Sunday, July 20, 2008

Trying to Get my Mojo Back

Now that my conference is over I had high hopes of getting back into the kitchen and making something great. OK, maybe not great, but at least passable. Let's face it, I am pretty wiped after two solid weeks of research capped by a presentation at a conference. I was not about to reinvent the wheel (or whatever the culinary equivalent is). I had bought a jar of green curry simmering sauce at Trader Joe's for such an occasion and envisioned making a nice tofu curry. The curry itself was nothing new (really just a store-bought version of this recipe), but I thought it would be cool to serve the curry in noodle nests that would cradle the sauce and veggies. For the life of me I could not figure out how to make a noodle nest that did not look like a pile of noodles. I tried a sort of noodle braid (failure), frying some noodle (big time failure), and cooling noodles in a small bowl (not really a nest). Finally I got too hungry to experiment any more and just spooned sauce over some noodles. Tasty, but not what I was after. Not a bad picture, though.

8 comments:

Vegetation said...

You have SO much more patience than I do!

It looks yummy though, despite the noodle nest-less.

Taymer said...

Hi
Your pics on the site look really professional
Do you take them yourself?

Vegan Dad said...

Taymer,
I do take them myself. I think that good photos are key to a food blog. You can have the best recipes, but a bad picture can make any dish look unappealing. Alternately, a good picture can sell even the worst recipe (ha ha).

Maggie said...

So the green curry sauce is good? I've eyed it before but never picked it up.

Erin said...

Nest or not, it looks pretty good!

Vegan Dad said...

maggie,
I would say the curry sauce is good enough. It certainly has nothing on the homemade version, but for quick and easy it is not bad.

Rena said...

I found that the Lunch in a Box blog has a good tutorial for making noodle nests: http://lunchinabox.net/2008/04/29/zarusoba-noodle-nest-bento/

Hopefully, this will help make this dish more presentable next time (although it looks tasty just as it is)!

Vegan Dad said...

Thanks, Rena. I will check that out.