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Not for picky eaters

Checked the fridge this morning to see what vegetables had to be cooked before being too tired of life. There was an eggplant, a red bell pepper, some celery and very tired coriander/cilantro. It was time to cook something to have with steamed sushi rice and a runny egg. These are food items picky eaters usually aren’t fans of. I can handle picky eaters as long as they don’t talk about it or even worse – WHINE – but I prefer not to cook for them. Today’s lunch would be evil to invite people over for, picky or not, I guess.

So, this is what was in the evil veggie thing for 2 people:

1 red bell pepper, 1 eggplant, 2 celery stems, 2 cloves of garlic, a bunch of coriander/cilantro, half a chili pepper, a splash of light chinese soy & a splash of chinese rice vinegar + water. I chop everything, throw everything in a pan with a lid and let it simmer for about 20 minutes while the rice is in the steamer (30 mins, ever since I discovered how amazing it is to cook rice in the steamer, I haven’t touched a pan). Some tired spring onions on top.

Served it with this chili oil. I’ve made it a couple of times, last time I added 3x more sichuan pepper and half the amount of five spice, but I still don’t think it’s what I’m looking for.

Would you eat it?

1 Comment

  • Mims
    May 20, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    I would absolutely eat this! Your plates of food always look SO tasty. I happen to live in a city with a large Asian population (seattle) so we have fabulous asian restaurants and markets. I have dong a deep dive into mostly Korean , Japanese and Thai food. I adore green papaya pad thai: https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-green-papaya-pad-thai-recipes-from-the-kitchn-179306.
    I LOVE braised soybeans with root veg https://www.chopstickchronicles.com/gomoku-mame/. And korean japchae: https://plantbasedmatters.net/shirataki-japchae/. I used to wait tables at a Palestinian owned restaurant and love that food too…especially the pomegranate-sumac-feta troika. Im German-Irish-Polish-Czech, so I love me some good dumplings, taters and kraut too. Good food is so important to my quality of life. I adore learning about new ingredients and techniques. So much great information out their in cookbooks, blogs and youtubes by native cooks/chefs. I imagine good asian ingredients harder to come by in Berlin.

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