Japanese Cold Cucumber

IMG_0271A Cold Cucumber is Hot!

There really isn’t a lot to be said about making a Cold Cucumber.  It’s simple.  I have yet to find anyone that doesn’t think it’s refreshing.  It’s normally an appetizer or side dish but I often find myself eating an entire bowl of this recipe for lunch.  So that being said, if you don’t already know about this recipe, I will be imparting it to you here today.

 

 

Cold Cucumber Ingredients are:

1 Japanese or Mexican Cucumber
2 tbsp Soy Sauce
2 tbsp Vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp sesame seeds

Partially peel Cucumber into stripes.  Cut in half and in half again if your cold cucumber is large.  Slice bite size pieces on a 45 degree angle and toss in a bowl with all the ingredients.  Serve your cold cucumber immediately, and enjoy!

My Hobbie My Headache!

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I love to cook.  I love to eat.  I absolutely love food.  But!  I don’t eat drink and sleep recipes.  I can’t stand all day in a kitchen preparing meals for others that I’m simply not going to be able to sit down and enjoy for myself.  Though I love the critics, and I enjoy the compliments, if I’m going to endure a full day stand in the kitchen I’m going to inherit a headache.

Moderation is the key for good cooking I think; at least it is for me.  I’ve got to resonate after I take in a good meal and process what I can do better next time.  Putting it down on paper doesn’t seem to help.  In fact it’s actually something I avoid wholeheartedly.  Doing the blog, the facebook page and the Youtube channel weren’t even things that I originally wanted to do, like, at all.  My brother talked me into it.  And the problem I find myself repeating constantly is making the time to write down these recipes that I’m constantly perfecting on a daily basis.

As you can see here, I’m clearly cooking.  There’s the evidence right in front of you.  But, I ask myself, “Is this something others want to be cooking?”, “Are these secrets that I even want to be giving away?!  It’s really tough to swallow sometimes.  A ton of hard work goes into making a dish something that everyone wants and loves to eat, then just hand over the recipes.

Why do others do it?  We see it all over the web these days right?  What’s the payoff?  Advertising!  Commercials, product placement and pay per clicks.  Guess what though.  You’ve got to be getting hundreds if not thousands of ad clicks a day to see any results from that kind of gig before you even see a dime.  I haven’t.  not even one red cent.  Not that I’m complaining, I just want you to recognize that some people just love what they do so much they feel like keeping things to themselves.  That way our hobbies don’t become headaches and we don’t become slaves to the pills that stop the pain.

I don’t want that for me; headaches that kill the passion I have for my hobbies.  As long as I can share the things that I’ve learned through my education and experimentation, I’ll keep cranking out recipes for Poor Mans Gourmet Kitchen.  But like any true artist out there, sometimes you’ve got to wait for the release of a masterpiece! ;-)

On a lighter note, here are a few concoctions I’ve been thinking about writing about.  If any of these recipes catch your attention I’d like to know about it.  There’s a Lo mein noodle that is as good as any restaurant or fast food I’ve ever had; grilled Salmon smothered in a sweet and sour sauce with veggies; Nachos… baked; Ceviche Tilapia; fresh Chicken Tequitos; and last but not least, a Chicken Wrap with a Peanut Lime sauce!

Chicken Lettuce Wraps


Chicken Lettuce Wraps are Easy-Peasy
Not japanesey

Anyone that has had a Chicken Lettuce Wrap that didn’t just adore it must’ve been a RETARD! This is usually a dish prepared as an appetizer and is very often reinvented with substitutions of ingredients that were never even intended to be in the original recipe when this dish was created; so the bottom line is, if you are reading this, consider yourself lucky because I personally have made thousands of these from scratch when I worked for the king of Chicken Lettuce wraps.

Curiosity Killed the Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I spent about an hour today reviewing other posts, recipes and YouTube videos just to see how well everyone else was doing when it came to presentation of their recipe and different versions of the Chicken Lettuce Wraps. Needless to say, I wasn’t impressed and I was very disappointed; wrong ingredients, substitutions, bad form in procedures in the cooking and more or less just plain inexperience. Now I understand substitutions because everyone more or less has their own personal tastes and also the lack of availability is a factor with ingredients when it comes to shopping for Chinese in a regular grocery store. But what bothers me the most is people putting name brand resturaunt titles on their recipes even though they’ve clearly changed most everything about the recipe itself. Of course they’re trying to gain a wider audience and more exposure which is fine, but I’m saying you’ve got no business teaching about something you are putting a resturaunt name to if you just don’t have the experience! Have the decency to give it a new name and make it your own or step the “F” off! Everyone has their own version of  Chicken Lettuce Wraps just not the audacity to claim it’s P.F. Changs!