Its vacay time....
(I don't have my usual fancy lighting and photography equip, so pictures may be less than usual...
(its 100F right now, at like 8:30 at night, so lets make hot soup. really? really? really.) Coming off of an uber exciting Blogher Food conference in Seattle, I was pumped for some serious blog time. Vacation, wahoooo. I will cook lots, blog lots, and really take this little project to the next level. Uh Right. Ya Sure. DREAMer. Four days in and reality set in. I have a 17 month old. A Tuesday looks the same as a Sunday. A vacation the same as our regular life. I am still on my conference high no question, but execution is lagging. I'm not sure why I thought there would be all these extra hours in the day.
One of my favorite quotes from the conference was one a panelist mentioned. She asked if people knew who Ira Glass was (everyone nodded their head , me included while frantically scribbling...."Ira Glass, who is this??? google his quote") and proceeded to read something he said once. I leave you with it, as its where my head is at right now.
This was our version of PHO, it was fresh and bright, flavourful and filling, And on this hot smmer evening, surprisingly...refreshing.
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
― Ira Glass
A Coupla Western Canadians On Vacation Version of Pho. (lotsa pots here, but worth it)
(Note: we would have loved to have ginger, scriacchi (sp??) & fish sauce but they were absent from our vacay pantry on this particular evening)
For the broth...
4 cups water in a pot
4 cloves minced garlic
1 white onion
1 carrot, coarsely chopped
1/2 tetrapack free range organic chicken broth
Chicken/beef and/or pork bones for flavour if available.
Bring this stuff to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
Then for the good stuff...
1/2 lb of country style boneless pork ribs
1 lb of thin cut top round beef
Slice into strips. Saute the meat with some soy sauce, on medium to low heat.
Chop up....carrots, radish, cilantro, green onion, jalapeno.
Amounts to taste...we used 2 carrots, 5 radishes, a palm full of cilantro, 2 green onion, 1/2 jalapeno)
Bring 2 bunches dried udon noodles to a boil. Cook until tender. Rinse, drain and set aside.
In the bowls you are eating out of....
- put the noodles in.
- then the meat
- then the raw veggies
Pour the brother over,
Top with cilantro and green onion.
Run back to Safeway to get chopsticks because you realize vacay house doesn't have any...
Slurp and enjoy.