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Simply Ming (post #62746)

I was thumbing through Simply Ming last evening and realized that I really love this cookbook, but have never been compelled to actually try anything.


I did a search and found a few recommendations, but not many. Aside from the chocolate ganache, shortbread, and tea rubs, does anyone have any faves?


Thanks.


Amy

Heather's picture

(post #62746, reply #1 of 25)

I'm going to watch this thread with interest. I have the book and thought I'd use it a lot but for some reason I rarely do. I made the meatloaf once--my note says that 1/4 C of sambal was too much. I only gave it a pencil check rather than a star so I'd say it wasn't a big hit. That's the only recipe with any notes at all so maybe it's the only one I've made. As I look through the book I see lots of things that look delicious--why don't I make some of them? I can't answer that.

avak123's picture

(post #62746, reply #2 of 25)

Glad to know I am not the only one!

AnnL's picture

(post #62746, reply #3 of 25)

I no longer have that book (must remember to order it) so I don't remember everything we made from it.  I remember the dumplings were really good, if time consuming to make.  Thought the meatloaf was OK.  I remember something else (was it pork chops???) that had mashed sweet potatoes with maple syrup for a side.  That was quite good.

AnnL
Transitions Farm
Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

avak123's picture

(post #62746, reply #4 of 25)

Ann,


Thanks for the feedback.


This is one of those books that I REALLY want to like - interesting ideas with a wonderful "do-ahead-prep" component. I am generally not a "fusion-fan," but Ming usually is able to pull it off.


Amy


 


 

Wolvie's picture

(post #62746, reply #5 of 25)

huh - pick a page, any page. :-)


Seriously, I don't think there is anything that hasn't been great - but then we know I'm a Ming fan. Big time.


I'll see if I can find some of my posts.


Here we go: http://forums.taunton.com/tp-cookstalk/messages?msg=18341.60


http://forums.taunton.com/tp-cookstalk/messages?msg=26495.16 ...


actually, let's make this easier - go the search page, ask for the name Ming, and designate it to look for posts by Wolvie - mucho mucho posts. Not all are the new book, and some are repeats, but believe me, there are many. :-)


 



Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.


THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY,  September 23, 1860.


 


Edited 7/20/2006 3:16 pm ET by Wolvie

 

avak123's picture

(post #62746, reply #6 of 25)

I was hoping you would chime in...


My "44-year-old pregnant self" is really looking at some of his healthier items. The Thai Lime Dipping Sauce looks yummy, as does the black-bean-garlic sauce.


Any true faves from the head of the Ming fan club!?! LOL 


Thanks Wolvie!


Edited to say: thanks for YOUR edit and linking me up!


Edited 7/20/2006 3:23 pm ET by avak123

AnnL's picture

(post #62746, reply #7 of 25)

Oh, the Thai Lime Dipping sauce!  I think that's what he serves with the fried calamari.  Wonderful!!  I haven't made either, but I get that as the appetizer every time I eat at Blue Ginger. 


Hey, Wolvie, I missed my annual dinner there this spring. <sniff>


AnnL
Transitions Farm
Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Wolvie's picture

(post #62746, reply #8 of 25)

September is the plan - I'll let you know. :-)

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.


THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY,  September 23, 1860.


 

 

AnnL's picture

(post #62746, reply #9 of 25)

K.  I'm going away the 28th through Oct. 3rd.  


 


AnnL
Transitions Farm
Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Wolvie's picture

(post #62746, reply #11 of 25)

Va?

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.


THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY,  September 23, 1860.


 

 

AnnL's picture

(post #62746, reply #13 of 25)

No,  that's in November.  The Sept. trip is a seminar in Maryland.

AnnL
Transitions Farm
Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Wolvie's picture

(post #62746, reply #10 of 25)

well - from Simply Ming, I truly love his kaffir lime sauce, it is extremely versatile.


But here are some others (some from the web site with more recipes than the books):


http://www.ming.com/simplyming/showrecipesSeason2/CranberryChutneyPeppercornDuckBreast.htm


http://www.ming.com/simplyming/showrecipesSeason2/Cranberry-TeriyakGlaze.htm (especially the pork chop - although I don't cook the chops as long as Lidia recommends, and his chicken breast with this sauce is a super easy work nite supper)


for a very different salmon:


http://www.ming.com/simplyming/showrecipesSeason2/GreenCurryPasteSteaks.htm


and these are great:


http://www.ming.com/simplyming/showrecipesSeason2/GreenCurryPasteSteaks.htm


LOL indeed - need I go further?


Edit - well, I will - I forgot this version of brioche. TDF - or, you can make the French Laundry Brioche with a bit of corn meal - excellent! The Ming version with a bit of sambal added is unbelievable.


http://www.ming.com/simplyming/showrecipesSeason2/ClassicBriohe.htm



Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.


THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY,  September 23, 1860.


 


Edited 7/20/2006 4:08 pm ET by Wolvie

 

avak123's picture

(post #62746, reply #15 of 25)

All sound TDF. Will report back on my adventures!

Aberwacky's picture

(post #62746, reply #12 of 25)

Your "44-year-old pregnant self?"


So, when are you due (asks the 38-year-old pregnant one)?


Leigh


Bacteria is the only culture some people have.

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
avak123's picture

(post #62746, reply #14 of 25)

Well, good question. I am only 5 weeks along - that puts my tentative due date around March 21.


I had a sonogram yesterday and will be going back for another next week. The doc is taking no chances with this bird and her old eggs. Not terribly difficult to GET pregant at this age; however, staying pregnant poses another issue. The risk factors really skyrocket for each year after 40.


Given that, I feel great! How about you - how far along?


 

Aberwacky's picture

(post #62746, reply #16 of 25)

Congratulations!


I'm 14 1/2 weeks, due Jan 1.


Late-life births run in my family.  I had my first at 37, the second will be born when I turn 39, my mom had me (her third) at 40, her mother had her last child at 44 and her mother, my great grandmother, had her last at 46 way back in 1916.  All normal pregnancies and healthy babies, thank goodness.


So far everything's going well.  I'm finally over the first trimester exhaustion, thank goodness!  I'm considered high-risk because of my age, by my doc's not worried because the last one went so well. 


Good luck with yours.  The risk factors seem pretty scary as you get older, but just remember to turn the statistics around and look at all the successful pregnacies that result in healthy babies! 


Leigh


Leigh


Bacteria is the only culture some people have.

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
avak123's picture

(post #62746, reply #17 of 25)

Congrats to you, my dear!


I had my first at 35. Wow, a lot has changed in 9 years! I have forgotten so much.


I will feel better after my sonogram next week. We are a little concerned about fetal size in relation to conception date.  Just need to make sure the little thing is still growing.


Take care.


Amy

Aberwacky's picture

(post #62746, reply #18 of 25)

Good luck--you'll be in my thoughts.


Leigh


Bacteria is the only culture some people have.

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
dixie's picture

(post #62746, reply #22 of 25)

Well, I sure have missed out on a lot of news here lately. Congratulations.

Gretchen's picture

(post #62746, reply #25 of 25)

Don't feel too out of date--it slipped under the radar for a while!!

Gretchen

Gretchen
Wolvie's picture

(post #62746, reply #19 of 25)

Good luck, avak123 - I hope all goes well! :-)

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.


THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY,  September 23, 1860.


 

 

dewbaker's picture

(post #62746, reply #20 of 25)

ok, i'm going to gush...love him. my sister and i have been to both his book signings when he was in the los angeles area quite a few years ago. although i haven't made anything from either of his books, they are all inspiring. i have to tell you that at his last book signing, i arrived pretty early and was just browsing in the cookbook section waiting for my sister and for ming. there weren't a lot of people there yet, but i heard a voice from a short distance and knew it was him arriving at the bookstore. i was giddy like a school girl. he is very personable and handsome to boot. ok, that's all.


dew

AnnL's picture

(post #62746, reply #21 of 25)

He IS very nice, I think that's what I like so much about him.  When I've eaten at his restaurant, there have been several times he's come over to the table to chat with us.  Just very nice, down to earth and loves good food. 


AnnL
Transitions Farm
Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

SallyBR1's picture

(post #62746, reply #23 of 25)

He is nice, personable, humble, he is gorgeous, sexy, AND a great cook....

(le sigh)

 


 


"Her shimmyshaky is much better than her chimichurri"
(Glenys, June 2006)

AnnL's picture

(post #62746, reply #24 of 25)

I know, it's just not fair.  Sigh...


AnnL
Transitions Farm
Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux