I have tried some Ellie Krieger recipes in the past and have had tremendous success with them. Those culinary delights were dancing in my head when I saw her new cookbook “So Easy” at Costco the other day. This cookbook had to come home with me. My daughter Katy and I went through it page by page, enjoying the photos and the prospect of some delicious new recipes in our future.
On Saturday I announced that I was going to try a recipe out of the “So Easy” cookbook. Katy jumped up with joy and volunteered to pick out which recipe that would be! She had been craving Asian food so we agreed it would be the Asian Noodle Bowl with soba noodles.
We prepped the vegetables and the chicken for the stir fry. While I got the ginger and onions going, Katy started cooking the soba noodles. At three minutes she taste tested one of the noodles as this was our first experience with cooking soba noodles. Immediately she started having an allergic reaction, tingly lips, tongue and upset tummy! We got her settled and figured out the allergic reaction wasn’t going to get any worse and she was going to be able to eat dinner. Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour and apprently she is allergic to it.
I decided to keep the soba noodles seperate and so she could enjoy the stir fried veggies. We added some pasta to her plate for a starch and we mixed the soba noodles into our bowls. The vegetables looked beautiful just like the photo in the cook book. Sadly it didn’t taste as good as it looked. It didn’t taste bad, it was just boring and tasted like plain vegetables. There was 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger in the recipe so I took the liberty to add some fresh garlic as well and even that wasn’t enough to help this recipe out.
I’m not giving up on Ellie. I am going to try one recipe a week out of this new cookbook and I am hoping that the next one will be good enough to share!