Check out my new isopod recipe!

Isopods as Sustainable Food

I’m enjoying this isopod recipe. I hope you do too!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup large isopods
  • 1 – 2 green onions, as desired
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • oil
  • 4 cups cold cooked rice
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons light soy sauce or isopod juice, as desired

Preparation:

Wash the isopods. Wash and finely chop the green onion. Lightly beat the eggs with the salt and pepper.

Heat a wok or frying pan and add 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the eggs, and stir in the isopods.

Next, stir-fry the rice for a few minutes, adding soy sauce or isopod juice as desired.

When the rice is heated through, add the isopods and eggs back into the pan. Mix thoroughly. Stir in the green onion. Serve hot.

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Beet Pickled Eggs with Star Anise and Cardamom

Since I’m known in my family for enjoying particularly strange food, my sister, Joy (who now also has a recipe blog – http://joyiscooking.wordpress.com/) made me Beet Pickled Eggs for my birthday. Now I’ve eaten a lot of things that most wouldn’t touch, including things like natto, kani miso (crab brains), and durian, but these beet pickled eggs are definitely hella weird. This is the recipe she used:

Ingredients

1 beet, peeled and roughly chopped into 1 to 2-inch sized pieces, cooked*
1 cup beet juice*
1 cup cider vinegar
1/4 onion, sliced
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 cardamom pods
1 star anise
6 hard cooked eggs, peeled

*Simmer the chopped beets in a cup of water, covered, until tender, 30-40 minutes, or used canned beets. Use the beet juice from the cooking water, or the juice from canned beets.

1.  Peel the eggs and place in the bottom of a clean glass jar, quart sized.

2.  In a medium saucepan, add the vinegar, water (or beet juice if using), onion. sugar, and spices. Bring to a boil and cook, uncovered, until the sugar has dissolved and the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

3.  Add the beets, beet juice, and vinegar onion mixture to the eggs in the jar, covering the eggs completely.

The pickled eggs will be ready to eat after a few days. The longer the eggs sit in the jar, the more the pickling juice will penetrate the eggs. I let mine sit almost two weeks.

Besides being strange smelling, looking, and tasting, the beet pickled eggs affected me quite explosively the next day. I don’t know that I will be eating them again soon. 🙂
Good luck!

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The Tale of the Really Weird Onion

I was cutting up an onion earlier and remembered a story from years ago that I wanted to share.  A friend was somewhat new to cooking and was trying out a new recipe that called for 1 white onion.  She goes to the store, picks up all the ingredients, comes home, and cooks the dish. Everything seems to go fine, the dish tasted pretty good, although she notices that that was one potent onion! Like don’t-breathe-on-other-people potent. Like seeping-from-your-pores potent. Like everyone-can-smell-you-a-mile-away potent. She also noted that the onion was peculiar in the sense that it was made up of these numerous sections that she had to separate and cut up individually. Everyone had a good laugh once we figured out that it was in fact a whole head of garlic.

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Bloody Mary with Fresh Squeezed Isopod Juice

A Bloody Mary with Isopod Juice is more refreshing than a Bloody Caesar

Since the isopod farming is going so well, I decided to try another isopod recipe: Bloody Mary with Isopod Juice.

Now I only recommend this recipe from farm raised isopods. If you use wild caught isopods, make sure they come from an area free of pesticides, fertilizers, and other toxins. If you buy farmed isopods, make sure it is a reputable farm and that the isopods are fresh (preferably alive when you receive them)

Ingredients:
4 oz live isopods
3 oz tomato juice
1 oz vodka
1 dash of Tabasco sauce
2 dash Worcestershire sauce
Lemon wedge
Celery salt
Pepper
Celery stalk
Ice

Directions:
1.  Rim a highball glass with the juice from the lemon wedge and celery salt
2.  Liquify the isopods in a blender
3.  Add the vodka, tomato juice, and isopod juice
4.  Add Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces
5.  Add ice and stir well
6.  Garnish with celery stick

Wow! This Bloody Mary with Isopod Juice recipe is actually very similar to a Bloody Caesar. Not bad!

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Piece of Bread on Broccoli

Broccoli leftovers topped with piece of bread

This leftover broccoli recipe was pretty simple, a little funny looking, but easy, healthy, and fairly enjoyable.

Ingredients:
Broccoli, day old, reheated
Piece of bread
Salt, pepper, olive oil

Directions:
Heat broccoli in microwave until warm.  Add salt, pepper. Add piece of bread. Pour olive oil over everything.

Wallah! You’re done!

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Everything Stew

So I bought this mix of lentils and split peas and stuff from a middle eastern grocery in my neighborhood. It looked cool and I figured I’d find something to make with it. Well I found a lentil soup recipe online and kind of followed it, ok not really, I just added whatever ingredients I had, and realized that the mix I bought also had other stuff in it.

Ingredients:
lentils
split peas
1 onion
3 cloves garlic
3 tomatoes
cumin
few cups chicken broth
unknown: the premix had its own list of everything in it, including these little black flakes which instantly turned the soup black. It also had a variety of all kind of flavoring in it, none of which was recognizable to me at all.

I threw everything in a big pot, brought to a boil, then simmered for an hour.

I didn’t know what do expect, and figured it wouldn’t be bland, but in the end, after all the worry, it tasted ok.
And now I call it Everything Stew.

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Peanut Butter and Honey Tacos

Peanut butter and honey tacos are the perfect late night snack

 

Yeah, you heard me – peanut butter and honey tacos. And they’re good.

Ingredients:
Tortillas
Peanut butter
Honey

Heat up the tortillas in the microwave. Apply peanut butter and honey. Fold into a taco. Or you can do what I did here and make a roll.

I call them Peanut Butter and Honey Flautas, but they are really just rolls.

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