Monday, June 28, 2010

Dessert


Blueberry Milkshake for dessert tonight

Sunday, June 27, 2010

G&Ts



My favorite liquor by far is Gin. I only use to drink it at holidays or weddings but recently I've taken a big liking to it. Among all the different brands I particularly like Hendricks with in addition to the traditional juniper notes, there are also notes of rose and cucumber. ( If you order a gin martini at any upscale bar, there's a good chance they'll serve it with a cucumber).

I like drinking my Gin with tonic and some fresh lime juice on the rocks. Perfect summer drink!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sesame Green Beans

A vegan friend of mine (and very talented makeup and hair stylist) loved these green beans I made when she was over. Here's the recipe:



I use a wok to cook them in because its disperses the heat more evenly but you can do it in a big sautee pan. Just make sure not to crowd the pan with too many green beans or they won't cook fully. You can do them in batches if need be. A single layer of them usually works fine.


1 lb. Green beans, stems cut off
Sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Soy sauce to taste
Toasted sesame seeds for garnish


Start by using sesame oil. Very important to use sesame because it gives it that yummy taste and it holds heat at a higher temperature. Heat oil on medium until it ripples (enough to coat the wok/pan with about a 1/4 inch of oil). Add green beans and cook rotating them frequently until they are tender and the skins are wrinkled. Transfer them to a bowl and return the wok/pan back to burner.



Turn the flame off and add garlic and stir around until fragrant 30 seconds to a minute. Be sure to turn flame off so the garlic doesn't burn. Garlic burns really easily and just cooking it in the hot wok/pan without the flame on will soften it up perfectly.



Add garlic to green beans. Add soy sauce and sesame seeds. I use about 1 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce I think.

I usually eyeball how much garlic and soy sauce to use so I tried to give good measurements. If you have any questions just let me know.

Enjoy!