March 8, 2011 Leave a comment
This Sunday I was inspired. Not exactly sure by what.. but I felt the need to try something new. Just for the hell of it and because I can. Damn it… I’m Dutch Pot Catering! The delicacy of the day was… Chicken Chow Mein. Now I know it’s not a hard dish but I never tried it and my boys love Chinese food. If I’m gonna try something… I do it all the way. I made my own pasta. Yes, yes, yes! I did it! It’s actually very easy, just time consuming. I think I will only do this again if I have a specific order or I get inspired again.
Homemade Pasta – Eggs, flour, salt, butter and milk. Knead dough or use your Kitchen aid to whip it together. Now, once kneaded and smooth, let it rest for 15-30 mins. If you have a pasta machine perfect. If you are like me, roll that dough out and use your pizza cutter and cut the dough in strips. I eye-balled the size. (My next present to myself will be a pasta machine- in case I get inspired…lol) Dry the pasta for about 1 hr. By then the dough should be kinda stiff-like.
Get a big pot and start boiling water with some salt just as you would for regular dried pasta. Once the water comes to boil drop the pasta in. Homemade pasta doesn’t take long. 5 min -7 mins. Once the noodles rise to the top, time to take em’ out. I drain the pasta but mix it with a little oil or you can use butter or PAM spray so they don’t stick.
My Veggies – carrots, cabbage, bean sprouts, onions, scallions, garlic, ginger. I forgot my peas .
Marinade– This was the hard part. Fish sauce is an integral part of Asian cooking. But my family and myself have a sensitivity to shell fish. So, I tried my hardest to work on the taste. Soy sauce, honey, chili pepper and some other seasonings and I got damn near close.
Now the guest of honor… DUTCH POT’S CHICKEN CHOW MEIN!!!! (applause, applause)
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Don’t forget… let your taste buds do the traveling and discover your inner-island awesomeness. DPC