to cook a meal for my family. Thankfully, this trip to Taiwan has been a generous dose of quality family time. Each time I spend 24 hours traveling to the motherland, I moan about the plane ride and the child crying next to me. But each time my family embraces me, I remember exactly why they're so important to me. With each visit, I begin to appreciate my grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and most of all my parents even more. Yes, there are rough times, but the smoothed out kinks make the happy times much warmer and more endearing. There's truly nothing like family.
Like I said before, I am not much of a Chinese cook. I'm ranked lowest of the low compared to my family, so I prepared a simple Italian lunch.
Antipasti: Roasted Bell Pepper Bruschetta
Primi: Heart of Celery Salad
Secondi: Perciatelli a la Carbonara
Roasted Bell Peppers
4 bell peppers
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbsp parsley, minced
1 stem scallions, sliced
Salt & Pepper
Roast peppers on an open flame until blackened and blistered. Place peppers in a plastic bag and seal to steam for 20 minutes. Remove exterior skin of peppers and clean out seeds. Mix peppers with garlic, parsley, scallions, olive oil, salt and pepper in a jar or air tight container. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Heart of Celery Salad
2 hearts of celery
4 oz onions, sliced
4 oranges, supreme
Remove celery greens until only the yellow stems are left. Chop into bite sized pieces. Toss with sliced onions and orange supremes. Squeeze orange juice over salad and toss with vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Pasta Mise en Place.
Perciatelli a la Carbonara
Adapted from Mario Batali
1/2 shot espresso
1 scoop ice cream
Ice cream recipe: http://epicuriouseateries.blogspot.com/2008/09/ive-cooked-number.html
Now I'm heading back to the states.