Craving California sunshine and Asian noodles

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I know this winter has been outlandishly mild, but I am ready for some sun.

Some serious, full blown, warms your bare skin, fresh pedicure in flip-flops, Vitamin D-rush, California kind of Sunshine.

So I just booked a ticket to Los Angeles!!!

It’s one of my favorite cities to visit.

My wonderful, funny, caring little sister Jenny lives there.

Aren’t we cute? And dirty? God, I love New Hampshire.

Yes, that’s a spoon I’m holding. And no, I don’t generally wear filthy neon snowsuits when I cook for people.

Lily, one of my oldest and dearest friends also lives in L.A.

We’ve been getting into mischief together since kindergarten.

Photo courtesy of Tom Gregory at the wonderful wedding of our pals Seth and Susan. Man, that was a fun weekend.

Not only does L.A hold some of my favorite people, it has some of my favorite food!!

First stop is always Santouka ramen. Jenny picks me up at the airport and we head straight for the nondescript strip mall on South Centinela Ave. It’s one of my favorite rituals.

I’m also hoping to make it to Koreatown for some BBQ.

Maybe hit the food trucks. Mmmm tacos.

I will be writing a travel piece for The Boston Globe about one of my all-time fave L.A eateries, which until the story runs, shall remain nameless :)

In the meantime I’ll share the recipes from a Hoisin Beef  Sunday Supper column I tested and photographed on a trip to L.A last year.

The lovely and generous actress Sophia Bush hosted me for the weekend, and she let me use her gorgeous kitchen to shoot an audition tape for Food Network Star.

I didn’t make it on the show, but I had a fantastic time, and cooked for a lot of wonderful people.

 

 

I took these photos for the Globe’s Sunday Supper column in Sophia’s cozy sun-bathed kitchen.

 

 

Hoisin glazed beef skewers with peanut dipping sauce.  Serve them over a green salad with a rice wine vinaigrette. Flank steak never tasted better.

So quick and easy. So much healthier than takeout

 

The next day make sesame noodles by whisking together the leftover peanut sauce and vinaigrette.  Toss that with reserved steak and some noodles. Add a little sesame and scallion. It practically makes itself.

I used these crazy, curly noodles because they were the best I could find. I do not know my way around Hollywood and was scared to venture out without guidance.

If you’ve ever driven in L.A you know what I’m talking about.

You can usually find fresh Asian style noodles in the refrigerated section of your grocery store.

I like udon, or somen.  But any noodle, fresh or dried will work!

Speaking of Asian noodles.  I just ordered some Sichuan Dan Dan noodles because I had a hankering.

And because it’s Sunday and I just got home from New Hampshire.

And because I’m already in P.J’s drinking a cup of tea.

Grocery store was not happening.

Yes, I’m suggesting you cook while I laze about ordering take out.  Shameful, perhaps.  Wonderfully indulgent…absolutely.

But do make these noodles at some point, the beef skewers too,  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

-Catherine

 

 

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