakes, season with salt and pepper, and cook until fragrant and cooked through. Add soy sauce and water (and fish balls and broth) and bring to a boil. Rub oil on hands to keep dough from sticking; tear off small pieces of dough (I used two-thumb sized pieces) and put into boiling water. Cook until dough floats to the surface. Sprinkle green part of scallions on top and serve.

(Source: deliciousness)

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71. Super Sad True Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart

71. Super Sad True Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart

71. The Wives of Henry VIII, Antonia Fraser

71. The Wives of Henry VIII, Antonia Fraser

34. Hike through Muir Woods.