The beef & broccoli
stir-fry and lo mein noodles
in today's box are a dedication to... well, what I get
in restaurants. Except in restaurants the noodles are
round like spaghetti, not flat like these. Ah well,
no biggie. The broccoli beef is tasty, though it's not
in a thick glazy sauce like in restaurants. (I like
the sauce in small doses, but it tends to smother stuff,
and it's probably hideously caloric and MSG-laden.)
Remember public school cafeteria food? Overall it
was pretty blah, but I remember my high school having
the best bread rolls. All soft and fluffy and so tasty.
While Googling around I found that other people remember
those rolls fondly, and furthermore that a recipe existed.
Huzzah! I got the ingredients together and broke in
my bread machine to make the dough. (I just got a bread
machine. If you like making breadlike things but find
that mixing and kneading dough is drudgery, a bread
machine is an excellent investment.) The result
was very close to the rolls I remembered. A little on
the bland side, but I used unsalted, sweet butter. That
might have made the difference, as that stuff has made
other things taste bland in the same way.
And for dessert, an
manjuu and a chocolate
chip manjuu. Yum!