Pho'd out yet?
Culinary peer pressure happens.
I saw the rush of Vietnamese Beef/Chicken Pho recipes
from the Daring Cooks
being published all ova the place.
Like a little wannabe I ran to the store like a dog looking for a bone.
My Pho is a little less traditional because ...
- I live in a small town.
- Things like Thai Basil and good fish sauce well,
- that makes me laugh, I was lucky to find star anise.
- I'm not a picky eater but I like what I like.
Which may make this very "unpho".
It tastes damn good.
Let me give you the link to the
original recipe I found over on Jaden's page
[yeh click that]
Actually I found 23456574556 recipes.
Hers is based on a cookbook I happen to love.
How lazy am I...
She does all the work of
laying out the recipe and I say here click the link.
Hey, I'm all about credit where credit is due
not a copy and paste cheat.
She's well worth the click and has a cookbook
recently published you can find it on Amazon
yeh click that too.
I made a few changes.
I went to the grocery store and the guy
tells me his flank steak is frozen.
I opt for another cut and he says well,
I can't use the meat slicer because I'd
have to sterilize it we're slicing hams for people
right now. They only have one? okay okay I'll be nice.
I ended up running to a butcher who operates out
of a gas station. Really. True story.
His flank is frozen too.
BUT he'll thinly slice whatever I want.
Instantly I like him.
Shrugging my shoulders I say what the hell, I'll have the filet mignon.
That's right people. FILET MIGNON.
I figure what it cost me for that was equal to a pig n jig. : )
OMG, in the pho, it was melt in your mouth.
I used lo mien noodles.
I used spinach instead of basil.
Green onions instead of white.
Purple instead of yellow.
Green peppers and mushrooms because I wanted to.
I let my stock sit over night,
in the frig after simmering.
Which made it easy to skim off the fat.
Come to think of it wouldn't the scum
stick to the fat? Making for easy removal of scum?
Call that an afterthought, more like an after question.
Charring, not Charo. I used the broiler.
Top shelf and door semi open.
Lime is good, I liked lemon best.
Honestly I'd eat this every night
with a basic beef broth and a little sesame oil.
But I miss the warm summer light for photographs.
KAT! Yes you! C'mere.
Don't look at the beef.
Don't look up.
Do you see????
I know. Right?!
Vegetable broth baby.
It's a cold rainy night.
Dancing with the Stars is on tonight,
paying tribute to Michael Jackson.
I have a bowl of nice warm soup.
And to think I spent the last month
eating lean cuisines. What was I thinking?
I dunno I was child free and didn't have to cook.
Don't say I it. I already know.
My frig is filled with vegetables.
If only someone would bring me
an ice cream bar and a kiss...
it'd be a perfect night. : )
One Love. One Peace. Always and all ways.