Friday, September 19, 2014

Recipe: Zucchini Patties

Because I generally eat salads everyday during the work week, I try to be more creative with my dinners. When making food at home, I tend to stick with something healthy and vegetarian, and I've recently been making zucchini patties almost every week. It's quite foolproof (mix everything together and pop in the oven!) and very delicious.

Serves: 2

  • 1/4 white onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated sharp yellow cheddar cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 zucchini, grated
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C) 
  • Grate zucchini onto a paper towel and squeeze to rid of water
  • In a large bowl combine all ingredients
  • Mix well with a large fork
  • Spray a baking pan with cooking spray
  • Mold into 2 inch patties-- should make around 9 patties
  • Bake for 25 minutes
Best served with chili sauce or tzatziki sauce. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Recipe: Turkey Tacos

This past weekend I had a few friends over for homemade tacos and sangria. It's always a special treat to have tacos at home because it really doesn't happen often-- the long list of ingredients needed, the prep work with chopping/shredding, and clean up involves so many dishes and utensils. But, since I love my friends and I love tacos, I thought it would be fun.

Serves 4:

Ingredients for turkey and seasoning:
  • 1.2 lbs 99% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato salsa
For the taco toppings:
  • 1 cup shredded sharp yellow cheddar
  • 1 cup chopped tomato 
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 3 tbsp sour cream
  • 1/2 cup guacamole
  • 1/2 cup jalapeños
  • 1/2 cup black olives
  • 2 tbsp chives
For the wrap:
  • 8 large Iceberg lettuce leaves or 8 yellow corn taco shells (or a mix of both!)
  • Combine dry turkey seasoning ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. 
  • On medium heat, put turkey into a medium pot. Cook until brown (2-3 minutes), making sure to stir and break apart the meat into small pieces.
  • Add taco seasoning in and mix well.
  • Add onion and salsa, mix, cover pot, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Assemble each taco with turkey, shredded lettuce (could skip if using lettuce wraps), tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole, jalapeños, olives, chives.
I personally enjoy eating tacos with iceberg lettuce leaves because they are so crisp and refreshing. Furthermore, as a chip and guac/salsa addict, usually I'm quite full by the time entrées are served. This is where a non-filling lettuce wrap comes in handy.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Revisited: Rockaway Taco

On part two of our Labor Day food tour (part one was SriPraPhai), we went to Rockaway Taco. Thank god for some traffic/an hour long drive from SriPraPhai that gave us some time to digest.

I was really excited about Rockaway Taco because last time I visited was 3 years ago, and I loved the fish tacos. I was happy to find that they were even better and bigger than I remembered.

Note that there are benches but no tables for seating, so be prepared to only use one hand to eat your taco or to be very careful about dropping bits of food onto your legs/clothes.

Taco prepping behind the cashier

Surprising to see that prices barely changed since the last time I was here--  only $0.50 more for tacos 

Pineapple mint juice, $4
The perfect summer drink (and no sugar added!)

Fish taco, $3.50, guacamole $1
Fish tacos are sold individually, and these were much bigger than I remembered. One would've been plenty (especially after a Thai lunch), but they were just so good that I didn't mind stuffing myself. The radishes, fresh guacamole, and abundance of cabbage never overpowered the plump piece of tilapia. Crispy, moist, and so many good flavors. Looking back on this, I'm very glad I went with two.

95-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Rockaway Beach, NY 11693
(347) 213-7466
*Cash only, but there is an ATM available right at the shop

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Monday, September 8, 2014

SriPraPhai Lunch in Queens

Over last Sunday night's dinner at Gato (highly recommended), one friend suggested we spend Labor Day Monday driving around eating at different places throughout NYC. Such a fantastic idea. Our food tour started off with Thai in Queens, and ended with dessert in Boerum Hill.

We began with lunch at SriPraPhai, a restaurant that a previous co-worker of mine used to rave about all the time. He lives in Queens/the borough for a wide variety of ethnic eats, and I totally trust his taste. SriPraPhai is now my new favorite Thai restaurant in New York. Prices are incredibly reasonable, there are a ton of dishes to choose from (we kept saying to each other "what about the noodles on page 5? Or the meat on 6?"), and best of all, most dishes cost around $10.

The restaurant is known to have really long waits during prime meal times. Since we were there on a holiday and right when it opened for lunch, we got seated right away.

Drunken noodles with duck, $12.50
Duck may seem like a strange choice, but I know now to usually trust the bf when he orders food (he tends to choose the better items every single time we go out to eat). Anyway, soft, spicy noodles turned out to be the best complement to the tender and fatty duck pieces. Yum. 

Papaya pad thai with shrimp, $10
This pad thai was quite good-- especially the crunchy pieces of papaya and peanuts, but the dish was too sweet overall. 

Green curry with chicken, $10
Green curry is my absolute favorite dish to order at Thai restaurants. Sweet Basil in Hong Kong does it best, but this was a close second. Really tender chicken, a perfect tangy flavor, but unfortunately just a little too watery. Also, make sure to order the coconut rice to go with this curry. Delicious!

Sautéed watercress, $10
Chinese vegetables are so good, especially when prepared simply-- just some oil and a pan. Luckily for our group, this was a very generous portion and there was plenty to go around.

Also, we didn't go to the back of the restaurant, but I read that SriPraPhai does have a backyard/garden seating with a nice fountain. I would definitely want to check this out when it gets a bit cooler. 

64-13 39th Ave
Woodside, NY 11377
(718) 899-9599
*Cash only, closed Wednesdays

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Next up-- Rockaway Taco!

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