Sunday, August 20, 2017

Ramen and a Martini from the Abyss #DarkRecipes #SolarEclipse


Five years ago, our friends had an Eclipse party. That might have been the first time that we discussed what an eclipse was with the boys. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun.


Tomorrow, on Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse. And anyone within the path of totality will see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights: a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely blot out the sun, will stretch from Oregon to South Carolina. People outside of the path still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun.

Sue of Palatable Pastime is hosting a virtual potluck. She asked us to come up with dark recipes for the event. No special instructions, just "the theme is 'dark'." Okay...here's how we all interpreted it.

Dark Recipes for the Solar Eclipse



When I posted some sneak peak photos, a blogger friend of mine commented that she knew I would use squid ink. Yeah, I guess I'm predictable that way. It was either that or a 100% cacao solids dark chocolate; I figured this way was going to be a little less common. I've used cuttlefish ink* to make Hand-Rolled Cuttlefish Ink Pasta, Arròs Negre {Black Paella} with Allioli a la Catalana, Fideuà Negra, and Crni Rižoto.

Forbidden Rice Seafood Ramen 
with Cuttlefish Ink Broth


So, I decided to make a ramen with cuttlefish ink broth and use forbidden rice noodles*. For the "sun" part, I added hard-boiled eggs. Thinly sliced, marinated beef made this a hearty dinner.


Ingredients serves 4

  • 4 C beef stock, prefer homemade so you can control the salt
  • 2 t cuttlefish ink*
  • 2 T miso paste (I used yellow miso)
  • 8 ounces thinly sliced beef
  • 3 T rice wine vinegar
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 1 T toasted sesame oil
  • 2 forbidden rice ramen noodle cakes
  • 8 C water
  • 4 boiled eggs, shelled and halved lengthwise (I boil them for 5 minutes, then leave them until cooled)
  • black sesame seeds for garnish

Procedure
The beef can be prepared the day before serving. Place the beef slices in a rimmed dish and pour in the rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Let stand for at least 30 minutes. In a skillet, cook the beef until preferred doneness. Remove the beef from the pan and set aside. Pour the marinade into the pan and bring the liquid to a boil. Pour the cooked marinade over the beef.

In a large soup pot, bring the beef stock and cuttlefish ink to a boil. Whisk in the miso until dissolved. Keep at a low summer.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add the noodle cakes, and cook as directed on the package. My package said 4 minutes; you want them just cooked, but still on the chewy side. Drain and drop the noodles into the warm stock.


To serve, spoon noodles into individual serving bowls. Scoop in stock to cover the noodles. Garnish with beef and eggs. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

Martini from the Abyss

Ingredients makes 1 cocktail

  • 2 1/2 ounce gin (I used the Dry Rye from St. George's)
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1/8 t cuttlefish ink

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass. Serve immediate.


Cheers and happy eclipsing! Here on the central coast of California, we aren't going to get to view the total eclipse. But I can certainly fill a bowl and raise a glass in honor of this once-in-a-lifetime event.

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3 comments:

  1. I love both of these ideas! And yes, I agree, not surprised you went for squid ink but it's a great ingredient :) We're not at all near totality here either but I'd happily toast those who are with one of your martinis :)

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  2. You know, all of these wonderful squid ink recipes that you share and I still haven't tried any of them. I'm not sure even where to find squid ink. I will look for it the next time I'm at the fishmongers. Great recipe, Cam.

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  3. Loving both recipes, and I am fascinated with the squid ink! I have never used it, but you definitely have inspired me to do so! Your meal looks gorgeous, and I can't wait to try it! Hope you had a Happy Eclipse Day!

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