End Of The Month Noodles

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While  we like to believe that most folks nowadays can afford any food they like, this could not be further from the truth.
Since the beginning of time, providing nourishment for oneself and ones family has always been and still is an important part and often a struggle of the majority of people around the world, although we usually are ashamed of admitting that it can be hard to feed our-self and our loved ones on a level we would love to maintain at all times, especially the good folks who live on a monthly income. Sometimes, towards the end of the month, it can be a bit difficult to keep the excitement for the next meal going, when the purses get lighter and lighter and the freezer, fridge and cupboards are getting emptier and emptier as the month stretches toward the next payday. Many will just give-up at this point, believing that a meal without meat or seafood is substandard and not worth being happy about. This opinion is of course absolutely misguided, especially since there are many food groups besides meat and seafood which are full of protein and nutrition, which can be prepared to be most attractive and yummy.
However, there are also lots of people out there who really love any type of food, no matter what its consists of, as long as it is great to look at, tasty, filling and nutritious. And sometimes, one just gets tired of the usual stuff and opts for something like the meatless dish featured here (as I did today).
To prepare such a meal is super easy, all you need is love, fantasy and “the spirit”, especially in a time when you can search for anything on the net and get a variety of answers within a split second. For a good example, please click on the “Mamapedia”  link below)
To prepare a successful “End Of The Month Dish”, you can use any kind of pasta/noodles/starch, any kind of vegetables, mushrooms or no mushrooms, any type of seasoning (curry, tomato sauce, reduced chicken stock, hoisin, etc), any thing you have available or anything which is economic to purchase, as long as it comes together as a wholesome meal.
And of course, you don’t have to be broke to enjoy a tasty dish like this!
But then, as the end of the month draws closer…………… 🙂
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Click here for more  End Of The Month Tips  on  Mamapedia
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Click here for  Non-Meat/Seafood  Protein Sources
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Click here for more  Noodles  on  ChefsOpinion
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End Of The Month Noodles

End Of The Month Noodles

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 End Of The Month Noodles

End Of The Month Noodles

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Preparation :
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Rice Noodles

Rice noodles are much more delicate and fragile than their wheat noodle counterparts. This actually makes them so easy to prepare that we hardly think of it as cooking.

Place all your rice noodles in a deep mixing bowl, trying to snap as few of them as possible as you remove them from the package (always a challenge for us). Bring a good amount of water to boil. Pour the boiling water over the rice noodles until they are completely submerged.

Every minute or two, give the noodles a stir to loosen them up. When they are completely limp, give them a taste to see if they’re cooked through. The thread-like vermicelli noodles used in spring rolls will cook through in just a few minutes. The flat rice noodles might take upwards of ten minutes depending on thickness. Pay attention and test the noodles frequently because they’ll become mushy if they overcook.

Once the noodles are tender, drain them and run them under cool water to stop the cooking. Toss them with a bit of sesame oil to keep the noodles from sticking to each other if you’re not going to use them right away.

More Tips:

  • If the noodles will be used in a stir-fry dish like Pad Thai, you definitely want to under-cook them a bit. They will absorb more moisture and cook the rest of the way through once in the stir fry. If your noodles are perfectly cooked to start, they will turn to mush in the stir fry. Trust us, we’ve done that more times than we can count!
  • If you’re making a soup, you can cook the noodles directly in the broth. Add them just before serving and monitor closely to make sure they don’t over-cook.
  • Even with a bit of sesame oil, the noodles still tend to clump up after you drain them. They will loosen again once you mix the noodles into your dish .

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4 comments

  1. Greetings from Texas Hans, hope Bella and you are well, nice to see entree’s on a lighter side,
    I enjoy it too! We can always cheat a little from time to time, how can we forget or ignore, all the favourite foods we enjoyed at home, especially in your culinary career. Me being a hotelier myself, its hard to forget those wonderful meals, that were prepared by the many Chef’s that I worked with for over 40 years! Anyway, you must enjoy some Turkey on Thanksgiving, with all the trimmings, I’m sure your’s will be prepared in a very special way, as you have done so, for many years working in hotels and other culinary adventures around the world. I know that Bella will love to nibble on a few delicious slices of turkey, and you and friends, can feast on this delightful bird, possibly with a nice glass of Vino. Life is good Hans!

    Happy Thanksgiving! John & Elli R. Vicente

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    1. Hi John,
      good to hear from you and your lovely wife after quite some time has past since your last comment 🙂
      This Thanksgiving will be the first time I will not prepare a whole turkey (or 100 turkeys).
      Instead, I will just cook a nice meal for Bella and myself, anything we feel like at the moment, thanksgiving-related or not.
      However, I assume you and your family will follow tradition and share with the rest of America the wonderful custom of a fancy turkey feast, with all its trimmings and all the festive mood and happiness which thanksgiving ideally stimulates 🙂
      In this spirit, I wish you, Elli, your family and friends a wonderful, happy, thanksgiving !
      Cheers, and God Bless !
      Hans

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      1. Hi Hans:

        Thanks for your good wishes and warm comments. I did not forget Hans, we in the hospitality industry do not forget such great Master Chef’s as you are, Elli has been ill, over the past few months, with spinal problems, and a blood inflammation issue, that needed special treatment, plus other medical issues that comes with age, I have to stay well, to take care of Elli. She visited Frankfurt a few years ago to see her last surviving Aunt Tante Lisa at 93, Elli cannot take
        plane trips anymore. On Thanks giving, we don’t follow tradition anymore, just the two of us, I assume we will join the crowd at IHOP, no sense to cook anymore, we will bring some left overs home for our dog Shatse. We have no kids, our entire lives have been the hotel and restaurant business, and this is what keeps me going, although not full time anymore.

        I have enjoyed the generous contributions you have made to your many readers over the years, with a library full of interesting culinary delights, and giving us all a good reason to stay in the kitchen, learn something, and take our culinary experience to a new level of enjoyment. I know your are semi retired, but still keep a steady hand in the kitchen, with Bella by your side that keeps you going, and all of us better cooks.

        Thanks much Hans and do continue the work that you do so well!

        John R. Vicente CHA/3D

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  2. John, if I ever get to Texas, I will cook the best German meal for you and Elli . 🙂
    And yes, I really mean that .
    Meanwhile, take care of yourself , Elli and Shatze (Schatzi?), we never know if the day will come and we meet and eat………
    Cheers,
    God Bless 🙂

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