Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What's for dinner?

Korean Pancakes! Our house was so very nicely gifted this packet of Korean Pancake mix:
The bad thing is the directions aren't in English! I knew I could figure out the water to mix ratio, but what do you put into a Korean pancake? (it's not a breakfast pancake). One visit to our closest Hmart on a day they were sampling said pancake solved the problem! We got veggies and some seafood variety (I didn't ask because I wasn't sure I wanted to know all that was in it!) and put it all together.

Cook it up:


*Next time we will chop up the seafood a bit more so everything can cook a little more uniform. The pancakes were a bit too doughy. And maybe add kimchi!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

What's for dinner?

Spicy Pasta with Sweet Potatoes:

1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 3/4" cubes (2 cups)
1/2 tsp EACH sugar, chili powder and cinnamon
8oz dried rigatoni
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 3oz pkg. cream cheese, cut up
2tsp Asian chili sauce (Sriracha)
1 Tbl soy sauce
6 green onions, thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 450F. Oil a rimmed baking pan; set aside. Place sweet potato cubes in bowl. Toss with 1 Tbl olive oil, the sugar, chili powder and cinnamon. Spread in prepared pan; bake 20 minutes or until tender.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water.

In saucepan combine peanut butter, cream cheese, chili sauce and soy sauce; whisk in 3/4 cup of the hot pasta water. Stir over medium heat until heated through. If too thick, stir in additional water. Stir in most of the green onions. Serve sauce over pasta with sweet potatoes and remaining onion.

I didn't have sweet potatoes, so I made this with regular potatoes. I liked the potatoes - and I liked the sauce, but I didn't like them together. Maybe it would be better with sweet potatoes, but next time I'll just take the potatoes out and do the pasta with the spicy peanut sauce.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Wally Plant Walls?

So in perusing blogs today I read about a system called Wally. It's all about making a wall of living plants.

I think this library wall is kinda cool.

Or as and entry to your house (or maybe that's a porch).

Interesting concept - you can read more about it here (all the pictures are also from this site.)

I've been thinking about an indoor herb garden for the winter, but am worried about the light - so this project intrigues me ;-)