Are you tired of hearing “we got food at home”? Because it’s true. Who knew our parents’ nagging would be a real-life aphorism of pandemic?
The Pine Pantry is a segment of our blog that utilizes the forgotten ingredients we have at our disposal. Although a few meals will require some fresh ingredients, here are just a few ideas that might incorporate cans, frozen veggies, and condiment packets – the unsung heroes of our shelves. Don’t sleep on the leftover soy packets you got stashed up in that condiment drawer you have - and trust, we all have one. And if you don’t - how have you been living?
Disclaimer: In no way does the Pine Perspective encourage panic-buying and frenzy-shopping; this is a reminder that, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been no known shortage of food resources. Please only buy what you need and remember that we are all in this together as humans, good neighbors, and a community.
Thus far, scallion pancakes have been my #1 hors d’oeuvre flex for most dinner parties and gatherings. And now that our social options have been reduced to Face-Time dinner parties and dates, you can now even put LESS effort for something that actually tastes great and looks good from Zoom. It’s only 5 ingredients and only requires scallions (fun fact: green onions are the same thing, but scallion just sounds more badass.)
2.5 cups of all-purpose flour (and an extra cup for kneading and rolling)
1 cup of boiling water
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons of toasted sesame oil
3 cups of scallions, chopped thinly
1. Combine flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Then, pour in the boiling water with the toasted sesame seed oil. Combine until dough is somewhat shaggy looking, still moist but also falling apart.
2. On a lightly-floured surface, knead out until the dough is no longer sticky. Let it rest for an hour at room temperature.
3. After an hour has passed, roll out into an oval-rectangular shape. Then, break the dough into 6 pieces and roll each one out individually.
4. Dab fingers with oil (of your choosing!) and spread out onto dough. Sprinkle a handful of green onions and a pinch of salt. Fold the piece in a little cinnamon roll-like coil and put aside. Do this until all 6 pieces are complete.
5. In a pan, heat up canola oil or vegetable oil for a few minutes until hot. Roll out one of the pieces as thin as possible in a round-ish shape and throw into the pan until crispy (~5 minutes each side).
3 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon of sugar
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
1 tablespoon of chili sauce (sriracha, any really of your choosing)
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Mix vinegar, soy sauce, olive oil and chili sauce until fully combined
Add sugar and mix until saturated. Happy dipping!
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