Well. The good news is that, as of right now, I have no food waste. But I’ve got a veryyyyyyy ripe cantaloupe sitting in the back of my fridge that I’ve been avoiding. When I bought it (almost two weeks ago) I didn’t realize that it was very ripe at that point! And when I cracked open another that I had bought, the sweetness was almost a sickly sweet. So I’ve been avoiding this one. Now it has dimples in it that aren’t from smiling. *doh* So I’m not calling it food waste just yet, because it’s possible when I open it up it tastes amazing. I plan on taking a look at it tonight!
And since this post was so freaking boring (I mean..there wasn’t ANY moldy food in it!), I thought I would review a non-traditional recipe for you, Canh Bau Tom.
It’s soup! Vietnamese soup that makes use of the opo squash, also known as calabash. This soup is a little on the heartier side despite the clear broth, so I wouldn’t suggest it for a very warm summer day!
- 1 large opo squash , Peeled and sliced thinly
- 6 cups water
- ½ cup onion , thinly sliced (I used closer to 1 c.)
- ½-1 lb shrimp , peeled and diced (I used a combination of paneer and butter beans since I had them on hand)
- 4 -6 green onions , diced
- ¼-½ cup cilantro , coarsely chopped
- 1 -2 teaspoon white pepper , can use black (I used black)
- 2 -3 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
Directions (there’s more technical ones on the website page, but I don’t think doing it that way is necessary!):
Pour the water into a large stock pan.
Add the Opo Squash and cook over medium-high heat until the squash becomes soft and translucent. The squash may not become translucent if it’s cut too thick. Just look for it to soften up. About 10 minutes.
Throw in onions to cook. Once they’re partially cooked (5 minutes), add shrimp, green onions, cilantro.
Season the mixture with the pepper, fish sauce, sugar, and sesame oil. Mix well. Cook 10 minutes or until all veggies are cooked.
Garnish with any additional cilantro and green onions.
Let the soup stand for 15 minutes before serving.
Serve over rice and/or Kho recipes (stews). I served it with homemade bread! (Oyster crackers would be amazing).
There you have it! Tasty! And I used up the opo squash that I had in my fridge 🙂
Have you ever cooked with this veggie? Any good recipes?