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Friday, March 28, 2014

Wild Ginger, Domestic Tofu

Wild Ginger before seeing Wes Anderson's new film, Grand Budapest Hotel (really, really liked it. Has anyone else seen it?)

I picked something different this time: udon noodles with kim chee and soy protein. Pretty good, though I'd always like more vegetables.They were generous with the kim chee - some nice chunks of cabbage in here.

 G got Pad See Ew - long, flat noodles with broccoli and a black bean sauce.

                                  Through the water out the window on to Bedford Avenue.
Tried to remember and recreate Isobelle's mustard-dill roasted zucchini and tofu:

The sauce I threw together was about 1/2 cup German mustard, 1/4 c. olive oil, 1/4 cup sherry, some agave syrup, and about 3 TBS chopped dill. This was enough to cover a huge zucchini and about a pound of slabbed tofu, but I wish I'd had more leftover to serve. I brushed the sauce on top of the slices and baked it in preheated oven for about 45 minutes, flipping halfway through.
It worked well for the zucchini, but the tofu didn't absorb much of the sauce. Next time I eat it, I may make a second batch of the dressing, or maybe drizzle a tahini-miso mixture on top.
I miss Isobelle. Have a good weekend.

23 comments:

  1. I have that movie on my short list! It looks so fantastic, and how can you beat the cast?!?! I also miss Isobelle. I would like to experiment more with tofu, but I feel like my outcome is usually similar to yours - not quite enough flavor.

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    1. Yeah, I recently watched the Anna Karenina movie adaptation with Jude Law and he stole my heart, so.
      I feel like a terrible vegan for not having figured out tofu yet.

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  2. Aww I miss Isobelle too! I follow her on instagram and she seems to be doing well and is continuing to make absolutely beautiful art. I remember enjoying Wild Ginger when I went a few years ago. The pad see ew looks so good, definitely something I would order. I hope you'll try the tofu again with the revisions you suggested. It looks so good!

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    1. Good for her, I'm sure she is.
      I'd like to try the Pad See Ew too. The noodles are so cool.

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  3. I can't believe they put those expensive flowers on each plate. They must 'recycle' them. Food looks really good. I'm jealous about that. The movie is in my Netflix queue.

    Down here, it's 'Kim Chi', not 'Kim Chee'.

    Interesting idea to start missing things that used to be on the internet since the internet itself hasn't been around that long.

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    1. Do you know what kind of flower they are? G and I were wondering if they're edible.
      I miss lots of things. The ephemeral speaks to me.

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    2. Try to get a better pic next time of the flowers. I can't believe they would be actual Orchids, but maybe...

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  4. The Wild Ginger food looks very flavorful — I especially like the kimchee. I hope it was nice and spicy. I haven't seen the film yet but I really like Wes Anderson. I want to live in the house from Moonrise Kingdom — or make my house look the same.

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    1. It was adequately spicy!
      Yes, I'd like Wes Anderson to decorate my apartment. He has an incredible eye for detail.

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  5. Your zucchini is making me seriously hungry... Any way you bake it, I just can't get enough of those little green squash. I'm definitely going to try this, but perhaps swapping out the sherry and agave for mirin instead.

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    1. Can't wait until they're everywhere this summer!

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  6. Hmm, I followed your link to see who Isobelle is, but the message said she wasn't there. It's a bummer when people we like stop coming online. Anyhow, the sauce you made from her recipe sounds delish. Have not seen the movie. Is it a horror?

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    1. Isobelle has "Signed off," sadly, yes.
      Not a horror movie. I don't do horror.

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  7. Grand Budapest Hotel is definitely on my short list of movies to see sometime in the future--and movies are not even really my thing! The only issue I have is the vast, overwhelming amount of starring men as opposed to women (especially SWINTON OMG). But it seems like it'll be great anyway. That udon is so orange that I thought it was carrot noodles at first! I bet they would be great with the same sauce and spicing anyway, don't you?

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    1. I'm not a big fan of movies either - I can't seem to keep focused on them. But his movies are so pretty to look at, it helps. Good point about the dudes...I think the young woman in the movie (the lobby boy's sweetheart) is also wonderful, though, AND the blue haired girl from Blue is the Warmest Color (if you've seen it) has a small role. I love her!
      Agreed, carrot noodles would be wonderful with the sauce. I ought to try that.

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  8. Really hoping to see that movie soon. Royal Tenenbaums is still my favourite Wes Anderson, so I'll be interested to find how this compares.

    PS Yay for generous kimchee!

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    1. Royal Tenenbaums was ok but I definitely think this is up high on the list.
      PS, Truly.

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  9. Looks like a yummy noodley dinner you guys had! I always want more vegetables when i go out to eat- sometimes when i ask "are there a lot of veggies with this one?" the server is like oh, not many don't worry we can take them off of you want.....i suspect they get more veggie averse than pro veggie customers.
    That marinade sounds really great! I'm a big fan of dill.
    Ttrockwood

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    1. Haha, yeah, I've heard that too. I'll take the ones other people don't want!

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  10. All of these meals look so delicious, I’m having homemade Mexican tonight for dinner and I am so hungry after looking at your post! I’m enjoying it even more and more esp that udon noodles and mustard-dill tofu! x

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    1. I could go for some homemade mexican...

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  11. If I could, I'd have myself connected up to an IV drip of kimchi I love it that much. Also, yes to Grand Budapest Hotel - "shaking like a shitting dog" = amazing!

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  12. I saw Grand Budapest Hotel last weekend and loved it! I think it may be my favorite Wes Anderson film. It's right up there with Fantastic Mr. Fox & Moonrise Kingdom. What I enjoyed most about the film was its optimism and the emotional investment I felt in the characters. Sometimes in Wes Anderson films, the characters are interesting, but I don't feel I have a stake in their lives and actions. This time I really LIKED the characters, and I cared about what happened to them. It's definitely a film I could watch again, and I tend to not watch the same movie twice.

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