Friday’s for Food Lovers

Spring has sprung Portland! Wake up and stop the raining! Just kidding, I know this is only the beginning. When we moved here last June we had gotten here just in time for summer to start. I’ve heard that the next 2-3 months will be the longest of my life because the rain just won’t let up. Ever. Then it will be the week before 4th of July and the sun shall make its triumphant return!!!

This week’s Food Lover’s is looking out for the family and prepping for your upcoming Easter egg dying adventures! This is one of the few times a year when I’m like, “yeah I wouldn’t mind having kiddos.” I might have to invite myself over to my sister-in-law’s and show off my egg dying skills to the nieces…and NEPHEW.

Chicken Lo Mein

You might find (like I did) that Pinterest seems to think this pin is corrupt–It is not, but just to make it easier, I’ve linked it straight to the blog in the recipe title as well. This dinner is basically America’s attempt at a Chinese dish–traditionally this Chinese dish uses fried noodles, which are made up of fried wheat noodles, but since this type of wheat noodle is really high maintenance, lo mein was adapted with thicker. lower maintenance wheat noodles. These noodles are stirred in after cook instead of fried, and are now a staple entree in many American Chinese restaurants. Still looking for real fried noodles? If you can, ask for “Hong Kong Style Lo Mein”–and you might get the original fried noodle dish.

We made this dish on a weeknight and it was very easy to put together. We did find, however, that it was lacking in spice for us–I think that quality makes it a very family safe meal as we tend to like a lot of spice and just kept piling on the hot sauce (good to keep the sriracha close by). That all said–I would totally make this a night that we have the nieces over (with a GF noodle even!) as the recipe is quite adaptable so just use what you’ve got! Whether it’s baby corns, broccoli, bok choi, carrots, mushooms, leeks….you name it 🙂

Speaking of kids–Have some Easter projects!

Easter Treats

I love the idea of homemade chocolate bunnies from Hungry Happenings–Instead of Nilla Wafers I think homemade ones like from this recipe from Gluten Free on a Shoestring would do you a bit better or even another shortbread cookie recipe would be an easy substitute. I would go a dark chocolate covering and for the tails a mound of shredded coconut while the chocolate’s still wet. How would you make this how-to your own?

Egg Dying

How about adding some water? This dead-end pin really must not have small children as I don’t see us being able to balance the eggs in one spot long enough to dye before *ahem* someone knocks them over! Might still be worth a try though…

Why not go natural?

I especially love this project by Two Men and A Little Farm for little kiddos as it’s nontoxic. Their post not only gives good instructions for how to achieve a nicely dyed natural egg but also gives many ideas for natural coloring agents (just in case you can’t find some of the ingredients at the store).

Past Food Lover’s Friday Posts

Tom Ka (Gai) Soup & Chicken Stuffed with Spinach & Jalapeño Jack Cheddar
Spicy Stewed Beef & Panang Curry with Beef
Unrolled Cabbage Casserole & 40 Cloves of Garlic Soup
FAIL Pizza & Chipotle Meatballs +Guac Recipe
Chocolate Skillet Cake & Vietnamese Salad
Roast Chicken Legs & Moorish Paella

Do you have any Easter traditions you like to share?

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  • Reply Susannah March 22, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    That noodle dish looks really good! I’m going to have to try it. 🙂

  • Reply blsmith6 March 22, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    yum! baby corn, so freakish, but so good.

  • Reply OrangeMew March 22, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    The easter bunny butts are so cute! So easy!

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