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Chris and I love cooking at night together. He makes amazing drinks to go along with whatever flavor profile we’re going for, and Asian is one of our favorites to make for friends and family. I always get asked for recipes, so I’ll add some here for all of you fellow foodies.
Here’s a simple egg roll, fried rice, and sesame chicken recipe that you can make at home. You can even buy your veggies pre-cut at the grocery store to save on more time.
For the egg rolls and fried rice, I don’t have exact measurements, but I’ll write out how I do it and you can modify according to your taste preference. This is how I prepare everything when I’m trying to cut down on cooking time and have everything come out at once:
First I get a bag of precut cabbage in a skillet with two cloves of minced garlic and olive oil, and sauté over medium heat. Then I get the water on for the rice, start on the sesame sauce, and get the chicken batter ready.
**Helpful tip: I’ll double the sesame sauce recipe, minus the sesame oil, and add chives and dried mustard for a dipping sauce for egg rolls or dumplings. You can add a touch more vinegar and ginger for your dipping sauce for a nice, acidic balance to cut the richness of the egg rolls or dumplings.
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp water
1/2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp white vinegar
1 Tbsp ginger powder
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 Tbsp Honey
Squirt of Sriracha (doesn’t add heat as much as that authentic Asian flavor profile with those yummy chiles)
2 Tbsp sesame seeds
1 large egg
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 pinch each salt and pepper
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken cut into inch pieces
***I hold off on cutting the chicken until after I prep the veggies for the fried rice as to not taint my cutting board. This is when I chop and dice the veggies for the rice and add it to a bowl to be used later.
By now the cabbage should be nice and sautéed, so I turn the heat down and add the following egg roll seasoning. Keep in mind for the egg rolls I usually over spice the cabbage so it doesn’t lose its flavor when it’s all rolled up.
1 bag precut cabbage
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
3-4 Tbsps ginger powder (or more, to taste)
2-3 Tbsps dried mustard or regular yellow mustard
3 Tbsps of soy sauce (or to taste)
Since the cabbage and garlic are all ready to go, I usually scramble the egg and mix it well before adding the rest of the seasoning. Then I keep tasting and adjusting the same flavors until it gets where I’m looking for.
To roll the egg rolls, I spoon about a tablespoon or two directly into the left-center of the diamond shape, fold the top and bottom, then wet the edges and roll up. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m thinking of baking them in the oven at 375 to save on cooking time. You might want to roll them, add a bit of oil to the top and test it out. Other than that, I usually add a little olive oil (or veggie oil) to the skillet and turn them until cooked on all sides. Usually about 1-2 mins per side.
Your white rice should be finished by now, and it’s time to fry it up.
1 cup of white rice
2 cups of water or chicken broth
1.5 tsps salt
1 onion, diced (can be yellow, spanish, whatever you prefer.)
2 or 3 cloves garlic, minced
handful of carrots, diced
handful of frozen peas
1 or 2 eggs
The rice should be cooked in the salted water prior to the next step. (Quick rice recipe, bring 2 cups of water to a boil – add salt and rice, then cover and reduce heat. Cook covered for 20 mins.) I sauté the veggies with olive oil until they’re juuuust about caramelized, then I scramble an egg or two into the mixture. Once the egg is cooked I add the rice, soy sauce, and more olive oil and let it sauté until the desired texture.
While the rice is getting fried, I add the chicken to a hot skillet and cook until nice and crispy on the outside. Once it’s finished I add the sauce and let it cook for a few extra minutes to really caramelize on there. And that’s it!
Sometimes I also chop fresh chives and garnish the chicken with it.
Now it’s time to curl up after dinner with a good book, and get that brain thinking about your own WIPs. Enjoy!
i also love being creeped out, no matter what time of year it is – dating back to hiding under my covers and reading Stephen King novels as a middle-schooler. so without further adieu, here are some new titles that i cannot WAIT to get my hands on.
what creepy/horror-rich book are you looking forward to (or have read) this year???
1. THE CURE FOR DREAMING – by Cat Winters
Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.
2. OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS – by Jessica Verday
A romantic, historical retelling of classic Gothic horror featuring Edgar Allan Poe and his character Annabel Lee, from a New York Times best-selling author.
Summoned to her father’s home in 1820’s Philadelphia, a girl finds herself in the midst of a rash of gruesome murders in which he might be implicated. She is torn romantically between her father’s assistants-one kind and proper, one mysterious and brooding-who share a dark secret and may have more to do with the violent events than they’re letting on.
3. A MURDER OF MAGPIES – by Sarah Bromley
Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.
No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it’s not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk.
Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.
Unwanted. That’s all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can’t explain the hold she has on him–inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn’t know what her powers can do. Yet.
Just as Vayda and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn’t so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.
4. MARY: THE SUMMONING – by Hillary Monahan
There is a right way and a wrong way to summon her.
Jess had done the research. Success requires precision: a dark room, a mirror, a candle, salt, and four teenage girls. Each of them–Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna–must link hands, follow the rules . . . and never let go.
A thrilling fear spins around the room the first time Jess calls her name: “Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary. BLOODY MARY.” A ripple of terror follows when a shadowy silhouette emerges through the fog, a specter trapped behind the mirror.
Once is not enough, though–at least not for Jess. Mary is called again. And again. But when their summoning circle is broken, Bloody Mary slips through the glass with a taste for revenge on her lips. As the girls struggle to escape Mary’s wrath, loyalties are questioned, friendships are torn apart, and lives are forever altered.
A haunting trail of clues leads Shauna on a desperate search to uncover the legacy of Mary Worth. What she finds will change everything, but will it be enough to stop Mary–and Jess–before it’s too late?
5. WINTERKILL – by Kate A. Boorman
Emmeline knows she’s not supposed to explore the woods outside her settlement. The enemy that wiped out half her people lurks there, attacking at night and keeping them isolated in an unfamiliar land with merciless winters. Living with the shame of her grandmother’s insubordination, Emmeline has learned to keep her head down and her quick tongue silent.
When the settlement leader asks for her hand in marriage, it’s an opportunity for Emmeline to wash the family slate clean—even if she has eyes for another. But before she’s forced into an impossible decision, her dreams urge her into the woods, where she uncovers a path she can’t help but follow. The trail leads to a secret that someone in the village will kill to protect. Her grandmother followed the same path and paid the price. If Emmeline isn’t careful, she will be next.
6. THE FALL - by Bethany Griffin
Madeline Usher is doomed.
She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.
Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house.
In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down? The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, reimagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher
7. GATES OF THREAD AND STONE – by Lori M. Lee
In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.
In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.
Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power
8. SUSPICION – by Alexandra Monir
Mysterious. Magnificent. Creepy. Welcome to Rockford Manor.
“There’s something hidden in the Maze.” Seventeen-year-old Imogen has never forgotten the last words her father said to her seven years ago, before the blazing fire that consumed him, her mother, and the gardens of her family’s English country manor.
Haunted by her parents’ deaths, Imogen moves to New York City with her new guardians. But when a letter arrives with the news of her cousin’s untimely death, revealing that Imogen is now the only heir left to run the estate, she returns to England and warily accepts her role as duchess.
All is not as it seems at Rockford, and Imogen quickly learns that dark secrets lurk behind the mansion’s aristocratic exterior, hinting that the spate of deaths in her family were no accident. And at the center of the mystery is Imogen herself–and Sebastian, the childhood friend she has secretly loved for years. Just what has Imogen walked into?
Combining a fresh twist on the classic REBECCA with a spine-tingling mystery and powerful romance, SUSPICION is an action-packed thrill ride.
9. FERAL – by Holly Schindler
The Lovely Bones meets Black Swan in this haunting psychological thriller with twists and turns that will make you question everything you think you know.
It’s too late for you. You’re dead. Those words continue to haunt Claire Cain months after she barely survived a brutal beating in Chicago. So when her father is offered a job in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out will offer her a way to start anew.
But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire feels an overwhelming sense of danger, and her fears are confirmed when she discovers the body of a popular high school student in the icy woods behind the school, surrounded by the town’s feral cats. While everyone is quick to say it was an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it, and vows to learn the truth about what happened.
But the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to realizing a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley….
10. OF BREAKABLE THINGS – by A. Lynden Rolland
A captivating debut about the fragility of life, love, and perspective.
When Chase dies tragically, Alex embraces her own mortality. What she didn’t expect was that she’d have to make a choice: forget the years of pain and suffering once and for all, or linger as a spirit and get another chance at life and love.
Alex doesn’t hesitate to choose; she’d follow Chase anywhere. But the spirit world is nothing like she expected, and Alex finds she’s forced to fight for her life once more. For even in a world where secrets are buried much deeper than six feet under, a legacy can continue to haunt you—and in a place this dangerous, no one is resting in peace.
there are so many wonderful book giveaways going on, and i HAD to share this one with you, lovely blog friends. happy October!!!
Originally posted on Precy Larkins, YA Author:
I’ve reached 2,000 followers on Twitter, and as promised, I’m doing a giveaway to celebrate this milestone. What’s up for grabs?
(Click on title for book description. It’ll take you to the Goodreads site.)
And also swag!!
Signed postcards of WILL THE REAL PRINCE CHARMING PLEASE STAND UP? by Ella Martin
Bookmarks of NOT A DROP TO DRINK & IN A HANDFUL OF DUST by Mindy McGinnis
Signed bookmarks of Sarah Fine’s OF METAL AND WISHES
R.C. Lewis’ STITCHING SNOW bookmark
Book prizes come with WILL THE REAL PRINCE CHARMING PLEASE STAND UP? postcards, and are US only (because shipping is costly, and I’m not JK Rowling with money to spare)
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