The wrinkle, all dishes must be worldly mashups. Branding and Buzzing, the marketing firm behind this campaign, will also provide suggestions for a “seasonal requirement,” “which course dishes will be included in,” and “what kind of protein to employ.”
The challenge, create 7 recipes for dishes, using McCormick products, heavy on those from Thai Kitchen Canada.
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- Dish must be “healthy”
Must use Ingredients:
Noodles? Honestly, the first preparation that came to mind when I read the challenge was a noodle salad. However, that’s a more pedestrian application for the noodles, surprisingly not far removed from traditional Thai dishes featured in Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok, a cookbook I just received from Amazon.ca today. What a brilliant book. I can’t wait to take the time to read through it, cover-to-cover.
So, for a worldly mash-up, how about we look to something Italian, a leftover dish for spaghetti? How about we add a splash of Spanish to the mix and make something that resembles a tortilla. Remember “tortilla” means something different in Spanish cuisine. Think omelet.
For a more balanced entree, consider some pie pastry.
For a healthier version, prepare your noodle omelet without.
For a compromise, consider phyllo pastry.
Dish: Vegetable Noodle Frittata
Steps Without Pastry (use a well seasoned cast iron or carbon steel pan)
Additional Steps if Using Pie Pastry
Additional Steps if Using Phyllo Pastry
- 60g Thai Kitchen Thin Rice Noodles, pre-cooked, drained, and cooled
- 1/2 tsp Thai Kitchen Spicy Thai Chili sauce
- 1 tsp Club House Dehydrated Minced Onion
- 1/8 tsp Club House Dehydrated Minced Garlic
- Salt and freshly ground Club House whole black pepper to season
- 3 eggs
- 3 tbsp 18% Table cream
- 1/2 cup diced vegetables (orange peppers, sweet peas, etc)
- 30g Parmesan cheese, grated
- 4 sheets phyllo pastry (optional)
- Oil for brushing and “greasing”
Pre-heat an oven to 350F.
In a medium-size mixing bowl, beat the eggs; then, add the thin rice noodles, onions, garlic, cream, peppers, peas, and half of the cheese; mix well; and season to taste.
Meanwhile, lightly grease a 6 inch cast iron skillet (baking dish or oven-proof skillet also) with some oil.
Place the phyllo sheets on a clean work surface. Brush oil on a phyllo sheet. Fold it in half and place in the skillet allowing it to overhang slightly. Repeat with the remaining phyllo, turning and overlapping each sheet slightly to line the skillet completely.
Pour the egg mixture into the skillet. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
Bake for 20 minutes or until set; then, broil for 5 minutes or until the top turns golden brown.
Note: If you don’t have any leftover cooked thin rice noodles, soak some dried noodles in room temperature water for 20 minutes or until softened. Drain well.
Thoughts: Having made this dish several times with and without pastry, I greatly prefer the version with a pie pastry. A fan of quiche, the pastry needs not even be blind baked beforehand.
During the concept phase of this challenge, I actually did toy with the idea of a noodle salad.It is our take on a popular noodle salad served by local eatery (with a bonafide food truck) and caterer Lunch Ottawa.
We were lucky to chat with owner Tim Van Dyke, when he was just unveiling his truck last year. His is an amazing enterprise.
Lunch’s “Asian Noodle Salad” is made with rice noodles, snow peas, carrots, red peppers, spring onions, toasted sesame seeds and a rice wine vinaigrette. Yesterday, Van Dyke told us Lunch sometimes prepares the salad as a special with shrimp.
— LUNCH (@LUNCHottawa) January 9, 2014
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