Ground Pork on Noodles

Yes, I’m aware that it’s a billion degrees out there, but I was hungry. And I like to cook. So sue me. This is what I had for supper tonight and it was fantastic!

4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 tsp chopped ginger
1 lb ground pork
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp green curry paste
2 Tbsp fish sauce
ground black pepper
chopped cilantro or parsley

Cook the garlic, onion and ginger in a little bit of oil until they’re soft and clear. Add the pork and cook on medium heat until the meat is cooked. Add the soy sauce, curry, fish sauce and pepper. Let it simmer a few minutes.
Meanwhile cook some rice noodles or spaghetti noodles according to the package.
Throw the pork mixture over the noodles, garnish with cilantro or parsley.
It’s delicious, really.
Next time I will throw some veggies in to round it out as a meal. Or steam some veggies and serve on the side. Or have and apple for dessert.

Chinese Five-Spice Kettle Corn

I love the sweet-salty-crunchy of kettle corn and have wanted to try making it for some time. When I came upon this recipe in a magazine I couldn’t resist. It didn’t turn out quite as sweet as I hoped for but it’s spicy and tasty.

1/2 c. popcorn
2 Tbsp canola oil
4 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp Chinese 5 Spice powder
1 tsp salt

In a large pot with a tight fitting lid over medium heat combine popcorn the ingredients. Shake constantly. Once the popcorn begins to pop, turn the heat down to medium low. Continue to shake until popping slows down. Leave it with the lid on until the popping stops. Drizzle with melted butter.

I have been a hot-air popcorn popper for several years, so I was nervous about making popcorn on the stove again for the first time since I was a kid. It turned out quite well. The exciting thing is that you could use any spice or spice blend you wanted. Imagine using chipotle chili powder. Or curry. oooo the possibilities are endless