Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ponyo's 3 minute noodles recipe!

Have you seen the movie Ponyo?



Miyazaki is one of my favorite directors and as a huge fan of "Kiki's delivery service", " Castle in the sky", "Howl's moving castle" etc, I couldn't miss to introduce this movie to my kids!
We all LOVED it!
I've talked about how my kids love to eat "movie" food and while we were watching " Ponyo" I was certain that we'll have Ponyo's noodles for diner! :-)

And here is the recipe, for Ponyo's 3 minute noodles!

You will need:

4 packaged ramen instant noodles *
8 cups vegetable, chicken or beef broth ( better freshly made!)
2 eggs
1 thin sliced zucchini
4 thin sliced baby carrots
1 cup ham ( cut on stripes, cubes or whatever you like)
1 cup chopped green onions
1 tbsp butter
pinch of salt and black pepper

* Note: You can use any kind of noodles or even spaghetti, but if you want to keep true to the movie( and my kids are like that!), this is the kind of noodles they use there- 3 minute instant noodles! I myself am not a huge fan of instant food, that's why I use only the noodles from a package, not the dry spices package! That's why I recommend to use real chicken broth and spices, instead of the prepackaged ones!


Preparation:


1. Cut the carrots and zucchini, then cut the ham and green onions.
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2. Place the broth in a pot on high. When it starts boiling, add the noodles and stir well for 1 minute.
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3. Add the butter,salt, pepper, zucchini, ham and carrots, then turn of the stove and place the lid on the pot and leave it for 2 minutes more.
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4. Serve in bowls garnished with green onions and one half of the boiled eggs.

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**Makes 4 servings

Enjoy!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Easy non-alcoholic Strawberry daiquiri

I had this big basket of strawberries that we picked up from a local farm and although the kids love them, I wanted to try something different than the regular things.

So, I came up with my version of Strawberry Daiquiri which both my daughter and I enjoyed very much in this hot day!

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You will need:

2 cups strawberries
1/2 cup sugar ( you can put more if you like!)
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 cups finely crushed ice

For decoration:
 - fresh strawberries, lemon zest and pieces, straws, little umbrellas etc.


1. Wash thoroughly the strawberries and remove the leaves. 

2. Place whole in a large bowl and add the sugar on top. Stir once and leave them overnight ( or for a couple of hours) in the refrigerator.

3. The next day combine the strawberries, lemon juice and ice in a blender. Blend until it has the consistency of a slushy.  Serve immediately  in martini glasses!

*Note: You can rub the edge of the glasses with lemon and dip it in sugar for a greater effect.

Enjoy!
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Annie

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