Vegan Spring Soba Noodle Bowl

by Kelli on April 18, 2014

Vegan Spring Soba Noodle Bowl

Today I’m giving you a tiny peek into my everyday.

Coffee.  It must happen first thing in the morning.  Before I can even think about opening my laptop, turning on the news, putting in my contacts, I must have at least one sip of good, strong coffee.

I start everyday with green juice or a smoothie.  I usually rotate days for the simple reason that it gives me more time to clean the juice machine or the blender, depending on the day.  For the past few weeks I’ve been crushing on this smoothie + a handful of spinach and sometime some frozen berries.

Vegan Spring Soba Noodle Bowl

Vegan Spring Soba Noodle Bowl

I almost always carry a book with me.  One because I love to read (in middle school, while other kids were getting in trouble for passing notes and talking in class, I got in trouble for sneaking in some extra reading time), and since I live in NYC all my commuting time is spent on the subway or bus.  I also usually read more than one book at a time.

It’s a rare occasion that I’m awake past 11pm.  I don’t know what to say, I’m just not a night person.

Vegan Spring Soba Noodle Bowl

When in doubt, my favorite go-to dinner is some variation of a soba noodle bowl.  It’s simple, quick to whip together, is equally fantastic served hot or cold, and there are sooooo many possible variations.  Also, soba noodle bowls make the best leftovers!

Thanks so some great seasonal produce (I’m looking at you radishes and fava beans) this Spring Soba Noodle Bowl has been showing up on the dinner table a lot lately.  This vegan noodle bowl is topped with sliced radishes, fava beans (although if you’re not up for shelling them, edamame makes a great substitution), scallions and a simple sesame-ginger dressing.

Today I’m on Greatist sharing my recipe for Vegan Spring Soba Noodle Bowls….go check it out!

Vegan Spring Soba Noodle Bowl

Enjoy!

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Dutch Baby Pancake

by Kelli on April 16, 2014

Dutch Baby Pancake

Dutch Baby Pancakes are quite possibly the greatest thing to ever grace the breakfast table.  Bold words, I know.  If you’ve never tried one before, I highly suggest you finishing reading (and by that I mean, drooling over the photos), take this recipe, get in the kitchen, whip out your favorite cast iron skillet and make yourself a Dutch Baby.  Don’t worry if it’s not exactly breakfast time (or brunch if that’s more your style), it can also make a perfectly acceptable lunch, dinner and dessert.

Dutch Baby Pancake

Despite being referred to as a pancake, Dutch Babies aren’t exactly like your tradition stack of hot cakes.  They’re sort of more akin to a popover, at least in my mind.   A bigger, subtly sweet breakfast popover….just not popp-y in the center.

Unlike pancake batter, which is largely made up of flour, Dutch Babies are primarily egg-based, with only a small amount of flour and milk (or cream).  As it cooks, the batter rises up against the sides of the skillet (don’t worry it won’t spill over), while the center puffs up like a balloon, deflating once removed from the oven.

Dutch Baby Pancake

Dutch Baby Pancakes are a light, fluffy, subtly sweet and super buttery.  I recommend topping yours with mixed berries, powdered sugar and a little bit of maple syrup, for good measure!

Dutch Baby Pancake

Dutch Baby Pancake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Serves 2-4

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup half and half (or whole milk)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • For serving (optional)
  • Mixed berries
  • Powdered sugar
  • Maple syrup

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Using an immersion blender (or standard blender), mix together the eggs, flour, half and half, sugar, vanilla and salt.

Melt the butter in a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium-low heat.

Pour the batter into the skillet over the melted butter. Carefully transfer the skillet to the oven, and bake for 25 minutes.

Remove the skillet from the oven. Divide the Dutch baby between plates, top mixed berries and powdered sugar. Serve immediately.

Notes

Adapted from Orangette

http://thecornerkitchenblog.com/dutch-baby-pancake/

Enjoy!

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