Look {Ma}rtha Stewart in the house.

I think my mom would be superbly impressed with my culinary skills.  Hehe, the Man sure is.  I never had to cook when growing up, looking back, my culinary skills in Japan were probably just passable.  But these days, with too much time on hands, I try to make an effort to make our dinners more appetizing.

Kinda tough especially when the Man has picky taste-buds and need to have his 2X dosage of carbo.  I, on the other hand, could do without rice and would rather not cook rice.  You see, we bought a cheap rice-cooker here and well, it ‘spurts’ out water while cooking the rice and making a mess which I have to clean up later.

I was checking out twit-peep/ blogger Yann‘s cookbook wanting to replicate those Earl Grey Cookies which she made.  Baking is something that I’ve been itching to try.  But, I got side-tracked obviously when I saw that she adapted the recipe from Martha Steward and headed to the site.  Lo and behold, it was a treasure trove of recipes that I wished I’ve found a lot earlier.  So, I spent the whole of last night trawling the different sub-categories before settling on this recipe which I attempted to recreate for tonight’s dinner.

Asian Noodle Bowls with Steak and Snow Peas (Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart)


  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • Japanese soba noodles for 2
  • 200grams steak (I used rump steak)
  • 150grams of snow peas, stem ends removed
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce


  1. In a pot of boiling salted water, cook noodles until al dente. Drain; set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high. Season steak with salt and pepper. Cook, turning once, until medium-rare, 2 to 6 minutes per side. Transfer steak to a cutting board, and loosely tent with aluminum foil (reserve skillet with juices).
  3. Add snow peas to skillet, and toss with juices. Cook on medium-high heat, tossing occasionally, until crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add noodles, soy sauce, and 2 tablespoons water; cook until warmed through, about 20 seconds. Transfer to serving bowls. Slice steak; place on top of noodles, and add any accumulated juices.  Serve.

Result?  A simple dinner that’s not only easy to whip up but wonderfully tasty and healthy.  The snowpeas were crunchy, the soba noodles were soaked with flavor from the juices of the steak and the steak provided the ‘oomph’ to the meal.  This recipe is definitely for keeps! 🙂

I’m bookmarking the recipe for the Earl Grey cookies as well and will get a set of baking tools when I head to Ikea next week!