Now that, my friends, is some quality ramen.

I used Nong Shim’s “gourmet spicy” noodles. I whipped two two eggs with a little soy sauce and chili paste before adding them to the nearly cooked noodles, which were cooked with some sliced white onion and serrano chiles. I also topped the bowl with some fresh cilantro.

It almost tastes like it didn’t come from a package. Almost.

Here’s a great looking spicy citrus salad from Zain Saraswati Jamal. Just a pinch of dried chili with a citrus salad goes a long way. Too bad Texas grapefruit season is over.


Consumption of turmeric may prevent diabetes, according to the authors of an article published in Diabetes Care. The authors’ findings are based on their research of the effects of curcumin, which appears in turmeric, an ingredient in most South Asian and Middle Eastern curries.

The researchers’ findings are based on a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial that included 240 people with criteria of prediabetes. After nine months of treatment, 16.4 percent of subjects in the placebo group were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. None of the subjects in the curcumin-treated group were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

The full article is behind a paywall, but the abstract and data are available through the American Diabetes Association, the the publisher of the monthly, peer-review medical journal.


Sriracha Valentine by Chelsey Barnes

Spice up your Valentine’s Day with this delicious card from Chelsey. Or, if this too mild for the buds, try it in extra saucy:

Artist: flickr / blogspot

With a four-week trip away from Austin ahead of me, it is time to clean out the fridge. From left to right:

Arugula salad with fresh grated pecorino in a lemon ginger vinaigrette. Lesson number one from living alone in law school: always make your own dressing. Better ingredients, better dressing.

Bacon, lettuce and arugula taco (BLA, if you will) topped with grated provolone and a fresh serrano hot sauce. Lesson number two: making your own hot sauce allows you to control your salt intake better than bottled sauces. Also, it makes for a great gift for friends.

Butternut squash and barbacoa soup. Lesson number three: Saving a small amount of drippings (little pieces of meat, veggies and all) from your slow cooker gives you a short cut to wonderful soups. Here, I just took some boxed butternut squash soup from Central Market and added about a tablespoon of the barbacoa drippings.

Crab Louie with cornmeal and Parmesan crusted fried green tomatoes from Perla in Austin. This exceeded my expectations. Fresh, lump crab that was not at all overwhelmed by the creamy avocado.

What is in a Bloody Mary?
George:  I just had a few sips of a Bloody Mary and I feel alive again.
Alexander:  I want a Bloody Mary. I want to feel alive again.
George:  oh ye
Alexander:  I have vodka, what else is in them?
George:  red stuff? Spicy?
Alexander:  I could probably find red stuff and spicy.

Roasted tomatillos, onion, serranos, and garlic for salsa verde. My apartment smells heavenly.

First pho of the fall in Austin at Pho Van. So necessary.

Ginger and serrano chile infused syrup for cocktails. Throw out that Torani.

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