Tom Yum

Tom Yum Noodle Soup - a Thai style hot and sour soup with shrimp, tomatoes, and shiitake mushrooms.

Morsels of Life - Tom Yum - Tom Yum Noodle Soup - a Thai style hot and sour soup with shrimp, tomatoes, and shiitake mushrooms.

Asian Avocado Dip

Morsels of Life - Asian Avocado Dip - An Asian inspired gingery avocado dip perfect for veggies!

With the recent sales on avocado and my desire for some sort of dip or dressing, I thought I could make something similar to Asian Dressing, but thickened with avocado so we could use it more like a dip. (Although it still works as a thick, yummy dressing.) I also used quite a bit of ginger because it's yummy. :) To make the dip, just throw everything into a food processor or blender and process or blend until desired consistency reached. I used a food processor, and a blender would result in a slightly thinner feeling, but smoother dip.

What's your favorite Asian flavor?


Morsels of Life - Asian Avocado Dip - An Asian inspired gingery avocado dip perfect for veggies!

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Yield: 8 servings

Materials:

Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
28 grams 1 ounce 2 tablespoons rice vinegar Lemon or lime juice also make good substitutes.
31 grams 1.125 ounces 2 tablespoons soy sauce
8 grams 1/4 ounce 2 teaspoons sesame oil
6 grams 1/4 ounce 1 teaspoon honey mustard
3 grams 1/8 ounce 1 teaspoon onion, powdered
13 grams 1/2 ounce 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
13 grams 1/2 ounce 2 teaspoons honey
11 grams 3/8 ounce 2 teaspoons 2 cloves garlic, minced
55 grams 1.875 ounces ginger Sliced, grated, or minced will make the blending/processing easier.
3 grams 1/8 ounce chili pepper flakes
1 avocado


Methods:

Morsels of Life - Asian Avocado Dip Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - Asian Avocado Dip Step 2 - Place all materials into food processor and process until desired texture reached. 2. Place all materials into food processor and process until desired texture reached.

Morsels of Life - Asian Avocado Dip - An Asian inspired gingery avocado dip perfect for veggies!

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Sticky Rice Rolls (飯糰)

Morsels of Life - Sticky Rice Rolls (飯糰) - Chewy sticky rice surrounding crunchy cracklins, shredded pork floss, and pickled veggies makes for some scrumptiously yummy, although not quite conventional sticky rice rolls.

Ever since my mom made us some Fan Tuan (飯糰), or Sticky Rice Rolls, Bert has been asking me to make him some. If you're like most people, you probably don't know what I'm talking about. Fan Tuan are a part of Chinese cuisine made by compressing glutinous rice around you tiao (油條), also known as a Chinese cruller or Chinese doughnut, and translated as a Chinese oil stick or Chinese fried breadstick. I wanted to make the more traditional savory version of these sticky rice rolls, so I included zha cai (榨菜) or pickled mustard stems and rou song (肉鬆) or shredded pork floss. However, I deviated from the traditional and used pork cracklins instead of you tiao. They're a lot easier to find around these parts, for one. Plus, they still provide that nice crunchy texture like the you tiao would. I've also had some Fan Tuan made with crumbled tortilla chips as a healthier alternative. If you have the materials on hand, these sticky rice rolls are actually fairly quick and easy to make. Just spread some rice (like making sushi rolls) on a piece of plastic wrap and then place your fillings down the middle and compress it all into a roll. I used a sushi mat to help form the roll. Leave the plastic wrap on until eating time to prevent the rice from drying out and hardening as well as a mess! It's certainly not the most photogenic food, but it does make up for it in yumminess. Enjoy with a nice cup of soy milk!

What's an unphotogenic food that more than makes up for it in yumminess?


Morsels of Life - Sticky Rice Rolls (飯糰) - Chewy sticky rice surrounding crunchy cracklins, shredded pork floss, and pickled veggies makes for some scrumptiously yummy, although not quite conventional sticky rice rolls.

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Chewy sticky rice surrounding crunchy cracklins, shredded pork floss, and pickled veggies makes for some scrumptiously yummy, although not quite conventional sticky rice rolls.

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Yield: 6 servings

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Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
842 grams 29.75 ounces glutinous rice, soaked at least overnight and then drained
100 grams 3.5 ounces 1 small package pickled vegetables (榨菜)
25 grams 7/8 ounce pork cracklins
1 ounce shredded pork floss (肉鬆)


Methods:

Morsels of Life - Sticky Rice Rolls (飯糰) Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - Sticky Rice Rolls (飯糰) Step 2 - Steam glutinous rice until kernels turn translucent. I like to use a bamboo steamer lined with cheesecloth or a flour sack towel. 2. Steam glutinous rice until kernels turn translucent. I like to use a bamboo steamer lined with cheesecloth or a flour sack towel.
Morsels of Life - Sticky Rice Rolls (飯糰) Step 3 - Place a layer of the sticky rice on plastic wrap. I like to place the plastic wrap on top of a bamboo sushi mat to help with step 4. Place some of each filling on top of the rice. 3. Place a layer of the sticky rice on plastic wrap. I like to place the plastic wrap on top of a bamboo sushi mat to help with step 4. Place some of each filling on top of the rice.
Morsels of Life - Sticky Rice Rolls (飯糰) Step 4 - Roll everything together, leaving the plastic wrap around the rice. You'll want to compress the roll at least a bit so it doesn't fall apart when you eat it. Serve with soy milk. 4. Roll everything together, leaving the plastic wrap around the rice. You'll want to compress the roll at least a bit so it doesn't fall apart when you eat it. Serve with soy milk.

Morsels of Life - Sticky Rice Rolls (飯糰) - Chewy sticky rice surrounding crunchy cracklins, shredded pork floss, and pickled veggies makes for some scrumptiously yummy, although not quite conventional sticky rice rolls.

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DIY Soy Milk

Morsels of Life - DIY Soy Milk - Ever wondered how to make your own soy milk? Find out how! It's simple and requires only two ingredients.

Since I'm not currently eating dairy, I needed to find an alternative to add to my favorite Chai tea. Even though there's a lot of alternatives these days, I'm most familiar with soy milk. Plus, I already had all the required materials on hand - all two of them! Can you guess what they are? Yep - soy beans and water. Really, that's it! I also added a bit of sugar, but you could easily leave it out. Or you could add in whatever flavors you like - chocolate, vanilla, etc. Once you've gathered your materials, just throw everything into the blender, and blend! The longer you blend, the smaller your soy bean pieces will get, and the stronger your soy milk will be. After blending, pour everything into a filter. I like to use a flour sack towel, and cheesecloth works too. I'll sometimes take the grounds and put those back into the blender with more water to get a bit more soy milk. You can do it a few times, but each time will be weaker than the previous time. Usually 2-4 times is good. However, it also depends on how strong you like your soy milk. I've found, generally speaking, the stuff you find at the Asian grocery will be stronger than the stuff at the American grocery. This soy milk tastes much more like the Asian variety. Once you've filtered the soy milk, bring it to a boil, and you're finished! I like adding sugar while heating, but you could also add your flavorings while blending.

What's your favorite milk alternative?


Morsels of Life - DIY Soy Milk - Ever wondered how to make your own soy milk? Find out how! It's simple and requires only two ingredients.

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Ever wondered how to make your own soy milk? Find out how! It's simple and requires only two ingredients.

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Yield: 1/2 gallon

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Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
454 grams 1 pound soy beans, presoaked I think I started with about 1 cup of dried soy beans.
water The amount you use is variable. I usually just fill the blender mostly full after adding the beans. You can also start by making a strong soy milk and then diluting it down later.
sugar or other flavorings optional


Methods:

Morsels of Life - DIY Soy Milk Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - DIY Soy Milk Step 2 - Place pre-soaked soy beans into blender and add water. I usually fill the blender most of the way. 2. Place pre-soaked soy beans into blender and add water. I usually fill the blender most of the way.
Morsels of Life - DIY Soy Milk Step 3 - Blend until everything's all mixed up. 3. Blend until everything's all mixed up.
Morsels of Life - DIY Soy Milk Step 4 - Strain solids out. You can then put the solids back into the blender with more water to get more soy milk, but each time will result in a weaker soy milk. Bring your soy milk to a boil, and then simmer, stirring occasionally. I like to add the sugar here. 4. Strain solids out. You can then put the solids back into the blender with more water to get more soy milk, but each time will result in a weaker soy milk. Bring your soy milk to a boil, and then simmer, stirring occasionally. I like to add the sugar here.

Morsels of Life - DIY Soy Milk - Ever wondered how to make your own soy milk? Find out how! It's simple and requires only two ingredients.

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Lemony Pasta with Capers and Greens

A quick, light, and refreshing pasta with tilapia, greens, and a bit of lemon.

Morsels of Life - Lemony Pasta with Capers and Greens - A quick, light, and refreshing pasta with tilapia, greens, and a bit of lemon.

Sesame Crusted Tuna

Morsels of Life - Sesame Crusted Tuna - Easy and yummy - try this sesame crusted tuna steak with an Asian inspired ginger carrot sauce!

We recently saw some tuna steaks for sale, and since we'd never purchased any before, we decided to make an exploratory purchase. The first thing we wanted to try? Sesame Crusted Tuna Steaks! Making these steaks was pretty easy too. I thought I'd need to dredge the tuna in something before searing, but the tuna does a surprisingly good job of keeping the sesame seeds stuck. All you've got to do is press them into the tuna slightly if you feel like it. Even without pressing the sesame seeds into the tuna, the vast majority of the seeds will stay stuck. As part of this meal, I also made a ginger carrot topping or dressing. Feel free to serve it on the side, on top, as a dip, or not at all! Although, if you decide to leave it out, I would recommend mixing the other ingredients and using it as a sauce so you'll have a more flavorful tuna. :) Give this Sesame Crusted Tuna a try and surprise yourself with how easy it is to make!

What's a dish you thought was a lot more complicated than it actually is?


Morsels of Life - Sesame Crusted Tuna - Easy and yummy - try this sesame crusted tuna steak with an Asian inspired ginger carrot sauce!

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Easy and yummy - try this sesame crusted tuna steak with an Asian inspired ginger carrot sauce!

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Yield: 2 servings

Materials:

Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
60 grams 2.125 ounces 1 carrot, chopped
1 tablespoon ginger, minced or grated
2 tablespoons green onions, sliced
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon soy sauce
38 grams 1.25 ounces 1/4 cup sesame seeds
2 tuna steaks I cut each steak into two pieces, and I can't remember why!


Methods:

Morsels of Life - Sesame Crusted Tuna Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - Sesame Crusted Tuna Step 2 - Process together carrots, ginger, green onions, sesame oil, and soy sauce until smooth. 2. Process together carrots, ginger, green onions, sesame oil, and soy sauce until smooth.
Morsels of Life - Sesame Crusted Tuna Step 3 - Press tuna steaks into sesame seeds to coat. Repeat for each side. 3. Press tuna steaks into sesame seeds to coat. Repeat for each side.
Morsels of Life - Sesame Crusted Tuna Step 4 - Cook in a greased pan for 1-2 minutes on each side (for medium rare). 4. Cook in a greased pan for 1-2 minutes on each side (for medium rare).

Morsels of Life - Sesame Crusted Tuna - Easy and yummy - try this sesame crusted tuna steak with an Asian inspired ginger carrot sauce!

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Ginger Tofu

Morsels of Life - Ginger Tofu - Flavorful, gingery tofu sticks with a tender inside and a crispy exterior.

I had some tofu leftover, and I needed another side, but looking around I didn't have too much else. What to do? Maybe something like a stir-fry? But I wanted something crispier, so I opted for pan frying. If you're in a rush, you can serve these tofu sticks with a sauce (like me). But if you marinate the tofu beforehand, you'll get more flavor penetration. Either way works - just depends on your preferences. This gingery tofu is so simple you can go from raw materials to the table in 15 minutes! Just cut, cook, pour on some sauce, and you'll have some flavorful crispy, gingery tofu sticks!

What's your favorite way to enjoy tofu?


Morsels of Life - Ginger Tofu - Flavorful, gingery tofu sticks with a tender inside and a crispy exterior.

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Flavorful, gingery tofu sticks with a tender inside and a crispy exterior.

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Yield: 4 servings

Materials:

Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
1 pound tofu, cut into sticks Mine were about 3/4 x 3/4 x 3 inches.
1/2 tablespoon ginger, powdered, minced, or grated
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon corn starch optional


Methods:

Morsels of Life - Ginger Tofu Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - Ginger Tofu Step 2 - Combine all materials, making sure to cover tofu in sauce. Marinate if desired. 2. Combine all materials, making sure to cover tofu in sauce. Marinate if desired.
Morsels of Life - Ginger Tofu Step 3 - Pan fry tofu sticks until outside crispy. 3. Pan fry tofu sticks until outside crispy.

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Elderberry Syrup

Morsels of Life - Elderberry Syrup - An effective and healthy immune booster, make this easy elderberry syrup inexpensively at home. It's yummy too!

With so many bugs going around lately, I thought I'd make some elderberry syrup. Homemade elderberry syrup's a great natural and effective alternative to various medications, and at $15+ for a small bottle of elderberry syrup at the store, it's also a lot less expensive! You can definitely make much more for less, and you can make yours even better by using local, raw honey. With their high Vitamin A, B, and C content, elderberries can stimulate the immune system, helping prevent illness as well as a speedy recovery.

This elderberry syrup's super easy to make too! Just simmer the materials until you've got a nice infusion, then concentrate it by letting some water evaporate off. Let it cool a bit (so you don't "cook" your raw honey) and mix it into the honey. Stir a spoonful into tea or just take it undiluted. Your immune system will thank you! :)

What are some natural or alternative methods you use to keep yourself healthy?


Morsels of Life - Elderberry Syrup - An effective and healthy immune booster, make this easy elderberry syrup inexpensively at home. It's yummy too!

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An effective and healthy immune booster, make this easy elderberry syrup inexpensively at home. It's yummy too!

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Yield: 4 cups

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Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
1 cup dried elderberries Or substitute 2 cups fresh elderberies.
2 tablespoons ginger I used grated.
4 cinnamon sticks
6 cups water
1.5 cups honey Raw, local honey is preferred.


Methods:

Morsels of Life - Elderberry Syrup Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - Elderberry Syrup Step 2 - Combine all materials except honey and simmer until volume reduces by about half. 2. Combine all materials except honey and simmer until volume reduces by about half.
Morsels of Life - Elderberry Syrup Step 3 - Strain mixture, and allow to cool. Once it has cooled, stir into honey. 3. Strain mixture, and allow to cool. Once it has cooled, stir into honey.

Morsels of Life - Elderberry Syrup - An effective and healthy immune booster, make this easy elderberry syrup inexpensively at home. It's yummy too!

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Spanish Okra

Morsels of Life - Spanish Okra - Okra, sliced and then simmered with tomatoes and onions for a Spanish Okra. Chili powder gives this dish an extra kick!

I'd gotten some okra, planning to make some Fried Okra. Then I got back and didn't feel like frying the okra. What to do? I looked around at what materials I had around and decided to make some Spanish Okra. I know okra's got a reputation for having a slimy goo when cooked. It's useful for thickening up dishes, but James likes to avoid the slimy feeling. Slicing the okra into small pieces, cooking with higher heat, and cooking alongside acidic ingredients all help decrease the goo, and they're all methods used in this recipe!

Do you like your okra thick and slimy or do you prefer to cook the slime out?


Morsels of Life - Spanish Okra - Okra, sliced and then simmered with tomatoes and onions for a Spanish Okra. Chili powder gives this dish an extra kick!

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Okra, sliced and then simmered with tomatoes and onions for a Spanish Okra. Chili powder gives this dish an extra kick!

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Yield: 8 servings

Materials:

Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
193 grams 6.75 ounces 1 onion, diced
370 grams 13.125 ounces 1 can tomatoes
421 grams 14 ounces 4 cups okra, sliced Fresh or frozen both work. I used frozen.
1 tablespoon chili powder


Methods:

Morsels of Life - Spanish Okra Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - Spanish Okra Step 2 - Combine all materials, and cook until okra heated through and onion cooked. 2. Combine all materials, and cook until okra heated through and onion cooked.

Morsels of Life - Spanish Okra - Okra, sliced and then simmered with tomatoes and onions for a Spanish Okra. Chili powder gives this dish an extra kick!

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Nutty Asian Chicken Strips

Chicken strips coated with crunchy peanuts and dipped in a savory ginger and lime sauce.

Morsels of Life - Nutty Asian Chicken Strips - Chicken strips coated with crunchy peanuts and dipped in a savory ginger and lime sauce.