Wednesday, November 26, 2014

15 Minute Lo Mein


So I’ve been really into Asian food lately.

It seems like I go through ethnic spurts every few months. This time last year it was all things German (evidenced here, here, and here). Over the summer it was Mediterranean food (note here, here, here, and here), then Indian food (this is the only one that made it to the blog, I have a lot to learn with Indian spices).

So lately I have been learning how to make homemade wonton soup, ramen, and sticky chicken. Some things may be showing up here in the near future, be prepared.

Today I want to talk about easy lo mein. This is one of those recipes that have been my go to lately since Chuck has been away for work for whole weeks at a time. I like it because I can add, chicken, shrimp, beef or whatever else I feel like and have a totally different flavor profile. I usually make the lo mein and serve it to myself with a side of steamed veggies. This way I can get to meals out of this recipe, who doesn’t want an awesome hot lunch the next day?

So the cooking time on this is actually way less than 15 minutes, however I’m calling it 15 minutes because I’m counting the time it takes to cut the vegetables. If you wanted to make this entire thing in say, 5-10 minutes you could opt for frozen stir fry mix. I’ve totally done this, more than once.


15 minute Lo Mein (Serves 1)
1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 clove of garlic, crushed
½ tsp ground ginger
Pinch of sugar
½ tbsp canola oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
½ cup shredded cabbage
½ cup bean sprouts
1 small carrot, julienned
½ a small red pepper, julienned
½ cup sliced mushrooms
½ cup snow peas
1 scallion. Julienned
3 oz lo mein noodles
1 cup broth
Toasted sesame seeds for garnish (optional)

In a small bowl whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, crushed garlic, ginger, and sugar. Set aside. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add in all vegetables, except the dark green parts of the scallion, and the snow peas. Turn the heat to high and cook for one minute while tossing the vegetables. Stir in the broth and noodles then cover and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the snow peas. Stir in sauce mixture and toss. Cook until the liquid has evaporated and all of the veggies and noodles are coated, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and top with dark green parts of scallion, sesame seeds and serve. 


PS: Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and around here things are busy, what with the NaNoWriMo Challange and all, so I have opted to take the next few days off. I will be back on Dec. 1 with the usual Recently Post. Have a good weekend!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Phrase Canvas DIY


I stated before that I want to put more effort into decorating our little apartment and this is the first project that I am sharing here on the blog for it.

It’s a pretty simple DIY. All you need is a canvas, some letter stickers and the paint colors of your choice.

The phrase I had in mind is from a song that is very special to both me and Chuck, and will be our first dance song when we get married in 10 months. Woah! 10 months seems like it’s so close I mean we got engaged over a year ago already!

Anyway I really wanted to make something that was meaningful to us and this just felt right. Here is the song FYI.



I started by painting the canvas my favorite green color and letting it dry completely, overnight. Then I placed the letters and painted my second color over it. I went back and added a bit more green to blend it a little better, and give it a more abstract look.



Overall I’m pretty happy with how it came out. I love that it gives me something new to look at every day also.


Some of you may have seen the same canvas before when I had hand lettered a C.S. Lewis quote on it. Sometimes you just need a change.

Have you done anything to freshen up your home lately?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Music to Write by

Just in case you need some really kick ass music to listen to while you work on your dystopian fiction, here is a playlist of what I am listening to while writing this book.


Jimmy Eat World - Pain
Rise against – Entertainment
Lindsey Stirling - Elements
Spineshank- New Disease
Lindsey Stirling - radioactive
Lodre - Yellow Flicker Beat
Rise Against - collapse, the dirt whispered
Lindsey Stirling - Crystalize
Anberlin- The Feel Good Drag
Dropkick Murphy - Shipping up to Boston
Fort Minor - remember the name
Rise against – Whereabouts unknown
Skillet - Monster

And and amazing video, because I seem to be obsessed.




In case you are wondering yes this is a total reflection of the type of book I am writing.
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