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I'm reading Amy Poehler's book, "Yes, Please," which is a memoir with some funny tips and asides. She mentions how difficult it is to write in your own voice. Because people know this is you, and you can't hide behind some funny character or situation you have no control over.
I feel you, Amy. I do. Despite being a small-time blogger with zero experience in show biz who has never written anything - but has a habit of telling long and useless stories...I feel you. I sometimes read my posts and have NO IDEA who the writer was. (Obvs it was me.) This was especially apparent last week when I spent two days updating every. single. recipe. (A symptom of updating my theme.) I mostly just copied the recipes to insert into my new recipe plugin, but I occasionally stuck around to read the post, shudder at the photos, or judge the recipes harshly and conclude that nobody else would ever make that dish. I found more than one typo (eek!!), several bouts of negativity (I'm sorry), and left with a general feeling of: WHO IS THIS PERSON? Because that doesn't feel like me.
Then, as if The Fates were making fun of me and messing with my life-string, today I came across a new blog loaded with personality, hilarity, and profanity. It was all the things I love. Due to my fear of becoming an over-sharer, there's a lot less personality on this blog than on my friends&family-only travel blog...and I'm starting to wonder if that's a PROBLEM. Because in real life, I'm overwhelmingly sarcastic, often inappropriate, a bit uncouth, quick to drop an F-BOMB, unashamedly obsessed with Harry Potter, and quite often, not very nice, haha. Kindness is important, but we can't all be Ellen Degeneres. Everyone needs a Simon Cowell in their lives, right? Negative people need friends too, you guys.
However, instead of being mean here (even though being professional is super boring), I'm going to go tell Zac his new pink shorts look stupid and leave you guys with Japanese Yakisoba. It's really good. It's better than that stupid thick and weird sauce you can buy at Costco. It has a lot of vegetables, and it is a bit heavy on the salt, thanks to the soy sauce. You're going to love it so much you'll make a double batch (without the soba), so you can freeze it for later.
Be kind to one another, but also be Simon Cowell. Eat fried noodles and prosper.
Japanese Yakisoba (Stir-Fried Noodles)
- 8 ounces soba noodles 180-ish grams - use two of the little rounds that come in a package
- 1 Tablespoon oil olive, coconut, etc.
- 2 Tablespoons ginger minced
- 2 Tablespoons garlic minced
- 1 cup shiitake mushrooms sliced, 200 grams
- ½ cup onion sliced into wedges, 120 grams
- ½ head cabbage thinly sliced, 500 grams
- 2 medium carrots julienned, 240 grams
For the Yakisoba Sauce:
- 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon white pepper recommended, but I used black
- For the Soba: Bring a pot of water to boiling and cook soba for 5 minutes. (ONLY FIVE MINUTES.) Drain and rinse immediately, then set aside.
- For the sauce: Add all ingredients to a small sauce pot and stir well. Bring to a low simmer and cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring regularly. You just want to "meld" the flavors together and cook the tomato paste.
- For the Vegetables: Warm oil and add ginger and garlic. Cook for about 30 seconds -1 minute, then add mushrooms and onion. Sauté over low heat (to avoid burning the garlic and ginger) until soft and fragrant. Add carrots and cook until soft.
- Add cabbage and cook over high heat until slightly wilted, but still crunchy.
- Mix in the yakisoba sauce and stir well.
- Remove from heat and drizzle with 1 Tablespoon sesame oil and serve! I like to mix in a little fresh greens for color. We used mizuna, but you can use arugula, spinach, kale, or even cilantro!
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