Globe Trotting with Asian Style Ribs on a Rainy Day

For the better part of June, mother nature had been the decision maker when it came to our weekend plans.  Every Monday we’d come up with fabulous sunny weather plans but by Thursday we would come to the disappointing realization that a rainy weekend was inevitable.

Two weekends ago was no exception to the rule.  We had planned to spend the weekend out at my parent’s house on LI, hit up a NY Mets game, do some BBQing & go to the beach.  I was very excited!  But sadly our elaborate plans were nixed by the time Friday rolled around.

Ultimately we still spent the weekend out on the island and it actually wound up being a very relaxing break from the city.  I was still bummed, however, that I was not able to put together a BBQ.  I was having dreams of ribs all week!

After some consideration & a grocery trip to Fairway Market we decided that we’d satisfy our cravings for ribs by making them in the oven with an Asian style glaze.

As we were ending our shopping trip both of us started getting hungry and made a quick stop at the cheese counter to pick up a light appetizer.  Near the counter I spotted membrillo (made from quinces) and knew its sweet and slightly tart flavors would taste fabulous with a tangy, salty Spanish cheese.  Not wanting to go the traditional Manchengo route, we sampled two Spanish semi soft goat cheeses.  The first (I forget its name) just didn’t have enough zest to balance the candy like membrillo and we moved on.  The winning cheese was amusingly called “The Naked Goat” and while its name certainly made us notice it in the counter, its flavors and tangy kick made us pay attention to it.

Upon arriving home I put out a quick tray of cheese & moembrillo on Carr’s crackers (sorry for the bad phto, had to snap it on my Blackberry before they were all gone!)

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As I suspected, the cheese held up perfectly with the quince and I was reminded how much I love salty and sweet combos.

As I nibbled on some of the appetizer, I began to get the glaze ready for the ribs.  Unfortunately, I was in somewhat of a rush (hungry family!) so I was not able to get the exact recipe down but the general idea is below (in descending amounts):

Low Sodium Soy Sauce

Rice Vinegar

Hot Chili Oil

Honey

Garlic, chopped (does not need to be precise since it is going into the food processor)

Fresh ginger, chopped (again, does not need to be precise since it is going into the food processor)

Lime zest/juice

Thai red chili paste

Red chili flakes

Place all of the ingredients in your food processor (or blender) and blend until combined and ginger and garlic are very fine.  (note: if you do not like heat, feel free to reduce or omit the chili ingredients).

Season the ribs (which should be at room temperature) lightly with pepper.  Brush some off the sauce on the meaty side of the ribs and place meat side down in a baking dish lined with foil.  Pour remaining sauce over the ribs, making sure to cover the bottom of the dish.  Place foil over the top of the baking dish.

Bake in a 425°F oven (preheated) for approximately 1 hour.  Remove from oven, remove the top foil and turn the meaty side up.  Brush on remaining sauce and place in the broiler for 5-7 minutes or until the outsides are slightly crisp.

Garnish with some sliced green onion.

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On the side I served udon noodles with sliced snap peas & sauteed shiitake mushrooms and all tossed with soy sauce, chili oil, rice vinegar and some of the remaining ginger.

I also put together a quick pickled “slaw” of daikon & carrot.

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Enjoy!!

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Catching Up

Relaxing in Naragansett, RI after a few weeks of craziness

Life has been non-stop these last few weeks and unfortunately most of it had little to do with food.

With a big work deadline looming most of my meals were takeout, consumed at my desk or during a meeting and at random hours of the day.

After my work assignment was over and done with last Friday,  I headed up to Rhode Island again for another fabulous weekend of relaxation which I so badly needed.

A few foodie moments snuck into my schedule lately, however, and here is a quick roundup:

♦ Delicious, cozy meal at Little Owl in the West Village, NYC (full review post to come soon)

♦ A fabulous engagement party for two close friends.  I had great time with all of my friends on a gorgeous day.  And of course the food was delicious! There was a slider “bar” with many different slider varieties including salmon, veggie, chicken and one named for the groom-to-be: Steve’s Sirloin Sliders with Chipotle Mayo.  The assortment of french fries was also incredible!  Both the sweet potato fries & regular fries were good but the Peruvian blue potato fries with truffle oil were out of this world!  Also on the menu were tiny shots of traditional tomato gazpacho and a fennel & onion salad.  Of course for dessert I indulged in a carrot cake cupcake!

yum!

♦ A special someone’s birthday dinner prepared by my gracious RI hosts and enjoyed with great company.  The meal included BBQ ribs & chicken, homemade baked beans (baked for 24 hours!), orzo pasta salad with red onion, grilled asparagus & cherry tomatoes and then a garden fresh strawberry rhubarb pie.

♦ A quiet and delightful birthday lunch picnic before a fun round of tennis (well tennis lesson for me, really).  Lunch was simple deli sandwiches, salt & vinegar Kettle potato chips & of course a Miller High Life to wash it all down.  Such a fabulous day.

View of the tennis courts from our picnic spot

♦ Random recipe ideas which always come to me when I don’t have time to test them! I wrote them all down however, so be on the lookout for them.

And last but not least…

♦ News of Foodbuzz’s first Blogging Festival  in San Francisco!!!! For a few years now I have been wanting to go to S.F. and with this latest development I really think the time has come to make the trip.  Everyone who has been there tells me how much I would love the city and enjoy all of the wonderful food it has to offer.  Can’t wait!

I’ve been trying to catch up on some of the happenings in the blog world but would love to hear what you’ve been up to in case I missed it!  Also, let me know your thoughts on Foodbuzz’s Blogging Festival.  Are you happy it is in San Francisco?  Will you be attending and what are you looking forward to the most?

Cheers!