Thursday, April 19, 2012

Just Another Day...

Today was one of those days. I should have known that it was going to be a tension-packed day when I woke up and wondered why I had to go to work.  

And then I had to have a talk with myself about how there’s people that can’t even find a job, and out the door I went. 

Again, I’m eating this mini crab cakes with Sriracha dipping sauce.
I think it’s the sauce that I’m really eating.

I bought these for a nice ‘perk up’ tonight too. Although, the drink is perking me up just fine, Thank You.

What can I say about today? 

Remember that even though some days will; stress you out; make you want to choke that person walking by with their stinky lunch they heated up from the microwave, or want to stab the side of your neck with a pen, just so that you can tell your boss that you ‘don’t feel well’, tomorrow is a new day. Besides, you might have to ‘foil an assault’ by another team mate, who’s going through what you already encountered.

Pork and Soba Noodles
Adapted from recipe by Kristine Kidd
Serves 4

For Pork:
3 Tbl. Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
3 tsp. Cornstarch
3 Tbl. Sesame Oil
Freshly Ground Pepper
1 ¼ lbs. Boneless Cener-Cut Pork Chops (about 3) or Pork Sirloin, cut across the grain into thin strips *

*try this with Chicken as well

For Sauce:
¼ C. Sesame Oil
½ C. Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
½ C. Rice Vinegar
2 Tbl. Sugar

1 Head of Broccoli, cut into florets
1 C. pre-shredded carrots (or more if desired)
10 oz. Soba Noodles
1 Bunch Green Onions, white and green parts, thinly sliced

2 Tbl. Peanut Oil
2 Tbl. Fresh Ginger, peeled & minced
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ - ½ tsp. Red Pepper Flakes


Combine the first 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Generously add black pepper to pork strips, place in a sealable bag or dish and cover with liquid from bowl.  Marinade for 1 hour at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator. If refrigerated, pull out to allow meat to come to room temperature.

In a bowl, combine all of the sauce ingredients, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside.

Bring a large pot three-fourths full of water to a boil over high heat. Add the broccoli and cook until just tender, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the florets to a bowl. Next add the carrots to the water and cook for a minute. Transfer with a slotted spoon to the same bowl. Last, add the noodles to the boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, about 4 minutes. Drain the noodles and return them to the pot. Add half of the sauce to the noodles and stir to coat. Stir in the vegetables and all but 2 tablespoons of the green onions. Cover to keep warm.

In a large nonstick fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the peanut oil. Add the ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes and stir until fragrant, about 5 seconds. Add the pork, separating the pieces, and stir constantly just until the pork is cooked through, 7-10 minutes. Add the remaining sauce and stir until thickened, about 30 seconds. Immediately add the pork and sauce to the noodles and toss to coat. Serve; topped with the last of the green onions.

In the words of Birgit, ‘Make it a Great Day’.


  1. My day will be great when I make I make this! :-) This looks fantastic!!

  2. The weekend will be here soon my friend, so hang in there! Work can be a downer, but creating in the kitchen can be very uplifting as well as a great place to unwind after a long day. Your dish here looks healthy as well as comforting. Also, very smart of you to get the flowers, doing one nice thing for yourself every day can make a difference!
    Enjoy the weekend and leave the work issues behind.

  3. It's true some days you don;t even want to get out of bed! Today was one here, pouring rain and thunderstorms said "stay in bed, you can go in tomorrow". Unfortunately, if we are not here, no-one is and NOTHING gets done so we left the warmth of the bed and here we are and glad to be her, too with our blogging friends. Hang in there, it always gets better! If only because you can have this delicious recipe for lunch!