We don't often venture outside of Mexican food, when we do, it is generally some sort of Asian food. This is one of those "some sort of Asian food" posts. It's nothing against other cuisines, but beyond Mexican and Asian, we do Middle Eastern occasionally, and even more rarely, Italian food. I am one of those freaks of nature that has never really been too big of an Italian food fan. What can I say? Mexican has always been my favorite kind of food. I'm lucky I met Brett because he concurs on this as well.
This was really easy to make - it was our way of taking advantage of the remaining abundance from summer. September is one of the best times of year because it is harvest time! It's also the time when the staples of summer (tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.) are still hanging on, but on their way out, and the staples of fall (potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, etc.) are coming in full-force. It is the time of year to experience the best of both worlds.
Anywho, on to what you all really want - the food!
Just a reminder of the produce legend:
no asterisk = grocery store
* = farmer's market
** = CSA
*** = Container or Community Garden
The second picture is my dish with extra sriracha, 'cause I'm a freak like that.
I do have to say that I have a strong affinity for the bottle with the rooster on it. I love me some sriracha, it is one of the best things there is!
Veggies with Spicy Chile-Garlic Sauce
2 cups brown Basmati rice, cooked
1/4 cup water
4 tbsp shoyu (or other soy sauce)
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp mirin
2 tbsp organic sugar
1-2 tbsp sriracha sauce (or 2 Thai chiles, seeded and minced)
a couple of pinches of salt
a couple of pinches of black pepper
Whisk ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
Veggie Schtuff (all local!):
1 Japanese eggplant, cut into chunks *
1 zucchini, cut into chunks **
1 yellow summer squash, cut into chunks **
2 cups shiitake mushrooms, minced *
1/2 yellow onion, minced *
2 cups mung bean sprouts *
3 cloves of garlic, minced *
Heat a few tablespoons of safflower oil in a large skillet. Add the eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, shiitakes, and onion and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring often.
Add the bean sprouts, garlic, and sauce to the pan.
Simmer for about 5-8 minutes.
Serve over brown Basmati rice.
Yummy, yummy, yummy.
Tonight, we are doing a "breakfast for dinner" kind of thing. I made a vegan take on Huevos Rancheros awhile back, so tonight I am going to try making the "real thing", sans cheese of course. I rarely eat eggs, and will only eat them from one local purveyor who has a very small operation going, seems to treat the chickens quite well, and isn't doing anything on an environmentally degrading scale. We had some lying around and Brett had the Huevos Rancheros at a local restaurant called Cafe Berlin last weekend so he wanted me to try it out at home. We'll see how it goes.
'Til next time.