I am a follower of an ever-growing list of blogs. If I let myself, I would probably be able to add a new blog to my Favorites every week*. Most of the blogs I follow are food-related, a few focus on lifestyle, decor or fashion, but mostly, cooking, restaurants and the like. There are so many creative and fascinating people out there blogging, it humbles a person who is just starting out. A lot of these fantastic bloggers have better cameras, and more technical agility and more honed culinary skills than I do. Some of them have even contracted with a web designer. But this doesn’t deter me, because this is just for fun. The way I look at it, if I keep coming back every day to see what these internet personas are doing in their little corner of the world, maybe someone will stumble upon our blog and come back to see what we’re eating and what is inspiring us. Since I spend a few of my free moments virtually lurking around kitchens of some serious foodies and great chefs, now and then I am inspired to try a recipe, or more even often, create a dish inspired by something delicious-looking I’ve found in a blog. Hence, a new, soon-to-be recurring feature, Inspired by… which will feature a dish I make that is based on Another Blogger’s Creation**. I encourage readers to follow the link back to the original blogger’s post. When I say, my dish is Inspired by… something I don’t mean I’m going to even attempt to recreate exactly what the original blogger did, or show how to make the dish step-by-step. It is more likely to be a riff on the original. I like to play fast and loose with recipes, and I am not a Parisienne daily grocery shopper, so I’ll be using what I have on hand. So, here it goes. My first Inspired by… begins, where my blog following began, an easy Summer Soba supper, inspired by Macheesmo.
Macheesmo is the first blog I ever followed. I was googling a recipe for some ingredient I needed to use up, and landed on his site. Macheesmo is an informational blog written by a guy named Nick, and typically shows a recipe step-by-step. He has a few recurring features, such as a weekly poll to determine a recipe he’ll make and blog about, and “Homemade Trials” where he attempts to make something from scratch that you’d otherwise buy. I think he even does research. As is typical for me, I followed the recipe loosely. I stir-fried green onions, carrots and button mushroom with a few Thai chilis and green beans from the garden. The sauce contained soy sauce an sesame oil, but substituted ginger from the spice cupboard for the fresh ginger and champagne vinegar for the mirin. The Macheesmo recipe contains corn, which sounds great, but wasn’t in my refrigerator. I topped mine with toasted black sesame seeds and fresh basil from the back yard.
As promised by Macheesmo, the result was a tasty and healthy supper, and an even more delicious cold lunch at work the next day. It was far tastier than a frozen microwaveable meal which are a noontime standard in the office lunch scene. Ironically, a co-worker commented “that doesn’t look very appetizing!” when she observed my plate. The dark colour of the soba noodles, combined with the soy sauce sesame seeds must have thrown her off the trail, because it actually was the best lunch I’ve had in a while. To each his or her own. I recommend checking out Macheesmo, and giving the Summer Soba a spin.
*I did in fact just add about 5 to my links, Blogs To Get You Through The Day list.
**Yes, Another Blogger’s Creation purposefully harkens back to Another Bad Creation, (ABC), the 1990’s R&B group from my youth.