Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Noodles and New Girl

Some of you may or may not know, New Girl has been on my radar since the first episode aired back in 2011.

It's a bit hard to convince people to watch the show if they've never given it a go. It's kind of like trying to explain The Office. "What is it about?" "Uhhh, well, it's about people who work in an office." New Girl is basically about a girl who moves into a flat with 3 guys and chaos ensues; plain and simple. OH, BUT IS IT HILARIOUS.

So I was watching the newest episodes of New Girl and I suddenly got a hankering for some noodles. Noodles have absolutely nothing to do with the series. The only food they practically feature on that show is of the adult liquid kind and let's just say it was a bit too early in the day for that. But I ask you: who doesn't like a bowl of noodles with their feel good sitcom?

Yeah, I thought so.

Veggie Noodle Fry with Miso Dressing
Serves 2
3 small carrots or 1&1/2 big carrot
1 small to medium zucchini
1 yellow bell pepper
1 clove of garlic
1 teaspoon fresh ginger
70 grams vermicelli (cellophane) noodles
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 healthy teaspoon miso
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon mirin
1/2 teaspoon raw sugar
pepper to taste
*This is the dressing for "usuaji", meaning light taste. For a more pronounced flavour, double the sauce.

Wash, peel, and cut carrots. Wash and cut the zucchini and yellow pepper. Finely chop ginger and garlic (or push through a mincer).

Boil 2 cups of water. Put dry vermicelli noodles in a bowl and pour hot water over them. Stir to make sure the hot water covers all the noodles. Set Aside.

Heat pan to medium-high heat on the stove. Add oil to coat the bottom and toss in the veggies. Sauté until fairly soft (about 7-10 minutes). Drain the noodles you prepared earlier and add them to the pan. Now lower the heat, combine all the dressing ingredients to make the sauce, and add it to the pan. Stir for another minute, then turn off the heat.

I only put it as serves 2 because it's a bit embarrassing to say I ate this all on my own (oh you know, from all the calories you burn laughing through New Girl, right?) But it's a nice way to get some veggies and Asian flavors in with not a lot of work or time.

Any recipes you'd like to see more of? Let me know!


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