Sesame Noodles

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11015825_10152734472016149_2088822389_nYUM GUYS this is good. And I’m not talking about the noodles… I’m talking about how I’m starting to cook proper meals for myself! This is good! Good things are happening!!!

But yes, the noodles are also good! 😉

I’m home from school today and totally felt like cooking up something gooooood for lunch. I had pinned this recipe a few weeks ago, and remembered it this morning as I was trying to figure out what to make.

It’s such a simple yet delicious recipe, and calls for ingredients that you most likely have in your house. It’s really light, yet filling and has so many delicious flavours. It’s very onion-y and garlic-y so beware if you have a date planned the next day or that night! (Pop a couple extra mints in your mouth!!)

This recipe can be served warm or cold, and you can even add other ingredients like meat or more vegetables.

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Serves 4-6 people:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound (16 oz.) linguine or spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger (or 1/2 tsp. ground ginger)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha or hot chili oil
  • 1/2 cup thinly-sliced green onions
  • optional garnishes: extra thinly-sliced green onions, toasted sesame seeds, coarsely-ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions in a large pot of generously salted water.
  2. Meanwhile, in a separate mixing bowl, combine soy sauce, garlic, vinegar, sesame oil, vegetable oil, and sriracha (or hot chili oil). Whisk until combined.
  3. When the pasta is ready, drain it. Then immediately toss with the dressing and 1/2 cup green onions until the pasta is evenly coated with the dressing.
  4. Serve immediately, topped with extra garnishes if desired.

Adapted from: Gimme Some Oven

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Spicy Vegetable Fettuccine with Bruschetta

So this is a thing I made for myself!

An actual meal!

That wasn’t Kraft Dinner…or like soup or something.

Now mind you, every night I have the privilege of being fed whatever my mom makes, so it’s not like I’m some starving student who can’t afford anything or doesn’t know how to make a decent meal.

Well I am a student who can’t afford much, and isn’t that skilled when it comes to cooking actual meals (not baked goods) but that’s besides the point.

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I wanted to make something out of this Gordon Ramsey cookbook I bought my mom for Christmas, but half of the ingredients I couldn’t find at the grocery store and the other half were way to expensive. Like who’s going to pay $15 for a small thing of sausage. Nope.

So I decided to improvise and just create my own cheap dish. The only thing I would change to this recipe is to add a tomato sauce. I knew my mom told me she bought a tomato sauce but I was honestly too stupid to find it in the cupboard so I had to opt out of using tomato sauce. But it was still tasty in the end, so up to you!

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Ingredients: (makes enough for 2 people)

Pasta:

  • 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 a small onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 box of your favourite fettuccine pasta
  • Dash of salt and pepper

Bruschetta:

  • 8 slices of a baguette
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 large garlic clove, peeled
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces shaved parmigiano cheese

Directions:

Pasta:

  1. Heat a large frying pan and add some olive oil. Cook the onions for 3 minutes and add the garlic for another 2 minutes, until the onions have softened.
  2. Start cooking the pasta as per the packet instructions.
  3. Add the chopped jalapeno, chopped pepper and halved tomatoes and a little seasoning to the pan and continue to cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes until the vegetables begin to soften.
  4. Drain the pasta and add the drained pasta directly to the pan with the sauce. Season with salt and pepper to your liking. Serve hot with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Bruschetta:

  1. Heat a grill pan until hot. Brush the baguette slices lightly with olive oil and toast for 1 to 2 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  2. Remove the bread and, while warm, rub it lightly with the cut side of the garlic clove.
  3. Just before serving, rub two of the cherry tomato halves, cut side down, into each slice of baguette, pushing the flesh against the bread to squash it into the surface.
  4. Season the bruschetta with salt and pepper. Top with the remaining tomatoes, then scatter the parmigiano over the top.

Spicy Linguine

WOW. COOL EMMA. A DINNER POST? WHAT. NO CHOCOLATE COOKIES? NO CAKE POSTS? AN ACTUAL MEAL? OMG WOW.

Yeah, that’s what I said too when I made this. I had to take a moment and pat myself on the back.

It’s not too often when I manage to make something that’s an actual somewhat decent meal for myself. Lately, I’ve been inspired by a certain someone in my life to start cooking more…hehehe

Anywho, there isn’t really much of a recipe for this, I just sort of threw in ingredients that I found in my house. But I’m excited to actually post my first, real recipe that I made! (other than my cakes.) WOOHOO.

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Ingredients:

  • 6 cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1 jalepeno pepper, diced
  • garlic tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of chilli flakes
  • 1/2 cup linguine pasta

Directions:

  1. Cut your cherry tomatoes and jalepeno pepper
  2. Toss it in a pan along with your garlic tomato sauce and let simmer over low-medium heat
  3. Season with minced garlic, salt, ground pepper and chilli flakes
  4. Cook your linguine pasta according to box
  5. Once everything is cooked to your liking, mix the pasta and vegetable sauce together
  6. Serve and enjoy!

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Homemade Pizza

One of our favourite things to make for dinner in my house is homemade pizza! From the fresh ingredients… to the cheese… back to the fresh ingredients……… back to the cheese….. you just can’t go wrong!

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Ingredients:

(now obviously, you can adjust the ingredients to fit your taste buds/preferences. These are just the different toppings that I always put on our pizza)

  • always sautéed onions – it is a must
  • sliced up cherry tomatoes
  • roasted red peppers
  • hot peppers
  • more hot peppers
  • arugula
  • basil pesto sauce
  • and of course… GOAT CHEESE

Directions:

1. Get your awesome pizza dough on your awesome baking pans (noted: we used store bought pizza dough, because no one has the skills to actually make homemade dough. But if you know how to: good for you!!)

2. Sautee those onions… slap em on your dough.

3. Add the rest of ingredients on your pizza in no order (but make sure the cheese is last so it partially melts on top)

4. Pretend you’re in Italy and enjoy!