Posts Tagged ‘quick’

Quick pork and mushroom pasta sauce

September 27, 2008

I haven’t been working at home this week, and missed lunch on Thursday, so was starving by the time I got to the market at 5 to shop for dinner.  Most of the pasta sauces I make are the all-afternoon kind, long braises of meat, garlic, and tomatoes in wine.  But, inspired by a large package of marked down pre-sliced button mushrooms and one of organic basil, I grabbed a 1/2 pound package of thinly sliced side pork (and 5 kinds of ice cream – it really is a mistake to shop when you are hungry) and headed home.

I try to keep canned diced tomatoes in the pantry, as well as pasta in some form, garlic, and olive oil.  There wasn’t any red wine I was willing to open for cooking in the house (need to remedy this pronto), but I wanted to go for a hearty sauce with bright basil flavor, so a splash of wine could go missing.  In retrospect, I should have put the pasta water on to boil the minute I started cooking the sauce, so I wouldn’t be found at the stove later yelling “BOIL!” at the pot.

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office snacktime

September 9, 2008

So, you’re looking for something to nuke that’s tasty, sweet, and substantial?  Something that isn’t microwave popcorn, but smells good enough to drive your co-workers around the twist?  How about a personal chocolate cake, baked in a large mug?

Round up:

1 large mug (straight-sided seems better than tapered)

2 or 3 packets of hot chocolate mix (you need about 7 tbsps)

4 tbsps white flour

a pinch of salt

3 tbsps oil (or melted butter)

one egg

3 tbsps water

Put all the dry ingredients in the mug, stir to mix.  Pour in the oil/melted butter, egg, and water.  Stir vigorously until very well blended.  Nuke on high power for 3 minutes.  Depending on the size of your mug, the batter might flow over the top, so put a plate under it.  Turn finished cake out of the mug onto a plate, let cool for a minute and eat.

Some other substitutions and additions that might work, but also might not:

Yogurt, for part of the water and oil (makes it moister, but also gummier)

Those little mayonnaise packets (the real stuff, not Miracle Whip) for the egg and oil (you’ll probably need 6 packets, approx. 5 tbsps)

Coffee instead of water

Chocolate (or butterscotch or peanut butter) chips

Smashed up Almond Joy to make german chocolate cake-like frosting (smash onto plate and put the hot cake on top of it for melty goodness)

Thanks to aldo cowpat for the original recipe (which features 4 tbsps sugar, 2 tbsps cocoa, and 3 tbsps milk instead of the hot chocolate mix and water).

Jaq